This document describes the user accounts you will receive when you join the Department of Computer Science. This document hopes to clear up some of the confusion about then to use which account.
Access to most University-wide services requires that you log in with your UCT authentication credentials, which are based on your UCT ID.
- A username. This will be your UCT ID - student number, staff number or third party ID number.
- A password.
- Internet access via the campusnet ISA proxy servers
- Wireless network access via the uct-secure wireless access points
- PeopleSoft student system
- UCT's Groupwise email system
- UCT's Novell file and print services infrastructure
- Vula, online learning environment
- The Shuttleworth Open-Source Lab (TSL)
- Students: Visit one of the SCILAB A, B, C or D computer microlabs with your student card and ask the lab administrator to reset your password.
- Staff and third parties: Visit the ICTS Helpdesk with your UCT staff, third party ID card or another form of photo identification, and ask the consultant to reset your password.
CS CredentialsMost services provided in-house by the Department of Computer Science require log in using CS authentication credentials.
There are currently two completely separate authentication systems in use with in the Department:
- CS unix credentials
- CS windows credentials
- Second and third year undergraduates: student number (e.g. flnfre001)
- Honours: first initial and surname (fflintstone)
- Graduate students, staff and visitors: As specified by you on your CS Credentials application form, or as determined by the systems administrators.
When your accounts are created, an initial password will be set for each account. You will be notified of these initial passwords as follows:
- Undergraduate students: By email to your UCT email address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Graduate students, staff and visitors: By email the alternate email address you supplied on your CS Credentials Application Form, or in person by the Systems Administrators.
CS Unix CredentialsCriteria: All students (except first year undergraduates), staff and visitors are allocated unix credentials for access to the following services:
- CS email
- Unix shell server
- Unix lab workstations and thin-clients
CS Windows CredentialsCriteria: Most students (except first and second year undergraduates), staff and visitors are allocated Windows credentials for access to the following services:
- Windows lab workstations
- Other Windows workstations which are members of the CS Active Directory domain
- Windows file and print services
- Windows terminal servers