SSD’s operates a network storage system called Harbor or SSDFILES.  This is the backend storage that is accessed through any number of methods:

  • On Acropolis, Athens, and Cronus the /home and /share directories are located in Harbor.
  • Group share in MacOS Finder: smb://<sharename>
  • Home directory in MacOS Finder: smb://<your_cnet_id>
  • Group share in Windows: \\\<sharename>
  • Home directory in Windows: \\\<your_cnet_id>
  • SFTP or SSH to a compute resource such as acropolis.uchicago,, or

In order to work with your files in the RDS (Remote Desktop Services) environment, your files need to be located in your Home or Group share on Harbor.

This process allows the transfer of files to the network share; it does not provide a mapped drive to work with the files directly.  There is a separate set of instructions to map out a network drive: 


The following instructions will allow you to move your files to your Home directory or Group share so that you can work with them inside SSDLAB, Cronus, Athens, or Acropolis.


Getting Started – Before You Begin

Configure FileZilla (VPN or a connection to the campus network is required)

  1. Download the free Filezilla client from
  2. Install the application by running it.  Agree to all prompts.
  3. Launch FileZilla
  4. Enter these settings at the top of the Filezilla window:
    • Host(Use the hostname for the system you access): OR OR
    • Username: YourCNETid
    • Password: YourCNETpassword
    • Port: 22

There is a setting that needs to be changed under Transfer–>Default file exists action.


Set the Default file exists action to “Resume file transfer”




Using FileZilla

After configuring (as above) click the QuickConnect button.

Only use the “Save passwords” if you are using a private computer – preferably a secure, University-issued laptop


If you are running this for the first time, you will get a prompt for “Unknown Host Key”

Click the checkbox for “Always trust this host” and click the OK button



FileZilla will show you an explorer which you can browse.

The pane on the left is your local computer storage.  The University network is on the right.

By default, you will have to browse or type the paths for the “Local site” as well as the “Remote site.” 

In this example, we are looking at the local Home directory and the University home directory side by side.

Simply drag the folder you need from the left to the target folder on the right.


If you will be using FileZilla frequently, it may be convenient to save your connection to the Site Manager


You can monitor the progress of the upload on the pane at the bottom of FileZilla.


If a file fails to transfer it will show up on the Failed Transfers tab.



You can restart a failed transfers by right-clicking them and choose “Reset and requeue selected files”