Connect to Servers

Hampshire's file servers provide a way for users to publish web pages, back-up data, and share files with others. Services available vary depending on the type of user account. When on campus you can connect directly to servers, using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder to drag and drop your files.

Your Home Directory

  • All staff and faculty members have access to their own private home directories on the server.
  • All students* have access to their own home directories on the server.

This home directory can be used by individuals to save and back up important personal files. You also have a folder called public_html on home or student, which can be accessed by anyone from a web browser. The link for your public_html folder is or, followed by your HampNet ID and another slash(/); my public_html folder is at, for instance. Remember that anyone, on or off campus, can access items in your public_html folder, so it must not be used for confidential information.

The servers have a quota (size limit) for each user's space. For more information about quotas and limits for each type of user, please visit the quotas page. For more information on what to back up and how, please see the Back up Your Data page.

*Please note that when a student account is converted to an alumni account, you only retain access to email, TheHub, and a few other sites such as the Intranet.

Patterson file server

Many employees have access to departmental folders on Patterson, which is a file server used to allow office members to store and share files easily, safely and securely. These shares are backed up on a regular basis so if something is accidentally deleted, it can usually be restored if noticed in a reasonable amount of time.

Getting Access to Patterson

Contact your supervisor if you need access to your department's folder on Patterson. Each department has a group manager for the Patterson file server shares. The group manager may add and delete members by logging in at and choosing the menu item Group Management. If they have trouble with this, they can submit an IT ticket on TheHub or contact the help desk.

Mac OSX Connect to Server Instructions

Use the OSX Finder to connect:

  • From the Finder file menu, click on "Go," then "Connect to Server."
  • Type "smb://patterson" or "smb://home" (without the quotes) in the server address field and then click "Connect."
  • Enter your HampNet username and password when prompted, then click "OK." *Tip: Your computer username may be pre-filled by default. You will need to erase it and enter your HampNet username.
  • You will be presented with a choice of volumes: Select the appropriate share name and click "OK."
  • You will then see an icon on your desktop with the name of the share volume you choose. Double click on it to access the server share.

Windows 7 or 10 Connect to Server Instructions

  • Press Cmd-R (or Windows-R) to bring up the "Run" window.
  • Type "\\patterson" or "\\home" (without the quotes), and click OK.
  • Enter "ADMINISTRATION\" (no quotes, all caps), followed by your  HampNet username (for example, ADMINISTRATION\kmmLO)
  • Enter your HampNet password.
  • If you'd like it to remember your user i.d. and password, check "Remember my credentials."
  • When the window opens, choose the folder to which you have access.

To map the drive so it will be available in Windows Explorer and Office applications as a Save As location:

  • Right click on the folder, and select "Map Network Drive..." from the popup menu.
  • In the Window that opens, choose any drive letter beyond F.
  • If you check off "Reconnect at Logon" the drive will always be available when you log in to the Administration domain.
  • Click "Finish."

Another option for quickly and easily accessing the network drive, but only when you need it, is to create a desktop shortcut:

  • Locate the file as above, but when you right click on it, select "Create Shortcut".
  • A message will display saying that a shortcut cannot be created on the network, and asks if you would like to create it on the desktop instead. Click "Yes."
  • The next time you want to access the Network drive, double click the shortcut.

Connecting to File Servers from Off Campus

To connect to Hampshire's servers from off campus, you may use VPN or one of the other methods below.

  • Secure Copy (SCP) and Secure File Transfer Protocal (SFTP) SCP and SFTP are more secure replacements for FTP. They are used to transfer files securely to and from your computer and a remote server. We recommend the two following easy to use "point and click" interface programs.
    • For Macs, Fugu is an open source SFTP, SCP, and SSH program and installers can easily be found on the web.
    • For Windows computers, WinSCP is an open source SFTP, SCP, and FTP client and installers can easily be found on the web.
  • Secure Shell (SSH) Secure shell (SSH) is a command-line terminal application that allows you to manage files and folders on a remote server. You use Unix commands to make, change, or remove directories or to list, copy, move, rename, and delete files and folders. (See Unix and Linux Basics for instructions on how to use these commands.)
    • For Macs, secure shell can be used in the built-in Mac OS X Terminal application.
    • For Windows, you"ll need to download and install a program. PuTTY is a free SSH client application for Windows. This download also includes other utilities such as PSFTP, which is a command line SFTP application and installers can easily be found on the web.
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) FTP is not available to students; see the documentation for SCP and SFTP instead.

*In May 2016 we migrated from newmisserver to patterson. If you have not permanently updated your computer to connect to patterson, the instructions for doing so are here: Windows and Mac.