Accessing Spaces & Folders via GUI

The most common way for accessing a home folder or project space is by mapping a network drive (PC) or mounting a shared volume (Mac). Another useful alternative is using a file transfer program like SecureFX or Filezilla, which will transfer files via SFTP.

Mapped Drive (PC)

Using the Windows Explorer (the File/Folder icon in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen) to access the research storage via a mapped drive is a convenient way to access your home folder and/or project spaces using a familiar interface.

  1. Connect to the HBS VPN if you are not on the HBS campus or are not using HBS Secure Wireless.

  2. Right-click on the "Computer" icon on the desktop and select "Map Network Drive." If you do not have a "Computer" icon on your Desktop, then open a Windows Explorer window via the File/Folder icon in your bottom-of-the-screen toolbar, right-click on the "Computer" icon, and then select "Map Network Drive".

    Mapping Windows network drive

  3. In the Map Network Drive dialog, choose the appropriate drive letter, and in the Folder field:

    1. To map a drive to your home directory, specify the path \\research\username. For example,   \\research\jharvard.
    2. To map a drive to a project space on research storage, your path will be \\research.hbs.edu\projects\projectname. If you have more than one project space, you may want to connect to \\research.hbs.edu\projects, which will enable you to access any project spaces that you have permission to use.
  4. Check the "Reconnect at logon" option only if this computer is typically on-campus. And click "Connect using different credentials" if this is not an HBS-issued machine. Click "Finish".

  5. If the Windows Security appears and prompts you for your username and password, enter your grid / HBS username (the part preceding @hbs.edu), and your password. NB!! If you are connecting from a non-HBS-issued machine, please add HBS\ before your username (e.g. HBS\jharvard). This specifies the proper Windows domain for authenticating your credentials.

Mounted Volume (Mac)

You can connect to your research storage project spaces and home folders by using the familiar Finder "Connect to Server…" option:

  1. Connect to the HBS VPN if you are not on the HBS campus or are not using HBS Secure Wireless.

  2. From the Finder menu bar, select Go > Connect to Sever…

  3. In the Server Address field, enter the domain\username, server address, and file path combination that is appropriate for your the space you're trying to access:

    1. For home folders, enter smb://HBS\jharvard@research.hbs.edu/jharvard.
    2. For project folders, enter smb://HBS\jharvard@research.hbs.edu/projects/projectname. If you have more than one project space, you may want to connect to simply leaving off the projectname which will enable you to access any project spaces that you have permission to use.

GUI file transfer client

While mapping drives is convenient and familiar, the process of accessing and transferring files can be slower due to high network traffic overhead. A faster and simpler way method is to use a program that implements the SFTP protocol, such as SecureFX (PC; and an HBS-supplied program), Cyberduck (Mac), or Filezilla (cross-platform).

Please note that you should direct all programs to log in to the host researchgrid.hbs.ede over port 22, with the same username and password as terminal and NoMachineNX logins.

SecureFX

Please see this document for using the Windows SecureFX GUI file transfer client.

FileZilla

Please see this document for using the cross-platform FileZilla GUI file transfer client.

Cyberduck

Please see this document for using the Mac Cyberduck GUI file transfer client.