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The following tutorial will show you how to map your HPC home or research directory using CIFS File Sharing.


This will only work if your computer has a university IP address. If you are off campus, you can use the MSU VPN (link) to obtain an MSU IP.


In order for your password to be available for mounting you must first log into the HPCC gateway node using ssh at least once and wait at least 60 minutes.


If file transfer speed is a concern please use the sftp protocol for transferring large data sets, or use our Globus endpoint

Determining your Network Path

  • Specifying the full server path.

    Home directory path 

    If you know which machine your home directory is on, you can use your user specific network drive folder (this address is preferred if you would like to map your home directory on a non-windows operating systems running samba). For example, my home directory is on ufs-09-a and I would use the following network paths:

    Windows format
    MacOS format

    To find out which drive your home directory is on, you can log onto a dev node such as dev-intel10, and type the following command and look for the "ufs" number:

    Research space path 

    To find out which drive your research space is on, such as 'colbrylab', you can issue the following command

    Then when you're mapping your research space, you just use 'colbrylab' instead of 'colbrydi'

    Windows format
    MacOS format


You will need to determine which file server your home directory resides on using the above example in the Windows section. The difference is the network path. Your "Network Path" will look like this:

Windows 7 Example

Video Tutorial - Map Home directory using Windows

  1. First, enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, and then click Network. (Or you type ncpa.cpl into the search box, and press ENTER).
    2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center, and then click Manage Network Connections.
    3. Right click on the Local Area Connection or the connection you are using, and then select Properties.
    4. Select the Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
    5. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
    6. Click the WINS tab.
    7. Click the Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP button.
    8. Click Ok.
  2. Navigate to "Computer" and click on the text labeled "Map Network Drive" at the top of the screen.
  3. From this menu you need to type your Network Path. Please see #Determining your Network Path for help.
  4. Once you have typed in your Network Path you need to click on the box "Connect using different credentials." This will open a window where you type in your MSU netid and password:

    If you aren't able to sign in


    If you aren't able to sign into the HPCC file server, you may need to add "HPCC\" to the beginning of your username. An indicator of this issue is if Windows displays the error "The specified network password is not correct" in the username dialog window.

    For example: substitute "HPCC\sparty" for username "sparty" in the username field. The slash character is a backslash. A forward slash character will not work.

    Finally, select "Finish" and you will see your system trying to connect


Windows 8 and Windows 10

Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows:

  • Click on Desktop icon on your Windows 8 screen
  • Right click on Network icon on start bar at right hand side and click on open network and sharing center
  • Click on Change adapter settings
  • Right click on your Network interface and click on Properties
  • Follow the steps from 1d. in the Windows 7 instruction above to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

Follow from the step 2 of the Windows 7 instruction above. If it fails and you receive an error that the "network path is not found", you may need to disable SMBv3 support. In an Administrator cmd.exe session, run the following commands and restart your computer:

SMBv3 support is expected in our next home directory server update. Your local IT support person may be able to help you if you have questions about this procedure or are uncomfortable performing it.


General Windows NetBIOS Commands

If you're working in Windows, you can use command line tools to manage your drive mapping.  These commands also work in .bat files, if you're so inclined to connect/disconnect drives in that manner.

  1. From the Start Menu -> Run -> type 'cmd' in the box and hit enter, the command shell should open.  You can then use the following commands to diagnose, disconnect and connect drives.


MacOS Example

Video Tutorial - Map Home directory using MacOS

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Under "GO" click on "Connect to Server"
  3. From this menu you need to type your Network Path. Please see #Determining your Network Path for help.
  4. Enter your MSU NeID and password for authentication and click "Connect".

Ubuntu Example

  1. Open a File Browser window. In the "File" menu, select "Connect to Server..."
  2. Type your network path in the server address box.   (Format is the same as the Mac format)

  3. Enter your userid and password and click connect.
  4. If connected properly the drive should appear in the file manager screen.

Ubuntu Example (Older Versions)

  1. Open a File Browser window. In the "File" menu, select "Connect to Server..."
  2. In the window that appears, select "SSH" from the drop-down menu next to "Service type," enter "" for "Server," enter "/mnt/home/username" (where username is your NetID) for "Folder," and type your username next to "User Name." For quick access to the drive in future sessions, check the "Add bookmark" box and enter a descriptive label for "Bookmark name." Once all of this information has been entered, click "Connect."
  3. After a brief delay, a new window will appear, asking for your password. Enter it, choose whether or not your password should be saved using the radio buttons, and click "Connect."
  4. The password window will then close, giving way to a File Browser window displaying the contents of your home directory. During future sessions, access the bookmark you added to reconnect. This can be done from the "Bookmarks" menu in a File Browser window.

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