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Getting Started with Technical Resources at the Department of Computer Science

NOTES: As of Mid July 2017, all CS iLab/Graduate/Research/Faculty/Staff Linux clusters are transitioning to CS only password to login. All existing and new users are required to activate and set a new CS password before users can login.

 
This page contains what you need to get started . If you are new to Computer Science, please refer to a brief Introduction to the Computer Science Computing Resources.

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

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Types of Accounts

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 few (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 computing resources. We recommend looking in the left margin for computer systems, storage, and networking. Below is a list of CS computing resources run and managed by Laboratory for Computer Science Research staff.

  • CS iLab Student Linux Computing
    This resource is called the "Instructional" or "iLab" cluster. 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 Linux Computing
    This resource is called the "Graduate" or "Grad" cluster. 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

    Note: Your iLab and/or Graduate account are normally deactivated when you are no longer affiliated with Computer Science or no longer taking any CS classes. Normally account deactivation is done about 4 months or a semester after. We normally send a warning to your official university address to warn you about account deactivation. Make sure your email is accurate.

  • CS Faculty Linux Computing
    This resource is called the "Faculty" cluster. It exist to aid CS faculty and administrative staff in their work. All users 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 General Research Linux Computing
    This resource is called the "Research" cluster. It exist to aid CS faculty, Students and guest researchers in their research work. All users must activate their account before s/he can use this resources. To get access to this system, Students or Guests needs to ask CS Faculty to add his/her netid into a group managed by that CS faculty.  Faculty who needs guidance, please see How to Manage Your Users and Groups on CS Computer System
    For more details of name, make, models and type of machines, see List of machines in this domain. 

Below is a list of University computing resources, run and/or managed by Office of Information Technology (OIT). These resources are available to eligible member of University community.

  • Rutgers University Email System for Faculty/Staff
    All faculty and staff at Rutgers (including student employees) are expected to use Rutgers Connect (@cs.rutgers.edu), an Office365 based email system, for all work-related email. Accounts are activated when you activated your services during NetID creation process at https://netid.rutgers.edu.   Students who later become University employees will need to send email to help@cs.rutgers.edu asking for Connect accounts at the time they become an employee. This is not done automatically.  When you are no longer paid by Rutgers, deactivation procedure of Rutgers Connect account will be sent to you. Do not ignore this message. See the section about Leaving Rutgers for more details. 
  • Rutgers University Email System for Non Faculty/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. Those who graduated do not loose his/her ScarletMail account after graduation. See https://oit.rutgers.edu/scarletapps/faq for more info
  • 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"
     

Activating CS Computing Account

Most systems and services run by the University uses Netid for the username and password. CS resources will be based on your Netid but a different password which needs to be set separately. 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.

IMPORTANT: Only people with university NetID can create account on any Rutgers system. If the user do not have a NetID, you will need to sponsor and request a NetID for your guest.

Before you can actually login to Linux 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 activate their own account and set CS password  themselves before access is given. 

If a faculty member needs an account for a student or collaborator on specific system, simply add them to your group on specific system.  See How to Manage Your Users and Groups on CS Computer System if you need guidance. Once added, please notify your guests or students about it and ask them  activate their own account and set CS password IMPORTANT: Only people with university NetID can create account on any Rutgers system. If the user do not have a NetID, you will need to sponsor and request a NetID for your guest.

 

Changing your password; Forgotten Passwords

Getting Help

1. If you have issues with any CS computing resources

2. If you have issues with Non CS computing resources