This document walks you through the process of installing the OpenAFS Client for Windows 64-bit on a campus computer running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. It also includes configuration information for connecting to the ITS AFS file space (isis.unc.edu). AFS is only supported on computers physically attached to the campus network or connected through Virtual Private Networking (VPN). Please see VPN Installation and Clients document for more information about VPN.
Historically, only the OpenAFS client itself was required. Windows clients now require a combination of 3 applications that interact to provide access to AFS. They are the OpenAFS client, the Network Identity Manager application and a Heimdal application. A kerberos configuration file is also required. ITS has created a self extracting executable that unifies the installation into a single package.
It is recommended that you read these instructions completely before installing OpenAFS.
Downloading the OpenAFS client
Installing and Configuring the OpenAFS client for UNC.
- The installation instructions are based on OpenAFS Version 1.7.x for Win 7 (64-bit).
- Win 8 and Win 10 installs will be a similar process but may look a little different then the Win 7 (64-bit) install.
Critical! If you do not select the “Run as administrator” option, the installation will not work correctly.
Obtaining Tokens and Mapping the drive for OpenAFS Client
When your computer finishes rebooting, log back in with the same username you used to install the software. By default, AFS will be running when you log in.
Open the application “Network Identity Manager” from the Start Menu
Right-Click the entry for “onyen@ISIS.UNC.EDU” and select “Obtain new credentials” from the drop down menu.
Enter your password and click “Finish”
If there is no entry for “onyen@ISIS.UNC.EDU” then do the following extra steps.
Select Options – Identities from the drop-down menu
A new window called Network Identity Manager Configuration will open. Click the button “Add new identity…”
In the new window, enter your Onyen on the Username field. Select “ISIS.UNC.EDU” from the dropdown for the Realm field. Click finish and then OK for the previous window.
Select Credential – New credentials – Obtain new credentials for myOnyen@ISIS.UNC.EDU
Enter your password in the field provided then click Finish
Next you will need to map the AFS drive.
Click the WindowsStart Menu, chooseComputer, and then clickMap network drive from the menu bar.
Select a Drive letter from the drop down menu and enter the path of the directory you wish to access. The default path for your personal H drive is in the form of afsisis.unc.eduhomeononyen; replace the ‘o’ with the first character of your Onyen, replace the ‘n’ with the second letter of your Onyen, then replace ‘onyen’ with your full Onyen.
Your AFS drives are now ready to use. If you navigate to Computer or Windows Explorer, you will see your mapped drives.
- ITS has a collection of Help Documents for this service:
If you have further questions or encounter problems, please contact the ITS Service desk at 919-962-HELP (962-4357) or 1-866-962-4457 (US and Puerto Rico), or submit a help request at https://help.unc.edu for assistance.