Faculty of Environment

Remote Access To Faculty Storage

There are various methods which can be used to access the storage systems in the faculty, such as the home directory areas ('z:' drive from windows). These instructions will cover how to connect to the storage from the access.leeds.ac.uk site, and also using the University VPN system.

Connecting via access.leeds.ac.uk

The University provides access to various resources via the web site http://access.leeds.ac.uk. There is more information on this service available here.

This system can also be used to connect to storage systems within the Faculty.

Once connected to the access.leeds.ac.uk system, click on the "File Transfer" link (see screenshot).

Desktop Anywhere screenshot

Once the file browser window opens, you can enter the path to a file system in the address bar, for example to access your 'z:' drive, the path might be:


replacing 'username' with your own University username:

When you press 'enter', this will take you to your file space.

Using the access.leeds.ac.uk system, it is also possibly to map this file space to a drive letter, which will then be remembered by future sessions on this service.

On the file browser menu, go to 'tool' > 'map network drive':

When the 'Map Network Drive' box opens, you can enter:

  • 'Drive' - any unused drive letter
  • 'Folder' - the path to the storage space, e.g. for your home directory, this might be:


  • 'Reconnect at logon' - ensure this box is ticked:

This will map the storage space to the selected drive letter, and remember this for future sessions on the access.leeds.ac.uk system.

This makes things slightly easier, meaning that you can either simply type the drive letter you selected (e.g. 'z:') into the address bar (rather than the full path as above), or if you click the 'up' icon:

This will show all the drives which are accessible:

Connecting via University VPN

The details of the University VPN service, and instructions on how to connect, available here.

Note: if connecting to the VPN from Windows, you will also need to follow the 'Configure Internet Explorer for VPN' document, to enable web access while using the service.

There are also more detailed instructions on using the VPN from Apple OSX available here.

Connecting via a Windows Share over VPN:

Once connected to the VPN, the storage can be connected by mapping a network drive, in a similar way to the method described above:

  • Open up a 'Computer'/'My Computer' window.
  • Select 'Tools' > 'Map Network Drive' (Windows XP), or click the 'Map Network Drive' option, below the address bar (Windows >= Vista).
  • Select an unused drive letter.
  • In the 'folder' box, enter the path to the storage. For example, to connect to your home directory, this might be (note the .leeds.ac.uk is required when using the VPN):


  • Click the 'connect using a different username' link (Windows XP), or tick the 'Connect using different credentials' box. When prompted for your details, you need to enter your username in the form:


  • Click 'finish'.

This should connect the specified drive letter to the selected storage path.

Connecting via sftp/scp over VPN:

Once connected to the VPN, it is also possible to use a sftp or scp based file transfer client to access files.

There are many sftp/scp clients available. One example, which is free, and available for multiple platforms is filezilla.

Whichever client is used, the general details which are required are a username and a hostname. This will be your usual University username, and for the host name:


You may also need to specify a port - this will be port 22.

Once connected, you should see your home directory/'z: drive' files, and this image shows what a filezilla session may look like:

Of particular interest may be the client settings: