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LCSEE Shell Pool and Ubuntu Labs Transition to MasterID

Over the past year, LCSEE Systems has been realigning the LCSEE Department’s computing infrastructure to make use of WVU MasterID for login names and passwords. The LCSEE Computing Accounts maintained locally in the Department are being phased out.

This project has come one step closer to completion. LCSEE computing facilities that employ Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X have authenticated using MasterID credentials for over a year. As of last week, LCSEE computing facilities and servers running Linux, such as the LCSEE Shell Pool, now require a MasterID to logon.

Students and Faculty members need to have their MasterIDs authorized by LCSEESystems before using computing resources. Most students are pre-authorized based on rosters for LCSEE courses. LCSEE Faculty members’ MasterIDs have been authorized as well. Forms will remain available outside of the LCSEE Systems office (701ESB) to request authorization in the event a person was missed or wasn’t included on the rosters from August 19th, 2011.

Remember, for help with your MasterID, visit

The LCSEE Shell Pool ( has been affected by this transition. While new users will not notice a difference, people used to accessing the Shell Servers with an LCSEE Computing Account will see a significant change.

The transition away from automatic mounting of network home directories to optional cLOUD Storage has begun. Students and Faculty members with LCSEE Computing Accounts that need to access their old LCSEE Home Directories (/home/usermame) to retrieve files or modify websites stored in /home/username/public_html directories, may still do so by logging onto our our Legacy Shell Servers at either or

The LCSEE Legacy Shell Servers will use the old LCSEE Computing Account usernames and passwords and will remain online for at least one year to aid in the migration of users’ files, websites, and configurations to cLOUD Storage. These legacy servers will not be accessible for new users as additional LCSEE Computing Accounts will no longer be created.

We encourage students that would like to retain network file storage services and websites to request cLOUD Storage by sending an email to Once activated, users must copy any content needed from legacy LCSEE Computing Account home directories to new cLOUD Storage space. We hope to have an FAQ entry on the LCSEE Help Desk Website by the end of the week. Keep an eye on @lcseesystems on Twitter for a tweet about that FAQ entry.

Our next installment here on the Blog will mostly likely be about cLOUD Storage. Stay tuned. . .