Accounts can be requested through our online forms.
Once your form has been submitted and processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that your accounts have been created on the e-mail server, web server, graduate AFS file server, and INST domain.
The first thing you should do is reset your passwords to something private.
There are several ways to access your Physics e-mail account.
Physics Webmail: webmail.physics.ucsb.edu
Unix Shell: If you are on the Physics network, you can ssh directly into the mailserver:
IMAP clients should be configured with the following values:
By default, all e-mail accounts are added to the firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com mailing lists. These lists are moderated by administrative staff members, and used to disseminate important information.
The Grads mailing list is administrated by the Graduate Advisor, and used to pass information related to graduate students in the Physics Department, such as deadlines and employment opportunities. If you are having any problems receiving or posting to this list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grads-Rec mailing list is for department grad students use for things unrelated to department affairs. Users must sign themselves up.
It is up the users to enter their personal information into the Physics webserver to be made public. Personal information can include your phone number, office location, personal webpage, etc. The webserver is also used to sign up for and display TA office hours.
New graduate students should first change their webserver password by visiting https://passwords.physics.ucsb.edu.
Update your information by logging into the webserver's database by clicking the "Update your information" link at the bottom of the list of graduate students.
Questions regarding your office hours should be sent to the Head TA.
The Graduate Student Computing Facilities is located in Broida 5207. This room is for Physics graduate students only, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The following resources are available:
Accessing the room:
We are serving users home directories via AFS. Data stored in AFS is backed up to tape nightly and stored in archives for one year. It is suggested that all graduate students store important physics related data in AFS. Quotas are currently set at 250 megabytes.
Your AFS home directory can be accessed in the following ways:
Useful things to know with AFS:
These systems are named after 60's rock stars:
These Linux system accept SSH connections from the Physics network, with X11 forwarding enabled. If you have a local X-server running, you can SSH into these hosts, and run GUI applications which will display on your own system.
Since users connect to these hosts remotely, please DO NOT shutdown, reboot or power off these computers.
Most end-user applications have been installed from the RHEL4 distribution, with icons setup in the Gnome Application pull-down menu. Standard compilers such as gcc and f77 are installed, along with most text editors and document preparation packages such as LaTeX. All applications should be in your command-line $PATH as well. Licensed applications installed include Maple, Mathematica, and Supermongo.
If there is any software you would like installed, please contact PCS.
There are two Windows systems in Broida 5207:
To log into these computers, hit ctrl-alt-delete, and authenticate against the INST domain.
The INST domain uses roaming profiles. Your desktop icons, favorites, and other application settings should transfer from one INST domain client to another. It is best to keep your profile small, so please do not store large amounts of data on your desktop. This will make your logins and logouts longer.
All data should be stored in your AFS home directory, mounted as the M:\ drive. I suggest creating a shortcut to your AFS directory, and placing it on the Desktop so that you don't have to traverse M:\ all time.
Software installed on these Windows computers include Microsoft Office, Mathematica, Acrobat Professional, Adobe Photoshop, and misc. scanning software.
To use the scanner, import from the TWAIN device from any graphical editing software.
If there is any software you would like installed, please contact PCS.
There are two dual-boot Mac Minis in Broida 5207:
Both Windows and OS X authenticate against the INST domain.
Software installed on the OS X side include Microsoft Office, Mathematica, Acrobat Professional, Firefox, Fink, and DarwinPorts (Both Fink and DarwinPorts binaries should automatically be in your $PATH).
To make OS X have more of a unix feel, start the Apple X-server (X11.app) during login, and configure your $DISPLAY variable to make Terminal.app X11 aware:
To have an X-server (X11.app) start when you login:
To have Terminal.app be aware of the X-server, add the following to your ~/.bash_profile file (create the file if it doesn't exist):
Booting Between OS X and WinXP
Any important data on this computer should be copied to your AFS home directory. All data stored on the local hard drives, such as /Users, is only occasionally backed up to tape (if ever).
Users must manually authenticate for AFS access in OS X.
There are two Dell Laser Printers in Broida 5207:
All systems in Broida 5207 have print queues setup to the two printers.
Skynyrd prints duplex by default. If you would like to print single-sided from a Linux computer, use the queue skynyrd-single (i.e. lpr -Pskynyrd-single). For Windows and OS X, look through your printing preferences before submitting the print job.
The toner in gratefuldead is rather expensive, so please only use this printer when you need to print in color.
Both printers are postscript printers.
PCS does not directly administer these printers. If they are out of paper or toner, e-mail email@example.com, or stop by the Main Office on the 3rd floor.
Centralized authentication is still in the works. Until then, we are using multiple password databases for different services on the network.
E-mail and Web Server:
All methods of changing your password require you to know your existing password. If you have forgotten this password, contact PCS and we'll reset it for you.
All personal computers and laptops connecting to the Physics Network must have the latest security patches installed, have an up to date antivirus software installed (we can provide this for you), and a local firewall enabled.
All devices connected to the network are billed $15.00 per month. Sponsored graduate students should consult their advisor. Unsponsored graduate students should consul the Graduate Advisor. If the connection is allowed, they will provide you a two-digit recharge account code.
Using the two-digit recharge account, fill out this online form to request an IP address. Please fill out the forms completely. Let us know in the comments field if you need antivirus software.
Once the form has been submitted, we can either put the wall port specified on the guest network, or you can come to our office in Broida 5223 for a guest network connection. Being on the guest network provides the additional security of being behind our firewall. This is a suitable network environment to obtain the latest security patches, download antivirus updates, and close another other security holes.
Once you are patched, turn off the local firewall, and contact PCS. We'll scan your laptop for any further security vulnerabilities. If everything looks ok, we will register your computer on the Physics network, and supply you with a public IP address.
Note that your computer should ALWAYS be configured for DHCP when connecting to the Physics or guest network.
Cox is the primary ISP for cable internet. In addition there are several DSL providers in town.
Please read our Info for Cable Modem Users page for necessary equipment. We strongly suggest purchasing a personal firewall/router box before connecting to the UCSB network from your home broadband connection.
The Physics Department does not have any Super Computing Facilities of its own. UCSB's Office of Information Technology provides information for those who are interested.
The Department has experienced several computer thefts over the past few years. Please keep doors locked and be alert. Personal computers and laptops should be physically locked down (kits are available in the store room and bookstore). A telephone is provided for on-campus calls and can be used to phone Campus Escort Service and Campus Police, x2000.
There are several ways to reach PCS if you need computing assistance:
SecureCRT - A SSH client - Contact PCS for license information.
WinSCP - A free SCP/SFTP client. Use this to replace your FTP client to transfer files securely.
Symantec Antivirus - The Physics Department has purchased enough licenses to install Antivirus software on your personal computer. Contact PCS for a copy.
Please fill out the Computer Separation Form before leaving UCSB Physics. It will give us instructions on what to do with your computer files, email, and webpages. If you leave the department without informing PCS, we will remove all of your computer accounts and files.
Also see the leaving UCSB link.