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:

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