eCES Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Server

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The Basics

  • Introduction to ECES
  • ECES Policies
  • Getting Started
  • Getting Help
  • Getting Started

  • Create an Account
  • Change ECES Password
  • Access ECEE Teaching Labs
  • SSH and SCP Access
  • Using Unix/Linux
  • Web Publishing
  • Remote Access
  • How To's and FAQ's

  • ECES SAC Account Creation
  • ECES SMB Connection
  • Printing in the ECEE Teaching Labs
  • Dangerously Brief Unix Primer
  • ECES Web Publishing HowTo
  • Setting up Altera Licensing in Your Profile
  • Getting Started with ECES

    Creating an Account

    ECEE Majors, ECEE Graduate Students, and students currently registered for courses which require access to ECEE Teaching Labs are eligible to obtain an ECES account.

    To create your ECES account, please visit:

    Choose ECES from the pull down menu.

    Enter your identikey and identikey password into the fields.

    If your eligibility is verified, your ECES account will be created.

    If you are unable to create an account using, please e-mail

    ECES Passwords and Identikey Passwords
    All ECES and ECEE Teaching Lab logins use your IDENTIKEY PASSWORD.

    This includes SSH commandline logins to and Windows Active Directory logins to ECEE Teaching Lab Windows computers.

    To reset or change your IDENTIKEY PASSWORD, you can visit:

    Accessing ECEE Teaching Lab computers running Windows 7 or XP

    Users must have and ECES account to access ECEE Teaching Lab computers.

    Access is granted by entering your Identikey username and password on the ECEE Teaching Lab computer.

    Your ECES home directory will be mounted as drive Z: on the Windows computer. You should save all of your files to Z:.

    Files saved on Z:, in your home directory, will be accessible to you from other ECEE Teaching Labs as well as on the ECES Student Server and These files will also be backed up nightly.

    Files saved on the hard drives of ECEE Teaching Lab computers may be deleted without warning.

    To learn how to setup printers in the labs, go here:

    Step-By-Step How To for Printing in the ECEE Teaching Labs


    Changes were made to Windows Roaming Profiles in August 2012.

    Files saved in Documents can now be found in Z:\win7folders\Documents or, on the Unix side, ~/win7folders/Docuemnents/.

    Files saved on the Desktop can now be found in Z:\win7folders\Desktop or, on the Unix side, ~/win7folders/Desktop/.

    Accessing ECES From Almost Anywhere with SSH and SCP

    To access ECES from almost anywhere, use SSH secure shell software. Many SSH clients will also provide file transfer capabilities via SCP secure copy.

    You can get some SSH/SCP client software here:

    Windows SSH Secure Shell 3.2.9


    Mac OS X SSH is included in the OS X system.

    Cyberduck-3.1.1 for OS X

    Linux/Unix/BSD SSH is included in most distributions/versions.

    If none of those work for you, or if you are at a computer where you can't install software, you can point your java-enabled web browser at this java SSH/SCP client (it might take a while to load):

    Using Unix/Linux on ECES

    To make things easier for users who are unfamiliar with using the Unix command-line, SSH'ing into ECES now presents you with a menu of common tasks.

    If you need/want a Unix command-line environment, you can SSH to

    You can connect to ECES with the SCP clients listed above to transfer files back and forth from ECES to your personal computer without knowing much about Unix. You don't have to know anything about Unix to access the Windows computers in the ECEE computer labs.

    If you want a very brief primer on using the Unix shell (what you get when you login to eces-shell with SSH), look here:

    A Dangerously Brief Unix Primer

    Web Publishing on ECES

    Web Publishing on ECES
    You can use ECES to publish web pages related to your academic work.

    ECEE system administrators are not responsible for teaching you how to setup or construct your web pages. For general information on setting up and accessing a web page on ECES, go here:

    ECES Web Publishing HowTo

    Remote and home access to CU computers and network

    Using virtual private networking (VPN) software will allow any internet connected computer to access CU computer and network resources as if it were an on-campus computer. This is especially useful when connecting from other institutions and businesses and for users with home broadband connections. Information on connecting to CU-Boulder's VPN can be found here:

    If you are already connected to the internet but have trouble accessing the ECES Student Server, please contact

    For help with the ECES Student Server or questions about these web pages,
    Please see Getting Help
    Or e-mail