Access to KTH Windows home folder and file shares from Ubuntu

The KTH Windows platform (aka WIKS) has a central role in the KTH IT environment. Ubuntu users might need to access the common file shares. This is how you do it.

Linux (Ubuntu)

In order to access the KTH Windows servers according to the instructions below your computer has fulfill any of these:

  • be connected by wifi via Eduroam provided by KTH
  • be connected by network cable at KTH
  • be connected to the KTH network via VPN connection if you are outside KTH

Connect to home folder and other file shares

The KTH Windows platform has, besides the home folder, a number of common file shares.

The search path of the home folder is constructed by the first letters in the username, e.g. /home/a/l/alice.

To connect to any fo the file shares, follow the instructions below.

Volume address Name in KTH Windows Description
/files.ug.kth.se/root/home\x\y\username H:\ Home folder (see below)
/files.ug.kth.se/root/gemensam G:\ Common files for workgroups
/files.ug.kth.se/root/projekt P:\ Common files for projects
\\ug.kth.se\dfs\www W:\ Webb server for student section homepages

In the file manager (Nautilus) choose File > Connect to Server... and enter

  smb://files.ug.kth.se

From there you can access the other file areas.

You can also user the hotkey Ctrl-L and write the path in the address field.

Commandline access

Default path

If you need access to the folder from a commandline window or from another application you wlll find the file area mounted under //run/user/<<uid>>/gvfs, but can also be accessed under ~/.gvfs/.

Your own path

If you want to mount the folder at a specifik mountpoint.

Om du vill montera katalogen på en specifik monteringspunkt

1. Create a folder to which the remote location will be mounted

Examples:

   sudo mkdir /mnt/kth_homefolder

  or

   sudo mkdir /mnt/kth_common

2. Mount the remote location to the folder(s) that youve just created

Examples:

  sudo mount -t cifs -o username="username" //files.ug.kth.se/root/home/"u"/"s"/"username" /mnt/kth_homefolder

or

  sudo mount -t cifs -o username="username"  //files.ug.kth.se/root/gemensam/”path” /mnt/kth_common

If you want to add this to the fstab it should look something like this:

 //files.ug.kth.se/root/home/"u"/"s"/"username" /mnt/kth_homefolder cifs rw,user="username",uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0

or

 //files.ug.kth.se/root/gemensam/”path” /mnt/kth_common cifs rw,user=”username”,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0

Note

  •  "" should NOT be used when running the commands or in fstab.
  • uid and gid might be different on your systems. They should correspond to your user uid.

If problems occurs

Some system can have problems accessing the home folders via the dfs services. Then it might work better to connect straight to the server where the home folder resides, e.g.

smb://ughome01.ug.kth.se/a/l/alice

instead of smb://ug.kth.se/dfs/home/a/l/alice. Which server the folder resides on depends on the first letter of the username

  • A—G: ughome01.ug.kth.se
  • H—O: ughome02.ug.kth.se
  • P—Z: ughome03.ug.kth.se
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