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CIS Server Access & Usage

The CIS Department Servers provide both Windows Server and Linux server computing environments. Here is some helpful information about accounts, Web pages, and scripts on two of these servers. For the other Windows server, see Dr. Anthony Serapiglia.

Windows 2008 Server (

  • All CIS students have an account for this server.
  • When logging into this server be sure to use CISDEPT as the domain.
  • To change your password, do the following
    • At any time while logged into a CIS Lab PC, simply press Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    • Then click on the Change Password option and follow the directions from there.
  • If you have a problem with your account, contact Dr. Anthony Serapiglia or Br. David.
  • Your Web pages on this server are located in your W: mapped network drive, or available through FTP at /www/youruserid.
  • Your main Web page can be found at by replacing yourID with your CIS logon name.
  • Student web pages must conform to the department policies.
  • For ftp access, check out FTP Access.

Linux Server (

  • Linux server accounts are provided to CIS students who request them for a good reason from Br. David or to those taking CIS courses that require such accounts.
  • One logs into the system by using SecureCRT, TeraTerm, PuTTY, or similar SSH2 client. Be sure to use the most recent version of these.
  • Important Note: We have set our server to deny access to all login attempts except those that originate on the campus network or from other addresses known to belong to our users. If you are a CIS student at Saint Vincent College who should have access to this server but seem to be denied, check with Br. David to see if the problem can be resolved.
  • To change your password enter the passwd command once logged in. There is a minimum of 30 days before you can change the password again. After 90 days the password expires, so change it before then.
  • A simple help menu is available at the Unix command line. Enter: topic
  • The Linux server also provides students with a web folder to publish web pages. The location is /www/yourID, where yourID would be replaced by your user ID for this system.
  • Web pages on this system normally have a .html extension. You can edit them directly in Unix with an editor such as vi or nano. See Unix editors for more information. Web pages can be created on a PC in various ways and then transferred to the Unix system. For example, pages could be created using an html editing tool, a simple text editor such as Notepad, etc. To FTP the files to the Linux system use SecureFX or similar and read FTP Access.
  • Student web pages must conform to the department policies.
  • If you use CGI scripts, they go in /www/cgi-bin. Be sure you know what you are doing if you use CGI scripts, as it is easy to unintentionally create security holes with them. In particular, filter out all but desired characters from all user input. See Br. David for assistance with this.