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computer/mount.html 2016-02-25


Radboud University Social Science employees have access to a number of network directories that not everyone is aware of:

  • A home directory (also called user dir or U: drive), for storing personal stuff. You are the only one who has access to this folder.
  • A group directory (also called department drive or W: drive), where all the members of your group can read and write the files.

The home directory is mounted as U: on standard PC's maintained by GDI (Dutch only). People who do not have standard PC's have to mount it themselves. Some examples:


The the K Desktop Environment:

  • start Dolphin, the file manager.
  • Right click the left column and choose Add entry.
  • Choose the location smb://cnas.ru.nl/u123456 replacing u123456 with your employee number.
  • Unselect Only show when using this application (Dolphin) and click OK
  • Enter your u-number preceded by ru.nl/ as username and your password
  • Your network place will now show up in all KDE applications.
  • You can do something similar for the group directory:

Linux and BSD

If you want your home directory to show up in all Linux applications (not just KDE) you must add it to your file system table. Your need root access (administrative privileges) for this.

  • Add the following line to /etc/fstab :
    //cnas.ru.nl/u123456 /home/username/Homedir cifs iocharset=utf8,credentials=/home/username/.smbcredentials,gid=1000,uid=1000 0 0
    replacing u123456 with your employee number and username with your Linux username. (twice!)
  • Make an empty home dir by typing
    mkdir $HOME/Homedir
  • Make a file named $HOME/.smbcredentials containing the following
    replacing u123456 with your employee number and PASSWORD with your password.
  • You can do something similar for the group directory:

Microsoft Windows

  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Right click on Computer
  • Map network drive
  • Drive: U:, Folder: \\cnas.ru.nl\u123456\ replacing u123456 with your employee number.
  • Click Connect using different credentials
  • Enter RU\employee number as username and your password.
  • Note the fact that in Microsoft, unlike in other operating systems and the WWW, the slash is sometimes replaced with a sinister slash or backslash.

note that Windows will not save your credentials when you reboot your computer, not even if you check the checkbox