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Accounts and Access

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science (SCS) shares some core services and infrastructure with Computing Services (Campus IT) yet still leverages unique services and resources that are specific to the SCS community. An SCS account is your entry to the SCS computing enviroment.

SCS Account

This account is distinct from and does not replace your Andrew account. Your Andrew account is a requirement to receive an SCS account. If you do not have an Andrew account but require access to SCS resources, contact your department administrator.

SCS Services

Depending on your account type, an SCS account provides the following services:

  • Login to SCS supported Unix hosts (access to hosts needs to be requested by a contact on the host).
  • A local account on a general-use Linux host.
  • An e-mail alias ( which delivers to your Andrew email account.
  • A directory in SCS's AFS cell.
  • The ability to print to SCS printers.
  • Help desk and other SCS Facilities-provided user consulting.

SCS Account Types

There are three account types in SCS. Your level of access to SCS Service is dependent on your CMU affiliation and SCS account type.

SCS Account TypeSCS ServicesCMU Affliation
Member AccountKerberos, AFS, SCS Email Alias, Linux GP, Printing, Help Desk, Technical ProcurementFaculty, Staff, PhD & Masters Student, Undergraduate Reseacher, Visitor
CollaboratorKerberos, AFS, SCS Email Alias, Linix GP, Help DeskExternal Professional Collaborators & Department Colleagues, Education Partners
Cluster UserKerberosCluster admin must sponsor account


Note: You must have an active Andrew account before requesting an SCS account.
Note: You must have an SCS Staff or Faculty member sponsor your account request.

You will receive confirmation emails for the submission of the account request and notification once the account is provisioned. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the SCS Help Desk by email at, call 412-268-4231 or visit Gates Hillman Center 4201 Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.

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.).