Windows instructions and FAQ
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- You can log on to any Windows client at ETH with your NETHZ account (i.e. the same as your e-mail login). If you log on to an institute windows client, the following issues are recommended or given »
- The windows file server your profile is retrieved from is named NAS-DFS on D.ethz.ch.
- Your profiles are sorted on the distributed file system share \\D\dfs\groups\duwis\iac.
- You will find your files at \\D\dfs\groups\duwis\iac\nethzlogin (from some MacOS and linux clients you might have to use smb://nas-duwis.d.ethz.ch/share-iac-1-$/nethzlogin), where nethzlogin denotes your NETHZ login name.
- The server path is connected as drive Z: (and/or W: for the IAC staff). If you are prompted for your login name and password, you might need to use D\nethzlogin and your nethz password ("D" is the domain and "nethzlogin" your login name).
- If your Z: (W:) is not available, you can reconnect it anytime by typing
net use W: \\D\dfs\groups\duwis\iac\nethzlogin /persistent:yes
- in a DOS (command) prompt. Example:
net use W: \\D\dfs\groups\duwis\iac\iaceth /persistent:yes
- All files and folders on NAS-DFS are backed up each night (incrementally) by a central backup/restore system of ETH »
Backups are kept over three months! I.e., if you don't get aware of a deletion within three months, a restore might not be possible. For these three months though, we can restore the state of a file for each night (with exceptions since some nights the service is just down). Backups of the last 6 days of every folder and file on your servershare are easily accessible through the "Previous Versions" (right click on folder > Properties > Previous Versions).
- We recommend to redirect your documents folder to the NAS-DFS-directory. To do so you can right-click «Documents» («My Documents») and type your home directory path in the «location» (or target) text field, which would be \\D\dfs\groups\duwis\iac\nethzlogin\Documents (see above). Please place data into this documents folder or to your personal NAS-DFS-directory which is important and not reproducable! This disk space is expensive and we don't want to fill it with data being retrievable from the web anytime or also stored on other disks/tapes etc.
- For less important data there is an additional server called lake.ethz.ch. You can access it
from windows by typing or clicking \\lake.ethz.ch or from linux/MacOS through smb://lake.ethz.ch. In both cases you have to validate with your NETHZ login (or domain D), i.e. typically D\nethzlogin. You will find scratch directories for our different groups and your own directory at \\lake.ethz.ch\scratch\nethzlogin. Everybody can read this directory, only you can write it.
- The same server \\lake.ethz.ch is also our print server. You can right-click and connect any printer from it, which is then kept in your profile. You'll find the printer closest to your office by sorting by the «comment» field.
- On our windows clients you will find Microsoft Outlook which seems to be the easiest and most comfortable way to access your mails, calendar, addressbook etc. There's a manual how to configure Outlook at www.id.ethz.ch/services/list/e_mail.
- As a notebook user make sure you enable offline files so you have your server based files with you!
- Please do also read www.id.ethz.ch/services/staff/index_EN for further details and services ETH IT offers.
Using Linux from Windows
On our Windows clients you should find the application «X-Win32» allowing you to start a X-server on Windows and so redirecting the linux display to your Windows desktop. You cannot use KDE with it but use most linux applications. Starting X-Win32 places you a new icon down in the system tray. Right-click the icon and chose X-Config to configure a connection. You need three things to connect:
- the name of a linux workstation
- a username
- a password
All three a provided by Dani Lüthi, please contact him. Use the wizard and type all necessary information there. Most of it is self-speaking, but we use «StarNet SSH» to connect. After you configured a connection, you can left-click the X-Win32 icon in the system tray to open a terminal window.