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Other Services

Other services offered to the Math Dept personnel:

    • repositories through SVN(link to the title below)
    • cloud storage through owncloud(link to the title below) (experimental)

Project repositories

Most collaborative projects need a file visioning mechanism that takes care of the evolution of the files, merges the changes, and keeps the file in a central location for the highest availability. Single-user repositories can be stored using cvs. Multi-user repositories are typically managed by svn or git and may have a web interface to browse the files. Svn repositories hosted by departmental servers can be offered for collaborative project by seeing Florin in Wean Hall 6218 to discuss the best setup.

Cloud storage

The Math Dept offers infrastructure for:

    • On-site large capacity cloud storage;
    • Large file sharing;
    • Backup/sync of public cloud volumes (like Dropbox or Google Drive).

All these services can be accessed via a web interface at https://cloud.math.cmu.edu or via clients available for Windows/Linux/MacOS and Android or IOS mobile platforms. The cloud software is called Cloud Station and was made available by Synology Inc.

To access the cloud account as a new user, please use the Math Cluster credentials. If they don't work, please follow the next steps:

  1. If the math login is different from the andrew id, please see Florin in Wean Hall 6218 to set a password.
    -- OR ---
  2. If the math login is the same as the andrew id, please go to https://auth2.mcs.cmu.edu/account/ login with the andrew account and set up a new password for the Cloud Station service. The same interface can be used later to change the Cloud Station password or the email address.

Cloud Station client setup

Desktop configuration Linux (Win, Mac similar):

Login to https://cloud.math.cmu.edu -> Menu -> Cloud Station Server -> Overview -> Download Cloud Station client utilities -> download and install Cloud Station Drive (for desktops/laptops)
Install client by running the file:
For Ubuntu "sudo dpkg -i synology-cloud-station-drive-????.x86_64.deb"
Start the client:
For Ubuntu "synology-cloud-station-drive"
Domain Name: cloud.math.cmu.edu
User name/password: credentials on cloud.math.cmu.edu
Enable SSL: check
CloudStation dir: /home/CloudStation/Drive
Local dir (by default): ~/CloudStation
Decline to switch to QuickConnect if prompted.

Mobile app configuration:

Android: DS Cloud from Google Play -> Install DS Cloud
Add CloudStation: cloud.math.cmu.edu
Open home, select Drive
Map to Android -> data -> com.synology.dscloud -> Add Folder -> cloud.math
Sync Subfolders -> check
Max File Size: 100MB
IOS: DS Cloud from Apple Store -> Install DS Cloud
Address: https://cloud.math.cmu.edu
Account/Password: credentials on cloud.math.cmu.edu
-- OR --
IOS iCloud Drive -> works with DS cloud
Locations -> Edit -> DS cloud -> Enable

Mobile client Note: using DS Cloud makes a local copy of the files (fills storage); for accessing files on demand without local storage requirements please use WebDav through file browser as described below.

Integrating with the filesystem through WebDav

Linux/Windows/Mac through webdav shared volumes
E.g. Kubuntu 16.04: use file browser Dolphin
start dolphin -> Network (in the left column) -> right click Places | Network (right column header) -> Edit: webdavs://cloud.math.cmu.edu:5006/home/CloudStation/Drive
Enter your credentials when prompted.
Android (WebDav capable file browser e.g. X-Plore)
Install X-Plore from the Play Store -> Web storage -> Add server -> WebDav
Select new server -> edit
Label: cloud.math (or pick your label)
Username/password: credentials from cloud.math
Server: https://cloud.math.cmu.edu:5006/
IOS (WebDav capable file browser e.g. FileExplorer)
Install FileExplorer from the Apple Store -> Add -> WebDav
Display name: cloud.math
Host URL: https://cloud.math.cmu.edu:5006/home/CloudStation/Drive
User NamePassword -> credentials for cloud.math

How to share some of your files with other users

  1. Login to https://cloud.math.cmu.edu
  2. File Station -> CloudStation -> Drive -> identify files to be shared
  3. Right click -> share -> set password for file or share with local users
  4. Send link by e-mail

To delete shared file or modify link properties: File Station -> Tools -> Shared Link Manager

How to backup your files from public cloud systems

Cloud Sync: synchronize with other cloud services
Menu -> Cloud Sync -> pick cloud to be synchronized -> authenticate
E.g. Dropbox
Connection Name: Dropbox
Local Path: cloud -> home -> Create Folder -> DropBox
Remote Path: Pick folder to be synchronized
Next -> Apply
These directories are accessible through WebDav too (see above for configuration).

Important announce

The older ownCloud server will be phased out in June 2018. Please copy your data in the new Cloud Station system.