Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Access Management

SCS has a specific account for students, faculty and staff that is created in addition to your Andrew ID. These credentials are used to access SCS-specific resources.

You can submit a request to access resources including:

Local computer access

Our managed Windows hosts are bound to a domain and domain user accounts for access. Login to macOS and Linux hosts work work differently.  On Linux hosts, we provision access and you can use your SCS Kerberos ID and password to login. Macs use a truly local account created by our administrators or a current admin level user on the same computer.

Requesting elevated privileges on computer or server

On Windows or macOS, an existing computer user account can be given administrative rights. On Linux, an existing superuser or our administrators can provide an existing user account superuser permissions on the host. This can also be done by submitting request to the SCS Help Desk (by a person who is a contact on the SCS managed computer).

Requesting AFS volume/directory access

AFS Volumes provide a space for teams, projects, academic groups and individuals within SCS to store and share data centrally. Individual AFS volumes are provided to most SCS users. If you require access to an existing volume, you can submit an access request.

Please Note: Approvers (volume owners or admins) have to confirm the access can be granted before we can complete the request.