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SEAS is currently migrating the Research storage shares and the computing resources to FAS RC premises, this movement is allowing SEAS researchers to explore their data with all the computing power Odyssey can offer.

In order to access your data hosted in FAS RC you need to first request for an account over there using as a sponsor the faculty member you work for.

You can also check FAS RC Documentation for mounting storage

Initial steps

  • Please request for your FAS RC account here : https://portal.rc.fas.harvard.edu/request/account/new
    • Some instructions for the account request can be found here help signup (Hint: lab manager/assistants tend to be quicker with approvals)
      • For people who don't have harvardKey (or use ecommons), you can still apply and not be charged so long as your sponsor has an affiliation with SEAS/FAS
    • Select "Other" (or simply not select anything) if you only need storage access, selecting cluster will lead you to a mandatory and very helpful training course.
  • If you already have an account and you don't remember/have :
  • If you already have an account you'll need to be a member of the right group to access the volume.
  • Please send us an email if you have any issues accessing the storage and mention your previous existence on Odyssey.


In order to access the storage you need to use:

Technical instructions to access the storage:

IMPORTANT : You should be provided with the <server_name>: seasfs01, seasfs02 or seasfs04 and the <group_share> name

Check on Location for lab storage to see the location if you don't have it or send us an email at help@seas.harvard.edu if you don't find it.

The way you will be accessing your data depends on the operating system you are using:


  1. Open a Finder window and click on Go -> Connect to Server
  2. Enter smb://<server_name>.rc.fas.harvard.edu/<group_share>
  3. Enter your RC credentials when prompted, use RC as the domain
    1. username should be in the form: RC\<your_RC_username>


  1. Click on Start and then on Computer
    1. Depending on the windows version, you'll have a menu on top with "Map Network Drive"
    2. You can also right click on your computer and then "Map Network Drive"
  2. Choose the drive letter and then type in the folder field: \\<server_name>.rc.fas.harvard.edu\<group_share>  

     **IMPORTANT: you should be provided with the server_name and group_vol name, if you don't have this, please email us: help@seas.harvard.edu**

    Carefully type server_name provided

    IMPORTANT: Don't forget to click on the "Connect using different credentials"!!!

  3. Click on the check box to add a different set of credentials and use
    1. username: RC\<your_RC_username>
    2. password:  <your_RC_password>


There are many ways to have a CIFS volume mounted in your system:

  1. Static mount using CIFS protocol:
    1. Run manually

    2. Edit your fstab and add the line

      The contents of the credential_file will be formatted like this:

      Writing your username and password in a plain text file is not advisable, do this with extreme caution 

  2. You can use gvfs (a FUSE based protocol) so that your password is stored in the keyring:
    1. add your credentials to your gnome-keyring (password and keys)
    2. gvfs-mount smb://<server_name>.rc.fas.harvard.edu/<group_share>
  3.  You can simply ssh into odyssey and cd into your group share:

  4. Using your file explorer:

Text Instructions


  1. Open Nautilus -> File -> Connect to server
  2. Select "Windows Share" as the type.
  3. Write <server_name>.rc.fas.harvard.edu in the server field
  4. Write your <group_share> name in the share field
  5. Use RC as the Domain Name
  6. Use your credentials for the user name and password fields
  7. You can add a bookmark so that the connection is re-established upon reboot

