The article gives instructions on how to connect to the N and K drives using a Ubuntu Linux distribution running the GNOME desktop.
When working away from the University campus staff and students can access their N & K drives in the same way as they do when on campus if they first setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. This article provides instructions on setting up VPN: Setting up the VPN for remote access on Linux
Note: The connection to N and K drives will fail at startup if you are working remotely and the VPN is not connected.
Accessing N & K drives
It is possible to use the in-built 'Connect to Server...' function to connect to your N drive and the K drives. This has been tested on Ubuntu but should work on any distribution using the GNOME desktop. Some steps may vary depending on version.
Use the 'Find my N Drive' tool. Note: You need to connect the VPN to use this tool when off campus.
The address is smb://sp1/public
Connect to your N drive and the K drive
Using the Graphical User Interface,
1. Using the File Browser, select File and Connect to Server (or select 'Connect to Server' in the navigator sidebar).
2. Enter the N drive address in the 'Server Address' field:
3. Click on 'Connect'
4. When prompted enter your university network credentials. Enter uni for the domain.
Make the appropriate selection for storing the password.
5. Click on 'Connect'
The contents of your N drive should now be accessible
The connection address will be saved for future use but you may have to re-enter you password if you chose not to allow it to be saved locally.
Repeat steps 2 to 5 to connect to you K drive The server address is smb://sp1/public
Using the Command Line Interface (e.g. Terminal)
Enter the following command in a terminal: sudo mount -t cifs //
e.g. sudo mount -t cifs //su2.uni.ds.port.ac.uk/u-/pottsd /mnt/pottsd -o username=pottsd,rw,sec=ntlm,vers=3.0,uid=pottsd,gid=pottsd
The mount point (specifiued as '/mnt/
Problem: Error message when connecting that says Cannot display location"sftp://~@myfiles.port.ac.uk/home/local/UNI/~" Host key verification fails
Possible fix: remove the host key from the file ~/.ssh/known_hosts
If you have any problems connecting using the method above please contact the Servicedesk.
For further information please see the related articles, Your N drive information guide, Connect to N and K drives (MacOSX), Setiing up the VPN for remote access on the Linux operating system, Connect to N and K drives (Windows), K drive location.