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Getting Started with Technical Resources at the Department of Computer Science

This page contains what you need to get started .

Note: Throughout this document "Computer Science" is used to refer to the Rutgers University New Brunswick Computer Science Department.

CONTENTS

Creating an account

Most systems and services run by computer science use the University Netid for the username and password. If you don't have a Netid yet, or don't know your Netid and password, please go to https://netid.rutgers.edu to activate your Netid.

Before you can actually login to systems run by Computer Science, you need an account on one of the Computer Science computing domains. Most of CS Computing resources requires users to create their own account themselves before access is given. The account will be based on your Netid. That is, it will use the same username and (in most cases) the same password as your Netid.

There are different computers or sets of computers for different groups of people. Here are the systems that New Brunswick computer science students are most likely to be interested in. In the list below, the first two (labelled as "CS") are run by the computer science department and are avaiable primarily to CS faculty, staff and students. The others are run by the University, and are available to members of the University community.

Computer science faculty and researchers use a wider array of services. We recommend looking in the left margin for computer systems, storage, and networking. Accounts for faculty are normally created as part of the general departmental processing of new faculty. If a faculty member doesn't have an account, or needs an account for a student or collaborator, please send a request to help@cs.rutgers.edu.

  • CS iLab Student Unix Computing
    This domain is also called the "Instructional" or "iLab" domain. It exists to aid in all CS UnderGrad and Graduate students in coursework. Students who are matriculated in the Department of Computer Science for a degree or students who are enrolled in a Computer Science course must activate their account before s/he can use this resources.

    For more details of name, make, models and type of machines, see List of machines in this domain.

  • CS Graduate Student Unix Computing
    This domain is also called the "Graduate" or "Grad" domain. It exists to aid in graduate coursework or graduate research. Students who are matriculated in the Department of Computer Science for a graduate degree or students who are enrolled in a Computer Science graduate class must activate their account before s/he can use this resources.

    For more details of name, make, models and type of machines, see List of machines in this domain.

  • Rutgers University Email System for Fac/Staff
    All faculty and staff at Rutgers (including student employees) are expected to use Rutgers Connect for all work-related email. Accounts are activated when you activated your services during NetID creation process at https://netid.rutgers.edu.  CS faculty and permanent staff will be given email addresses of the form NETID@cs.rutgers.edu. Students who are University employees will have addresses of the form NETID@connect.rutgers.edu. The address NETID@rutgers.edu will work for everyone, so you may prefer to give that address out. Activiation is normally done right after you create your Netid. However students who later become University employees will receive Connect accounts at the time they become an employee.
  • Rutgers University Email System for Non Fac/Staff
    University also have an Email System named ScarletMail. It is essentially a rebranding of Google Mail system made available for all educational work for all University members. Note that faculty and staff (including student employees, TAs, RAs, etc) are required by University policy to use Rutgers Connect for all University business.
  • Top Level Rutgers University netid@rutgers.edu email address
    To simplify email delivery, many people prefer to have others send mail to them at netid@rutgers.edu address. This address will work no matter whether you are faculty, staff, or student.

    You can control how mail sent to @rutgers.edu is handled using the Email Addresses portion of netid.rutgers.edu.

    • Faculty and staff cannot (by policy) change delivery of mail. It must to sent to Rutgers Connect. However students can have mail sent to NETID@rutgers.edu forwarded to any mail system they want, including non-Rutgers mail systems.
    • You may add "personalized addresses" such as john.smith@rutgers.edu. Mail sent to one of your personalized addresses will be sent to the same place as mail sent to NETID@rutgers.edu.
  • Rutgers University Instructional Cloud Server
    This Instructional Resource named apps.rutgers.edu is managed by OIT. This Apps server uses an HTML5 canvas to display the remote desktop within your web browser. All Rutgers users can access this resource and may be needed for your class work because it contains many special licensed software. To use it you need to activate you account first by going to https://netid.rutgers.edu/ and click "service activation"
  • Rutgers University Student Computing (optional)
    This domain which is also called "eden", is run by a University group outside of the Department of Computer Science. Please see here for more information. 
    Note: This optional resource is replaced by apps.rutgers.edu and may go away soon.
  • Rutgers University Faculty and Staff Computing (optional)
    This domain which is also called "rci", is run by a University group outside of the Department of Computer Science. Please see here for more information. 
    Note: This optional resource is replaced by apps.rutgers.edu and may go away soon

Changing your password; Forgotten Passwords

CS systems use the same netid/password as other university system. If you have forgotten your password once you have a working account, you can change your password by going to http://password.rutgers.edu.

If you are still unable to fix your password issue, you'll need to visit the University Computing HelpDesk at Hill 013 in person. Please make sure to bring proper identification.

Getting Help

If you have issues with any CS computing resources

If you have issues with Non CS computing resources