All OS

Location for lab storage

Prof/Lab nameLab share namewindowsMacOdyssey
Federico Capassocapasso_lab\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\capasso_labsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/capasso_lab/n/capasso_lab
Ryan P. Adamships_lab\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\hips_labsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/hips_lab/n/hips_lab
Daniel Jacobjacob_lab\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\jacob_labsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/jacob_lab/n/jacob_lab
L. Mahadevanmahadevan_lab\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\mahadevan_labsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mahadevan_lab/n/mahadevan_lab
Karena Mckinneymckinney\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\mckinneysmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mckinney/n/mckinney
Robert J. Woodrjwood\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\rjwoodsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/rjwood/n/rjwood
Chris H. Rycroftrycroft\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\rycroftsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/rycroft/n/rycroft
Conor Walshwalsh_lab\\seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu\walsh_labsmb://seasfs01.rc.fas.harvard.edu/walsh_lab/n/walsh_lab
David A. Weitzweitz_lab (has moved)\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\weitz_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/weitz_lab/n/weitz_lab
Sasha Rushcs287NONO/n/cs287
Finale Doshi-Velezdtak\\seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu\dtaksmb://seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu/dtak/n/dtak
Jennifer Lewisjlewis_lab\\seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu\jlewis_labsmb://seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu/jlewis_lab/n/jlewis_lab
Scott Martinmartin_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\martin_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/martin_lab/n/martin_lab
David Mooneymooney_lab\\seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu\mooney_labsmb://seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mooney_lab/n/mooney_lab

David C.Parkes

Radhika Nagpalssr\\seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu\ssrsmb://seasfs02.rc.fas.harvard.edu/ssr/n/ssr
Frederick Abernathyabernath\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\abernathsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/abernathNO
Joanna Aizenbergaizenberg_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\aizenberg_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/aizenberg_lab/n/aizenberg_lab
Michael Azizaziz_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\aziz_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/aziz_lab/n/aziz_lab
Demba baba_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\ba_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/ba_lab/n/ba_lab
Robert Howebiorobotics_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\biorobotics_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/biorobotics_lab/n/biorobotics_lab
David Clarkeclarke_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\clarke_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/clarke_lab/n/clarke_lab
Frank Doylefdoyle_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\fdoyle_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/fdoyle_lab/n/fdoyle_lab
Cynthia Friendfriend_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\friend_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/friend_lab/n/friend_lab
Evelyn Huhu_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\hu_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/hu_lab/n/hu_lab
David Keithkeith_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\keith_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/keith_lab/n/keith_lab
Xin Lili_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\li_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/li_lab/n/li_lab
Eric Mazurmazur_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\mazur_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mazur_lab/n/mazur_lab
Marco Loncarnano_optics\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\nano_opticssmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/nano_optics/n/nano_optics
Kit Parkerparker_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\parker_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/parker_lab/n/parker_lab
Joost Vlassakvlassak_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\vlassak_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/vlassak_lab/n/vlassak_lab
Amir Yacobyyacoby_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\yacoby_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/yacoby_lab/n/yacoby_lab
Mike McElroymcelroy_lab\\seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu\mcelroy_labsmb://seasfs04.rc.fas.harvard.edu/mcelroy_lab/n/mcelroy_lab


See the Using SEAS VPN page.

You could also use vpn.rc.fas.harvard.edu which is the FAS RC VPN endpoint. Note that this may prevent you from accessing some internal SEAS resources.

In this case, make sure you use <rc_username>@odyssey in the username field, more instructions here.


SPECIAL FOR Mac users: OS X tend to have issues (slowness) with large volumes because of the .DS_Store files, please read what-is-a-ds_store-file to see how to improve your experience and let us know so that we can help on the server side.

If you can't connect please check:

  • Can you login to this page?: https://downloads.rc.fas.harvard.edu
    • That is a test for your authentication (Username and Password) if this doesn't work, please contact rchelp@fas.harvard.edu or reset your password
  • Double check that you are using rc\username when accessing your storage
  • If you are connected to the "Harvard University" wireless you need to use a VPN connection (either RC or SEAS), it is neither secure nor advisable to access your storage using a wireless network.
  • If you really need wireless access to your storage, please use the "Harvard Secure" network instead (instructions to connect to it here)
  • Make sure you are NOT USING any other DNS servers for your network settings, it could lead to problems with the connection, stick to the Harvard ones.
  • There is a chance that you already exist as an FAS RC user and that you are not part of the right group, this will prevent you from access the share, please contact us: help@seas.harvard.edu
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