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Ask ACCRE: How do I map my home directory on ACCRE as a network drive on my computer?

Posted by on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Website.

By mapping ACCRE as a networked drive, we can move files from our computer to ACCRE, and from ACCRE to our computer, as if it was a drive on our computer. Here are instructions for mapping ACCRE as a networked drive on Windows and macOS.

Mapping ACCRE to a computer running Windows

We will be using a program called SSHFS for Windows. Before you install SSHFS for Windows, you will need to install a program by the same author called WinFSP, then you will install SSHFS for Windows. There are different versions for SSHFS for 32-bit and 64-bit systems; if you are unsure whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit, you can find out here.

Next, you will map a network drive. Open “This PC” (type in “This PC” in the Start Menu), and click on “Map Network Drive”. You will then connect to \\sshfs\yourvunetid@login.accre.vanderbilt.edu.

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When prompted, enter your ACCRE password – not your Vanderbilt password that you use for email and other Vanderbilt services.

A new window should pop up with your ACCRE home directory as a networked drive.

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Mapping ACCRE to a computer running macOS

Similar to the Windows setup, there are two programs you will need to install: first OSXFuse, then SSHFS for Mac. You will be asked to edit your security settings during the install:

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Once both programs are installed then open up a command line and type in sshfs yourvunetid@login.accre.vanderbilt.edu:/home/yourvunetid /directory_to_mount replacing yourvunetidwith your VUnetID and directory_to_mount with the local directory where you would like to mount the network drive.

You may need to change more security settings and reboot. Go ahead and do this, then run the command again.

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If you have mapped the network directory successfully, it should look like this.

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