Windows Grad Information

Information for Graduate students: (Be sure to read the general info General Info page!)

What kind of accounts do I have?

You have two accounts, a windows and a unix account. The unix account works on all linux and solaris machines, and provides you with 200 MB of space in a home directory. Your windows account is a standard windows account, allowing you to log on to any machine on the CS-NT domain.

Where can I save data?

Your unix account provides you with a home directory, (accessible from anywhere in any unix environment via the alias ~/). This is where you should save any and all work. It is backed up on an hourly, weekly, and monthly schedule. If you lose data you may enter your ~/.snapshots directory (which is automatically created for you), to possibly retrieve lost data. Your windows account however, does not provide you with a profile. Your profile is not saved when you log out, so all data on the desktop, in MY Documents, etc. will be lost! However, your home directory from the unix account is automatically mounted for you, and accessible as the Z: drive. So if you write a document and wish to save it, you may save it in My Computer->z: This is shared between both accounts and is the recommended place to store your data.

What labs do I have access to?

Your account allows you to log on to any of the machines in the undergraduate lab. You may also print to the printer in this lab, to which you have a slightly larger print quota than undergraduates. Some graduate students working on projects may also have access to the Graduate Research Lab in the Math and Computer Science Building.

How long is my account valid for?

Your account is valid for the entire duration of your time as a CS Graduate student here. Upon graduation, this account becomes an alumni account and remains valid for life. Undergraduates with a major in CS are also given accounts that are valid for the entire duration that a student is a CS undergraduate. Students enrolled in a CS course but not declared CS majors are given an account that lasts only until the course is over. At the end of every semester students in this position are sent emails to their cs account with instructions on how to keep their account if they are enrolling in another CS course the following semester.

I am the TF for a course, do I get a computer?

All TFs are issued a computer by the department. It will be installed in your office and maintained by the support staff there. If you have any problems with your machine, please email support-windows@cs.bu.edu Unless otherwise specified this machine will run windows XP and have all software installed as it is in the undergrad lab which should include all software necessary for students in your course.

Where do I find Windows Software?

From the Run menu in Windows, type:

\\cs-nts1\software$

And log in with your CS-NT Account using the following format:

CS-NT\username
password

When you have chosen the folder with the software you wish to install, you will find either a .bat file or .msi file that can be executed to install the software. In most cases the required licensing will already be in the software package, however in some cases there will be a file called cdkey.txt, or you may have to email: support-windows@cs.bu.edu

Where are the printers located?

From the Run menu in Windows, type:

\\cs-nts1

And log in with your CS-NT Account using the following format:

CS-NT\username
password

You should see a list of printers that are accessible from Windows. Please Note: you may not have access to all printers that are shown.

In addition, if you are on a computer that is part of the cs-nt domain, you can search for printers through active directory using the “find a printer” wizard when adding new printers.

When logging out I receive the error: Can’t Update roaming profile. How do I fix this?
You need to delete the same file (ntuser.pol) in two locations. From the Run menu in Windows, type:

\\cs-nfs\profiles

And log in with your CS-NT Account using the following format:

CS-NT\username
password

Select your username and delete the file named ntuser.pol. You will find the instance of the file in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with my computer?

If your machine is running windows and you having problems with it, please email support-windows@cs.bu.edu to be entered into the windows support queue. If you are running Solaris or Linux then you are asked to email the unix support queue at: support@cs.bu.edu