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 a project 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


Give the student write access to Confluence via Crowd.

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.

An online 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:

Papers to Read

List of Pegasus papers:

Older Pegasus Papers:


HTCondor Papers

Optional grid papers:

Computer Stuff

Change password

Action should have sent an email about the student's account along with a username and temporary password.

Open a terminal for the student and have them telnet to Change their password with:

$ yppasswd

Change shell

Action always creates the accounts with ntcsh, but that doesn't work properly on any of our machines. Have the student change their shell to bash with:

$ ypchsh


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