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The nethome share (or possibly a subdirectory named after your CRSID within it) is only accessible by you, and should be used for any files you do not want to be generally accessible by others.

The screenshots below are for Windows 7, but the instructions are essentially unchanged if you are using a different version of Windows.

Because this is a "home" share, users of Departmentally-managed Windows computers possibly have this shared automatically mapped as a network drive, often (but not always) drive Z:

If so, you will see an entry like the following:

If the share is not automatically mapped, either because the mapping has not been set up or you are using a personally-owned computer, open a "Computer" window:


and then type \\trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk\nethome into the address bar:


If prompted for a username and password, type AD\spqr1 (substituting your CRSID in place of spqr1) and your Admitto password

Mapping a network drive

To avoid following these instructions every time you connect, you can map the share as a network drive. To do so, open a "Computer" window as above, and then type \\trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk\nethome into the address bar and hit enter:


Then right-click on the folder that you wish to map, and select the "Map network drive.." option:


In the dialog box that apppears, choose a drive letter of your choice that is not currently in use, and then click the "Finish" button.

These instructions describe how to connect if you are using one of the department's managed linux workstations. Similar instructions will apply for users of different linux installations.

  • Open the Nautilus file explorer, for example by clicking on the "Home folder" icon at the left of the screen as shown below.

  • From the "File" menu, select the "Connect to Server..." option.

  • In the "Server Details" section, fill in the following as illustrated in the screenshot below:
    • Server: trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk (N.B. this will have been truncated in the screenshot)
    • Type: Windows share
    • Share: nethome
    • Domain name: AD
    • User name: your CRSID
    • Password: your Chemistry Dept Admitto password

Alternatively, you can open a file browser (e.g. Nautilus) and type smb://trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk/nethome into the address bar.

Mounting via the command line with sshfs

You can optionally mount the share from a linux command using sshfs, by running:

sshfs trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk:/data/group/ucc/general/people/fjc55/home /scratch/fjc55/nethome

(N.B. the above is a single command, although it may display across more than one line in your web browser). Please note:

  • fjc55 should be replaced by your CRSID
  • Users of managed linux workstations must not mount shares under the /home partition. This is because the contents of /home are automatically backed up for some groups, so mounting a network drive under /home will almost certainly cause the backup space allocated to your computer to fill up, preventing backups of your computer from succeeding
  • You must make the directory /scratch/fjc55/nethome if it does not exist. (you can replace nethome with the directory name of your choice, if you prefer)
  • To unmount the share, run fusermount -u -z /scratch/fjc55/nethome

In Finder, choose "Connect to Server..." from the "Go" menu. You can alternatively press ⌘ + K


Enter smb://trainingarea-fs.ch.private.cam.ac.uk/nethome into the "Server Address" box. You may want to click the "+" button next to the address to add the share to your Favorite Servers list. Then click the Connect button.


If prompted for a username and password, type AD\spqr1 (substituting your CRSID in place of spqr1) and your Admitto password.

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