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Connecting to the SMB shares from a Windows computer

You can access your files directly from the Windows file browser which can be opened by clicking on the Folder icon in the Windows 11 tool bar.

At the top of the File Explorer window is an address bar - click in this and enter:

Home folder


Replace username with your WIN computer account username.

Scratch folder


Replace username with your WIN computer account username.

/vols/Data folder


Replace mygroupfolder with your allocated /vols/Data folder name.

The first time that you have accessed this share in this login session you will be prompted to login. Enter your username in the form:


Your login details will be cached for a considerable so you can connect to additional shares without needing to re-enter your password. We do not recommend that you remember your password.

To avoid having to re-type the URL every time, once connected to the share, visit the top-level folder in the File Explorer and then click on the '...' in the tool bar and choose Pin to Quick access. A shortcut will now appear in the list of folders on the left of the window.

There is no mechanism to disconnect from the share, so just close all open files and File Browser windows viewing the share before leaving the FMRIB network/VPN.