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Your Engineering Computer Account

Engineering College faculty and staff, and all students registered in the Engineering College or taking an Engineering course, have an Engineering computer account.

Your Engineering account ID and your Hawk ID should match. Though the IDs look the same, initially they do not have the same password and they do not give you access to the same services. You must use your Engineering account ID to log into machines on the Engineering Computer Network (ECN). You must use your Hawk ID to log into ITC and classroom machines. (In addition, your Hawk ID gives you access to other University services.) Changing your engineering account password has no effect on your Hawk ID password and vice versa.

You can log into Linux or Windows computers in the College with your Engineering account.

Log in

After you have your Engineering account and password, find a computer. The student computer labs in the Seamans Center, Hering (1220 SC), Elder (1231 SC), and 2301 labs, have a mixture of Linux workstations running SUSE Linux and Windows computers running Windows 7. The Henry Computer Classroom, 1245 SC, has 45 Windows computers running Windows 7. Follow the chart below to begin using one of those computers.  

  Linux Windows
Find a machine Named L-LNX### and labeled "LINUX" Named
L-COExxx and labeled "WINDOWS"
Logging in Move mouse to get login banner; enter Username and press Enter; then type your password and press Enter.
     If you get the message: "Incorrect username or password", you may have mistyped your user name or password. Login banner prompts for your user name and password again.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete; click OK after reading the notice;
enter user name, press Tab, and enter your password on the Logon Information
dialogue box.

   If you see the message: "The system could not log you on...," read the suggestions and try again.

   If the screen remains blank, notify ECS staff, 1253 SC.

Cannot log in Caps Lock may be on; passwords are case sensitive. User name may be incorrect.  Caps Lock may be on; passwords are case sensitive.
User name or Log on to: domain may be incorrect; verify both.
Logging out Go to the Main Menu Button, select Leave, then Logout
Go to click arrow to right of search bar and select Log Off
Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time and select Log Off.
Logout problems If you have a problem logging out, do not turn off the computer. Contact
ECS staff, 1253 SC, 319-335-5055, for help.
Changing your password

Read the section below about passwords.

Use the password tool.

Read the section below about passwords.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select the Change Password.
Enter the current password and your new password twice.


Passwords protect your account from unauthorized access. Engineering Computer Services (ECS) implements password restrictions to deter password "cracking." Passwords are valid for 365 days, but may be changed more often.

Select a password that meets the following criteria:

• is at least 9 characters long.
• includes 2 numbers.
• does not include any 4 consecutive characters of the user name or HawkID.
• does not match any of the 10 previous passwords.

For security we suggest that you do not use a proper name or a word that appears in an English dictionary and that you use at least one non-alphanumeric character in your password:
   . , + - $ [ ] * & ^ / % { } | " ' ? < > _ : ;
DO NOT use the characters \ ! @ # [space]

Password problems and time limits

When resetting your password, you must choose a password that complies with the criteria above. If you enter an invalid password, you are asked to enter one that meets the above criteria.

Your password is valid for 365 days. Two weeks prior to the date that your password will expire, you will get daily reminder messages to change your password. Once your password has expired, the next time you log in, the system will prompt you to change your password.


The university email, known as Hawkmail, is provided by ITS. Request an email account using MyUI (students) or Self Service (faculty and staff).

When a student or employee enters the University, a University-defined alias, usually in the form of, is also created. Using MyUI (students) or Self Service (faculty and staff), you can set mail delivery so that mail sent to is delivered to the email account of your choice.


Printers for students are available in the Elder, Hering, and 2301 labs, as well as the  Engineering Help Desk, 1253 SC. Each department has at least one laser printer for departmental use and some departments also have color printers. Check in the departmental office to find out what printers are available.

Print quotas for students

Every student account is allocated print quota from state revenues. For information on cost of pages printed, Web print, and more, read  about printing.

Checking your print quota

Students see the Papercut balance window in the top right of the screen, whether on Linux or Windows. Click Details... in the Papercut balance window for information about the number of print jobs, pages, and the environmental impact your printing had. You can minimize the Papercut window.

How to print

From Linux and Windows programs, go to File | Print. When in the student computer labs, the print command routes your file to the nearest printer.

File Locations & Quotas

Engineering accounts have a disk quota based on your account type (student, guest, staff/faculty). Students also have a print quota.

Files that you create and save in your home directory (the H:\ drive for Windows users) can be seen whether you login on a Linux or a Windows computer; however, documents created with platform-specific software that is installed and available only on one computer platform, can be opened and used only when logged onto the appropriate type of computer.

In addition to viewing and editing files in your home directory, you may have access to files that are used and shared by others in your department or in your work group. Because the directories and associated files are shared by more than one person, we call these “shares.” You may have access to more than one share. Having access to a share requires these things:

  • The individual in charge of granting access to the share must tell ECS whose access to add or remove.
  • ECS has to create or remove that access.
  • You must map a drive to get access to a share.

Windows Notes

By default Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc.) want to save files to Documents. ECS has mapped Documents to H:\Documents.

To accomplish operating system maintenance, Windows computers in the student labs are set with Automatic Update turned on. When there is a patch to install, the lab computers will be patched overnight. During patch time, all the Windows computers in the labs will be unavailable for the few minutes it takes to install the patch(es) and reboot.

Wireless, Public, Remote Access

UI wireless networking in the College of Engineering covers the entire Seamans Center.

Public wired ports in Seamans Center are  found in some public spaces, classrooms, and all conference and seminar rooms. See the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 1253 SC, for help setting up your computer to work on the wired networks.

Faculty and staff can use Remote Desktop to get to your home directory, but you must have an ISP and a modem and communications software on your computer. You may also need to download client software on your home computer. You must use a secure connection to get to the Engineering network; the Junos Pulse VPN creates a secure connection. Once you have the appropriate software installed, you must configure the software so that it knows what system to connect to. To log in remotely to the Engineering network, configure the remote host name to:

Students can use the VDI to connect remotely to a virtual Windows lab computer.

Security, Responsibilities

Learn about the College's secure computing environment and what you can do to keep your account secure.

Having an Engineering computer account means that you agree to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy that details ECS responsibilities, account owner responsibilities, usage guidelines, and suggested good practices.

Students using the ECS computer labs should know the Computer Lab Use Guidelines.


ECS’s mission is to provide a secure and productive computer environment that supports the ability of the College of Engineering to achieve its educational mission.

To answer your computing questions, Engineering Help Desk consultants are available in 1253 SC, 319-335-5055. Students should review the Survival Tips for student-related information about computing in the college.