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Accessing AFS with a native client

If you use AFS frequently, you can access it directly from your Mac or Windows computer without a web browser. This requires a one-time installation of the native client software.

Benefits of the native client:

  • Allows folder creation, copy-paste, and rename of files, just like on your own computer.
  • Allows drag-and-drop to move files and folders between your computer and the AFS server.
  • Allows opening, working on, and saving your files directly from the server (recommended for Ethernet-connected computers only; see warning below).
  • Allows access to Reed's AFS from on and off campus.

Warning: if you are connecting via wireless or working on shared documents (ie, in the Courses or Griffin folder) you should never attempt to access files directly from AFS, but should drag them to your Desktop before editing them. Then copy the files back to AFS when you're done. Data loss can result from a network interruption or simultaneous edits from multiple people.

Installing the native client

The native client will run on Mac OS Tiger (10.4.x) - Lion (10.7.x) and Windows XP, Vista, and 7. For setup instructions, please refer to our native client installation page.

Connecting to Reed's AFS with the native client

Once the client software has been installed, you can easily connect to Reed's AFS server as long as you have an Internet connection.

Mac

  1. Double-click the 'AFS@Reed' shortcut placed in your Dock or the /Applications/ReedApps/ folder.
  2. When prompted, enter your Kerberos username and password (the same as used for Reed email).
    Kerberos WindowThe Authenticate to Kerberos window will appear (shown above). Click on this window to reveal the username and password fields. 
    Password EntryEnter your username and password in the "Name" and "Password" fields. The "Realm" field should be set to REED.EDU. Then click OK.

  3. A new Finder window appears with a shortcut to your username (your personal Home folder in AFS) and "reed.edu" (the top-level of Reed's AFS space). (You may also see a Kerberos ticket window which you can leave open or close.)
    AFS shorcuts Double-click your username to enter your Home folder, or double-click "reed.edu" to enter Reed's Home folder. From "reed.edu", you can access community spaces such as courses, departments, user, and more (see a complete explanation of the AFS reed.edu hierarchy below).
  4. Now you can begin working in AFS just like you work with files on your own computer.

Warning: If you are connecting via wireless or working on shared documents (ie, in the Courses or Griffin folder) you should never attempt to access files directly from AFS, but should drag them to your Desktop before editing them. Then copy the files back to AFS when you're done. Data loss can result from a network interruption or simultaneous edits from multiple people.

Windows

  1. Double-click the 'AFS@Reed' shortcut placed on your Desktop or from Start > Programs > ReedApps. Double-click MyHome to open your personal Home space in AFS, or double-click ReedHome to open the top-level of Reed's AFS. From ReedHome, you can access community spaces such as courses, departments, user, and more (see a complete explanation of the AFS ReedHome hierarchy below). Note: When the Courses, Faculty, Staff, and Griffin Exchange servers are moved to AFS over winter break, they will be accessible from the AFS ReedHome hierarchy.
  2. When prompted, enter your Kerberos username and password (the same as your email) in the Username and Password fields. The Realm field should be set to REED.EDU. Click OK.
  3. The AFS location you selected will automatically open in a new window.
  4. Now you can begin working in AFS just like you work with files on your own computer.

Warning: If you are connecting via wireless or working on shared documents (ie, in the Courses or Griffin folder) you should never attempt to access files directly from AFS, but should drag them to your Desktop before editing them. Then copy the files back to AFS when you're done. Data loss can result from a network interruption or simultaneous edits from multiple people.

AFS reed.edu Hierarchy

From the reed.edu hiearchy (aka, ReedHome on Windows), you can access the following folders:

  • courses - allows access to shared folders for Reed courses, if they have been set up.
  • departments - allows access to departmental folders, if they have been set up.
  • user - allows access other users' folders. To find the user, select the folder that corresponds to the first letter of their Kerberos username and, in the next window, select the folder that corresponds to the second letter of the Kerberos username.

About your Home folder and permissions

In your Home folder, you will see the following folders and sub-folders:

  • Private - files and folders in your Private folder cannot be accessed by others
  • Public - files and folders in your Public folder can be viewed and read by others
  • html - your personal web space, available at http://people.reed.edu/~username
  • Favorites - a place to store favorite locations to other areas within the AFS hierarchy for quick access
  • Private/Yesterday - a nightly, read-only backup of your entire home folder
  • Private/Migrated_Home - a copy of all your files and folders from your old Home server

If you create other files and folders at the top-level of your Home folder, they will be viewable by others. This means others can see file and folder names, but cannot open the files. To keep your files private, move them to your Private folder.

FAQs

For questions about AFS, check out our list of FAQs.

If you have additional questions or problems, please contact CUS at x7525 or cus@reed.edu.