How do I access my faculty/staff CAEN Home Directory?

Faculty and staff can access the CAEN Home Directory they use on Engineering Base Desktop (EBD) computers in a variety of ways:

  • Home Directories are automatically available via the N: network drive on departmental computers running the EBD.
  • Faculty and regular staff who use computers running the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) can access their EBD home directory via the Faculty Desktop desktop shortcut.
  • Home directories can be accessed using the following network path from any on-campus Windows computer:
  • On Linux CLSE computers, faculty/staff Home Directories can be accessed at the following path:
  • From other Linux and macOS systems, they are available via SMB at at:


Detailed instructions to access your CAEN Home Directory remotely are provided below.

Mount a Network Drive via CIFS/SMB

To use Common Internet File System (CIFS) or Server Message Block (SMB) to mount your CAEN Home Directory as a network drive, you must either be connected to an on-campus network or use the U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN) service when off-campus.

Windows (CIFS)

In Windows, open Windows Explorer, and select Map Network Drive under the Computer tab:

Map network drive on local directory

Select the letter you would like to use for the Drive (Z: in this example). For the Folder enter \\\engin-storage\uniqname, where uniqname is your U-M uniqname, and click Finish:

Network drive folder search

You will then be prompted to log in with your UMICH password. Set the user name to UMROOT\uniqname , where uniqname is your U-M uniqname:

Credentials login screen

After clicking OK, your CAEN Home Directory will be mounted as a network drive.

Linux (SMB)

The process for accessing your CAEN Home Directory using SMB may be different, depending on the version of Linux you use (consult your operating system's help documentation). In the CAEN Lab Software Environment for Linux, select System Tools, then File Browser from the Applications menu:

File browser under applications dropdown

When the File Browser window appears, select Connect to Server… from the File menu:

Connect to server under file

In the Connect to Server window, select Custom Location in the Service type drop-down menu, type smb:// in the Location (URI) box and press Enter. You will be prompted to authenticate with your UMICH password:

login screen

Enter your uniqname in the Username box, UMROOT in the Domain box, and your password in the Password box. Click the Connect button. A window will appear with a graphical interface to the files in your CAEN Home Directory.

macOS (SMB)

Select Connect to Server… from the Go menu. For the Server Address, type smb://, and click the Connect button:

connect to server

You will be prompted to authenticate with your U-M uniqname and UMICH password:

login screen

After clicking OK, your CAEN Home Directory will open and will be mounted as a drive on the desktop.

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