Accessing Chemserv

Connecting From Off Campus

If you will be accessing Chemserv from off campus, you will need to set up Cisco AnyConnect VPN. This replaces the old certificate-based Cisco VPN Client. You can find instructions to do that at Once you have installed AnyConnect and opened a connection, you can follow the directions below. VPN is only necessary from off-campus; connections from on-campus can use VPN, but do not need to.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7:

You can access the server from a PC by opening the Start menu, selecting "Run", and typing \\ When prompted for a name and password, you will need to specify the Microsoft domain name of 'andrew' as part of the 'connect as' dialog. For example, if your userID is ap2a, you would log on with:

connect as: andrew\ap2a
password: (your Andrew password)

Some computers on campus run a modified login program that lets you log in with your Andrew ID/password. On such machines, once you're logged in, you can access \\chemserv without being prompted at all for your Andrew ID and password. This includes all public cluster PCs and some PCs within the department--these PCs are all members of the Microsoft Andrew domain. You can identify these PCs by the presence of 'Log on to' field in the login window that includes a ' (Kerberos Realm)' item in its pulldown list.

By default, each user has a 2GB quota for the Users share on the server. Additional space may be requested, and will be granted based on necessity. The Groups share has a separate quota, and vary by research group. Please bear in mind that personal music and movie files are not allowed on the server.

Mac OS X:

To connect using Mac OS X, first set your password as instructed above. Then, make sure you are in Finder, then click the "Go" menu, choose "Connect To Server", and enter the server address "smb://" Enter your username as above (ANDREW\username), and your Andrew password for the password. On older versions of Mac OS X, you needed to specify the domain separately; in that case, you would use your Andrew ID as the username, your Andrew password as the password, and "ANDREW" (no quotes) as the domain. Don't forget to drag the volume to the trash when you are done!

Other Operating Systems

When connecting from Linux or other versions of Unix, you must use SMB (eg, via samba). We do not presently support FTP, SFTP, AFS, NFS, or AFP access to the server.

Connecting to Chemserv from older operating systems is not supported. The Classic Mac OS is incapable of supporting modern encrypted connections. Older versions of Windows are incompatible with Active Directory; in addition, they generally should be avoided due to significant numbers of unpatched security vulnerabilities.