Group Directories

Do you need central file storage space to be used together with any number of other members of the university? Then group directories could be your solution! They can be used free of charge by all members of the university.

A new group directory may be ordered by the director of an institute/faculty or the head of a study group via e-mail to: → system@uni-mainz.de .

In your mail please mention:
- The name of the faculty
- The name of the institute
- The name of the study group
- The name of the head of the study group
- The names and accounts of the people that need access to the group directory
- The name and account of the main responsible contact person

Depending on the operating system of your computer, and also depending on whether that device is located within - or outside of - the network domain uni-mainz, there are a number of different ways of accessing group directories.

You should know the exact denomination (= the name) and the sector of your group directory. Information about these may be obtained from your local administrator or from the → helpdesk of the Data Center.

The sectors are faculty-related, i.e. 01 (FB01), 02 (FB02), ... or related to specific groups, such as, for example,. 70 (ZDV, UB, ...)

Open Windows Explorer using the following keyboard shortcut: Windows key + E.
Then, in the on column the left, right click on 'Dieser PC", then click on 'Netzlaufwerk verbinden':

In the following window under Laufwerk please choose a drive letter that is not in use yet.

Please enter the following into the input box Ordner:

\\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\[your sector]\[your group directory]

Example: \\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\70\zdv
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Open Windows Explorer using the following keyboard shortcut: Windows key + E.
In the menu, click on Computer, then click on Netzlaufwerk verbinden.

In the following window under Laufwerk please choose a drive letter that is not in use yet.

Please enter the following into the input box Ordner:

\\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\[your sector]\[your group directory]

Example: \\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\70\zdv


Open the computer sector in Windows explorer (for example via the Start button), then at the very top of the page click on Netzlaufwerk verbinden (Windows 7), or, with Windows Vista choose Netzlaufwerk zuordnen under Extras.

In the following window under Laufwerk please choose a drive letter that is not in use yet.

Please enter the following into the input box Ordner:

\\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\[your sector]\[your group directory]

Example: \\uni-mainz.de\dfs\groups\70\zdv


If you wish to access a group directory with a Windows computer located outside of the domain, then the path to be entered into the input box Ordner is:

\\fsgroups.zdv.uni-mainz.de\groups\groups00\[your group directory]

- with 00 representing the number of your sector (see above). For the example above this would be:

\\fsgroups.zdv.uni-mainz.de\groups\groups70\zdv

Important hint: access to a group directory from a computer outside of the domain uni-mainz is only possible after you have established a → VPN-connection.

If, on the PC from which your are establishing the connection, you are using an account that is different from your university account, it is important to establish the connection with your university account. Please activate the corresponding check mark (Windows 7) or, with Windows Vista, click on "Unter anderem Benutzernamen" and enter the user name in the following format: uni-mainz\ZDV-Benutzername, then enter your password.

You may also connect to an existing group directory via FTP.  Please use an encrypted connection (explicit FTP via TLS to the FTP server of the Data Center.

Please enter the following as a directory path for the FTP server:

/data/groups[your sector]/[your group directory]

Example: /data/groups70/zdv


in the following format: uni-mainz\ZDV-Benutzername, then enter your password.

Mac OS-X Benutzer must connect directly to the name of the file server:

cifs://fsgroups.zdv.uni-mainz.de/groups/[your group directory]

More detailed information about connecting to home or group directories is available → here.

Group Directory for Linux

Linux users can connect directly via the server fsgroups.zdv.uni-mainz.de:/ . There you will find all directories below the numbers of their sectors.