CIFS file storage - home directories and web projects

CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a proven and reliable protocol for managing your personal files and directories, as well as web spaces (personal and organizational) on Duke's centrally-managed storage infrastructure.

Note: Personal home directories should not be confused with file sharing tools (such as Dropbox and Box), or department-managed file storage services.

CIFS files are easily accessed and managed directly on your device. You can access your files via your Windows, Mac or Linux computer, or through an app on your mobile device(s).

Service benefits and details

Service features:

  • Twice daily backup "snapshots" which are retained for seven days, allowing you to recover files that changed up to seven days ago
  • Access from mobile devices (with an installed app)
  • Home directory maps/mounts like any other drive/device

Provisioning rules and storage limits:

  • All students are provisioned for CIFS; faculty and staff who would like to be provisioned should contact the OIT Service Desk
  • 5GB of storage space is provided; contact the OIT Service Desk to request more
  • Non-Duke persons (guests) are not eligible

Personal Web space (public_html)

Your CIFS personal Web space (public_html folder) is at (where NetID is your Duke NetID).

Network access

To connect to your CIFS home directory, your computer needs to be connected to the Duke network. If you're not connected to the Duke network, connect via the Virtual Private Network (VPN). The CIFS protocol encrypts authentication credentials (NetID and password), but not the data stream. If you're connecting from an unencrypted wireless network or from any other untrusted network, connect via the Virtual Private Network (VPN).