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.
First identify your N and K drive addresses:
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
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.