FAQ

Subjects

  1. What does it take to have access to computing resources?
  2. How do I know if I have a NetID or not?
  3. What if I forget my password?
  4. Now I have a NetID and also claimed it, what to do with it?
  5. Could you tell me more about your UNIX server?
  6. How do I login to my UNIX account on morgan2.dartmouth.edu?
  7. How do I transfer files between my desktop and my UNIX account?
  8. X-Win32 Colors (background, foreground, cursor, border)

1. What does it take to have access to computing resources?

All you need is the NetID. If you are not a Dartmouth employee, please contact Judith Forman. In your E-Mail, please indicate whether you would like to have an UNIX account to do data analysis at Dartmouth.


2. How do I know if I have a NetID or not?

Please visit Dartmouth's NetID Lookup Page and click on “Lookup” link to decide if your name is in the database. If it is, the search will return your NetID.
NOTE: Even if the search engine returned your NetID, you still have to claim it:
https://claim.dartmouth.edu before it becomes useful. Also please try to use your NetID in its lowercase format, such as f000ptq — NOT F000PTQ!


3. What if I forget my password?

https://dartdm.dartmouth.edu/dartDM/PasswordReset


4. Now I have a NetID and also claimed it, what to do with it?

  • You can use your NetID to login to our VPN Web Site. Most Dartmouth computational resources are behind the firewall, so you would need to login through our VPN before you can have access to anything. For more information on accessing VPN
  • Your NetID and password should also let you login to our UNIX server — if you have requested such and obtained approved.
  • You have the option to use our E-Mail system — again, your NetID and password should work: http://bwa.dartmouth.edu most of the time, your E-Mail address would resemble this: FirstName.M.LastName@dartmouth.edu
  • You can login to our Web pages — most of the times, we communicate with our collaborators through our working home pages. A typical URL would resemble this: https://morgan.dartmouth.edu/~dzhu/ Of course you can also setup your own home page in a similar way, and grant others the permission to visit.

5. Could you tell me more about your UNIX server?

This is a Dell PowerEdge R820 server. Some key parameters: CPU: 4X8-core Intel Xeon@2.7GHz. With hyper-threading turned on, the modules presented OS with 64-way computing environment RAM: 512GB OS: RedHat Enterprise Linux Server 6 Storage: 50TB Software: SAS, R, SVS, and much more…


6. How do I login to my UNIX account on morgan2.dartmouth.edu?

  • For Windows users, we encourage you to install a ‘free’ program called X-Win32. You need to login to Dartmouth VPN first, then visit X-Win32 Information Page for details.
  • For MacOS users, you can use Safari to establish Dartmouth VPN connections first, then create a file (on your Mac) named /usr/local/bin/morgan2 with these two (2) lines in it: #!/bin/sh /usr/bin/ssh -fX your_netid _lowercase@morgan2.dartmouth.edu “/usr/bin/xterm -ls -n ‘your_netid@morgan2’ -bg white -cr ‘#FF7F50’ -fg navy -bd yellow -fn 10X20” don’t forget to make this file executable (chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/morgan2). To fire up an xterm, simply type ‘morgan2’ and offer your VPN password
  • For Linux users, you may be able to have a stable VPN connection using Google Chrome as your default browser. Otherwise, Firefox 32-bit should work. After that, a simple ssh connection to morgan2 should work just fine. You may want to experiment some shell script like we recommended above for Mac users above.

7. How do I transfer files between my desktop and my UNIX account?

There are a few ways to do so depending upon what your desktop / laptop flavor is. Our experience suggests that you can use Windows, MacOS, and Linux as your favorite desktop OS, and work with your UNIX account with us.

  • For Windows users: There are two recommendations we can offer. The first is to setup Samba connection from within your Windows Explorer. The second is to download and install a free program called WinScp.

To setup Samba connections between your PC and your UNIX account, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Establish Dartmouth VPN access
  2. Login to your UNIX account at morgan2.dartmouth.edu
  3. Issue command ‘smbpasswd’ — if it asks you about your ‘old password’, please let us know ahead of time so we can issue a temporary password
  4. From your Windows PC, fire up Windows Explorer. At the navigation bar, type ‘\\morgan2’, then offer your NetID and password — that is that! You can now drag-n-drop files back and forth between places. For example, you can process a file in Excel, save it back in .CSV format, and you would have immediate access to your file from your UNIX account.
  • For Mac users: You can either use command ‘wget’ or install a program called FileZilla for file transfer. Neither is officially recognized program from Apple, so you may have a bit of hard time getting either to work. You can also search for other software for MacOS, for as long as it support secured FTP.
  • For Linux users: Try wget.

8. X-Win32 Colors (background, foreground, cursor, border)

xterm Colors Table