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Arseny Taranenko
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Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 02:21 pm:   

Similarly to the other equipment grouped in a pod, access to the server is controlled by a user reservation. Unlike routers and switches however, servers are accessed through the IP network (not console port) and as a result the access procedure for the servers is different from that of routers or switches. Before a user with a pod reservation can access a server which is part of the pod, he/she has to determine the current IP port number on which the server accepts connections. To determine the port number and to access the server, follow these steps:

1. During your reservation, connect using Secure Shell (SSH) client to www.cn.ryerson.ca. Check the content of the “.port” file; for example issue the command “more .port”. The file will contain a single entry for a port number; copy this value.

2. If connecting from home, establish a VPN with the lab or connect to one of the application servers with the Remote Desktop. Connection to a pod server is only possible from the CN subnet.

3. Open Windows Remote Desktop Connection and connect to www.cn.ryerson.ca:<port_no>, where <port_no> is the number determined in the previous step. For example a connection entry may look as following: www.cn.ryerson.ca:12987

4. In the username and password fields provide your Windows domain user id and password; select CN domain and click "OK".

5. After logging in, you may see a pop-up window asking your permission to open (run) a script file. The script maps a shared drive containing some useful applications and original virtual machines to your session. Click “Open” in the pop-up window to allow this script to run. The shared drive “MachineShare” will be mapped to the “X:” drive.

Once connected, you should see a standard Windows desktop.

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