Accounts

All information given is for computer accounts valid for workplaces of the department and maintained by Technical Service, 

Important Note

Because of limited space for user names account names and the linked email addresses can be reissued 9 months after the deletion of the old account. They are therefore not a suitable means of identifying users after the account expires (e.g. for administrative systems) or for authentification (e.g. web applications, mailing lists). Before deleting their account users therefore should cancel all authentifications via this account or the linked email address.

Creation

Four different sorts of accounts exist: 

Computer accounts for students of Computer Science degree programs

These students generally receive personal computer accounts at the start of their studies. Requirements are a StudiDB account and at least one registration for an exercise via the StudiDB. Technical Service uses the information in the StudiDB to create computer accounts. The teaching assistants hand out the account information at the start of the winter semester. Furthermore, information on personal computer accounts can be attained at Technical Service (CAP4, 12th floor), showing a valid student's card and ID.

Before the signed application form has been returned to Technical Service and the initial password of the computer account has been changed the computer account is not assigned to the student. All other computer accounts are being deleted by Technical Service after an appropriate time period.

Other personal computer accounts

Personal computer accounts for user groups like advanced students without a computer account, who already have a StudiDB account and are registered for at least on current exercise voa the StudiDB, new staff members or guests of workgroups who stay for a longer time, the creation of a computer account requires the following steps:

First, the applicant has to fill in a web form. The web form is accessible from each computer on the campus network with network access. This also applies to the public computers in the foyer of the university highrise (CAP4, ground floor). To ensure the privacy of the data, they are transferred via an encrypted http-connection.

Second, the students need to personally show a valid student's card and ID to Technical Service; staff members' authentication is checked with the dean's office; guest's authentication is checked with the person responsible of the inviting workgroup. Only then the computer account is being created by Technical Service. Before the signed application form has been returned to Technical Service and the initial password of the computer account has been changed the computer account is not assigned. All other computer accounts are being deleted by Technical Service after an appropriate time period.

Exercise accounts

For special courses, like preparatory courses or advanced education for teachers, creating personal computer accounts is too time-consuming; for exams personal computer accounts are not desirable. Staff members in such cases can apply for anonymous exercise accounts via email to account.  

Software and project accounts

You can apply for software or project accounts via email to account. We ask you to provide the following information: 

  • desired login name of the sofware or project account
  • detailed name (gcos) of the software or project account
  • initial quota of the software or project account
  • name and workgroup of the person responsible for this software or project account
  • login name and comuter for the first entry into the .rhosts-fie of the software or project account

​Only staff members of the Department of Computer Science who have a valid personal computer account on one of the computer administered by Technical Service may be responsible for software or project accounts.

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Renewal

All computer accounts are valid for a maximum of one year to simplify the deletion of unnecessary computer accounts. Computer account are renewed for an additional year at the start of each winter semester. Before the date of re-registration, staff members, students and guests will receive a mail, detailing the renewal process and which deadlines have to be met. Personal computer accounts of students in Bachelor's, Master's and Diploma degree programs of the Department of Computer Science are renewed automatically, if the students have reregistered within the deadlines. All other students personally need to visit Technical Service and present a valid student's card and ID card. Personal computer accounts of staff members are generally prolonged automatically as well. This does not extend to the guest, software or project accounts. To renew these accounts, please answer the received email. 

Former students and staff members, who want to keep their account after the reregistration date, need to find a Computer Science staff member who will take responsibility for the personal computer account in the future.  

Quota

All users, who have a personal computer account on one of the workstations administered by Technical Service, only have a limited amount of memory (quota). To find out, how big your quota is, use the system command 'quota -v'. The resulting output often is a little puzzling to users at first. 

Look at this example: 

rechner{hugo} quota -v
Disk quotas for hugo (uid 450):
Filesystem     usage  quota  limit    timeleft  files  quota  limit    timeleft
/home/user_1       0      1      1                  0      1      1            
/home/hugo       974  30000  33000                150   3000   3300            
...

 

The only line interesting to you is the one that spots your own computer account name. In this case, the user 'hugo' has a temporarily exceedable quota of 30MB (quota) of which he only uses 974KB (usage). The limit that may not be exceeded on this computer account is 33MB (limit).

The quota of 'hugo' (here: 30MB) can be exceeded for a maximum of 7 days up to the limit (here: 33MB). After this point no opened file can be closed any more, even if the maximal limit has not yet been reached. Now you first need to delete enough files to let the used memory of the computer account (usage) be lower than the quota.

Note: Logging in directly via a console of a workstation computer will not work any more, if no file can be opened and closed any more in the user's user directory. The remote login to a workstation computer via s-protocols (ssh, slogin) will still be possible.

Raising quota

Before asking Technical Service for additional memory space, take care, that no memory space is wasted to unnecessary saved data. Several automatically generated files can be deleted without any plroblems. These are files that are generated when using TeX (e.g.  '*.aux', '*.log', '*.dvi', '*.ps', etc.) or backup files of editors (e.g. '*.BAK', '*~', etc.). When all unnecessary files have been deleted and memory is still insufficient, you can apply for a higher quota.

If you have a computer account on one of the workstations administered by Technical Service, then send an email to admin, including the following data:

computer

accountname

user's first name and surname 

current quota

new quota

reason

Especially the last point is of high importance, because memory space is not endless. Staff members are thus prioritizing the need for additional memory and this is only possible, when knowing the reasons for the application. 

Change of password

Please use the form below to change your password for a computer account in the central Computer Science pool. 

Password requirements

  1. at least 12 signs long
  2. not more than two equal signs after each other 
  3. at least five different signs
  4. at least one of the numbers: [0123456789]
  5. at least one small letter: [abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz]
  6. at least on capital letter: [ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXXYZ]
  7. at least one special character:  [~!@#$%^&*()-_=+[]{}|;:,.<>/?]. Other signs are not accepted. 
  8. The new password needs to differ from the old one in at least three signs. 

This form only works within the network of the university of Kiel. The data is being securely transmitted by a https request.

Form to change your password: 

 

login name
old password
new password
new password