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Every Jacobs member has a networked home drive starting NOW!


A network home drive is file space on a file server in the network, accessible by the user only, for private, secure, safe, and networked storage of important documents, spreadsheets, images, etc.

If you login to a JACOBS Windows computer with your JACOBS domain account, the networked home drive is automatically available as drive H: On other computers, it is available as a network directory.

Use it store valuable data instead of on local disks, and instead of the User_Data folder on the admin file server.

Additional Info

Home drive for every Jacobs University member

Every domain member at Jacobs University now has a network home directory, where he or she can store data.

(thumbs up) "domain member" includes students of Jacobs University!

(tick) The network home drive is part of Jacobs University's backup system.

If you use a Windows computer in the JACOBS domain, and login with your JACOBS domain account (i.e., with CampusNet username and password), your network home drive is immediately available as drive H: (as in "home drive").

If you use a Windows computer not in the JACOBS domain, or login with a local account, the drive is available as network directory \\\homeshare\c\cnusername (where "c" is the first char of your CampusNet login, and cnusername is your CampusNet login). For Unix/Linux/MacOSX, the notation would be smb://

(info) There is a quota (maximum available space per user) of 1 GB on the network home drive.


Please see the FAQ network home drive at Jacobs.


  1. How does it work on MAC?

    1. In Finder click on "Go", select "Connect to Server...". Then enter the path:
      In the authentication dialog enter your CampusNet username an password below the domain name "JACOBS".

      1. The server address is needed for private computer configuration and I think it is worth including it in the overview section of the page where availability as network directory is cited. Including a brief explanation (especially the j letter which is an alphabetic partitioning of the directories).

        1. Agreed and amended. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. What about those of sue who don't use Windows software, I use fedora 9 and a virtual FreeBSD

    1. If you are using KDE, fire up Konquerror and enter the URL:
      (with "j" replaced by the first character of your username and "jdoe" beeing your username)

  3. What is a JACOBS domain computer? As far as I can see this is not clarified in the FAQ

    1. These are Jacobs University supplied computers running MS Windows XP or Vista.
      You cannot join the domain on your own.

  4. Which domain shall we join? Can we do that ourselves or must that be done by the IT service?

    Thank you!

    1. Only computers managed by Jacobs University IT are joined to the domain JACOBS. You cannot do it on your own. If your Jacobs University supplied computer is in one of the following domains: IUHB01, IUHB02, GRADUATE, your computer will be joined to the JACOBS domain in the next days automatically.

  5. This is just what I was looking for - great - thanks!

  6. I would like to draw attention to that fact that the home networked drive does not currently work with VPN access, from an off-campus network. I have tried it both on Windows and Linux.

    1. Works fine on Mac with VPN access (4.46 TB available).

  7. Thanks for the feedback! The FAQ is amended accordingly!

  8. This works for me too - Mac/Windows/Linux user -