Frequently Asked Questions about NESTOR

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What is NESTOR?

NESTOR is the storage and archive server at the Computing Centre.

For details about the configuration,  please see the NESTOR announcement.

In case you haven't noticed, NESTOR stands for NEtwork STORage.

Can I get an account on NESTOR?

Yes you can, the procedure to request access to NESTOR depends on the categories specified hereunder.

All members of the VUB (students and personnel) have an account on NESTOR, or can activate one if they wish.

Persons who have an account on HYDRA automatically get an account on NESTOR. Persons who do not have an account on HYDRA or NESTOR can request an account on NESTOR through the User Registration Form.

I cannot login on NESTOR

NESTOR is an storage and archive server, not an interactive server. You will only be able to transfer files to/from NESTOR, you won't be able to login on the server.

How do I access files on NESTOR?

You can store and retrieve files from NESTOR through FTP. Users with an account on HYDRA can also access their files on NESTOR from HYDRA, in the directory /a/username You won't be able to login on NESTOR with telnet or remote shell.

If you wish to access files through FTP, you can FTP to or See details on FTP.

You can also access your NESTOR files by mounting your NESTOR directory as a local network drive on your local computer (SAMBA). See the details on how to proceed.

How can I see my diskquota on NESTOR?

You can examine your diskquota on NESTOR from MACH or HYDRA with the command


Can I use NESTOR to backup files from my personal computer?

While you can, we prefer at the present time that you do not do so. You can off course make archives (zip, stuffit, tar, ...) of the files you wish to backup and transfer them to NESTOR (see above on how to access NESTOR), but since disk quota are installed on NESTOR, you won't be able to backup your whole computer. See also next section.

Will the Computing Centre offer backup facilities for personal computers?

This is currently being investigated.

How do I change the password on NESTOR?

You don't. The password on NESTOR is synchronized with the password of your MACH account, that is the account of your e-mail address which is hosted at the Computing Centre. For details about changing passwords, see our Passwords FAQ.

Special notes

VUB/ULB Computing Centre,
Created: 15 May 2001, Updated: 13 March 2008
Email: User Support Group.