Computing Facilities

The main computing platforms in CIS are Sun Solaris, Linux, and Microsoft Windows.

For a detailed list of computers in our department, see the Computing Labs page.

Wireless Access

The CIS Wireless network is now managed by the K-State Computing and Network Services (CNS) department. To gain access to the network, you will need to have a valid eID and follow these instructions listed on the CNS website.

Remote Access

You may remotely access many of the machines in the department via the Internet or other parts of the campus network. You can get a shell on any of the Linux or Solaris machines by using a program called secure shell (SSH). While on another Unix-based machine (such as BSD, Linux, Solaris, or MacOS X) you can open a terminal window and type:




If you want to do this from Microsoft Windows, then you need to locate a secure shell program. The most popular SSH programs for Windows are PuTTY and Tera Term SSH. We strongly prefer PuTTY as Tera Term is not currently being maintained very well.

If you have been given access to the RDP server (a.k.a. Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop), then you may use the Remote Desktop tool included with Microsoft Windows XP (under Start > Program > Accessors > Communication) or with a program called rdesktop which is available on the web and packaged with most Linux distributions.

For transfering files, the SCP program is recommended. Like SSH, SCP is secure. A popular SCP program for Microsoft Windows is WinSCP.

Another way to transfer files is transfering file through command line. Start with logging in with an SFTP sesion with


To upload files

put local_filename remote_filename

To upload a direcotry

put -r local_directory/ remote_directory/

To download files

get remote_filename local_filename

To downlaod a direcotry

get -r remote_directory/ loacl_directory/

Due to security concerns, we are trying to eliminate clear text passwords from being sent over the Internet. Thus, use of telnet, FTP, POP3, and non-encrypted IMAP have been disabled.