Personal File Storage

Everyone in the University has access to a network storage area ( the M Drive) which can be used to store work. This area is accessible from all networked School, Faculty and University computer systems. It's covered by a comprehensive backup system and can be used to store all critical work.

(a) Access from Windows: All standard Microsoft Windows systems in the Faculty will automatically fetch your home directory at login time and make it available in the M Drive on your desktop.

(b) Access from Linux: New accounts on Faculty Linux systems will have a symbolic link called mdrive in their home directory - this is a link to the "M:" drive storage.

Access to this storage requires a credential which is created upon login to a Linux system, but can expire.

If you see 'Permission Denied' errors, similar to:

% ls mdrive/files
ls: reading directory mdrive/files: Permission denied

You may need to renew the credential, which can be done using the kinit command, which will prompt for your University password:

% kinit
Password for earabc@DS.LEEDS.AC.UK: 

(c) Access from Appple OS X: All OS X systems will need to be connected to the VPN, and then manually connect to their University home directory (if you are unsure where this is please contact )

  1. Quotas: The default M Drive quota is 1Gb for students, and 5Gb for staff - quota increases of up to about 100% are usually possible by filling in a quota form (available from Faculty IT support offices). RPGs can request up to 5Gb quotas direct from the ISS helpdesk without going through user reps. Information on requesting more space on the M Drive.
  2. Permissions: The default permission on the M Drive is full access for the owner, and no access for everyone else. Permissions can only be changed on Windows systems connected to AD (functionality is limited when accessing from other platforms). The M Drive is maintained at a central University level - administrator access, backup systems, etc are carried out by central University staff, and Faculty IT staff and management have no special permissions.
  3. Restoring files from backups: The fileservers which run the M Drive keep previous versions of files for approximately 3 weeks, which are accessible online. See the instructions on how to restore files yourself. This will only work on Windows systems connected to AD.
  4. Remote access: Remote access to the M Drive for staff and students is easily accessilbe via Desktop Anywhere


Topic revision: r9 - 29 Oct 2017 - earrr
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