Where to Save My Files

Note: DO NOT leave your work on the local hard drive of the VCL environments. After the reserations have ended, the machines are reloaded with another image which destroys any data left on the drive. 

Where should I save my files when connecting to Windows?

For remote access to a Windows environment there are 3 options for saving your files:

  • 1) Local Hard Drive tunneled through the Remote Desktop session
  • 2) AFS Home Directory using "Map AFS K drive" icon (K: drive) or Expandrive
  • 3) AFS Home Directory via SCP/SFTP client (WinSCP)
  • 4) Google Drive
  • 5) NCSU's Velocity service 

1) Local Hard Drive tunneled through the Remote Desktop session:

If using Windows OS:
Before you connect to a Windows computer, click the 'Options' button in the Remote Desktop Connection window. Go to the 'Local Resources' tab, and check 'Disk drives' under the 'Local Devices' section. Then connect to the remote server. Once connected, under 'My Computer' on the remote server you will notice a drive that has the name of your computer and is mapped to your Local Hard Drive. This setting is enabled by default in the .RDP configuration files distributed at the 'Connect!' page that is displayed after making a reservation. That setting is one of many that can be configured in your VCL User Preferences.

If using Mac OSX:

Launch the Remote Desktop Connection application, edit the RDC preferences(on menu bar next to apple icon on top left). Select the Drives icon in the preferences window. Make sure "All disk drives" is selected in the menu.

2) AFS Home Directory via Expandrive and the OpenAFS Client

Most images have an icon labeled "Map AFS" that will connect your K drive. Click on the icon and enter your campus password when prompted.
The K: and J: drives will then appear under My Computer. 

Expandrive is installed on some of the Windows environments used in the VCL. It is similiar that it creates a K: drive, but is not as fast as Map AFS.

3) AFS Home Directory via SCP/SFTP client (WinSCP).

WinSCP is a free, open-source Secure FTP client for Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. It also offers basic file manager functionality. WinSCP uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports SFTP and SCP protocols. See the EOS Remoteaccess page for more information on using WinSCP.

Note: DO NOT leave your work on the local hard drive of the VCL environments. After the reserations have ended, the machines are reloaded with another image which essentially destroys any data left. What happens when I leave my work on the VCL machine?
 

Where should I save my files when connecting to Realm Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

When you connect to a Realm Linux computer, your files are stored in your AFS Home Directory. It is exactly the same environment as when you login locally to a Realm Linux lab machine in one of the Eos labs.
 

Where should I save my files when connecting to Non-Realm Linux?

The home directory on a non-realm machine is not your AFS Home Directory. Instead, it is a temporary one that is created on the remote server. In order to save your work you need to copy it off of the remote server. Instructions for how to copy it to AFS are available at the the EOS Remoteaccess page.

Note: DO NOT leave your work on the hard drive of Non-Realm Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. What happens when I leave my work on the VCL machine?
 

Page Conventions:

AFS Home Directory - The AFS space that is allocated to every student, faculty, or staff at NC State. This space is the home directory on Linux machines and is what the "K: Drive" maps to on Windows machines with an AFS Client Installed.
Local Hard Drive - The hard drive on the computer that the user is actually sitting in front of.

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