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How do I access my CAEN Lab Windows Home Directory?

CAEN Windows Home Directories offer students (and faculty instructors) a variety of methods to access their files and folders.

  • When using CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) Windows computers, files saved to the Desktop or Documentsfolders are automatically stored in your Windows Home Directory.
    • These files can also be accessed directly via the N: network drive on all CLSE Windows computers.
  • CAEN Windows Home Directories are accessible to students from other campus Windows computers at:  \\\uniqname.
  • On CLSE for Linux computers, student Windows Home Directories can be accessed at the following path: /studenthome/uniqname
  • From other Linux and Mac OS systems, students can access them via SMB at:  smb://
  • SFTP and SCP access is also available to students using the server:

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

 Access on CAEN Lab Computers


Upon logging into the CLSE for Windows, your Windows Home Directory will be mounted automatically to the N: network drive under the Computer icon:


Upon logging into the CLSE for Linux, your Windows Home Directory will not be mounted automatically as on Windows; your IFS home directory will be mounted instead. You can, however, mount your Windows Home Directory in Linux using SMB.

 Mount a Network Share (SMB/CIFS)

To use Server Message Block (SMB) or Common Internet File System (CIFS) to mount your Windows Home Directory as a network share, 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)

Open the Computer icon on the Desktop, and select Map Network Drive. You will see the following window:

Select the letter you would like to use for the Drive (in this case Z:). For the Folder enter \\\uniqname, where uniqname is your U-M uniqname, and click Finish. You will be prompted to log in with your UMICH password. Set the User name to UMROOT\uniqname , where uniqname is your U-M uniqname. After clicking OK, your Windows Home Directory will be mounted as a network drive, available under the Computer icon.

Linux (SMB)

The process for accessing your Windows 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:

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

In the Connect to Server window, select Custom Location in the Service type drop-down menu, type smb:// and press Enter. You will be prompted to enter your Username, Domain, and password. Enter your U-M uniqname as your Username, UMROOT as the Domain, and your UMICH password:

Click the Connect button. A window will appear with a graphical interface to the files in your CAEN Windows Home Directory.

Mac OS (SMB)

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

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

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

 Use a Secure File Transfer Program (SFTP/SCP)

You may access your Windows Home Directory using a Secure FTP (SFTP) or Secure Copy (SCP) client. Open the client and connect to For your User name use your U-M uniqname, as shown below:

After logging in with your UMICH password, you should see a view similar to what is shown below (depending on the client you use). It may take up to a minute for your connection to be established after you enter your password; you may receive warnings about the connection taking longer than expected.

When the connection is established, go to the engin-labs folder to transfer files between your computer and your Windows Home Directory.