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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

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  • The windows/mail password (for login on windows computers and for accessing mail). To change this password press Ctrl+Alt+Del resp. Strg+Alt+Del and click on "Kennwort ändern" resp. "Change Password". If you want to change this password from outside the faculty, make a remote desktop connection to our terminalserver Because Strg+Alt+Del does not work on remote desktops, you have to click Start / Einstellungen / Windows-Sicherheit / Kennwort ändern. For further information see Remote Login below.


    If you choose to change your password, you should notice that the password policy restricts the length of the password. You need to choose a password with 12 symbols minimum. Also your password needs to meet some complexity requirements. The password must consist of three different types of the following symbol groups:

    • Capital letters (A-Z)
    • Small letters (a-z)
    • Numerals (0-9)
    • Special characters (i.e.: !, #, $, &, *, (, ), ...)
      Note: We recommend using ASCII-characters only as it would prevent conflicts with VPN-authentication.



  • Remote Login: Often, there is a need for data transfer between different computer platforms or between outside and inside of the faculty. Here we describe how to login to the faculty's servers from your personal computer:


    • If you do not need or want a Windows desktop for data transfer, you can use the VPN-service standalone.

    • If you need a Windows desktop, you first need a VPN-connection and then you can login to or via the RemoteDesktopConnection (on a windows pc found under Accessoires resp. Zubehör / Communication; unix/linux users use an rdesktop client like this). In the options of the remote desktop connection you can add your local drives to the remote desktop drives for data transfer between the two platforms. A high speed internet connection is recommendable.


      Please note that the VPN-profile of the Univerity Computing Center will not work here. You have to use one of our profiles.

    • FTP and SSH connections are not supported.



  • Windows Profile: Your home directory (U:\) contains a folder called "profile" (or "profile.v2" on Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 2008 machines) which contains your windows configuration and certain windows folders like "my documents", "Eigene Dateien", "desktop" etc. At every login, the content of this folder is copied to "C:\documents and setting\username" resp. "C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\username" and will be copied back to your home directory at logout.
    Please save as less data as possible in these folders to minimize the login and logout time. Save your data e.g. directly in a folder "data" in your home directory.



  • Storage capacity (quota): The storage capacity on the faculty's servers is limited. Therefore, there is a storage limit called quota which usually is 10 GB for students and employees. If your quota needs to be increased, please contact the System Operating Group.


  • How to change the display language on the Windows Terminal Servers: The Windows Terminal Servers Spiderman and Superman display german by default. To change this to english please read these instructions. The effect takes place not only for the menu and messages of the operating system, but for the printer properties, too.


  • Browser: We recommend to use the following proxy server settings for internet connections from inside the faculty's network: on port 3128. In Firefox you find this in "Tools / Options / Advanced / Network / Settings / Manual Proxy Configuration".


  • P2P: Please note that the use of P2P-Clients like Kazaa and E-Mule is strictly prohibited.



  • Food: Drinking and Eating at the computer workplaces in the mensa, library and the pc labs is not allowed. Furthermore, by definition, it is not possible to leave bottles etc. at the workplaces. Thank you!