University of Vermont

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ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

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Installing Matlab

We have two different Matlab licenses, one for University owned, faculty owned, staff owned and postdoc owned computers (institutional license), one for student owned computers. The student version has fewer toolboxes, but all toolboxes needed for classes are included. The student version is a standalone license meaning you don't need to be connected to UVM's network (via the VPN) to use Matlab. The institutional version has more toolboxes, but there are limits on how many people can use them simultaneously. The institutional license requires that your computer be connected to UVM's network (either physically, via wireless or the by running the VPN) in order to check out a license. UVM owned, faculty owned, staff owned and postdoc owned computers are required to use the institutional version. Student owned computers are required to use the student version.

STUDENTS: (The Windows and Mac directions are very similar.)

NON-STUDENTS (Institutional license):
If you are installing or running Matlab from off-campus, you must be runinng UVM's VPN (http://sslvpn.uvm.edu)
Install on a PC
Install on a Mac

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Using SimpleHelp

SimpleHelp is a program that allows CEMS-CF staff to connect to a remote computer and make changes to that computer.
Instructions for downloading, installing and running SimpleHelp:

Run on a Windows PC
Run on a Mac

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Configuring and Accessing Virtual Votey

Virtual Votey is a virtual lab of computers that are configured like Votey lab computers but can be accessed remotely.
There are 8 virtual computers available in Virtual Votey. Virtual Votey computers contain software programs necessary for Engineering, Math and Computer Science classes that are too costly for students to purchase. Software such as Microsoft Office, Matlab and Mathematica are NOT available on Virtual Votey since students can run them on their own computers.
Instructions for configuring and accessing Virtual Votey:

Run on a Windows PC
Run on a Mac

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Mapping Your M: Drive

The M: drive is the network drive for CEMS people. Data stored on the M: drive is backed up each night and is available from all CEMS computers and from off-campus. If you are off-campus, you must first run UVM's VPN software. Obtaining and running VPN is here.

Windows XP/Windows 7. Click on the "Start" button, and a small menu will appear. One of the items is "My Computer". (In Windows 7 it is just "Computer"). Right click "My Computer", and another small menu will appear. It will have an item "Map Network Drive". Left click on it. A dialog box will pop up asking for a drive letter and folder. The letter of the alphabet is not required to be M:, but you should use "M" to be consistent. In the folder box, enter (without the quote marks) "\\fs1.cems.uvm.edu\username" substituting your netid for username. A dialog box will pop up asking for your username and password. Use your netid and password.

MasOS X. Click in the background area of the desktop. This will put you in the Finder. The Finder has a menu item "Go", when clicked drops down a submenu, and has an item "Connect to Server". That will pop up a dialog box that has a place to type in the "Server Address". Type in cifs://fs1.cems.uvm.edu/username substituting your netid for username. Another dialog box will pop up asking for Name and Password. Enter your netid and password, and the volume will be mounted.

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Mapping Your Z: Drive

The Z: drive is the network drive for all UVM people. Data stored on the Z: drive is backed up each night and can be available from all CEMS computers and from off-campus. If you are off-campus, you must first run UVM's VPN software. Obtaining and running VPN is here.

Windows XP/Windows 7. Click on the "Start" button, and a small menu will appear. One of the items is "My Computer". (In Windows 7 it is just "Computer"). Right click "My Computer", and another small menu will appear. It will have an item "Map Network Drive". Left click on it. A dialog box will pop up asking for a drive letter and folder. The letter of the alphabet is not required to be Z:, but you should use "Z" to be consistent. In the folder box, enter (without the quote marks) "\\zoofs.uvm.edu\username" substituting your netid for username. A dialog box will pop up asking for your username and password. Use your netid and password.

MasOS X. Click in the background area of the desktop. This will put you in the Finder. The Finder has a menu item "Go", when clicked drops down a submenu, and has an item "Connect to Server". That will pop up a dialog box that has a place to type in the "Server Address". Type in cifs://zoofs.uvm.edu/username substituting your netid for username. Another dialog box will pop up asking for Name and Password. Enter your netid and password, and the volume will be mounted.


VPN (Virtual Private Network)

As a security measure, most network traffic that initiates off-campus is blocked from getting to UVM computers. If you are off campus, and want access to your "M" drive or want to use CEMS licensed software, you must first run VPN (Virtual Private Network). VPN provides a "tunnel" that gives you access to the UVM network just as though you were on campus. VPN can be obtained at: http://sslvpn.uvm.edu. Use your netid and password to download and run the software.

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Changing Your Password

CEMS now uses Netids for all authentication. Go to http://www.uvm.edu/account to change your netid password.

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Obtaining a CEMS Account

Accounts are available to all CEMS faculty, staff and students and people who are taking CEMS classes where the instructor has determined that a CEMS computer account is necessary. Access to CEMS computer accounts is via netid and password.

CEMS Student accounts are made automatically. Our software queries the the registrar's database every night, and makes accounts accordingly.

Faculty and Staff accounts are created when requested by the hiring department. Hiring departments may send an email to help@cems.uvm.edu requesting accounts.

Class accounts for those students NOT majoring in a CEMS discipline, but who are taking a course in which the instructor requires computer use, are created only at the behest of the instructor. If you are an instructor who needs class accounts, go here.

Occasionally, there is a reason for a person to have a CEMS account who does not fall into any of the approved categories. These are handled on a case-by-case basis. You may request such an account here.

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Wireless Connectivity in Votey Hall

Votey has wireless access in all areas. The wireless SSID is "UVM", people must authenticate with netid and password. If you need help configuring your computer to connect to UVM's wireless, go here.

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Personal Web Page

As a UVM affiliate, you are entitled to have a personal web page which the outside world will see as "http://www.uvm.edu/~netid", where "netid" is your netid. To create a personal page put the file in the public_html folder on your "Z" drive and name it "index.html". How to create a page is beyond the scope of this discussion.

Web page not working? So you've created a page and it doesn't work! If your message is: Forbidden - It means you have not set the permissions properly (a common mistake since the default is to create files which only YOU can read). Go here to run a script that will interactively fix your permissions. Other problems can arise, such as syntax errors in your page. Most are beyond the scope of explanation here, but send us mail, or drop by in person (room 233 or 235 Votey Hall) and we may be able to help.

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Recovering Files from Backup

At this writing there is no way for users to recover their own backed-up files. If you need files recovered from backup, send mail to help@cems.uvm.edu. We will need to know where the file was. Do your best to give us that information. The files on your "M" drive are backed up nightly. Files deleted on the same day they were created are gone forever.

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