Thayer Shares Connecting

This page contains instructions and downloads to make it easy for you to connect to Thayer Shares (ThayerFS). Follow the instructions for your operating system below.

If you are on campus, you must be connected to the network via an ethernet cable (wired network) or via the Dartmouth Secure wireless network. If you are on the Dartmouth Public wireless network or off campus, you will need to use Dartmouth VPN, SSH, or SFTP.

Web Access

  1. Point your web browser to https://files.thayer.dartmouth.edu
  2. Login with your Dartmouth NetID and password

Windows

Note that if your computer is owned by Thayer School and has been configured to log on to the KIEWIT domain, the Thayer home, courses, research, common and jumbo shares will be mounted automatically at logon. You will not need to do anything further.

If you are using a personally-owned computer or one that has not been configured to log on the KIEWIT domain, please follow the instructions below to connect to Thayer shares.

We have provided a utility for download that will map the Thayer shares automatically. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below for manually connecting to Thayer shares.

Connecting Automatically via the Utility

  1. Right-click and select Save As... or Save Link As... to download --> mapthayershares.hta
  2. Double-click the utility to run.
  3. You will be shown information about which shares will be mapped.
  4. Enter your Dartmouth NetID and password. Click Submit to map to Thayer shares. 

The utility will attempt to map the following shares:

  • O: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\your_NetID - Your Home Directory
  • P: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\courses - Course Folders
  • Q: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\research - Research Groups
  • R: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\common - Departmental and Other Groups
  • S: \\jumbo.thayer.dartmouth.edu\jumbo - Research Groups and other bulk storage

Note that if you have existing drives mapped to any of the above letters, the utility will substitute a different unused letter.

You only need to run this utility once. After a reboot, you should still see icons for the Thayer shares in My Computer. When you click to reconnect, you will be prompted to re-enter your Dartmouth NetID and password.

Connecting Manually

  1. Open up My Computer and select Map Network Drive from the toolbar.
  2. In the Map Network Drive window, select the letter O: for Drive:
  3. In the Folder: field, type
    \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\your_NetID
    	

    Substitute your own Dartmouth NetID for your_NetID.

  4. If you want the connection to remain after a reboot, check the box to Reconnect at logon.
  5. Windows Vista and Windows 7 only: Check the box Connect using different credentials and click the Finish button.
  6. For username, enter
  7. kiewit\your_NetID
    	

    As above, substitute your own Dartmouth NetID for your_NetID.

    • Password is your Dartmouth password.
    • Windows 7 only: If you want Windows to remember your username and password for connecting in the future check Remember my credentials
    • Click OK.

Repeat the above for the remaining Thayer shares:

  • P: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\courses - Course Folders
  • Q: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\research - Research Groups
  • R: \\thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu\common - Departmental and Other Groups
  • S: \\jumbo.thayer.dartmouth.edu\jumbo - Research Groups and other bulk data

Mac OS X

Automated Connection

For a completely automated install that will connect you to all the shares of ThayerFS, download the following file:  Thayer Shares.dmg

  1. After downloading, double-click to open the disk image, and double-click the Thayer Shares application inside it
  2. Enter your Dartmouth NetID when prompted
  3. A folder will be created on your Desktop called Thayer Shares containing shortcuts to each share
  4. Once the script has completed, you can eject the disk image and delete the dmg file

    The first time you double-click one of these shortcuts, you will be prompted for your password. If you do not want to be prompted each time you open a share, simply check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox after typing your password.

Manual Connection

If you want to see how this is done manually, follow this procedure...

  1. Open the TextEdit application (typically in the Applications folder)
    Copy and paste or type the following in the blank window, replacing 'your_NetID' with your actual Dartmouth NetID:
    smb://KIEWIT;your_NetID@thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu/common
    	


    Highlight this text, and then drag the text to your Desktop.  Be sure to highlight just the text and not the entire line or your connection will not work.

  2. Rename the file - in this case to Common - and move the file to a convenient location, like a folder named Thayer Shares on your Desktop

  3. Repeat this for the other shares - courses, research, and home - by editing the line in TextEdit and dragging that line out to the Desktop

    The home share is a special case!

