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Highlander AFS

Highlander AFS is the primary academic computing environment at NJIT. Highlander AFS, NJIT’s implementation of the Andrew File System (AFS) is a distributed computing environment comprised of multiple file and database servers and several hundred Unix, Windows, Linux, and Macintosh client computers. Highlander AFS provides a very broad spectrum of both commercial and open source application software, compilers, and utilities. Variations of AFS are used as the primary file management system at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, MIT, and hundreds of other education and research institutions.

Your UCID will be your Highlander AFS username. However, AFS passwords are maintained separately from the UCID password. To best access Highlander AFS services, your computer should be an AFS Client.  If your machine is not an AFS client, you may remotely login to one of a number of public AFS machines that support remote users.  The GITC 2315C computer lab houses 35 Sun Microsystems SunBlade 1000 workstations that can be used for this purpose.  These AFS clients are named through Users can login to these machines locally or remotely. Remote access is provided by establishing a secure shell, or sftp session directly into one of these AFS clients. This feature will give you access to all of the services provided by AFS as well as the files in your personal storage space from a remote location, such as home or work. 

Changes to AFS entry points starting on August 3rd 2010.

Accessing AFS

Information about accessing your AFS account can be found here. If you are connecting to AFS from off-campus please click here.

Storage Space

Each student, faculty and staff member receives storage space on AFS. More information about this space can be found here.

Web Pages

All personal web pages are stored on AFS.  Students are sometimes asked to create websites for classes they might be enrolled in as well. is the web server for AFS. All Highlander AFS users can create a website on AFS. Once your Highlander AFS account is configured for web hosting, it will have a URL in the form: If you are hosting audio or video files, it will have a URL in the form:  More information on setting up your homepage can be found here.


A great number of applications and compilers are available on AFS. AFS is a distributed file system consisting of Linux and Solaris UNIX operating environments. Software types include desktop publishing, plotting, animation, and statistical analysis.  More information about software installed on AFS (Linux and Solaris) can be found here.


Online backups of AFS user accounts normally occur between 3 AM and 4 AM daily. The online backup consists of a snapshot of user directories (accounts), including course and project directories, that exist between the hours of 3 AM and 4 AM. These online backups are read-only: nothing in them can be modified. However, the owner of the backed up data can read and copy any file to another location. The AFS permissions in the online backup are exactly the same as the permissions in the account. Online backups do NOT count against a user's AFS disk quota. More information about AFS Backups can be found here.

More about AFS...

Detailed information about AFS authentication and permissions, checking your AFS storage quota, troubleshooting issues and more can be found here.