This document presumes that you've already obtained your SUNet ID and are now ready to log in to one of the shared UNIX workstations to check files, create a web page, or obtain other computing services. The way you log in depends on where you are, what software you are using, and other factors. This document will point you in the right direction for each login option.
Logging in remotely
To log in from your office, dorm, or public computer cluster, the computer you're working on must have a program that gives you "SSH" capability, or have the ability to put AFS onto your desktop. If you don't have one of these programs installed on your computer already, you can get one free from the Essential Stanford Software site on the web. You can also obtain a copy from your RCC (for students) or your local Expert Partner (for faculty and staff).
An excellent set of step by step instructions can be found on the Configuring SecureCRT page.
LelandSSH (OS X)
Put AFS onto your desktop
You don't have to use UNIX to put up web pages, store documents, etc. If you put AFS on the desktop of your Macintosh or Windows computer, you can do all of these things directly using a simple drag and drop interface. Go to the AFS on the Desktop page for more information.
Remote connection via X11 or VNC (X-Windows)
Logging in at a remote UNIX terminal
The login: prompt should already be on the screen. If the screen is dark, press the RETURN key. At the login: prompt, type your SUNet ID (which acts as your username) and press the RETURN key. At the password: prompt, type your password and press the RETURN key. For security reasons, your password will not be displayed on the screen as you type it.
When logging in, remember that UNIX computers are case-sensitive, that is, they distinguish between upper and lower case letters. For example, UNIX computers would consider biggdogz and BIGGdogz to be two different passwords.
Was your login successful?
You'll know your login was successful when you see the system prompt (the name of the machine followed by an angle bracket, e.g., cardinal3> ,corn12>).
- Before you log out, be sure to quit any program you are running: Type q and then press the RETURN key.
- To log out, type exit in response to the system prompt and press the RETURN key. If you do not get a system prompt on your screen, try CTRL-C to get to it.