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Welcome to the CS support page

If you would like to contact us directly, we can be reached at x6518 or via cs.support@wwu.edu

Account Information

Computer Science does not use the General University login or storage space on it's computers. Instead we run our own account, file, print, and web servers for the unique needs that teaching Computer Science require. Students accounts are created no sooner than 24 hours after registration for a CSCI account. This username and password are used to authenticate in all of the CS labs, as well as on the CS servers.

Your initial CSCI password can be, or if you forgot your password it can be set at https://password.cs.wwu.edu using your general university account.

The password must

  1. Contain at least 8 characters.
  2. Not be the account name or full name.
  3. Not be the same as one of the 15 previous passwords.
  4. Contain characters from 3 of the following 4 distinct character groups
    1. Uppercase (A through Z)
    2. Lowercase (a through z)
    3. Numbers (0 through 9)
    4. Non-alphabetic characters (for example, ., !, $, #, %)

An easy way to come up with a password that will meet these requirements and be easy to remember is to use a proper sentence that does not contain your name.

Computer Science EULA

The University's computer usage agreement can be found at http://west.wwu.edu/atus/helpdesk/useragreement.shtml. This agreement applies to all computer labs, offices and meeting spaces managed by the Computer Science Department. Exceptions will be made only when a required assignment in a computer science class specifically authorizes students to violate elements of this policy.

In the Computer Science Department's labs, all computer, network, and lab usage is monitored, including the recording of video in the labs. We retain the right to use this information to investigate violations of the usage agreement. Specifically, the usage agreement forbids students from leaving a mess, propping doors open, or altering any equipment in the labs. Additionally, CF 414 has extra restrictions that prohibit food, drink and noise above a quiet conversation.

While the usage agreement helps us to protect the equipment in our labs it also governs behavior. The faculty and staff of the Computer Science Department require that all students foster an inclusive environment and promote a collegial, academic climate in the labs at all times. Specifically, vulgar language and lewd behavior are unwelcomed in the labs.

Violation of the computer usage agreement may result in a student's account being disabled and access to the labs being prohibited.

Dreamspark Premium (Formerly DAA (Formerly MSDNAA)) Information

Dreamspark Login.

Western Washington Computer Science department participates with the Microsoft Dreamspark Premium program. This allows for students to utilize select Microsoft Software for educational purposes (Details and EULA). This includes things such as Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Visual Studio, Access, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, as well as others. It does not include access to licenses of the Office Suite, though for that purpose I recommend looking at LibreOffice.org, or the University might have something. Software is distributed through onthehub.

Sign into onthehub for access to software provided through Dreamspark.

Software is only available while you are enrolled in a class and cannot be downloaded at any other time. We don't update the enrollment information until the end of the second week of the quarter, this is the end of Phase III registration. Your username is your MyWestern E-Mail address, and your password is E-Mailed to you from onthehub the first quarter you have an account. If you have forgotten your password or can't find it, you can have it re-sent by clicking forgot password on their site.

Main Labs Supported

Software

A working list of software that we install in our labs for windows can be found at ApplicationsListNew. These are not instructions for you to install stuff, but reminder notes for my student employees.

In Ubuntu we do the following ImagingInstructions

Lab_Schedules_Spring_2015

CF162
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Time
8:00 AM           8:00 AM
9:00 AM           9:00 AM
10:00 AM   141-21290 145-20084 145-20085   10:00 AM
11:00 AM     11:00 AM
12:00 PM           12:00 PM
1:00 PM           1:00 PM
2:00 PM   141-21291   141-21517 145-21155 2:00 PM
3:00 PM     3:00 PM
4:00 PM           4:00 PM
5:00 PM           5:00 PM
6:00 PM           6:00 PM
CF164
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Time
8:00 AM 101-20079 101-20080 140-21518     8:00 AM
9:00 AM     9:00 AM
10:00 AM 141-21289 101-20081 101-20082 140-21523   10:00 AM
11:00 AM   11:00 AM
12:00 PM     101-20083 140-21524 140-21525 12:00 PM
1:00 PM     1:00 PM
2:00 PM           2:00 PM
3:00 PM           3:00 PM
4:00 PM           4:00 PM
5:00 PM           5:00 PM
6:00 PM           6:00 PM
CF416
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Time
8:00 AM           8:00 AM
9:00 AM           9:00 AM
10:00 AM           10:00 AM
11:00 AM           11:00 AM
12:00 PM 247-21866 247-22962 301-21869     12:00 PM
1:00 PM     1:00 PM
2:00 PM 301-21868 247-21867 247-22963     2:00 PM
3:00 PM     3:00 PM
4:00 PM           4:00 PM
5:00 PM           5:00 PM
6:00 PM           6:00 PM
CF418
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Time
8:00 AM           8:00 AM
9:00 AM           9:00 AM
10:00 AM           10:00 AM
11:00 AM           11:00 AM
12:00 PM       172-21863   12:00 PM
1:00 PM         1:00 PM
2:00 PM   172-21862       2:00 PM
3:00 PM         3:00 PM
4:00 PM           4:00 PM
5:00 PM           5:00 PM
6:00 PM           6:00 PM

Full Time Support Staff

  • Dan van Pelt, Systems Manager
  • Tucker Siemens, Systems Administrator
  • Kyle Ricks, Systems Administrator

Computer Usage Agreement

The University's computer usage agreement can be found at http://west.wwu.edu/atus/helpdesk/useragreement.shtml. This agreement applies to all computer labs, offices and meeting spaces managed by the Computer Science Department. Exceptions will be made only when a required assignment in a computer science class specifically authorizes students to violate elements of this policy.

In the Computer Science Department's labs, all computer, network, and lab usage is monitored, including the recording of video in the labs. We retain the right to use this information to investigate violations of the usage agreement. Specifically, the usage agreement forbids students from leaving a mess, propping doors open, or altering any equipment in the labs. Additionally, CF 414 has extra restrictions that prohibit food, drink and noise above a quiet conversation.

While the usage agreement helps us to protect the equipment in our labs it also governs behavior. The faculty and staff of the Computer Science Department require that all students foster an inclusive environment and promote a collegial, academic climate in the labs at all times. Specifically, vulgar language and lewd behavior are unwelcomed in the labs.

Violation of the computer usage agreement may result in a student's account being disabled and access to the labs being prohibited.

Informative Documents

Checkout Forms

Lego Kit Checkout Form

Tablet Checkout Form

Generic Checkout Form

Library Links

Safari Books through WWU

ACM Digital Library through WWU

Surplus Equipment Information

Surplus Sales

MySQL Information

Mysql Account Information

Tunneling MySQL ports through SSH

Accessing MySQL with apps

SSH Information

Tunneling MySQL ports through SSH

Accessing Linux with SSH

VNC and tunneling through SSH

Setting up SSH keys in Unix Linux

Using SSH Agent

Cluster Information

Requesting access and Connecting to the Cluster

Compute Cluster Stats

Phabricator

Creating a Phabricator repository

Working with Phabricator repositories

Managing Phabricator credentials

Other Information

Student Web-server public html Setup

VeraCrypt Setup and Configuration

Microsoft Compiler Setup and Configuration

Latex-PSTricks

Adding local R packages

Proximity Card Checkout

CASInfo