Home Directories

Home directories give everyone with a CSE account a finite amount of storage. The amount (and where it is stored) depends on what type of account you have. For information on how to access these folders from various platforms, see the quick links in the upper right.

Instructional Accounts

Your Windows and Linux home directories are one and the same. On Linux, these folders can be reached at /homes/iws/<csenetid>. On Windows, your "Z:" drive is mapped to the same folder via \\tango\<csenetid>. In addition to the Z: on Windows, your Desktop, Downloads, Music, My Documents, My Pictures, and My Videos are stored in your home directory at Z:\WindowsFolders (/homes/iws/<csenetid>/WindowsFolders).

Quota

There is a 7GB quota in effect for home directories of undergrads on CSE instructional systems. If your quota is exceeded, you have 7 days to drop below the limit. After 7 days, you are prevented from writing anything until you have deleted enough files to drop below the quota. You will see messages that say "Disc quota exceeded." Enter quota -v on a Linux system to see what your quota is.

If you cannot even log into your Linux account, i.e. your dotfiles are doing something that tries to write a file and causes a fatal error, try the following: Log into your Windows account and use Windows explorer to delete files from Z: until you are below your Linux quota.

Research Accounts

Your Windows and Linux home directories are one and the same. On Linux, these folders can be reached at /homes/gws/<csenetid>. On Windows, your "Z:" drive is mapped to the same folder via \\<homeserver>\<csenetid>, where <homeserver> is the file server on which your home directory resides (one of "cash," "companion," or "cube"). Please note that your Desktop, Downloads, Music, My Documents, My Pictures, and My Videos on Windows are NOT stored in your home directory, and are instead stored on your local machine.

Quota

There is no hard limit quota.

But realize you share this finite space with all of your colleagues. So while there are no strict quotas being enforced, we ask that folks keep storage in those directories at or below ~30GB. Research project data should be stored in a sponsored /projects share, not in your home directory. Remember that only items stored on Google drive are "forever", so consider using your Google Drive for archiving old projects/work.


VPN for Access from Off Campus

Many of our school's computing resources are now on the 172 subnet, which is firewalled at the campus border for security reasons. To connect to these resources from off campus, VPN (virtual private network) software must be installed and running on your computer located off-campus.

The Husky OnNet package is a downloadable application (intended for use on home computers and personal mobile devices) that allows users to remotely access resources that normally require on-campus connections. Detailed Husky OnNet (a.k.a. VPN) service information and instructions can be found on the UW IT Connect pages. Once downloaded and installed the Husky OnNet service must be started; look for an application called “Big IP Edge Client” and start it, and provide your UWNetID credentials for authentication. After authenticating, it will direct traffic to on-campus machines through Husky OnNet (traffic to other destinations will be unaffected).

UW provides the Husky OnNet software free of charge to the UW community, and is available for both Windows and Macintosh hosts.


User-Level Group Management

In the interest of making life easier for everyone, the CSE Lab has developed a software suite, collectively known as GrpAdmin, that allows user-level management of Unix groups and group memberships, either via CLI or web interface.


Remote Access Services