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

Remote Windows Access

You may connect to one of two Remote Desktop servers in CIS from anywhere on- or off-campus.

To connect to a server using your CIS credentials and have access to your home directory and other department resources, open a remote desktop connection to Set the domain to WIN, and use your CIS username and password to login.

To connect to a server using your KSU credentials (like Webmail, iSIS, or KSOL), open a remote desktop connection to Set the domain to USERS and use your eID and password to login.

Remote Linux Access

You may remotely access the department Linux shell server from anywhere on- or off-campus an SSH client. 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, such as PuTTY.

Transferring Files

To upload or download files between your local system and your CIS account, an SCP program is recommended. Like SSH, SCP is secure. A popular SCP program for Microsoft Windows is WinSCP.

Another way to transfer files from a Linux host is using the 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.