    The line in TextEdit for the home share has your NetID as the share name:

    smb://KIEWIT;your_NetID@thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu/your_NetID
    	

Once all the shortcuts are created, the procedure is the same as above. The first time you double-click one of these shortcuts, you will be prompted for your password. If you do not want to be prompted each time you open a share, simply check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox after typing your password.

If you have any trouble or need assistance with this manual procedure, contact computing@thayer.dartmouth.edu and we'll be happy to help.

Linux

There are of course many different Linux distributions and setups, so it is nearly impossible to give specific instructions for connecting a Linux client to Thayer Shares. However, below are some guidelines and things to look for to get connected. 

You can also access ThayerFS or Jumbo via SSHFS. Specifically, clients needing to access ThayerFS or Jumbo from the Discovery cluster can use SSHFS.

cifs

First, make sure your system has cifs. Most recent 2.6 kernels use cifs. The easiest way to check is with the modprobe command. Then check that the module is loaded, using the lsmod command. As root, type:

modprobe cifs
lsmod

You will then need the mounting tools. For cifs, this command is mount.cifs (usually located in /sbin). For many distributions, you may need to load an additional package for this to work.

Once cifs is set up on your system, use the mount command, specifying cifs with the -t switch. For example, to mount the 'research' share onto a directory called /mnt/research, you would type the following (as root):

mount -t cifs -o username=kiewit/NetID,uid=localuser //thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu/research /mnt/research

You should substitute "localuser" with an actual local user account on your system that will access this share - otherwise, only root will be able to access the share. You will then be prompted for your password, and the share will be mounted.

smbfs

First, make sure your system has smbfs. Older 2.4 kernels generally use smbfs.. The easiest way to check is with the modprobe command. Then check that the module is loaded, using the lsmod command. As root, type:

modprobe cifs
lsmod

If the module loaded properly, you will then need the mounting tools. For smbfs, this command is smbmount (usually located in /usr/bin). For many distributions, you may need to load an additional package for this to work.

Then, to mount, for example, the ThayerFS research share onto a directory called /mnt/research, you would use the mount command (as root) like this:

mount -t smbfs -o "username=kiewit\NetID,uid=localuser" //thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu/research /mnt/research

Note the quotes around the username option and the backslash after kiewit - these are required

You should substitute "localuser" with an actual local user account on your system that will access this share - otherwise, only root will be able to access the share.

Another form you can use for this same command is:

mount -t smbfs -o workgroup=kiewit,username=NetID,uid=localuser //thayerfs.thayer.dartmouth.edu/research /mnt/research

You will then be prompted for your password, and the share will be mounted.

Graphical file manager: Nautilus

On many graphical systems, you can use a filesystem browser like Nautilus to avoid having to mount Thayer Shares directly. Nautilus has a "Connect to server..." option you can use to connect to a ThayerFS or Jumbo share - you should select "Windows share" and then type in the share name and authentication information to get connected.


To have a share mounted at boot is more complicated, involving changes to your /etc/fstab file and the use of a "credentials" file to store your username and password. We do not recommend this method, but if you would like to, please contact us for assistance.

Sync Client / Offline Access

To keep a local copy of your files on your computer you can install the sync client which will create a "magic" folder much like Google Drive or Dropbox services.

  1. Download & Install the sync client: https://owncloud.org/install/#install-clients
  2. Launch the application "owncloud"
  3. In the Server Address field, enter: https://files.thayer.dartmouth.edu
  4. Enter your Dartmouth NetID and password
  5. You can choose to sync everything or choose what to sync. At this point, you can also pick where your "magic" folder will be located.

    if you have access to a lot of files and shares, we highly recommend that you choose what to sync. You could have access to more data than your local hard drive can take.

  6. That's it, you can click on "Finish"
  7. You will notice a new icon in your system tray, you can click on it to get a status of the ongoing synchronization or to further tweak settings.
  8. You will also have your folder available under "Favorites" in Finder.

iOS / Android Access

  1. Download "ownCloud" from the iOS App Store or Android Play Store and launch it.
    1. The App does cost ~$1. Alternatively you can use free free apps supporting Webdav to get to your files.


  2. Connect to https://files.thayer.dartmouth.edu with with Dartmouth NetID and password


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