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Research Computing Services

RFS storage is accessed via the SMB/CIFS protocol, which is available on all major computing platforms. You can mount RFS directories on your own computer directly from the CUDN network.

Below are instructions for:

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS
  • Ubuntu 16.04

Windows 10

RFS is mounted like a normal Windows network drive. The name of the network drive is:


where 'project-name' will be given to you when your RFS share is created, or viewable in the self-service gateway (it will typically have the form rfs-crsid_of_data_owner-your_supplied_project_name).

Here are the steps to map a network drive under Windows 10:

Right click This PC in a Explorer Window and then click Map network drive

In the window that pops up, give the drive a letter and fill in path to the network share -


You will need to tick the box 'Connect using Different Credentials' (unless you are using a machine bound to the UIS Active Directory domain BLUE), and specify your UIS username and password in the following way:

The mapped drive will now appear in your explorer.


With a Finder window highlighted, go to the top menubar and click 'Go' and then 'Connect to Server...' (alternatively you can just press 'CMD+k' on your keyboard). In the pop-up window input the URL like the following:

and replace '{CRSid}' with your own CRSid, and replace 'project' with your RFS project name.

Ubuntu 16.04

Within Nautilus, click 'Connect to Server':

and put your UIS username and password into the fields as follows:


Firstly, please ensure that any self-administered machines (e.g. workstations, laptops or servers) which you use to connect to UIS services are fully up to date with respect to operating system updates, antivirus and antispyware software. For more information (including links to free antivirus software) please visit:


The RFS uses the UIS Password in common with other central UIS services such as Raven, Hermes and Desktop Services, visit:

for more information. 

If the UIS Password does not appear to work, please visit the UIS Password Management page at

and perform a password change - this will propagate your UIS Password to the BLUE Active Directory (it is permissible to change the password to itself provided the strength indicator shows GREEN).

Planned maintenance

Any planned maintenance will be advertised in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to maintain uninterrupted service otherwise.

Directory permissions

Your project data storage directory on RFS will have ACLs set such that only you and the other nominated members of your group will be able to access it.


The RFS support team will use email to advise the user base of impending events such as planned maintenance periods, or emergencies affecting service. This is done using the University list server and by default all users are added to the list This is a moderated list and although you may opt out of this if you wish, we would prefer you did not.


For current system documentation please visit:

Research File Share

Please don't hesitate to ask us directly by email to or by phone if any of the preceding details need explanation or clarification.