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Connecting to the System over the Web

The best way to access the Department computer system from off campus is through the SSH (secure shell) protocol. However, some computers may not have a ssh client installed. In this case, it is possible to log onto the system directly from a web browser. This requires the user to have a special password; this password can be obtained from the Physics and Astronomy office, via email or by calling 415-338-1659. In extremis, the system manager will also supply this password.

Once armed with this password, follow the procedure below:

  • Go to the URL http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/Mindterm.
  • After a few seconds a window will open, displaying
    appGATETM
    MindTerm
    and, at the bottom of the screen,
    	SSH Server/Alias: www.physics.sfsu.edu
    
  • Respond by pressing ENTER. You will then see the prompt
    	SSH Server/Alias: www.physics.sfsu.edu
    	Connected to server running SSH-2.0-3.1.0 SSH Secure Shell (non-commercial)
    
    	Server's hostkey (ssh-dss) fingerprint
    	openssh md5:  59:08:cf:b4:61:ae:20:e0:8c:fa:2b:31:3c:e5:f0:55
    	bubblebabble: xugac-zyloh-tipaf-maman-godec-buzar-rovyd-bumev-luhoc-hebup-lexex
    
    	File operations disabled, server identity can't be verified
    
    	www.physics.sfsu.edu login: 
    
  • Log in, using the user name portal, and the password you got from the office.
    	www.physics.sfsu.edu login:  portal
    	portal@www.physics.sfsu.edu's password: ********
    	Last login:  Sun Aug 25 2002 17:55:14 -0700 from adsl-206-170-148
    	FreeBSD 4.4-RELEASE (GENERIC) #0: Tue Sep 18 11:57:08 PDT 2001
    	No mail.
    	Enter host name:
    
  • NOW you act like you were telnetting in: put in the machine you want to connect to (e.g., quark.sfsu.edu), your user name, and your password:
    	Enter host name: quark.sfsu.edu
    	Enter user name: jashcroft
    	jashcroft@quark.sfsu.edu's password: ********
    	Last Login: Sun Aug 25 2002 15:34:17 -0800 from th123-22 sfsu.ed
    	
    		Welcome to Quark
    
    
    	You have mail.
    	quark:jashcroft%
    
  • Now you can read your mail with pine and do any other Unix business you have! Refer to Unix Logins for more information.
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