ARCHIVED - Setup CRC AFS Cell Access for Windows

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The CRC no longer supports AFS desktop clients. For file transfer to the desktop we recommend FTP clients or Globus Online

Here are instructions on how to get access to the AFS file system of CRC. In essence, you need to download the OpenAFS software, install it and map the network drive. The process may take some 30 minutes.

  1. Determine whether your operating system is 64-bit or 32-bit (To tell which type of operating system you are running, refer to the guide How to tell if you have 32 or 64 bit Windows)

  2. After finding out whether your operating system (OS) is 32 or 64 bit, download the file designed for your OS.

  3. You may download the appropriate version of OpenAFS directly from: Notre Dame OIT.

  4. A pop-up window will appear prompting you to respond ‘save file’ or ‘cancel’, click on ‘save file’


  5. Next, your computer will bring up another window showing the status and progress of your download, when it is done downloading and scanning for viruses double click on it to run the file and start the installation.

  6. A pop-up will then come up asking if you permit this file to make changes to your computer, choose yes and continue

  7. Another window will come up welcoming you to the OpenAFS Installer, click okay.

  8. It will begin installing all the required components in your operating system so that you can begin mapping to your AFS space. After it finishes installing, it will restart your computer automatically

  9. After the computer restarts, the Kerberos for Windows Launcher window will pop up. Type your user id where it says NetID and press OK.

  10. Another window will pop up verifying that you entered the correct NetID. If it is correct, click Yes, otherwise, click NO to return to the previous screen where you entered your NetID.

  11. The Default AFS Cell Selector will pop up. Click on CRC.ND.EDU as your default and click Select Cell. Another pop up window verifying the changes will pop up. Click OK.

  12. Congratulations! You have successfully installed OpenAFS!

  13. To Connect to AFS/Map network drives:

    1.       Go to your start menu and look for 'Authentication' icon. It may be in ‘OpenAFS’ or in 'Kerberos for Windows' in ‘All Programs’.



    2.       After you click on it, a new window should appear that asks for your netID, Realm and password that corresponds to your netID


    3.       Fill in your information and hit ‘Ok’, this will obtain new credentials and connect you to AFS

    4.       Next you want to map your AFS space, to do this start by opening the start menu and right clicking on ‘Computer’


    5.       To map your AFS space, choose Z: for your drive and enter this into the folder box(\\afs\\user\*first letter in netID*\*netID*)(exclude the *s) and hit finish


    5.       After the connection is made, go to ‘Computer’ in your start menu and it should look something like this: (your drive will be the Z: drive and its name will start with the netID that you used to connect to AFS)


  14. Lastly, if you wish to simultaneously map your CRC & ND AFS spaces, check the instructions at Simultaneously Map Your CRC & ND AFS Spaces.

    Access your personal space (alternate method with script instead of multi-step process above)

    1) Download the CRC AFS mount/map script

    2) Save this file to your desktop or other commonly used location (typically, right click the link and left-click "Save As").

    3) Run the script (double-click or press enter after selecting the script name) and provide your netID, netID password, and a drive letter of your choice when prompted by the script.

    4) Your CRC AFS files should be available in the drive letter of your choice (through Windows Explorer or any other application).

    Send any feedback regarding the script to