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User Account Info and Configuration

This document provides important info for new or inexperienced users with accounts on the central departmental server.

Server Remote Session Access

Telnet-style remote sessions on the server are supported via programs that support the SSH protocol.

Linux and MacOS Users

Modern unix-like systems will supply the command-line programs ssh, scp and sftp via the OpenSSH or the original commercial vendor, SSH Communications Security.

Windows Users
If you work on a windows machine we suggest you use Putty and WinSCP (both freeware) to connect to the server user nodes. Another option is to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux: Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation

servername: apollo.physics.utoronto.ca

Email Settings

The following settings are necessary for the 2 official email servers:

Physics Users
email address username@physics.utoronto.ca
IMAP server maildir.physics.utoronto.ca Port: 993
Authenticated SMTP server smtp-auth.physics.utoronto.ca Port: 587
Atmospheric Physics Users
email address username@atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca
IMAP server mail.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca Port: 993
Authenticated SMTP server mail.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca Port: 587

Note on Authenticated SMTP Server

Some email clients (eg. Thunderbird) provide a text box into which you enter a port associated with the address. Others (eg. Evolution), require you to append the port number to the address, separated by a colon (eg. smtp-auth.physics.utoronto.ca:587).

Email Clients Set up

Web Mail

The physics web mail server is located at:

https://webmail.physics.utoronto.ca

"Server" drop down options

  • users with accounts ending in @physics.utoronto.ca select "Maildir IMAP Server".
  • users with accounts ending in @atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca select "Atmospheric Group Mail".
  • do not select "Old IMAP Server" unless you were advised by PCS do do so.

For users with accounts ending in @physics.utoronto.ca there is an online application to reset your password and set up your vacation message. See below.

Vacation Message setup

For accounts ending in @physics.utoronto.ca and @atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca
You can set up and reset your away message by visiting the https://pcs.physics.utoronto.ca/apps/physics/ site.

For more options about how to set up your vacations, please visit: Vacation Message Setup

Password reset

If you know your password you can reset your password by visiting the https://pcs.physics.utoronto.ca/apps/physics/ site.

If you don't remember your password please contact PCS at pcs@physics.utoronto.ca and one of our members will instruct you to call us and reset the password over the phone.

Web Site

In your user space on apollo you have a folder named "web-docs". This is your web space.
Whatever you put in this folder will be served as static content on the web as:

https://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~yourUserName/

Linux/Unix/MacOS client access:
ssh to your account and add files to the "web-docs" folder.

Windows client access:
use winscp to upload the files or putty to add/change files in your "web-docs" folder.