The Charles River Privacy Day will be held on November 15th in the Hariri Institute at BU.
Windows Undergrad Information
Information for Undergraduates: (Be sure to read the General Info page!)
- What kind of accounts do I have?
- Where can I save data?
- Is there a public printer I can print to?
- How long is my account valid for?
- What happens after I graduate?
You have two accounts, a windows and a unix account. The unix account works on all linux and solaris machines, and provides you with 80 MB of space in a home directory. If CS is your major, your account is slightly larger, with 200 MB of space. Your windows account is a standard windows account, allowing you to log on to any machine on the CS-NT domain.
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.
All undergraduates capable of logging onto the computers in the undergraduate lab are given a print quota of 50 pages a week. All machines in the undergraduate lab have two default printers: R2D2, and R2D2-ns. These printers are both the same physical printer (the difference being that one prints with staples and the other prints non-stabled), located behind the desk in the undergraduate lab. You may print to either, and then walk up to the desk and tell them your username to pick up your printouts.
An undergraduate with a major in CS is given an account that is valid for the entire duration of that student’s time as 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.
After you graduate, if you graduate with a degree in CS, your account is made into an alumni account and is valid for life. Your home directory is made smaller, but you retain your print quota and the ability to log on to computers in the undergraduate computer lab.