What does the FSI have to offer to the University of Bonn?

The new File-Service-Infrastructure FSI is based on the product SOFS of the Fa. IBM and uses the GPFS as a storage system. The access is made via the Protocol CIFS and with a Kerberos-% authentication (only accessible from the Bonnet or VPN).
Alternatively, you can get access with a encoded SFTP- connection, which is the common method for most of our users.
On the following sites, you can find individual instructions for the access through MacOS or MS Windows (XP to 10) with CIFS and SFTP, as well as more explanations.
The use of the system is easy for everyone who want to use thier storage space for oneself.

Storage space as much as needed

Anyone who has a Uni-ID is automatically given 10GB of personal network storage space. If necessary, the quota can be extended in appropriate steps, when a formal request with your Uni-ID is made at the IT-Helpdesk (info-hrz@uni-bonn.de). Since an e-mail will suffice, an informal application is not required. When concerning larger amounts of data(from 100GB and more), an extension can only be granted after giving a short explanation and receiving the approval of the head of the HRZ IT-Helpdesk, as long as our resources allow it.
For storage volumes of 500GB or more, the signature of a budget authorized personnel is needed. Further information on this can be found under (LINK).

Access possibilities

The network protocol for the external access outside of the Bonn data network (bonnet), uses sFTP to ensure a secure data transmission.
Within the bonnet (the university data network and wireless LAN access), all users can connect their network storage as a network drive to their computers (Common Internet File System) and get immediate writing access for the files on the drive. It will not be necessary to load files with the Sftp client onto the computer, edit them and then copy them back as it was often done before.

Network Access




Read/Write, edit files on the server/network drive, rights management across MS Windows XP and Windows 7


Read/Write, edit files after download onto own computer

Externer Internetzugang


Read/Write, edit files after download onto own computer


Read/Write, edit files on the server/network driveLesen/Schreiben, Bearbeitung der Dateien auf dem Server/Netzlaufwerk, very low transmition rates possible (slow)


Do you wish to access the storage space and edit files with several people (accounts), or set up common data areas as an institute? Please read the description under “Projektplattenplatz” and/ or turn to apsys@uni-bonn.de through e-mail. In this case, you have to keep in mind that complicated legal structures have to be established.
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