General AFS FAQs

For general information on Highlander AFS, please click here.

Highlander AFS?
1: Why use AFS?
2: What are AFS "foreign cells"?
3: How do I create an account on Highlander AFS?
4: What username and password do I use?
5: My password isn't working. What do I do?
6: Can student clubs and organizations create a Highlander AFS account?
7: How do I access my club's Highlander AFS account?
8: How do I log into Highlander AFS?
9: How do I change my Highlander AFS password?
10: How can I create a web site on Highlander AFS?
11: How do I retrieve files that were deleted by mistake??
12: How do I access my Highlander AFS account from the computing labs on campus running Windows?
13: How do I use my "H-Drive" or AFS storage account?
14: How can I make my website play multimedia files?
15: Can I allow other people (including my instructor) to run programs in my user space on university systems using AFS?
17: What do I do if I cannot save a file?
18: What do I do if I accidently remove myself from an Access Control List?

1: Why use AFS?

AFS is the only distributed filesystem that enables heterogeneous client platforms - Linux, MacOS X, Unix, Windows - to access the identical filespace via using the identical login credentials (username and password), over both local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs).
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2: What are AFS "foreign cells"?

The academic AFS cell at NJIT is "cad.njit.edu". There is another NJIT cell, used for administrative and Core Systems computing.
  • An AFS "foreign cell" is any non-local cell that is mounted (made available) at /afs. E.g., /afs/rpi.edu is the root of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute cell; /afs/cs.stanford.edu is the root of the Stanford Computer Science cell.
  • Foreign cells are accessed in exactly the same way as a local cell. E.g., from a Unix/Linux machine: cd /afs/cs.stanford.edu.
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3: How do I create an account on Highlander AFS?

If you are a current NJIT student and already have a UCID, it is likely that you already have an AFS account. If you have no UCID and therefore no AFS account, you must fill out an online Account Application.

If you have a UCID and have tried to sign onto your AFS account without success, either you have a password issue or you do not have an AFS account. If you are not sure, contact the IST Service Desk  for assistance.
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4: What username and password do I use?

Highlander AFS requires your UCID as the username, but it maintains a separate password from the other computing accounts. If you do not know what your Highlander AFS password is, you must have your password reset.
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5: My password isn't working. What do I do?

For assistance with Password Management, please visit the Password Management Website.
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6: Can student clubs and organizations create a Highlander AFS account?

As of October 2009, no new club accounts were created. More information on existing club accounts and new student organization services can be found here.
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7: How do I access my club's Highlander AFS account?

For assistance with accessing a club's Highlander AFS account, please visit the Club Account Website.
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8: How do I log into Highlander AFS?

  • Linux, Mac OS X : use the native ssh client<.li>
  • Windows : Run an SSH session using MobaXterm software, available at the software webpage.
    • The "host" or "domain" should be "afsx.njit.edu" where x is a number between 1 and 35
  • If connecting from off-campus the "host" or "domain" should be "afsconnect1.njit.edu" or "afsconnect2.njit.edu"
  • Enter your UCID as the username.
  • Enter your AFS password.
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9: How do I change my Highlander AFS password?

  • Log into Highlander AFS. For information about logging into the AFS, please see question 6.
  • Enter "kpasswd" at the prompt.
  • Enter your old AFS password.
  • Enter your new new password.
  • Enter your new AFS password again.
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10: How can I create a web site on Highlander AFS?

For information on creating your website, please visit the Webhosting Page . If you are having login issues related to your UCID and/or password, please consult UCID FAQ
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11: How do I retrieve files that were deleted by mistake??

See on-line backup.

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12: How do I access my Highlander AFS account from the computing labs on campus running Windows?

For a walkthrough of how to access your Highlander AFS account from the computing labs on campus running Windows, please see OpenAFS in Computing Labs.
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13: How do I use my Windows "H-Drive" for AFS storage?

See H-drive.
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14: How can I make my website play multimedia files?

Your website, located at web.njit.edu/~yourUCID, is disabled from playing multimedia files. You must use harp.njit.edu/~yourUCID to access these files.
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15: Can I allow UCIDs to run programs in my user space on NJIT systems using AFS?

Yes. Instructions here

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16: What do I do if I cannot access, copy, or save a file?

  • Make sure you have a Kerberos token:

    tokens

  • Make sure you have adequate disk quota, and that the partition is not full or nearly full:

    fslq <path_to_dir>

  • Make sure you have the required rights:

    fs la <path_to_dir>


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18: What do I do if I accidently remove myself from an Access Control List?

  • If you have removed your own rights from the Access Control List of your login directory or any of its subdirectories, you can always restore those rights by:

    find ~ -type d -exec fs sa \{\} <your.UCID> all 2>/dev/null \;


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Last Updated: June 29, 2017