What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2020

Greetings from the Computer Action Team! Fall 2020 is going to be a remotely-accessed experience for most MCECS users. Whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff, you can learn more about your MCECS account by following this link: We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34-08:00October 1st, 2020|

Linux Login Changes for CAT supported systems (switching to Kerberos)

Logins to most CAT supported Linux systems are moving to a different underlying authentication system (known as “kerberos”). Here are the potential side effects of that change. 1) Login using password This is the most common method used for logging in. With a few exceptions, users will not notice any change. If you are unable [...]

2020-11-23T18:39:17-08:00September 9th, 2020|

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: [...]

2020-07-27T01:45:15-08:00July 27th, 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: [...]

2020-06-11T08:42:05-08:00June 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 [...]

2020-09-15T16:18:05-08:00April 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 [...]

2020-03-30T01:21:53-08:00March 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 [...]

2020-04-14T23:30:08-08:00March 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 [...]

2020-03-22T21:26:43-08:00March 22nd, 2020|

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from the Command Line

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from the Command Line The SSH File Transfer Protocol allows you to transfer files from the command line via SSH between a local computer and a specified remote computer. Like SSH, SFTP can be run natively from the shell. This is true of macOS and Linux machines, and [...]

2021-12-05T19:29:50-08:00February 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 [...]

2020-01-11T13:18:12-08:00January 11th, 2020|
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