HCBI Storage Servers

How to Access the HCBI shared storage servers


The HCBI has 5 shared storage servers that are available to all registered users (hcbishare 1-5). The servers have a total storage space of around 1.5 Petabytes; however, this is not meant as a place to permanently archive your data. When any server approaches 80% full, we will delete files beginning with the oldest first. Only a single copy of your data is stored on these servers and it is not backed up in multiple locations. As always, we recommend you keep multiple copies of your data.

Make sure you log into the correct server to access data from the instrument you used. The Instruments are distributed across the various servers as follows:

hcbishare1:Lightsheet, Axiozoom, MERSCOPE

hcbishare2: Axioscan #1, 2-photon

hcbishare3: Axioscan #2, CD7

hcbishare4: ELYRA, LSM880 FLIM

hcbishare5: LSM980+Airyscan, LSM900


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

HCBI acquisition computers at each microscope will automatically map the correct server. Workstations will automatically map all 5 servers.



How to access the server from a non-HCBI laptop or desktop:


1)     Connect to the Research Computing VPN. For instructions on how to connect to the RC VPN, click here.

          VPN: vpn.rc.fas.harvard.edu
          User name: *Your RC/SPINAL Username*@fasrc (for older accounts, replace "fasrc" with "odyssey")
          Two-step Verification Code: OpenAuth token


2a)     (Windows) Map the server’s address by selecting “Map network drive” from the “Computer” window in Windows Explorer.

2b) (Mac) Press Command+K to bring up the  “Connect to Server” window.


Map Network Drive

3a)      (Windows) In the popup window, type the address for the server: \\hcbishare1.rc.fas.harvard.edu\share1 (or the appropriate number for the server you wish to connect to).


3b) (Mac) In the popup window, type the address for the server: smb://hcbishare1.rc.fas.harvard.edu/share1 (or the appropriate number for the server you wish to connect to).

4) You may have to reauthenticate your RC credentials. Remember to include "rc\" ahead of your user name and check "Remember my credentials."


5)      The server should now be mapped in Windows Explorer in the "Network Locations" section of the “Computer/This PC" directory.  Navigate to the folder for the correct microscope and find your personal folder.


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