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Access to personal DS filespaces

Personal filespaces on DS-Filestore offer a conventient place to backup and share your personal files. A usage quota of up to 2Gb is included with all Desktop Services accounts.

 

There are various ways to access your personal filespace on the DS-Filestore service, depending on the device and operating system you are using, and whether or not it is connected to the University's data network (CUDN):

From an MCS computer

When you log in on a Managed Cluster Service (MCS) computer, you will have automatic access to your personal filespace on DS-Filestore.

Note: always remember to end your session by quitting the web browser and logging out when you finish using an MCS computer. If you do not, the next user of that machine will have access to your filestore.

From your own computer – connected to the CUDN

If your computer is connected to the University data network (but not via eduroam), you can use the Common Internet File System (CIFS) (also known as SMB/Samba) to connect to your personal filespace.

Once you have set up your CIFS connection, your DS-Filestore will appear as another network device – just like a CD drive, a local hard disk or an external USB stick.

See the detailed instructions for your operating system:

From your own computer  – not connected to the CUDN

Use the DS-Files web interface at https://dsfiles.ds.cam.ac.uk.

Note: Depending on the capabilities and configuration of your web browser, this option may provide slightly less functionality.

From mobile devices

The free DS-Files mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. Using a mobile device, go to https://dsfiles.ds.cam.ac.uk and you will automatically be redirected to download the appropriate version of the app.

Connecting to DS-Filestore using SFTP

You can also use standard file transfer utilities to connect via SFTP. Use any file transfer program that supports the SFTP protocol to connect to sftp.ds.cam.ac.uk, using your Desktop Services login.

Remote login to MCS Linux

This method allows you to manage your files directly using Unix commands, and to change access rights remotely. This is the only method of checking your quota usage remotely.

You can login remotely to MCS Linux (linux.ds.cam.ac.uk) from any system using ssh or slogin.