Home Network Drive

Service of Kiel University

The home network drive is available for all employees and students to store and access their research data. Simply use your user ID (e.g., suabc123) to log in and access your files. You’ll have a standard storage quota of 50GB, and if you need more space, you can easily request an increase from the computing center. Your data will be backed up daily for added peace of mind. To see where your personal home network drive can be found, check the CIM portal of the computing center.



See CIM portal



Instructions for accessing home network drives can be found here.


Access is permitted for all employees and students.

The service can only be accessed from the university network. Therefore, a VPN connection is required for connections from locations outside the university (e.g., from home).

For more information, see the computing centre’s official service information.


To mount a home drive on Debian-based systems, follow the steps below:

  1. Install the necessary dependencies. For Debian-based systems, you can use the following command to install cifs-utils and keyutils:

    sudo apt-get install cifs-utils keyutils
  2. Create a directory where you want to mount the network drive. In this example, we will create the directory /mnt/my_home_drive:

    sudo mkdir /mnt/my_home_drive
  3. Use the mount command to mount the home drive to the newly created directory. In the CIM portal of the computing centre you can see under which network path your personal home network drive can be reached. Replace suabc123 with your own username and my_network_path with your network path:

    sudo mount -t cifs //my_network_path /mnt/my_home_drive -o uid=1000,gid=1000,rw,user,username=suabc123,domain=uni-kiel.de

That’s it! The home drive is now mounted and accessible at /mnt/my_home_drive.

To unmount the home drive, use the umount command:

sudo umount /mnt/my_home_drive


Daily incremental backups are performed for the last 60 days to ensure data safety.


  • Please follow the established guidelines for file and folder naming to ensure efficient and organised data management.

  • When storing large data, it is recommended to compress the files to optimise the storage space. If you have too large data, please reach out to the CRC staff for further assistance.