Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I connect to the SfS server from my home computer?

You can connect to the SfS server ( not only via the computers at the SfS, but also remotely over the Internet. This is a prerequisite for accessing your SfS e-mail account, your home folder, certain applications and resources provided by lecturers.

In order to connect to Urobe, you need to be within the university network. This is automatically the case if you

  • are working on any computer of the university
  • are using the Internet connection of a dormitory which uses the university network.

Otherwise, you need to connect to the university network using a VPN connection. Setting this up is a bit complex, so there is a page of its own for it: VPN.

How can I access my SfS e-mail account remotely?

to do

How can I access files on the server remotely

to do

Urobe, Penthesilea? Who are they, what do they do?

Back in its old days, the SfS was using computing technology by Sun Microsystems. This technology was running Solaris as Operation System on special hardware. Hence, the server was also running this system and they decided to call it Penthesilea. It did a lot of jobs, including being the e-mail server and the server for people to login from outside the SfS network and thus also the machine on which one could run programs remotely from home.

Penthesilea grew a beard and the beard became gray, so it was obvious that it needed a successor. This successor now is Urobe and it runs Linux. It is hosting the (new) mailboxes and it is there for you to login from the outside. On Urobe, you should have everything you have on the pool machine – excluding screen and keyboard.

At the time of wrigin (2008-11-18), there are quite some mailboxes still living on Penthesilea. Both machines can be accessed from the University Network only (use VPN from home, see the Question on top of this page).