Research Computing | Login process for Research IT Linux Servers

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This video will explain and demonstrate how to login to the Research IT Linux servers at Iowa State University

NetID and Password
Your University NetID (not your 9 or 11 digit numeric University ID) will be used to login to all Research IT servers. This is the same ID and password you use for your University email. 
Because we utilize your regular NetID and password for access, please be careful with your credentials to avoid exposing our high performance computing systems to abuse through a compromised account. Some quick security tips include: never share your password with other people, don't use your ISU password for other services, and don't click on unknown links in emails or on the web. For more helpful information security tips, please visit:

All of our linux servers are accessible through a terminal over SSH. For more background information on this topic, please see our 'Research Computing Login Preparation' video. At this point, we assume you have a terminal installed and ready to use. 

You will connect to our servers using the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). You can find the FQDN for the Research IT servers on our hardware webpage:

Using Windows:
Open PuTTY and type the FQDN for the server you wish to connect to in the 'Host Name' field. You can save the hostname for future use by entering a session name (typically the server hostname) and clicking the 'save' button on the right-hand side of the window.
The first time you connect to the server you will be prompted to save the host key. Click 'Yes' to save the host key for this server to
your local computer. 
The terminal should now open, and you'll be asked for a username and password. Type your NetID (username) at the 'login as' prompt and press enter. You will then be asked for your password. Type in your University password (the same password used for your iastate email).
You should now be logged into the server.

Using a Mac or Linux:
Open your terminal application. You can find this on a Mac under Applications - Utilities -Terminal. On a Linux computer, the location can vary, but it can typically also be found under the
Utilities menu.