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Home Directory Service

Accessing Home Directory with Windows

For On-Grounds Use: This page details the steps you need to take to connect to the Home Directory Service on Grounds, after you download and install HDS with the Login Utility. Alternatively, you may use the Home Directory Web Interface.

For Off-Grounds Use: If you want to install and use HDS off-Grounds, you must first install the UVA Virtual Private network (VPN), and configure it to use UVA Anywhere. Alternatively, you may use the Home Directory Web Interface.

Table of Contents

Connect to the Home Directory Service (HDS)

  1. Start the Home Directory Service Login Program by clicking on the Start button then choosing Programs and then Home Directory Login. You may also double-click the icon on the desktop to open the program.
  2. If you see a dialog box about enabling clear-text passwords, you are using an old version of the client and must update to the newest version here.
  3. When the Login dialog box appears, note that the drive mapped is J:. If your computer is currently using the J: drive for another network connection or for a device on your computer, then change this drive to another by choosing the Drive Letter to Use field, and selecting another letter.
  4. Your University computing ID should already be in the Username box with ESERVICES\ in front of it. If it is not, click inside the Username field and type in your UVA computing ID as ESERVICES\mst3k.
  5. In the Password field, type your Home Directory Service password, which is the same as your Eservices password.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. A window will appear with a listing of your files inside of your Home Directory. Do not alter any files with the name starting with a period.
  8. When the program is running, you will see the Home Directory icon in the SysTray, which is located at the lower righthand corner of your screen, next to the system clock. If you close the view window of your files, you can re-open the File View window.
  9. You can also open a new connection by choosing the SysTray icon and selecting Connect. Select a new drive mapping. You will not need to enter your password, since your session is still active.
  10. Remember to disconnect from this Program, when you finish using it.

Re-Open the File View Window on the Home Directory Service

  1. If you close the File View window on the Home Directory Service, you can re-open it.
  2. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
  3. Double-click on the drive that is mapped to your computing ID on either home1 or home2.

Access the Home Directories of Others

A user of the Home Directory Service can allow others to access their files by setting appropriate file permissions. See the Home Directory Account Maintenance Page for more information on file permissions. To access someone else's files, take similar steps to connect to your own Home Directory:

  1. Start the Home Directory Login program.
  2. Check to see if your University computing ID is within the Username field. If not, save your work in any open applications and then click on the Close all programs and log on as a different user? button. When the system has restarted, start up the Home Directory Login program again.
  3. In the Password field, type in your Eservices password.
  4. In the Server Name field, select the option for: \\home1\home
  5. If you are already using the J: drive of your computer, either to connect to your Home Directory or for something else, then choose the Drive letter to use field and select another drive letter.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. You will now see a window on your screen which shows one folder for each letter of the alphabet:
    HDS All Folder View - One Folder for Each Letter of the Alphabet
  8. Each folder represents a set of Home Directory users, sorted by their computing ID. The deleted, ~snapshot and copy folders are used by the system. To locate someone's Home Directory, you need to know their computing ID. The organization is:

    first letter of ID\first two letters\complete computing ID

    to find their directory. For instance, if you were searching for mst3k's Home Directory, you would double-click on the m folder, then the ms folder inside the m folder. You would then see a folder for mst3k, which would be that user's Home Directory.
  9. You will be allowed to see files belonging to others only if they have set appropriate permissions. Otherwise, you will see the message, "Access is denied." To see information on setting Home Directory viewing and access permissions, visit the Home Directory Account Maintenance Page.

Disconnect from the Home Directory Service

There are two ways to disconnect from the Home Directory Service:

  1. Click the Home Directory icon in the Windows SysTray. The SysTray is the grouping of small icons and the clock that sit on the right-hand side of your Windows taskbar.
  2. When the Home Directory Login dialog box appears, choose Disconnect.

OR

  1. Right click on the Home Directory icon in the Windows SysTray. You will see a small menu resembling:
    HDS Option to Disconnect in Windows XPHDS Icon in SysTray Windows XP
  2. Choose the Disconnect option in this menu. After you click either Disconnect option, the program will drop all connected drives to the Home Directory Service and will exit.

    Note: If you click the X (close) box in the right-hand corner of a file listing window, the view of the files closes, but the program is still running. You can re-open the file view window.

    When the program is still running (you will see the Home Directory Icon in the SysTray), you can open a new connection by right- or left-clicking the SysTray icon and selecting Connect. Select a new drive mapping. You will not need to enter your password, since your session is still active.

Troubleshoot Connection Problems

If you have problems connecting to the Home Directory Service, check the following:

  1. What version of Home Directory Login are you running?
  2. See the Windows FAQ.

  Page Updated: Friday 2018-03-30 15:48:24 EDT