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AFS at Stanford

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AFS at Stanford is used to mount mount AFS directories to your Windows Explorer or Mac desktop, to use similarly to the way you would work with other folders. You can access your own AFS space, or space in other user, group, class, and department directories, provided you have been granted the necessary permissions. 

AFS at Stanford provides an alternative to SFTP clients, such as SecureFX (for Windows) or Fetch (for Macs), for those who frequently access files in AFS.


IMPORTANT: To increase security and reduce risk, Stanford is sunsetting its AFS service for web hosting and file storage. While you can still access AFS using your valid Stanford SUNetID, there are more secure web hosting platforms and document management solutions to which you should transition.

To reduce the use of AFS, UIT has taken these actions:

  • UIT no longer automatically provisions new faculty and staff members with and AFS user volumes. New faculty or staff who need a personal user volume must submit a Help request.
    • This change does not impact existing AFS directories or the process for adding permissions for new individuals to those existing directories. Your existing space and everything in it remains intact.
    • This change does not impact auto-provisioning of new AFS user volumes for students and postdocs.

    See New Process for Provisioning AFS User Volumes for more information.

  • All user, dept, and group AFS volumes must be renewed annually or they will be locked, archived, and permanently deleted as detailed in the AFS Volume Expiration Policy.

System requirements

Windows:

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 and later
  • Kerberos for Windows must be installed prior to installing AFS at Stanford for Windows

Mac:

  • Supported Operating Systems:  OS X 10.7 and later
     

Eligibility

  • Faculty, staff, and students with a full-service SUNet ID

Notes

If AFS at Stanford stops working after a Windows update, uninstall AFS at Stanford and then reinstall it.