Stanford Setup Guide

viveksjain edited this page Oct 10, 2012 · 3 revisions
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This is a guide on how to set up Heracles correctly for Stanford students and faculty.

  1. If you want to be able to browse your files locally, download OpenAFS. I've found that the official OpenAFS works better than Stanford's customized version.
  2. Install OpenAFS. When it asks for the cell name, enter After completing this guide, you should be able to browse AFS files by opening /afs/ (Note: Finder can get extremely slow while browsing AFS. I recommend either ignoring AFS and using SFTP, or using an alternative to Finder to view your files, e.g. Path Finder or simply the Terminal.)
  3. Download Heracles.
  4. Enter your full Stanford username (including and password into Heracles and press Enable.
  5. Enable HTTP Negotiate on Stanford's WebLogin. If Google Chrome is your default browser, Heracles will try to enable Kerberos authentication for Chrome permanently so that you don't need to start Chrome with command-line flags. So for Chrome, follow the same instructions as for Safari. (Note: I've found that Axess allows you to log in without a password, but some other websites such as CourseWork do not.)

And that's it! Enjoy browsing your AFS space, logging in to Stanford websites, and logging in to SSH without a password! (Note: for security reasons, Heracles enables Kerberos for SSH for only Stanford hosts, so you need to type the full host name, e.g. rather than just user@myth.)