denhac Network Attached Storage (denNAS)


denNAS is a public NAS drive that’s available to all devices within the denhac LAN.

It should be available from all space computers and is intended to facilitate easy file transfer between space and personal machines.

On windows machines provided by denhac, it’s typically available at D://. However this may vary from machine to machine.


Create a folder for yourself with your slack handle / identifier of your choosing

  • On windows machines that have denNAS already connected, you’ll likely see a bunch of member folders already and it should be obvious where to put yours. If you access the drive directly you’ll notice that there are two folders at the root level of the drive, namely denhac_common and share. Put your folder inside denhac_common.

Store and access your files from your folder on any device on the denhac LAN. It’s pretty easy.

Make backups, and don’t rely on denNAS as a stable source-of-truth for files that you care about

  • This drive is not redundant, and is not backed up. It could crash and lose data at any time
  • This drive is meant for convenient file transfer, not for long-term storage. If it gets full or otherwise requires maintenance, the community can and will delete contents as needed.

Don’t store sensitive files on denNAS, as contents are available to all members.

Don’t store illegal shit. Don’t ruin this for everyone. K, thanks.

Be a good community member and don’t hog up the available storage with big files. If you’re done with files, please delete them.

This drive is for on-premise use only. Do not do anything that makes this drive accessible from outside of denhac’s internal network.


Windows 10

  1. Open file explorer
  2. Right-click in the “Network” heading of the side bar
  3. Select “map network drive
  4. [Optional] Pick a drive letter. The recommended convention for denhac machines is D:\\
  5. Specify the server path \\DENNAS\denNAS\denhac_common. Note that denNAS may not be discoverable, but it should be locatable at that path. Note: If you are setting up a personal machine, you may want to include your member folder in this path so that you land there automatically.
  6. [Optional] Right click on the new network drive under “This PC” and give it a more friendly name, such as “denNAS”.
  7. [Optional] Pin the drive to the quick-access toolbar. Strongly recommended for space machines.


  1. Open finder
  2. Click Go -> Connect to Server (Command+K)
  3. Specify the server path smb://DENNAS/denNAS/denhac_common
  4. Login as guest


NOTE: Specific commands may differ based on which distro you use.

On Ubuntu via GUI:
(Confirmed on Ubuntu 22.04 running Gnome; no root privileges required.)

  1. Open Files (i.e., the Gnome default file explorer: Nautilus).
  2. Click on the “+ Other Locations” button in the left sidebar of the Files window.
  3. Under the “Networks” section, click on the “denNAS” folder icon.
    • Alternately: At the bottom of the Files window in the “Connect to Server” bar, enter “smb://dennas.local/denNAS/denhac_common” and click “Connect”. Skip to Step 5.
  4. Double-click the “denNAS” folder icon.
  5. In the Authentication Required pop-up window, select “Registered User” and then enter the username and password that you would use to login to any other denhac computer. If you aren’t sure what this would be, ask someone nearby or on Slack.
  6. Double-click the “denhac_common” folder icon. (If you connected via the smb:// path in Step 3, you don’t need to. You’re already there.)

On Arch Linux via command line:

  1. Create a mount point sudo /mnt/dennas for example
  2. Identify the IP for denNAS nmblookup DENNAS : DENNAS<00>
  3. Mount it !  Ex/ sudo mount -t cifs // /mnt/dennas -o guest
  4. TODO: Figure out how to mount this w/o requiring root user to copy/write to denNAS


The first iteration of denNAS was denNIS, a home-grade 2TB NAS station located in the fishbowl. It was a Buffalo LinkStation 210, model LS210D0201 (manufacturer page), donated and setup by @chungl. It was pretty old, likely from ~2013, and has since been replaced by the current denNAS.

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