PhpMyAdmin/phpPgAdmin going behind MCECS authentication

MySQL and Postgres users, As a security measure, we are putting the externally available web interfaces for our user based MySQL and Postgres database servers on behind MCECS authentication. This means that users who want to get to those interfaces will have to first authenticate with their MCECS credentials (login/password). For MySQL details, see: [...]

2020-07-27T01:45:15+00:00July 27th, 2020|

WORKING – Connecting to OpenVPN — -DUPLICATE

Connecting to OpenVPN VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Once you are connected, all web site traffic will be directed through PSU's VPN hardware, and it will appear that you are connected physically to PSU's network. This will allow you to use private MCECS services that require a connection to the PSU network, [...]

2020-07-22T12:55:19+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

New Ubuntu Linux upgrade coming in September 2020 – Testers Needed

We will be migrating most user-centered Ubuntu Linux systems (login servers and Linux computer labs) to version 20.04 LTS (Focal). Our plan is to stage much of this upgrade in the early part of September 2020, from the 9th through the 11th. We need users who are willing to test out the new environment to [...]

2020-07-21T14:16:03+00:00July 21st, 2020|

File Sharing through RDP from Linux

File Sharing through RDP from Linux Step 1: Create a connection using the Remmina RDP client. For instructions on how to do this, follow our guide here: Step 2: Check the "Share folder" box, and select the folder you would like to be accessible from the drop-down menu.   Step 3: [...]

2020-06-11T08:42:05+00:00June 11th, 2020|

Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer from Linux

Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer from Linux Due to the unique circumstances at the college due to COVID-19, we have opened up computer labs that are normally available in-person for remote access. The terminal server ( is not capable of handling the increased remote access demands of this situation, so [...]

2020-04-27T17:56:44+00:00April 27th, 2020|

Running Graphical Linux Applications (X applications) Remotely

Graphical Linux applications are called X applications as they use the X Windows protocol to communicate with the display. Unlike the simple terminal (shell) interface for logging into Linux (using an SSH client), running graphical Linux programs remotely requires some setup and consideration. Running a single X application If all you need to run and [...]

2020-03-30T01:21:53+00:00March 30th, 2020|

Using SSH for Remote Connections in MCECS

Using SSH for Remote Connections in MCECS What is SSH? For links to pages on specialized uses of SSH at MCECS, such as using RDP through an SSH tunnel, see the bottom of this page SSH stands for Secure Shell. It is a protocol that creates a secure connection between two computers using [...]

2020-04-14T23:30:08+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Using SSH from Linux

Connecting to a remote Linux machine using SSH from Linux/UNIX   From any Linux/UNIX machine, bring up a terminal. Once the terminal has started and presented you with a shell prompt, you can start an SSH session by typing the following command: ssh username@hostname Where username is your MCECS username, and hostname is a valid [...]

2020-03-22T21:26:43+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from the Command Line

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from the Command Line Instantiating an SFTP Connection with a Remote Host   Like SSH, SFTP can be run natively from the shell. This is true of macOS and Linux machines, and is also true of any up-to-date Windows 10 PC (SSH support was added [...]

2020-07-28T10:35:52+00:00February 28th, 2020|

pip and Python virtual environments in Ubuntu

pip and Python virtual environments in Ubuntu You can install python packages with pip and make virtual environments to install different versions of them in different directories. python2 is default on Ubuntu 16.04, python3 is default on 18.04. We recommend you specify the version of python or pip (python3 instead of python [...]

2020-01-11T13:18:12+00:00January 11th, 2020|