CSE Login Servers
CSE run a number of login servers, allowing you to make use of CSE computing resources away from the CSE network.
You can connect to these servers to access your home directory and run programs in the CSE environment.
There are several servers, designed for different purposes:
- General-purpose computing
- Databases, appservers, etc.
All CSE login servers use your UNSW zID and zPass for authentication.
Windows 10 has an inbuilt 'ssh' command available from the command prompt, or you can install a standalone app called PuTTY.
If you're using the command-line version, run ssh firstname.lastname@example.org, substituting your zID as appropriate.
If you're using PuTTY, start the app, then enter the appropriate server (for instance login.cse.unsw.edu.au) into the 'Host Name' box, and click Open.
Log in with your zID and zPass when prompted, and you will be presented with a terminal screen that you can use, just the same as the terminal on a lab computer.
From macOS or Linux
macOS and Linux both include built-in SSH clients, so there's no need to install extra software.
To connect, simply open a Terminal window and run ssh email@example.com, substituting your own zID and the server name as appropriate.
Running graphical (GUI) programs over SSH
By default, SSH clients only support text-mode programs; anything that needs to open its own window on your desktop (such as Gedit) will not work.
However, there is a way to enable this - depending on your operating system, it may take a little setting up.
Running graphical programs over SSH can be fairly slow (especially over a slow internet connection), so we recommend that you don't use this as your main workflow.
To run graphical programs on Windows, you will need to install an X server
Follow the instructions there for installing VcXsrv and configuring PuTTY.
If you're running Windows Services for Linux, see the instructions for configuring your DISPLAY variable.
You will need to install the XQuartz X server.
Once it's installed, just add the -Y parameter to your SSH command, eg. ssh -Y firstname.lastname@example.org
Linux is the simplest of all, as an X server is installed by default on most distributions.
Just add the -Y parameter: ssh -Y email@example.com
Normally, when you close your SSH client (or lose your network connection), any programs running in your shell will also be closed.
This is what you want most of the time, but sometimes it's useful to be able to disconnect and reconnect to the same session.
For text-mode programs, the easiest way to do this is with the screen command. See this tutorial for details.
If you're working with graphical programs, the easiest way to do this is to use VNC instead.
If you make many SSH network connections to CSE from outside UNSW (such as more than 20 in a minute) then you can trip UNSW Firewall blocks.
You can have multiple SSH sessions through one network connection using SSH multiplexing.
An example configuration for your ssh_config file: