Data Storage

Student Data Storage

Every Cockrell School of Engineering student or UT student taking an Engineering class can obtain 4 GB of file space for personal information. Students should use this server storage instead of storing files on the local hard drive.  Local hard drives are not backed up and in some labs all data is lost when the machine is rebooted.  Your space is located on a network drive, \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\yourDept\eid, where yourDept is, e.g. ME, and eid is your personal UT EID.

Files and folders in your home directory are protected by permissions that do not allow others to view the information. Students must enable their EID to access Engineering services.

Department folders are as follows:

  • ase - Aerospace Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\ase\
  • bme - Biomedical Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\bme\
  • caee - Civil and Architectural Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\caee\
  • cse - General Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\cse\
  • ece - Electrical and Computer Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\ece\
  • me - Mechanical Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\me\
  • non - Non-Engineering major taking an engineering course - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\non\
  • pge - Petroleum Engineering - \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\pge\

Accessing Your File Space

Your home directory is available remotely by path,  mapping the drive, SFTP (Secure FTP) and Webdav.

Windows

In Engineering Labs in the Austin Domain

Your Desktop and "Documents" will be stored on the your home directory space. You can access your home directory by doing the following:

  1. In a file explorer window, enter the UNC path of your folder, \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\yourDept\yourEID.

Quick Access

  1. If you are ON-CAMPUS using a non-Austin domain computer, you will need to connect to VPN (see Connecting with VPN)
  2. If you are OFF-CAMPUS, connect with VPN (see Connecting with VPN)
  3. In a file explorer window, enter the UNC path of your folder, \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\yourDept\yourEID
  4. A window will popup asking for your username and password. Use your UT-EID and password.  Prepend your EID with "austin.utexas.edu\". For example, austin.utexas.edu\xyz123
  5. Note:  You can also create this as a shortcut on your desktop (right-click on the desktop, New->Shortcut).

Mapping a drive

  1. If you are ON-CAMPUS on a NON-Austin domain computer you will need to connect to VPN (see Connecting with VPN)
  2. If you are OFF-CAMPUS, connect with VPN (see Connecting with VPN)
  3. Open a file explorer window to "Computer"
  4. Select Map network drive from the ribbon.
  5. In the box labeled "Folder," enter: \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\<yourDept>\<yourEID>
  6. Select the checkbox: Connect using different credentials
  7. You will be asked for a username and password.
    • Username: austin.utexas.edu\yourEID
    • Password: <Enter your EID password.>

Using Secure FTP (SFTP)

  1. If you are OFF-CAMPUS, connect with VPN (see Connecting with VPN)
  2. Use an SSH client like, Filezilla.
    • Hostnamesftp.austin.utexas.edu.
    • User name: your UT EID.
    • Port number:  22.
    • Authentication Methodpassword.
  3. For username and password, use your UT EID
  4. Once you have connected browse to "DepartmentalDirectories/engrstu/yourDept"  (Do NOT go to the top-level folder named with your EID).

Webdav

  1. Open a file explorer window
  2. Select the Map network drive from the ribbon
  3. In the Folder field enter the following web address:
    • https://webdav.austin.utexas.edu/engrstu/<yourDept>/<yourEID>  
  4. Check Reconnect at login only if you want this drive to be available everytime you log on to your computer.
  5. Check Connect using different credentials
  6. Enter your UT EID and password in the Username and Password fields and then select OK.
  7. Select Finish

Mac

Webdav

  1. Go > Connect to Server

Enter:  https://webdav.austin.utexas.edu/engrstu/yourDept/yourEID
  For example, https://webdav.austin.utexas.edu/engrstu/ME/abc123

Using Secure FTP (SFTP)

Use an SSH client like, Filezilla.

  1. Hostnamesftp.austin.utexas.edu.
  2. User name: your UT EID.
  3. Port number:  22.
  4. Authentication Methodpassword.
  5. For username and password, use your UT EID
  6. Once you have connected browse to "DepartmentalDirectories/engrstu/yourDept"  (Do NOT go to the top-level folder named with your EID).

Connecting with VPN

Two factor authentication is required with VPN using the DUO application.

Setting up two factor authentication using the DUO application:  http://www.utexas.edu/its/help/two-factor/2602.  

For general information on two-factor authentication at UT please see:  http://www.utexas.edu/its/help/two-factor

Installing VPN

  1. Go to, https://vpn.utexas.edu.
  2. Login with your EID And EID password
  3. Authenticate with DUO two factor authentication
  4. Under the "Manual Installation" section, select the link to download the software for your Operating Sytem.
  5. Install the software - Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

 Connecting with VPN

  1. Start the application:  Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
  2. Enter the server to connect to:  vpn.utexas.edu
  3. Enter your EID
  4. Enter your EID password
  5. Enter the DUO passcode or method to authenticate, e.g. push, sms
  6. You will see a "lock" on your VPN icon when you are connected

Disk Quotas: 4 GB

If you reach your 4 GB quota, you will get an error message indicating that you do not have permissions to write or "disk is read only".  You will need to remove files to get back within your quota.

To check your home directory size, highlight everything under \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\yourDept\yourEID folder in the Windows Explorer (Ctrl-A) and then simultaneously press Alt-Enter. You will see the total amount of space used on the drive. If it's at or greater than 1 GB, then the system won't let you save anything until you bring that down below 4 GB.

ITG Service Desk

service.desk@engr.utexas.edu

512-232-2486

ECJ 1.226

301 Dean Keeton

Austin, Texas 78712

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.

Enabling Student Accounts

Students need to enable their EIDs to access Engineering labs and 4GB of data storage.

Enable your account

Recovering Files

In the event of accidental or unexpected data loss for files stored on Austin Disk Services, ITS provides details on recovering that data.