Access Your Files from a Personal Computer

Mapping Your CIMS Home Directory

Once you have registered your computer with ITS, you will be able to connect to the network from certain access points at NYU. You may then map your home directory to your computer. Mapping your CIMS home directory will make it appear as a drive on your computer.

To map your home directory when off-campus, use the NYU Virtual Private Network (VPN). Once you install and launch the VPN client, you can follow the instructions below to map your directory in the same way you would while on NYU's network. The VPN client must be running for the mapping to work outside of NYU's network.

  • Locally mapping your home directory in Windows
  • Locally mapping your home directory with a Mac
  • Locally mapping your home directory in Linux

Locally mapping your home directory in Windows

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. Choose Map Network Drive
  3. Specify an available letter in the "Drive:" field
  4. In the "Folder:" field, enter the following:
  5. Click on the Connect using a different user name link, and type in your CIMS username and password.
  6. Click Finish and your home directory should appear in the My Computer folder under the letter of the drive that you specified.

Locally mapping your home directory with a Mac

  1. Click on Finder
  2. Press command + k
  3. Type in the following line:
    where username is the name of you use to login to your CIMS account.
  4. Type in your username and password in the indicated fields.
  5. note: this will mount your home directory, but not your public_html folder since this is, in most cases, on a separate filesystem and on a different server.  If you wish to drag and drop files to and from your public_html folder you can use an sftp client to accomplish that.  You can also try mounting smb:// and log in with your CIMS username and password to mount your web directory.

Locally mapping your home directory under Linux

An SSH tunnel is not necessary if your machine is inside the CIMS network. Simply type the following:

mount -t cifs -o user=username // /mnt

where username is your CIMS username.