Remote Access (Remote Login) to CSIL FAQ
We offer numerous ways for students to access CSIL resources from almost anywhere. For course specific servers, please follow your course documentation, or contact the course instructor.
Some of the terminologies we will be using on this page:
We provide several CSIL Linux CPU Servers for student use from out side of CSIL, including off-campus - please follow the link for the names and other important information.
To provide better support during the COVID-19, a few CSIL Linux workstations are now available for remote access.
(Normally, CSIL workstations are not accessible from off campus.) Note: some off-campus networks are not permitted even to the CPU servers, due to security concerns.
You can use ssh (Secure-SHell) to connect to these servers with a text-only interface. You may have to install an ssh Windows client on your Windows machine. There are a number of free ssh clients - we recommend MobaXterm or PuTTY for Windows users. Linux and Apple OS come with ssh.
After you have installed your ssh client and you've started it up, connect to a specific CSIL Linux CPU server on port 24 with compression, e.g.
ssh -p 24 -C username@<full name of a CSIL Linux CPU server>
(please replace the username with your own SFU Computing ID.)
Just a reminder: please logoff from the server after finishing your work.
There are many servers setup for specific courses. Please contact the course instructors for more information.
Click here for the information about how to use CS-Lab Console application to manage VMs on our special VMWare server - the dedicated server for specific CMPT courses.
To provide better support during the COVID-19, a few CSIL Windows workstations are now available for remote access.
(Normally, the CSIL Windows workstations are not accessible from outside of CSIL.)
You can use our CSIL Windows Terminal Servers for your course work while you are in CSIL or at home.
Just a reminder: please logoff from these servers/workstations after finishing your work.
Remember: all your course work should be saved onto your SFU Home.
Launch a modern ssh client tool such as Mobaxterm or PuTTY from your home computer, connecting to one of the CSIL Linux CPU servers with your SFU Computing ID and password. cd to sfuhome, where your files are. At the prompt, you can use unix commands such as ls to work with your files. Mobaxterm and PuTTY include an scp (secure copy) tool for file transfer.
A good choice for transferring your work between CSIL and other computers is to use your subversion repository on punch.csil.sfu.ca - one is created for each CMPT course in which you are registered. Please check out our subversion FAQ page for more instructions.
Please contact helpdesk if you need further assistance.
Last updated @ 2020.06.29