Technical Note - Mounting VUW File Shares


This Technical Note shows how to access VUW (non-ECS) file systems from the ECS computers. In particular it will be useful for staff who wish to access the Science Faculty M: drive (SCIFAC_SHARED) or the Engineering Faculty M: drive (FENG_SHARED).


In the following ITSusername is the username you use for all (or most) non-ECS VUW access, such as Web Kiosk and the Library.

From a Linux workstation

These create a filesystem under /media/smb-stastocoiscifs1.staff....

udevil mount smb://STAFF/

Your ITS "H:" drive:

udevil mount smb://STAFF/


To unmount, enter the command

udevil umount path_that_was_mounted

Under KDE

Following only works for applications that are aware of the KDE KIO facility:

In the Dolphin Filemanager, File / Create New > / Link to Location (URL)... specify a filename for the link (say VUWfiles), then in the Enter Link to Location (URL): field, type something like: smb://staff\

From a NetBSD workstation

Science Faculty shared "M:" drive:

mount_smbfs -o nodev,nosuid -I -W STAFF "//ITSusername@*SMB-SERVER/FENG_SHARED" /local/external


To unmount, enter the command

umount /local/external

From a Macintosh

  • Connect to server using Apple k from the finder or from the "GO" menu in the finder

  • For ECS Staff smb:// as the server
  • For SMS Staff smb:// as the server
  • enter STAFF as the domain
  • use your ITS username and password as for the Unix systems above

From a Windows server

  • in My Computer click Tools/Map Network Drive...
  • in the Folder field, type \\\FENG_SHARED
  • click on "different user name"
  • in the User Name: field enter staff\ITSusername
  • enter your ITS password in the Password: field and click OK


  • in My Computer click Tools/Disconnect Network Drive...
  • Select the appropriate drive, then click OK

Other possibly useful fileshares:

  • \\\pbrf

  • \\\Applications

  • FOR ECS -- your "H" drive on the ITS systems.

  • FOR SMS -- your "H" drive on the ITS systems.

with the appropriate changes depending on from where you are connecting.

See also

  • Students and staff should check Accessing SCS Files for how to access their SCS or ITS home files from ECS or SMS systems.