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Computer Resources and Departmental Computing

Atmospheric Science


Computer Accounts

You will have three computer accounts: the University, the Engineering College, and the Atmospheric Science Linux computers. Each account can have separate passwords.

Where students are admitted or the paperwork for new employees is completed, a username will be assigned by the University. The user accounts on the Linux computers in the Department use the same username. Once you obtain your UWYO account, you can have Jim Waldram (EN-6020) or Larry Oolman (EN-6016) create an account on the Atmospheric Science Linux computers.

Disk Space

Your disk space will be primarily in two places. The University allocates a small amount of disk space (maybe 500 MB) to each student. This is on a windows share: \\\student\storage\yourusername. In the student labs, this gets mounted on the H: drive.

You are also allocated 2 GB on the Department's Linux server. This is available as a windows share: \\batcivet\yourusername. This is also your home directory when you log on to one of the Department's Linux computers.

Mounting shares from a windows computer

Student Lab

In the student lab, your UWYO disk space will be on the H: drive. To mount one of the Department shares from the student lab:
Start->My Computer
Select the 'Tools' tab -> Mount Network Drive.
You should set 'Folder:' to'\\batcivet\yourusername'. Other shares on \\batcivet may also be available for classes or research.

The drives you have mounted should appear in the 'My Computer' window.

Accessing the Department Linux servers

The name of the main Department server is 'bat'. You can access it by using the nxclient. In our student lab:
Start->All Programs->NX Client for Windows->NX Client for Windows
In the engineering lab:
Start->All Programs->Communications->NX Client for Windows

The first time you run the client, it will ask questions to set up a profile that gets saved.
Session - this is a name assigned, I use bat
Next >
I find changing 'KDE' to 'GNOME' works better. GNOME uses less animated graphics that tend to be slow over a remote connection.

On the login screen, you should use your Linux password. If you haven't set one yet, see Larry Oolman - EN6016.

To log off from the GNOME environment, click on the 'System' tab at the top and select 'Log Out'. If you wish to leave your session running and want to connect to it again later, click on the 'X' at the upper right and select 'Disconnect'. Clicking on 'Terminate' will log you out of your session. Note: disconnecting a session sometimes leaves a corrupt session and you will need to see Larry Oolman be able to log in again. Logging off or shutting down your Windows PC without terminating or disconnecting the Linux session will almost certainly leave a corrupt session.

Installing the nxclient on your own Windows computer.

From a browser go to
There are two installation programs in this directory, the nxclient and the fonts.

Accessing the Department Linux computers from off campus.

Most of the Department Linux computers are not visible from off campus. Accessing them requires using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). See:

If you wish to mount shares on \\batcivet, including your Linux home directory, it is neccessary to log into the expanded vpn: and then 'Start' the 'Network Connect'.

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Atmospheric Science,

EN 6034

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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

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