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    Tuning the AFS client for Macintosh


    Below are optional configuration and tuning steps for the OpenAFS Macintosh client.

    Tuning the AFS Client

    Access DartFS from Macintosh


    Accessing Your DartFS Private Home Directory Space (named as your Dartmouth NetID)

    1. Click Finder to make it the active application, then click Go from the menu bar. 
    2. Click Connect to Server.
    3. In the Server address field type
      smb://[email protected]



    DartFS is a network-based storage service for documents and files. Each member of Dartmouth's research community can request a 50GB DartFS private home directory space (named as your Dartmouth NetID). In addition, Dartmouth Faculty members may request a 1TB shared lab space (named using the last name and first initial of the PI, e.g. Prof. Charles Xavier would get a lab share named “XavierC”).

    Access DartFS from Windows


    Accessing Your DartFS Private Home Directory Space (named as your Dartmouth NetID)

    1. Click the Start or Windows menu icon (bottom left corner of the desktop).
    2. In the search text field, type Run. In Windows 10, just start typing run if the search field is missing.
    3. Select and click the Run application found towards the top of the menu.

    Understanding Access Control in AFS


    In AFS, access control is applied at the directory level. The same permissions apply to all the files that directory contains. The Access Control List (ACL) is a list of users and/or groups, with the permissions that apply to each. The ACL for any directory may be displayed with the fs listacl command line tool on all AFS clients, and may also be displayed by the Explorer shell AFS plugin on Windows (right-click menu).

    Example fs listacl output:

    AFS File Backups


    Regular backups are made of the public Linux systems of Academic Computing, which include the AFS file servers and all of the central systems.

    These backups are designed to protect against hardware failures and short-term emergencies only. They are not permanent archives. If you need to restore lost files, you should seek help promptly while the backups are still available. Backup tapes are overwritten once they expire. The backup scheme used for the AFS file servers and local disks are slightly different. Most user files are stored in AFS.

    OpenAFS Client for Windows


    The OpenAFS client for Windows works on all versions of Windows from XP through Windows 10. On this page we provide a download link and instructions for the most recent version that Research Computing has tested. has the official documentation and possibly newer versions of the software.

    • Installing the client
    • Basic usage
    • Uninstalling the client

    Installing the OpenAFS Client for Windows

    OpenAFS Client for Macintosh


    An AFS client is required for Macintosh systems to directly access the Dartmouth Research Data Storage system (RStor).  To obtain an account and storage allocation on RStor, see Accounts for Researchers (open to anyone at Dartmouth)

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