This server includes a variety of data: raw MRI and histology data, project data (processed and non-processed), temporary data to share with colleagues.

{smb,afp}://duke.neuro.polymtl.ca has a max size of ~15TB and is backed up nightly at two different locations.

The shared folders are:

  • histology –> Raw histology files

  • mri –> Raw MRI files (restricted access)

  • projects –> Shared project files (subfolders containing different projects)

  • public –> Contains useful software binaries

  • sct_testing –> Data for testing SCT

  • temp –> Use for temporary files, to share between you. Files are deleted after 15 days.


duke is not accessible when using SSH key login to linux stations.

Access from stations¶

When connecting with ssh, duke is available at /mnt/duke/, e.g.:

u932945@joplin:~$ ls -l /mnt/duke
total 36
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users  4096 May 13 14:37 histology
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users 12288 Jun  7 17:35 mri
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users  8192 Jun  8 23:21 projects
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users  4096 Mar 11 18:38 public
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users  4096 Feb 18 20:45 sct_testing
drwxr-xr-x 2 u108545 domain users  4096 Jun  8 16:44 temp

Mount with GUI¶

When working on campus or over the VPN, you can connect your computer to duke:

  1. Open Finder

  2. CMD+K

  3. afp://duke.neuro.polymtl.ca/

  1. Open File Browser

  2. Menu > Go > Open Network Location

  3. smb://duke.neuro.polymtl.ca/

  1. Open Windows explorer

  2. Right click This PC

  3. Map Network Drive

  4. Address: \\duke.neuro.polymtl.ca\<FOLDER>

  5. Check “Connect using different credentials”.

  6. Username: grames\<POLYGRAMES_USERNAME>



Some root folders are restricted (e.g. mri), so you need to write the URL to the destination folder you have access to. Example: duke.neuro.polymtl.ca/mri/unf


If you get the message “There are no shares available…”, then there might be a bug with the OS. Instead, try to mount on a local folder within the home directory (to have write permission).

Mount with Terminal¶

You can also connect your computer from the CLI, or with a script, which might be more efficient in the long run:

Create folder for the mount point on a location (your home directory) where you have read and write access:

mkdir <FOLDER_NAME> # (e.g. <FOLDER_NAME>=sct_testing)
# To mount:
mount -t afp afp://USERNAME:PASSWORD@duke.neuro.polymtl.ca/<FOLDER_NAME> <FOLDER_NAME>
# To unmount:
sudo umount <FOLDER_NAME>/

To mount:

sudo mount -t cifs //duke.neuro.polymtl.ca/<FOLDER_NAME> /mnt/duke/<FOLDER_NAME> -o username=<GRAMES_USERNAME>,noexec