Remote File Access from Linux

Note: This is only available to linux clients on the University Network. This can not be done from a home machine or from off campus networks unless a VPN connection is established first. There is no support for users connecting from off campus! For VPN details, see Configuring AnyConnect Client for details.

  1. Login to your Linux machine as root.
  2. Make a temporary directory to hold the mount point:

    mkdir /var/tmp/mount_point

  3. Mount the CLAS Linux network. You'll be prompted for your HawkID passphrase.

    Faculty, Staff, and Student home accounts live on //

    Faculty/staff/Students user this:

    mount -t cifs -o username=<username>,workgroup=IOWA //<username> /var/tmp/mount_point

    where <username> is your HawkID.

    On older systems, you'll need to replace cifs with smbfs.

    Other CLAS Linux Samba shares are as follows: // (access your html home page files).

    To mount your RDSS share

    mount -t cifs -o username=<username>,workgroup=IOWA //<username> /var/tmp/mount_point

    where <username> is your HawkID.

  4. When you're done, make sure you umount the /var/tmp/mount_point directory to unmount the smbmount point. For additional help see: man mount and man smbmount or man mount.cifs

    umount /var/tmp/mount_point

    Note: We do not recommend making this mount permanent as it requires storing your HawkID passphrase in plain text on your system (either in the /etc/fstab file or another one). If your machine is compromised, the attacker will have access to your CLAS Linux account and everything you can access (files/email/etc).