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Before the Student Arrives

Office, Badge, Computer Account

Ask Larry to find an office for the student. Try to avoid offices without a window.

Larry will also get an ID badge for the student. Make sure they get a key that works for their office.

Ask Larry to create a basic computer account for the student. He will need an account to charge it to.


We have several computers the students can use, including and

The computer should have the latest CentOS, with a recent Condor and the latest Pegasus release.

Install iptables and open port 22, install fail2ban, and disable passwords via ssh.

Make sure the computer is mounting the ISI NFS home directories properly, and configure it to use the ISI NIS and ISI NTP servers.

Give the student sudo privileges on the machine.


Subscribe the student to the group email list, The files are in: /nfs/asd2/pegasus/mailing-lists

After the Student Arrives


NSF has a new requirement that all students (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral) must have had training in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) *before* being supported (i.e., paid) by NSF. 

Furthermore, an on-line RCR certification system has been set up for this purpose.  It is found here:

Please note the following requirements as they apply to all VSoE students:

  • all currently NSF-supported students (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral) *must* complete the on-line course this spring, as per the Provost's memo;
  • all new incoming PhD students and postdocs *must* complete the on-line course before being set up on payroll;
  • all undergraduates being put on an NSF support *must* complete the on-line course before being set up on payroll;
  • PIs who have or hope to have NSF funding are urged to have all their PhD students and postdocs complete the on-line course in any case, to avoid possible future delays in student payroll if students/postdocs are moved from one grant to another.

Papers to Read

List of papers to read:

Computer Stuff

Change your password

Open a terminal for the student and have them telnet to It should ask them to change their password on login.


Have the student set up their email client to access their ISI account, or create a .forward file.

Set up SSH Keys

Help the students set up their ssh keys so that they can log on to ISI machines from their laptops / home computers

  • log on to your linux box using action provided username and password
  • mkdir ~/.ssh
  • ssh-keygen -t dsa

    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): ********
    Enter same passphrase again: ********
    Your identification has been saved in /nfs/asd2/username/.ssh/id_dsa.
    Your public key has been saved in /nfs/asd2/username/.ssh/
    The key fingerprint is:
    14:f9:31:1a:2d:e0:11:86:cd:3a:3d:9f:35:73:24:8c user isi key
    93.340u 0.070s 4:55.37 31.6%    0+0k 0+0io 363pf+0w
  • Make sure you enter a passphrase
  • Now you have a private key/public key pair generated.
  • cat id_dsa > authorized_keys
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