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Nova: How do I connect to UMUC UNIX servers?

1. Open a terminal connection:

You will need to open a terminal connection to Nova server to create a UNIX account, change a password, reset an expired password, set permissions, and perform other tasks on your account.

Step 1: If necessary, activate your connection to the Internet. If you have a broadband connection through your ISP (FIOS, Cable, DSL, ISDN), you have an always-on connection, so there is no need to turn on the Internet each time. Dial-up users must be connected before proceeding.

Step 2: Open a terminal window on your local computer.


2. Install UMUC's customized version of PortaPuTTY:

PortaPuTTy is an SSH client used to connect to a UNIX server. UMUC's customized version comes equipped with presets that are already configured to connect to Polaris, Nova, dbcourse2 and dbcourse3.  This installation must be run as an Administrator. 

Step 1: Click the icon to the right download PortaPuTTY, preconfigured for use with UMUC resources. Click Run and accept the 'unsigned program' warning.

Step 2: The installation program begins. Click the Next button to view the license.

Step 3: Read the legal warning and the EULA, and click I Agree to accept the legal agreement.

Step 4: Click the Install to begin the installation process.

Step 5: Click the Finish button to close the installation program. PortaPuTTY for UMUC will start automatically.

3. Run PortaPuTTY and connect to the UMUC server of your choice:

Step 1: To start the program, double-click the PortaPuTTY for UMUC icon on your desktop.

Step 2: Find the session you want to open under Saved Sessions and double click it.

Step 3: Upon connecting for the first time, you will be prompted to accept a security certificate. Please accept it.