OpenAFS-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University


OpenAFS makes it easy to access and save files stored in your AFS space without using an SFTP client. OpenAFS is available in Windows clusters and through Virtual Andrew.

Using OpenAFS on a Personal Computer

Using OpenAFS on Windows Cluster Computers

Obtaining AFS Credentials

  1. After logging in to any Windows cluster computer, you will notice a red "X" over the Network Identity Manager icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Click on the Network Identity Manager icon to open Network Identity Manager window.
  3. Select Credential > New credentials>Obtain New Credentials.
  4. In the Obtain New credentials window, click on your username at the top of the window and select (New identity ... )
  5. Enter your username and realm:
    • Username: enter your Andrew UserID
    • Realm: change to ANDREW.CMU.EDU
    • Click Next
  6. Review the summary screen and click Next
  7. Ensure that Obtain AFS Credentials is checked and that ANDREW.CMU.EDU is selected as the Cell.
  8. Click Next
  9. Enter your password and click Finish.
  10. The red "X" over the AFS credential icon in the lower right corner of the screen should now be replaced by a plain lock icon.
  11. To view the systems for which you now have credentials, select View > Advanced in the Network Identity Manager window.
  12. To close the list, select View > Advanced a second time.

Locating AFS Directories

  1. Select Start > Computer.
  2. In the navigation bar at the top of the window, type in the following file path:
    "AndrewUserID" is your own Andrew userID.
  3. You can now browse files housed in your AFS space.

Last Updated: 09/02/2014