Andrew File System (AFS)

AFS is a distributed network file system that enables files that are physically stored on many different AFS servers to be accessed as if they were in a single directory (or virtual drive) on a local computer. This allows users from any AFS computer at any remote site (such as a computer lab) to access files in a unified and easily identifiable way.

AFS at NC State

AFS allows you to access your personal files from any Unity lab computer. In most cases, AFS directories function just like any other Unix file system. You will need to use standard Unix commands to create subdirectories and to move, copy, and delete files.

AFS from a Lab

On Unity Windows workstations, your personal network file space can be accessed through a virtual drive located under the "My Computer" icon, usually at the top left of the desktop. There may be several virtual drive icons there, but the one for your personal file space will be named with your Unity ID and the letters AFS. This is usually labeled the "K:" drive.

In Unity-supported labs, a Linux workstation logs you into your personal AFS file space automatically. Logging into login.ncsu.edu from a PC or Macintosh takes you to a Linux workstation. To learn more about the Unix operating system and commands, see Unix Operating SystemThis link will open in a new window.

AFS from a remote location

In addition to accessing your AFS file space in a Unity lab, you can also get to it from a remote location using a secure file transfer protocol. This usually requires your Unity ID and password.

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