Accessing files from Windows NT or higher

If you are using Windows NT you may easily move files back and forth from your PC to the SAF file server using the regular Windows tools. To do so you need only mount your disk area. Here is how:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Tools -> map network drive...
  3. Enter
       Drive:      S         (or any other letter)
       Path:       \\safserver\your_username
       Connect as: saf\your_username
       Leave the "connect at login box" unchecked unless you really want
       to reconnect at every login.  On Some versions of windows you
       must follow a link to enter the "Connect as" information.
  4. When the Enter Network Password dialog comes up enter:
       password:   your_saf_password
  5. Your disk area should mount under the drive letter specified.

Caveats, gotchas, and don't do thats

  1. If you're using Windows 95, 98, or ME don't try this, you won't be able to set the username.
  2. Disk usage information may be obtained by going to the desktop, clicking on My Computer, and using the Details view.
  3. Beware of file locking problems! You do NOT want to find out what happens if you have a file open in a Windows application and you try to read/write it on the the Solaris machine, or vice versa. It should usually be safe to copy a file to this disk area, run a program that uses it, and then copy back the result.
  4. This disk area is only for SAF related use. Do not store anything else there. We have a single shared disk on a machine with hundreds of user accounts.
  5. It may be necessary from time to time to restart Samba on the file server. If you have any files open on this disk area on your PC at that time the file may become corrupted. You may have to reconnect, or possibly even logout and back in on the Windows machine following such an event.
  6. If you log onto one of the PCs (names SAF01, SAF02, etc.) in the SAF area using your SAF username/password (the same as for Mendel) your disk area will automatically mount - you will not need to do it separately. However, if you do use these PCs please be careful to configure Internet Explorer to delete all cache files on exit. Otherwise your "profile" will become huge and your login/logout times extremely long. In the worst case scenario your profile might exceed your disk space quota
Updated 04/28/2003