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Accounts

Types of Accounts

There are two main types of accounts within the CS Department, a Windows account and a Unix account. Possession of one does not mean that you possess the other, nor does having one preclude you from having the other. The passwords for the two accounts are not linked, and therefore are not set to be the same unless you explicitly set them to be as such.
Email accounts are given to those with Windows and Unix accounts. They are permanent for everyone except undergraduate students. Undergrad accounts are purged at the end of the summer following their graduation.
There are two specialized types of accounts, one being a MySQL account and the other an MSDN/E-Academy account. Both of these accounts are completely separate from either the Windows or Unix accounts and from each other.

Obtaining an Account

Windows or Unix Accounts

We create accounts only by professor request. If you feel you need an account, contact your professor and explain why you need a CS account. Then have him/her email root@cs.virginia.edu with your information (name, user ID, etc.) asking to create an account for you. You will receive your account information in an email.

You will also need to read and sign the CS departmental computing policy. The second link will allow you to download the .pdf version. The last page of the document needs to be signed and returned to the Systems Staff. The form can be dropped off in 113C of Olsson Hall. While using any resources associated with your CS Department Computing Account(s), you are expected to abide by this policy; failure to do so may result in revocation of computing privileges.

MySQL
Anyone with a CS department Unix account can receive a MySQL account by requesting one from root@cs.virginia.edu. Those without CS accounts may be issued a MySQL account if a CS professor agrees to sponsor the account. Just have the professor you're working with email root@cs.virginia.edu and explain that you would like a MySQL account. You will receive an email shortly afterward containing login information.
Additional information on MySQL accounts can be found here.
MSDN/E-Academy
MSDN/E-Academy accounts are available for all graduate students and to all undergraduate students who are enrolled in a CS Course that has related software available through the system. To request permission to download Visio, a student should have the professor of his/her class email root@cs.virginia.edu and ask for an account for that student. To download .NET a student need only email root@cs.virginia.edu themselves with the requested software and the title of the pertinent class in which they are enrolled.
Additional information on MSDN can be found in our software section under the title E-Academy.

Disk Quotas

The disk quota set on your account varies depending on its type.

Active Unix Account

There is no set disk quota for an active Unix Account, but we do ask that you are considerate of the other users on your partition. Two tools that will help you keep track of your usage are the df and du tools. The df tool displays disk usage information for each partition, see the manpage for df. The du tool is also quite helpful, it displays usage information for directories in the filesystem, see the manpage for du.

Legacy Unix Account

A Legacy Account is given to those people who had accounts with the department and have since left the University. A disk quota of 100MB is in placed on these accounts.

Windows Profile

A limit of 100MB is also in place on your windows profile. If you exceed this 100MB limit, you will start to receive errors and will sometimes not be allowed to log off of your machine. A tool that enables you to look at not only how much space you are using, but where you are using it, is showman.exe. You can get showman.exe by mapping a drive to \\demeter\profiles.