OpenAFS for PC

The following instructions work for the 32-Bit version of Windows 7.  64-Bit Windows installation is similar.  Note:  It is essential that you download the version that matches your Operating System.  Follow these instructions to determine what OS version you have.

  1. Download the Installer “OpenAFS v1.7 for Windows 32 bit” from

  2. Save and close any programs that are currently running.

  3. Run the downloaded file: openafs-32bit-1.7.exe

  4. Select “Yes” when prompted to allow the installer to make changes to your computer.

  5. When the OpenAFS Installer window opens up, read the details and select “OK” to continue. NOTE: YOUR COMPUTER WILL REBOOT!! SAVE ALL OPEN DOCUMENTS

    OpenAFS Installer Window

  6. After your computer reboots and you login, the installer will automatically pop up the AFS Cell Selector screen.  The standard selection for most users will be the ND.EDU cell.  If you need the CRC.ND.EDU cell, select it now and click on the “Select Cell” button.

    Select Cell

  7. Read and click “OK” on the following window.


OpenAFS is now installed and configured for the cell you selected.  The following instructions are for mapping a drive.

  1. Click on the “Start” button > All Programs > OpenAFS > Authentication.  Enter your Username and Password and click “OK”.


  2. Click on the “Start” button > All Programs > Kerberos for Windows (32-bit) > Map AFS Drives. Choose your drive letter (H: or I: are common) and select “Personal AFS Space”, “Courseware” or “Other”. If you wish to have the drive mapped every time you start your computer, select “Reconnect at logon”

    Map AFS Drive

  3. Once you have your drive(s) mapped, click on “Exit”.  You will now find your drive is available in “Computer” from the start menu.

OpenAFS Configuration for Mac

Note: OpenAFS will not currently work for Yosemite (OSX 10.10). OpenAFS will not work for any Mac that is bound to the domain (ADND) through the native method. You will need to use an alternative connection to AFS.

  • Download OpenAFS from for your appropriate Mac OSX version, 10.6, - 10.9
  • Double click on the openafs.dmg
  • Double click on OpenAFS.pkg, if you are running 10.8/10.9 you will need to Control+Click on OpenAfs.pkg in order to run it.
  • Follow the prompts in the installer, when you reach the following screen enter


  • Check your OS version. Download the appropriate file for either OS X 10.7 and above or OS X 10.6 and below. Extract the file and place it in the /Library/Preferences folder.
  • You should see a new AFS drive icon on the desktop.


    • If you do not see the new drive icon do the following:
      • Click on the desktop go get the finder menu at the top.
      • Click on the Finder Menu and choose Preferences.
      • Check the option to show Connected Servers.
      • You should now see the new AFS drive on the desktop.
  • Under the Apple Menu, choose System Preferences and click OpenAFS icon.
  • You should be defaulted to the Tokens Tab, Check AFS Menu, Backgrounder, and Use aklog


    • FOR MAC OSX 10.6

      • ​Click on the desktop to get the finder menu at the top.

        • Click on Go -> Choose Utilities -> Launch Keychain Access

        • In Keychain Access -> click on the Keychain Access Menu -> choose Ticket Viewer

      • In Ticket Viewer, choose Add Identity, and enter your NetID and Password, make sure that when you enter your NetID as follows (it is extremely important to add @ND.EDU after your NetID):


        • Click on Continue, and then select Set as Default.

        • Close Ticket Viewer and Keychain Access.

  • You can then either click Get new Token in this window or you should see a lock icon on the top bar near the clock, and you can select it and click Get New Token.


  • Enter your NetID and Password, make sure that when you enter your NetID you enter it as follows (it is extremely important to you @ND.EDU after your NetID): 


    • NOTE: You AFS ticket will expire after 10 hours by default.  Se Configuration Files if you require a longer ticket life.
  • Return to your desktop and double-click the AFS icon. The first time you open AFS, it will take a few minutes to populate the data. Please be patient. 

  • Click

  • To access a courseware folder, find the semester, and then the course inside that
(to create an alias, follow the instructions below for your personal space)
  • Double-click on your user folder number.
  • When you find your NetID, click and drag it to your desktop. From now on, as long as you have tokens you can open this directly to your AFS space. 

If you have problems with the installation or have questions, please contact the OIT Help Desk at (574) 631-8111.


Configuration Files


Please note: Your AFS ticket will expire after a maximum of 10 hours following the above directions. If you apply the configuration, the default life of a ticket is 24 hours.



Please note: You must be an administrator to make these changes.