Remote Access

It's important to note that you MUST change your password before using any system, especially on the windows systems.

For permissions to the Oracle database please talk with the professor of your database class. If you have tried logging in and are still having difficulty with any of your accounts please refer to the contact information at the bottom of the page.

Windows Account (Athena and labs)


Your username will be your W#, including the "w". The username is NOT case sensitive.

NOTE: There is currently a known compatibility issue with some new versions of Remote Desktop when connecting to Athena. The workaround for this is to put a 'cs\' in front of your W#, If you are still having problems after reading this page use the contact information at the bottom of the page.


For all windows remote access, your default password will be the last 4 digits of your W# + cs!. So, if your final 4 numbers were 5483, then your password would be "5483cs!" (Minus the quotes). If your password ever gets reset, this is what the default will always be.


IMPORTANT: You will need to log in to Athena or a lab computer and change your default password before you can use anything else.

At the beginning of each semester and any time a reset is requested, your password will be reset to the default. When resetting your password it will need to be at least 7 characters long and contain 3 of the 4 character types (upper case letter, lower case letter, number, and special character). The password may not contain your name or w# as any part of it.

Linux Account (Icarus)


Your username is your initials (lower case) followed by the last 5 digits of your w#. For example, if your name is John Smith and your w# is w00012345 then your username would be js12345.


Your password will be your first name (first letter capitalized) followed by "cs!". For example, if your name is John Smith and your w# is w00012345 your password would be Johncs!. One important thing to take note of here is that the usernames and passwords are created from registration data. Try your full first name instead of short versions, i.e. Kimberly instead of Kim.


We highly recommend you change your password by using passwd. Your new password will need to be at least 8 characters long and contain 3 of the 4 character types (upper/lower case letter, number, special character).


When entering your password, nothing will show on the screen. This is normal. Just type it in and hit return. Don't try to copy and paste your password.


If you are having problems with your account access please read the following information before requesting help.

Check your default login, remember you need to change your default password before logging into MSDNAA. If you are still having problems please do one of the following.



Mac or Windows


Cyberduck is used to help Mac and Windows users drag and drop their files from their local machine onto Icarus (the Linux server).

**WinSCP is a popular alternative to cyberduck for windows only. Download and install WinSCP and follow the steps below.**

  Download and install Cyberduck by going to Once installed, run Cyberduck. Click "File" and choose "Open Connection"

Make sure to choose SFTP
Server: or
Port: 22
Username: Initials then the last five digits of W number

  • For example:
  • Name: John Doe
  • W#: W01234567
  • Username: jd34567

Password: First name (first letter capitalized) followed by "cs!"

  • For example:
  • Name: John Doe
  • Password:Johncs!

Save Password: Only if on a personal computer, DO NOT save passwords on a public computer.
Click "Connect"

Click "Allow" if this pops up. It is just saying that the Icarus certificate is trusted.

Open the public_html directory.
Files can be dragged and dropped to and from this window (similar to any other directory on a local machine, except files are uploaded/downloaded from the Icarus server).
To view content in a browser type in the correct URL into the address bar following this example:

  • Name: John Doe
  • WNumber: W01234567
  • URL:

This will show the content that was uploaded to the public_html directory




PuTTY is the recommended program used to create an SSH connection into Icarus, this allows access to command line operations inside Linux. It can be downloaded at

Connecting to Icarus via PuTTY

Open PuTTY.

Type '' or '' into the Host name box.

Saving will prevent the future need to type in the Host Name or IP Address.

Click the Open button. The first connection attempt will prompt a security alert. Click yes. A prompt will appear to enter a username and password.
NOTE: passwords are hidden as they are typed.


Athena(Windows Remote)

Athena is the Windows server that allows remote access to all programs that are installed on the lab computers. Students will need to know their Windows username and password to access Athena.


NOTE: There is a new issue with Microsoft. Related to network level authentication (NLA). Click on the link to download a remote desktop shortcut that bypasses NLA checking, this will allow you to change your password.

.rdp file

NOTE: There is currently a known compatibility issue with some new versions of Remote Desktop when connecting to Athena. The workaround for this is to prepend 'cs\' to the WNumber used to log in.


To connect to Athena run Remote Desktop Connection using the address

remote desktop connection


windows security

It may be required to click on "More choices" to change username to include cs\

When done using Athena it is important to log off otherwise the connection will persist and will prevent the user from logging back in for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Installing new programs is not permitted and storage space is limited to educational data only. If additional storage space is needed, contact Patrick Beck

Because storage on Athena is limited it may be purged at any time without warning (especially at the end of each semester). Please back up assignment and other important data.

Osiris(Windows Web)

Osiris provides webspace for students who need to develop in a Windows environment. Webpages will be located at

FTP Access

To connect to Osiris (, it is recommended to use a graphical FTP client like CoreFTP. Be sure to use port 4211, PASV mode, and use Windows login credentials with "cs\" prepended to the username (e.g. "cs\johndoe1").


For help determining log in credentials please refer to the Account Information tab.


MySQL is managed via phpMyAdmin. Contact an instructor to gain access to phpMyAdmin. Students must be enrolled in a class that uses MySQL.

With permission, phpMyAdmin can be accessed at using these credentials:

Username: WNumber including the 'W' (The W must be capitalized)

Password: firstname (capital first letter) with cs! appended.


For example: John would use "Johncs!"