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Home Directories

BSOE provides home directories for each user. User home directory quotas are based on the type of user account and are documented below:

Type Quota
Faculty 60 GB
Adjunct Faculty 40 GB
Emeritus Faculty 60 GB
Lecturer 40 GB
Staff 8 GB
Researcher 8 GB
Grad 8 GB
Undergrad 2 GB
Guest 1 GB
Service Account 1 GB
Alumni 100 MB

Home directory quotas cannot be increased. If you have more data than can fit in your home directory, you need a projects disk.

Projects Disks

Projects disks are available for administrative, research and instructional needs by request. Research projects disks are subject to recharge fees based on actual disk usage. The recharge rate for research projects disks for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is $0.08 / GB / year, and is billed based on actual usage, not quota allocation. That is, if we set your quota to 3TB, but you only use 100GB for a whole quarter, then you will be billed for using 100GB, not 3TB. However, snapshots (that is, backups) do count against this total. So if you have a lot of data churn, your snapshot datasets can increase your usage beyond 100GB, even if you only have 100GB currently allocated. We keep 7 daily snapshots, 4 weekly, 12 monthly and 7 annual. So, if your data is completely overwritten each day, your rate would be calculated as follows:

100GB (Base) + (100GB * 7 daily) + (100GB * 4 weekly) + (100GB * 3 monthly) = 1500GB * $0.08 = $120.00 per year

On the other hand, if you only overwrite 5GB per day, then the calculation would be:

100GB (Base) + (5GB * 7 daily) + (5GB * 4 weekly) + (5GB * 3 monthly) = 170 GB * $0.08 = $13.60 per year

Accessing Home Directories and/or Projects Disks

Home directories are made available on all BSOE-supported Linux/UNIX servers via NFS and can also be accessed over CIFS (Windows File Sharing). Projects directories are also exported via NFS and can be made accessible over CIFS on request.

CIFS access to home and projects directories is available on the BSOE network but requires use of the UCSC VPN service in order to use it in other parts of campus as well as from off-campus.

Note that if your BSOE account credentials are not accepted by the CIFS servers, you may need to update your password at the BSOE account management page. You can reuse your current password. Going through the password change process makes sure that your password is set correctly in all of our systems.

Linux/UNIX

On BSOE-supported Linux and UNIX servers, you can access your home directory using the following command:

cd ~

You can access projects disks using the following command:

cd /projects/<project name>

Where <project name> is the name assigned to your projects disk. Note that home directories and projects disks are mounted automatically when you first try to access them. If you use the mount command, you will not see your projects disk mounted until you attempt to access one or more files in the projects disk.

Windows (All Editions Except Windows 10 Home)

If you are off-campus, first make sure you are connected to the UCSC VPN service.

Open a run prompt from the Start menu or by pressing the WinKey + R key combination. In the run prompt, type:

\\samba-01.soe.ucsc.edu

and press enter or click Ok. You should be prompted for your credentials. Enter your user name in the format "BSOE\username" and your BSOE account password. The "BSOE\" prefix is necessary and must be capitalized if you are not on a supported BSOE computer, such as a personal laptop or a self-supported workstation or VM. Once you have successfully authenticated, you should see a list of available shares including your own home directory.

Windows 10 Home

If you are off-campus, first make sure you are connected to the UCSC VPN service.

Microsoft made a change to their OS that prevents you from listing available shares on a CIFS server. Therefore, you must know the name of the share you are connecting to without browsing for it. For home directories, you should open a run prompt from the Start menu or by pressing the WinKey + R combination. In the run prompt, enter:

\\samba-01.soe.ucsc.edu\username

for your home directory, or

\\samba-01.soe.ucsc.edu\project-disk-name

for a projects disk.

Macintosh

If you are off-campus, first make sure you are connected to the UCSC VPN service.

Click on the desktop background or open a Finder window so that you see the "Go" option in the menu bar. Click "Go", "Connect to Server" and you will be prompted for an address. Type:

smb://samba-01.soe.ucsc.edu

and press enter. You can click the + button to add the address to your list of favorites so that you do not have to type the address each time. After pressing enter you should be prompted for your credentials. Once you have successfully authenticated, you should see a list of available shares including your own home directory.