Research Computing accounts and storage

December 10th, 2018

Request an Account

Once you have a Gatorlink, you can request an account on the form here:

List Pam as your sponsor.



  • We currently have 50TB of space
    • We will can add more storage, but /ufrc storage is $140/TB/yr, so not cheap!
  • Each user has their own directory
  • The /ufrc/soltis/share/ folder can be used for sharing, common data, etc.
  • If you have important data that you need regular access to and this should be backed up, keep it in /ufrc/soltis/share/Soltis_Backup/. This is the only location on /ufrc/soltis that is backed up in any way.


  • The /orange filesystem is somewhat slower than /ufrc, so not best for active data used in running jobs.
  • We currently have 52TB of space.
  • Each user can create their own directory.
  • This is a great place to archive data you are not actively working on.
  • It is much cheaper than /ufrc–only $25/TB/yr.
  • One copy of all raw sequence data should go in /orange/soltis/SequenceBackup.
    • This folder is backed up nightly.
  • If you have important data that you do not access regularly, you can put it in /orange/soltis/Backup_and_archive

Storage Backup

As noted above, the ONLY places that are backed up in any way are:

  • /ufrc/soltis/share/Soltis_Backup/: Use for important data that you need regular access to and this should be backed up.
  • /orange/soltis/Backup_and_archive/: Use for important data that you do not access regularly.
  • /home: Research Computing does maintain a daily snapshot of your home directory for one week. See this video for accessing your snapshots.
  • /orange/soltis/SequenceBackup: For archiving raw sequence data. Should be set to read only to minimize accidental data changes.

UF and Museum VPN

December 10th, 2018

Museum VPN access

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client can be downloaded from

While you can connect with just your Gatorlink username, adding /flmnh to the end of your username will connect you to the Museum network and provide access to the Museum file server, the Geneious license server and other Museum resources.

Data Management at UF

August 19th, 2015

The University of Florida has a vested interest in protecting research data. Granting agencies hold the University responsible for producing the promised grant deliverables, and data loss is not an acceptable excuse for failing to meet grant expectations. As such the University provides several mechanisms to store and protect data. It is your responsibility to understand and follow regulations and make use of these resources.


All faculty, staff and students have access to 5TB of cloud-based storage through Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. This is an easy and secure method of syncing data among multiple computers and mobile devices as well as ensuring backup and versioning of files. Soltis lab members are highly encouraged to store the majority of their data in their OneDrive account. For more information see the GatorCloud site.

Known incompatibilities with OneDrive:

  • Hidden files (starting with .) cause problems. Places that these are common:
    • GitHub repositories

UF Dropbox for Education

UF offers an officially supported Dropbox for Education account to all Faculty and Staff. Students can request access to this as well, just let Matt know and we’ll get you setup.

A note about Online file storage

UF has approved OneDrive@UF and UF Dropbox for Education for university data. These are the only officially supported online file storage systems. The consumer OneDrive and Dropbox are not supported, nor is Google Drive. Please do not use the consumer versions of these services.

Museum File Server

The Soltis lab space for storing files on the Museum file server.

You need to be on a University network to connect to the file server. Use the VPN to connect if off campus.

You should be able to access these spaces by connecting to:

  • From a Mac:
    • In the Finder, select Go > Connect to Server…, or Command-K
    • Enter the Server Address as: cifs://
    • Use your Gatorlink credentials to login.
  • From a Windows computer:
    • From the File Explorer, select Map a Network drive, or enter the server in the search bar.
    • Enter the Server Address as: \\\flmnh
    • Use your Gatorlink credentials to login.

Once connected, navigate to NaturalHistory/Soltis.

Within the Users folder you should have a folder your Gatorlink username. This is your space to store work-related files.

The Molecular folder is a shared workspace for everyone in the lab. Files in this space are editable (and delatable) by everyone in the lab. This is helpful for collaboration  and sharing.

The Museum file server is backed up and files can be recovered for up to 3 months.


A note on mobile devices and storage at UF

It is University policy that ALL mobile devices (laptops, cell phones, tablets) and portable storage (USB drives) be encrypted. This includes personally owned devices. There is some helpful information on this on the Mobile Device Security page. Please also see the Employee Guide to Information Security for other helpful security information.



Geneious license server

January 9th, 2015

Geneious_iconThe lab has 4 concurrent licenses for Geneious 8. Please download the latest version from

To access these licenses, you must be connected to the FLMNH VPN. See Matt to setup your network access. Once that is done, use the Cisco VPN Client, obtained through and in the username box, use: with your Gatorlink username.

After opening Geneious, select Activate License (also in the Help menu).

Click the button for “Use floating license server” and enter the server name:

and port 27001. If that doesn’t work, try the server name:

You should now have access to the lab’s license of Geneious.



Xerox Printer Information

February 26th, 2014

The lab has a Xerox WorkCentre 6400 for research-related printing needs.

To connect, the IP address is:  or DNS:

It is a WorkCentre 6400x, it is best to download the print drivers from Xerox:

Please remember to print in Black and White and double sided when possible.

All tests, quizzes and handouts for classes must be printed through the department! Do not print copies of these types of things on the lab printer. There is a budget for courses in the department, but we cannot be reimbursed for those costs if your print on our printer.


Printing costs:

  •  Black and White: 1.44¢ per page
  • Color: 4.94¢ per page


February 5th, 2014

All lab volunteers are required to fill out the Volunteer Application and give to Evgeny.

Once an applicant is added to the system and begins working with you, it is your responsibility to train the applicant to safely do the assigned work. Please see Matt or Evgeny if you have questions or need help.

All volunteers must keep track of their hours. We have an online site through to facilitate this. Hours will be reported based on these logs.

Test private post

February 5th, 2014

This is a test private post