Research Computing | Login Preparation

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Research Computing Login Preparation

This video will explain the following concepts and tools:
Virtual Private Network (VPN), Terminal, Shell, Unique Identification Number (UID), Multifactor Authentication

VPN
A virtual private network, or VPN, is a secured extension of a private network across a public network.
To install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client on your computer: https://vpn.iastate.edu 
Instructions for how to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client on your computer: http://it.las.iastate.edu/vpn-isu

Terminal
The terminal is the text based input/output console used to interact with a Linux server.
To install PuTTY on your personal computer: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sg...
Instructions for how to install PuTTY on your computer: http://rit.las.iastate.edu/ssh-termin...

Shell
The shell is the command line interpreter that translates your input from the terminal into commands.
Set your shell to 'bash' for all University systems by following: https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/
Visit ASW to set your shell: https://asw.iastate.edu

Unique Identification Number (UID)
If your University account (NetID) has been assigned a low UID value (more common for those with accounts established in 2002 or prior), you may have trouble logging into some systems. 
For any of the University clusters: hpc-help@iastate.edu
For other research servers: researchit@iastate.edu

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Authy: https://www.authy.com/
Google Authenticator for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
Google Authenticator for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/googl...

Now you can:
Recall that there are different access methods (VPN, Terminal, and Shell) depending on the resource being used. 
Utilize tools such as Terminal, PuTTY, and TOTP Token Generator to gain access to computational resources. 
Know where to find documented, step by step instructions.