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Remote Logins and File Transfers
This document explains how to log in to the Physics Department Unix
computers from a home PC that is connected to the internet and is
running windows, Apple (Mac) OS X, or Unix (Linux). It also explains
how to transfer files. The Unix method can also be used to log in to
another Unix machine from a Physics Department Unix computer.
There are three methods for accessing lab machines on campus with
varying levels of functionality.
- The ideal method gives you a screen that looks just like the
screen in a lab terminal session. It uses Microsoft remote
desktop software and uses the Cisco AnnyConnect VPN connection
from off campus. If you want to do file transfers, you will
still need at least the third method below for
- The second method uses secure shell tools (
plus X11 forwarding to open windows on your home computer.
With X11 forwarding you can use the mouse to interact with a
window and you can have the lab machine open windows on
your home computer. This method can be very sluggish
for applications that do a lot of graphics and your
network connection requires lots of hops to get from
the lab machine to your home.
- The third and simplest method uses a secure shell client
without X11 forwarding to work with a dumb terminal window on
your home computer or to transfer files. The mouse doesn't
work, but you can still use emacs if you know the keyboard
shorcut keys for navigating in a window.