How do I access and use the RDSF?

When the RDSF project has been created and you have been added to the project user list, follow the instructions below to connect to the project from your local computer.

Note you need to be connected to the University Campus network to access the RDSF.

If you are off-site then you will need to connect to the UOB network first e.g. by using the VPN.

On a PC 

  • From Windows Explorer access or map a network drive to: 
  • \\rdsfcifs.acrc.bris.ac.uk\My_Project    

      Note: Replace 'My_Project' with your project name 

On a Mac

  •  In the Finder select 'Go>Connect To Server...' (or press CMD-K)
  • then enter:   smb://rdsfcifs.acrc.bris.ac.uk/My_Project  

      Note: Replace 'My_Project' with your project name

Linux desktop 

This can vary, but most have a 'Connect to Server' option from the Places menu

  • Go to the Places menu
  • Select 'Connect to Server'
  • Select "Windows Share"
  • Server: rdsfcifs.acrc.bris.ac.uk       Folder: My_Project     

      Note: Replace 'My_Project' with your project name 

Linux NFS

We recommend Linux users connect to the cifs share as with “Linux desktop” above. Please get in touch with our RDSF support team if you need to discuss Linux NFS access to the RDSF. 

Note: For all these set up methods if you are asked for a Windows Domain use UOB (all in capitals).

Who can access my project(s)?

Any member of the University the Data Steward authorises. Either give us a list when you ask for the Project to be created or let us know later on and we will add or remove access for them.
All members of the project have full access. However, a Data Steward could apply for 2 projects, for example one for the whole research group and one for a small number of users, maybe just the Data Steward and one or two RAs.

Can my PhD students store their data in the RDSF?

As Data Steward, you can add any PhD students you supervise as users of your project.

Which machines can access my project?

For Windows/Mac (CIFS sharing) any of the project users can access the data as a Windows shared drive from any machine on-site or via the University VPN. If you'd prefer tighter restrictions, for example restricting access to a small number of PCs, please contact our support team.

Email hpc-help@bristol.ac.uk for support.

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