HCBI Storage Server

How to Access the HCBI shared storage server:

The HCBI has a shared storage server on the Research Computing Odyssey Cluster that is available to all registered users.  The server has a total storage space of ~40TB; however, this is not meant as a place to permanently archive your data.  When the server approaches 80% full, we will delete files beginning with the oldest first.  Only a single copy of your data is stored on this server and it is not backed up in multiple locations.  As always, we recommend you keep multiple copies of your data.

How to access the server from an HCBI microscope or Workstation:

1)      Map the server’s address by selecting “Map network drive” from the “Computer” window in Windows Explorer.

2)      In the popup window, type the address for the server: \\hcbifs1.rc.fas.harvard.edu\hcbifs1

3)      The server should now be mapped in Windows Explorer under “Computer.”  Select the server, create a folder with your name, and add your files to it.

How to access the server from a Windows computer on the FAS campus (wired connection):

1)      Follow the same steps as above.

2)      If the computer is not on the RC domain, check the “Connect using different credentials” box.

3)      In the new popup window enter your RC credentials. Don’t forget to add “rc\” before your user name!

How to access the server from an Apple computer on the FAS campus (wired connection):

1)      Press Command + K

2)      Enter the server address in the popup box as follows: smb://hcbifs1.rc.fas.harvard.edu

3)      Press “Connect,” create a folder with your name, and add your files to it.

How to access the server from an off-campus or wirelessly connected computer (via VPN):

1)      Access to Odyssey file servers requires a two-step authentication process.  You are already familiar with step 2 - your RC username and password. Step 1 requires additional software. More information can be found on the Research Computing webpage: https://rc.fas.harvard.edu/resources/access-and-login/

2)      First, install the OpenAuth Tool from RC. Go to https://software.rc.fas.harvard.edu/oa/ and enter your RC credentials.  You will receive an email with a link allowing you to download OpenAuth Tool.  You can either install this on your mobile phone (scan the QR code), or download the .zip file and install on your laptop or desktop computer.

3)      When you run OpenAuth tool, it will cycle through a series of numbers (Verification Codes) that are only valid for a few seconds and are used to connect to the Odyssey cluster.

4)      Next, install a VPN (Virtual Private Network) client such as Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client download from HUIT: http://huit.harvard.edu/faq/fas-vpn-client-installation

Or Cisco: http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=283000185&flowid=17001&softwareid=282364313&release=3.1.05178&relind=AVAILABLE&rellifecycle=&reltype=latest

5)      Open the VPN client and enter the RC VPN address:  vpn.rc.fas.harvard.edu

6)      Enter the following information on the next popup window:

Username@Realm: your RC username + "@odyssey" - no quotes or spaces
Password: your RC password
Verification Code: the current number code being displayed by OpenAuth tool.

Newer versions of Anywhere connect will appear like this:

Username: your RC username + "@odyssey" - no quotes or spaces
First Password: your RC password
Second Password: the OpenAuth 6 digit number

                This should look similar to this on Mac and PC:

7)      You have now established a VPN connection.  Map the HCBI server using “Map network drive” (Windows) or Command + K (Mac) as explained above.

If you have difficulty connecting, contact Research Computing at rchelp@fas.harvard.edu