Accounts and Profiles

When you first join our department, there are a few things you will want to do before you can start working. First of all, you will want to make sure you have a UBC CS account set up. If you are taking any undergraduate courses, you will need to have a separate UBC CS undergrad account set up. Once your account is set up, you will need to set a secure password.

If you require after-hours and lab access, you will have to make sure you have the correct building access. Finally, you will want to make sure that others in the department will know how and where to find you by updating your information.


To get a department user account or guest account, visit this page for instructions on getting an account. Please note that your supervisor needs to indicate the approval of the account creation. Once you have a form filled out, return it to the Account Manager in room 145.

Undergraduate accounts are automatically created for students registered in an undergraduate course. Students must activate their accounts each year.

Setting Your Password

When you first log into a computer in the department, please change both your UNIX and Windows passwords.

  • For UNIX, log onto a server such as cascade and type the command “yppasswd” If your primary box is a Windows machine, you can log onto Cascade via XShell.
  • For Windows, log onto a Windows box and press the Control, Alt, and Delete keys simultaneously, then click on the “Change Password...” button. If your primary box is a Linux computer or a UNIX terminal, enter the command “tse” to get to one of our Windows servers. Once you are there, go to Start  Windows Security to find the option to change your password.

    Be sure to keep your Windows and UNIX passwords identical. For more information on passwords and how to choose a secure one, go to the Setting/Resetting passwords page.

    Keys and Keyless Entry

    • Research laboratory access, along with access to the equipment, is authorized by faculty members belonging to the specific research group. Complete the Access Control Form from the Main Office for additional lab access.

    Updating your information

    • The next thing you will want to do before you start is to update your information. Not only can you change your online information, but you can also change who is eligible to view it.
    • To do so, log in at the bottom of this page (Dept. Member Login in the footer menu). You will be taken to a page with the option of creating/editing your profile (and, if faculty, creating a CV also).

      To find yourself, log onto a UNIX server such as okanagan and use the "userinfo" command. For more information on how to use it, type in userinfo on the command line followed by no parameters.

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