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Accounts & passwords

Note: The primary SCS interface for managing Kerberos instances is the interactive, Web-based instance manager.


In order to make use of SCS computing facilities, one must have an "SCS user account" (note that this is different from an account on a local machine). An SCS user account provides the following services:

  • A Kerberos ID and password that can be used to login to Facilitized Unix hosts on which one has a local account.
  • A SCS Windows Windows domain ID and password which can used to login to Windows hosts in the SCS domain.
  • A local account on a general-use Linux host.
  • An e-mail address which delivers to the account holders main campus mailbox.
  • A directory in AFS.
  • The ability to print to SCS printers.
  • The right to local accounts on various SCS general-use hosts.
  • Help desk and other SCS Facilities-provided user consulting.

There is no longer a monthly charge for SCS user accounts (the field for an Oracle string on the applications can be left blank), but to apply for one you must already have an Andrew account, as well as a full-time SCS faculty or staff account-holder to sponsor you.

If you already have an SCS account, see our Introductory documentation for information on how to get started using SCS Facilities.

Getting a user account

To get an SCS user account, print out and fill out an SCS account application (form download links found below).

All SCS Masters and PhD students should contact their program coordinator in order to obtain an SCS account.

Account Request Forms

You can download the appropriate Account Request Form below. Please note that there are specific account request forms for the different roles within SCS and must match your position with Andrew Campus (if applicable).

  • General Account Application: Full-time Faculty, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff, Professional Collaborator, Visitor and Undergraduate Researcher [ PDF].
  • Cluster Only Account Application: Cluster only limited access account (No Printing, AD Windows Domain Account, Linux GP or AFS Access [ PDF].
  • General Masters Account Application: SCS Masters students should contact their program coordinator in order to obtain an SCS Account [ PDF].
  • General PhD Account Application: SCS PhD students should contact their program coordinator in order to obtain an SCS Account [ PDF].

Local machine accounts

In order to be able to login to a Facilitized Unix host, or have your e-mail forwarded to such a host, you must have a local account on it. Such local accounts can be created by the SCS Help Desk once your SCS user account has been created. Once the local account has been created, you can use your SCS Kerberos ID and password to login to that host.

Your SCS Windows domain ID and password can be used to login to any Windows host in the SCS NT domain.


If you have forgotten your password, see our instructions on how to have your password reset.

When your SCS user account is created, you will ordinarily receive two passwords:

  • A password for your SCS Kerberos ID.
  • A password for your SCS Windows domain account.

After you initially receive these passwords, you should change them as soon as possible. See our password overview for information on how to change these passwords and an overview of the various types of passwords that one may have in SCS.

How to

Related documentation

SCS computer security
Computer and password security issues in SCS, including how to protect your password.
Transition SCS Services
What to do when you transition to a new relationship with the CMU School of Computer Science (graduate, retire, leave job, etc.).