AFS Windows Client Configuration

This page is here for historical purposes, the current method of installing an afs client on windows is found here:


Configuration information for AFS and KFW for Windows. Use this as a post-install configuration guide.

Reviewed by Alan Forrest 4/17/14

Follow the steps below to configure the OpenAFS client and KFW (Kerberos for Windows) for use in the Computer Science realm.

Click here for instructions on installing KFW and OpenAFS.  You’ll want to do this first if you haven’t already done so.

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Configuring KFW and Open AFS

Open the Network Identity Manager, by right clicking on it in the taskbar and selecting “Show Network Identity Manager window.”


You’ll want to start by adding a new Identity to Identity Manager.

Select Identities in the left portion of the dialog box.

Click the ” Add Identity” button on the center right side of the window.




Choose CSX.UNC.EDU from the Realm drop down box

Ensure your username is correct

Click “OK.”




In the Network Identity Manager, locate your ID on the left pane under Identities.

On the right side of the window select the AFS tab.

Once you have selected the AFS tab, ensure the “Obtain AFS credentials” box is checked.

The cell box should read (if not, type in the box).

Click the “Add/Update” button and it should then appear in the lower area of the dialog box.




In the Network Identity Manager select AFS from the left side.

Then check the option “Prevent AFSCreds.exe from starting automatically when you log in to Windows.”




In the same dialog box, click the “OpenAFS Control Panel” button.


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Ensure that “Obtain AFS tokens when logging into Windows” is unchecked.

Click “OK.”

If the selection is grayed out, your username will need to be added to the Windows AFS Client Admins group.  (Contact




Obtain new credentials using the Network Identity Manager by selecting the “Obtain new credentials” button




Ensure your username is correct and the Realm is CSX.UNC.EDU which can be selected from the Realm drop down list.




Enter your password and click “OK.”

You should now be able to map to afs shares or creating shortcuts on your desktop using the UNC naming convention.  For example, you can map your home directory at \\afs\\home\username