This page describe how you can mount your labs file system over an encrypted connection.

Depending on you security model, you may mount selected part of your storage system to your client computer over VPN.

# Install software packages on linux (Debian)

  1. Install sshfs:

    sudo apt install sshfs

# Install software packages on OS X and macOS

  1. Install macfuse:

    brew install --cask macfuse
  2. Allow developer in System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General

  3. Install sshfs:

    brew install sshfs
  4. Reboot macOS before continuing

# Mount your lab storage to your computer

  1. Connect your HUNT Cloud VPN

  2. Set labname

    export labname=<labname>  # export labname=demolab
  3. Make a folder on the local computer that is dedicated as mount point for your lab storage:

    mkdir ~/${labname}-storage
  4. Mount your storage using sshfs:

    sshfs ${labname}-entry: ~/${labname}-storage -o follow_symlinks -o volname=${labname}

    e.g. sshfs demolab-entry: demolab -o volname=demolab

  5. You can make an alias in profile/rc config (~/.bash_profile, ~/.bashrc, or ~/.zshrc) for easier access:

    echo "alias ${labname}-mount=sshfs ${labname}-entry: ~/${labname}-storage -o follow_symlinks -o volname=${labname}" >> ~/.profile

That's it. With a little bit of luck you should be able to find your lab folders in "Finder"... If not, don't hesitate to contact us here so we can improve this guide together.

# Unmount your lab storage

  • If you wish to stop the mount before you turn off your computer or vpn, you turn it off with this command:

    sudo umount ~/${labname}-storage

# Troubleshooting

Installation on macOS 11 (Big Sur)

Brew packages above are deprecated and if you are on new version or could not install old way download macFUSE and SSHFS from osxfuse.github.io (opens new window).

  1. Download and open macFUSE:


  2. Start installation and confirm that you trust the developer:


  3. Read the info, then continue:


  4. Approve if you want the installation to continue:


  5. Switch to Security and privacy in System Preferences:


  6. Confirm if you want to allow software from this developer to be used in the system, allowing this is necessary for sshfs to work:


  7. Restart the system immediately if you plan to install sshfs:


After restarting the system, when necessary drivers are loaded, you can continue installing sshfs.

  1. Download and open sshfs:


  2. Confirm if you agree with license agreement:


  3. Approve if you want the installation to continue:


  4. Finish: