AFS Services were retired on November 13, 2018.

Since 1996, ITS has provided an AFS (Andrew File System) service to campus customers. Demands on this service have seen a steady decline as new technologies/services have been introduced. At its peak, AFS was the primary method for sharing files between individuals collaborating across campus and beyond. AFS was at one point, the only method an individual had for publishing content to the web.

More recently, other technologies – such as WordPressCarolina Cloudapps, and Office365’s OneDrive – have replaced much of the functionality provided by AFS.

My content is accessible via the web? My content is … I share with… Recommended Service
Yes A personal or departmental website with text, images and other media The general public WordPress (Getting Started)
Yes A website or HTML files with text, images, PDF, documents Students in my class Sakai (Getting Started), potentially WordPress (Getting Started)
Yes Completed research and scholarly work The academic community Carolina Digital Repository (Frequently Asked Questions)
Yes Code such as javascript, php … n/a Carolina Cloudapps
No Collaboration content A department, team, or ad hoc group of individuals Office365 OneDrive (Getting Started)

Consider these alternative storage solutions for your current needs:

  • WordPress: Many users that previously utilized AFS for their personal or department websites have had great success moving the content to WordPress, using the self-service platform available at
  • OneDrive: Office 365 provides campus users with 1 terabyte of storage space – a great option for work-related documents, photos, videos and more.
  • Carolina Cloudapps: CloudApps is a managed platform for development and deploying web applications that support a variety of programming languages.
  • Carolina Digital Repository: provides a secure home for your research and scholarly work. The CDR is committed to providing long-term access to materials in the CDR, and enabling materials to be discovered and indexed by public search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

More information on the various storage offerings available to UNC is available online.

Anonymous FTP
The anonymous FTP service was retired on May 29, 2018. Access reviews show the service was very lightly used.
Login Service
The Login service was retired on November 13, 2018.
SFTP Service
The SFTP service was retired on November 13, 2018.
AFS Service
The AFS service was removed from access on November 13, 2018.

The decision to decommission AFS was made after a substantial review by a group of IT professionals across the University. There are several reasons the committee agreed to decommission AFS in November 2018:

  • The system has been in place since 1996 and commercial support for this system ended in 2014.  We do not have a way to ensure that the system continues to comply with our security and privacy policies.
  • While the system currently works we cannot guarantee we can recover data if the system fails.

Carolina will retire AFS service

UNC-Chapel Hill will retire the Andrew File System (AFS) on November 13, 2018.

The statement is simple. More interesting and intricate, however, are the prudent steps the campus is taking to assist users through the decommissioning process and the history of AFS’ use at the University.

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If you have any questions or need support to transfer your sites and files, please do not hesitate to contact the Service Desk by visiting or calling 919-962-HELP.