Managing Your Pitt Server Space

Many of use the Pitt servers to host our websites. This is a nice option, because the space is free for our use. However, we are at the point in class where we are attempting to host photo, sound, and video for our websites. It’s not all going to fit unless we:

  1. Remove our extra files from the AFS server.
  2. Keep track of how much space we have on the server.
  3. Request more space when necessary.

The first thing to do is to log into your AFS account however you wish, via FileZilla, Fetch, or command line. Remove any files that aren’t related to DigiComp or aren’t in use on your website. They’re taking up valuable real estate! Save them offline unless they are going to become part of the website. I had a lot of files from freshman engineering and Calculus Maple labs. You might, too.

Next, navigate to Pitt’s Computer Services & Systems Development website and manage your account. After you log in, click “View quota information” in the right column under “User options.” On the next screen, you can view the space used for your Pitt email, your Unix account, and your print quota. As you can see, my inbox is full, my Unix server is nearly full, and I should be able to print a few books before I graduate. Click the “details” link circled in red.

This is how much space you have left on your portion of the Unix server. I expect you’re in the blue “WARNING!” stage at this point.

As you delete files from your AFS account, CSSD will update its numbers. This is a really easy way to see if you have space to upload a second video or podcast. (For example, I don’t.)

To obtain more space from CSSD so that you can upload more videos, sound, and photos, call the Help Desk at 412-624-4357 and be polite. Additionally, know exactly how much space you want. They’ll only give you what you ask for.



~ by katiedigicomp on March 21, 2011.

One Response to “Managing Your Pitt Server Space”

  1. THANK YOU. It drives me nuts that for some reason “quota -v” doesn’t work from the command line at Pitt (returns empty results). Must some weird thing to do with SunOS and however they’ve implemented their SAN/NAS here? No idea, but this web page works nicely!

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