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Enterprise Network File Storage (Andrew File System)

Overview

The University offers a distributed network file storage system known as AFS (Andrew File System) that enables you to store files and documents on remote AFS servers and access those files as easily as if they were stored locally on your computer. This file storage system was specifically designed for Unix users. Every student, faculty, and staff member with an active University Computing Account has access to the University of Pittsburgh's AFS space.

Access the University of Pittsburgh's AFS cell "pitt.edu" by logging into UNIX Timesharing (please refer to our Unix Timesharing page) or by using an AFS client from www.openafs.com on your personal system. When accessing the University of Pittsburgh's AFS cell using an AFS client on your own computer, Kerberos 5 authentication is needed to upload or modify files. For information on Kerberos 5 authentication, please refer to our Kerberos page.

Files or documents stored on the AFS file storage system remain on the system after the owner is no longer affiliated with the University unless the user deletes the files. Authorization for the purging, permanent removal, and/or deletion of files or documents owned by users no longer affiliated with the University applies based on specific criteria that is approved by the CIO.