Adding a new directory to the Users directory on Network Storage and granting Read/Write access

This is a guide on how to create a new directory in the "Users" folder on a Network Storage shared volume and give the desired user Read/Write access to it. 


A typical volume on the Network Storage has the directories "Data and "Users" in them.  The Data directory is shared and can be accessed by the users who have been granted access to it.  The users folder is where individual users can save data in their own folder ie Users\uitxxxx.  The creation of these folders and their access permissions can be managed by those who have Full Control access.

Before a user can be granted access to the Users directory on a share, they will need to be granted access to the whole share. There are three levels of access:-

If the user doesn't yet have access to the share, then please log a request with the IT Service Desk, giving the users name and the level of access they need.


Windows Shares

A new directory will need creating within the "Users" folder of the share using Windows Explorer.  To do this:

  1. Right-click in the Users folder and select New and then Folder
  2. Give it the desired name ie uitabc.
  3. Right-click the new folder and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, select the Security tab.
  5. Click on the Edit button.
  6. Click on the Add button in the Permissions window.
  7. You can now enter the username of the user in the box titled Enter the object names to select.  Then press OK.
  8. If you don't know the username, click on the Advanced button.
  9. Type in the name of the user in the Name field in the Advanced windows that appears.  Then click Find Now.
  10. Select the user from the list of search results that appear at the bottom of the window and then click OK.
  11. That window will now disappear.  In the Permissions window, select the username you have just added and tick the box in the Allow column next to Modify.  Then click OK.
  12. Click OK on the Properties window and the user should now have access to their own folder within the Users folder on the share.

Linux Shares

A new directory will need creating within the "Users" directory using the mkdir command and an Access Control List (ACL) setting for it to give access.  For example, for username uitabc:

  1. From a Terminal screen, type cd /uolstore/research/b/b0xxx/Users.
  2. Type mkdir uitabc.
  3. Type nfs4_editfacl /uolstore/research/b/b0xxx/Users.
  4. The ACL will now open up in a vim editor.  A line will need adding for the User account.  Press Shift and G together to open up a new line at the bottom of the file.
  5. Add the new line, for example
  6. Press Esc, the type :wq.  This will save the file and quit.
  7. Back at the command prompt, change to the newly created directory for the user, for example cd /uolstore/research/b/b0xxx/Users/uitabc.
  8. Type nfs4_editfacl /uolstore/research/b/b0xxx/Users/uitabc.
  9. Press Shift + G together to go to the bottom of the file.  Add the line
  10. Press Esc, the type :wq.  This will save the file and quit.
  11. The user should now have access.