Printing

You must have a CSE Windows domain account to print to CSE printers via Windows. Not everyone can print to any printer. UGRADS can only print to select printers in UGRAD areas

Install printers via Windows Add Printer Wizard

NOTE: This method only available for CSENETID domain joined machines.If you are more familiar with adding printers using the Windows Add Printer Wizard then you can follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Start-> Devices and Printers
  2. Click the Add a printer button in the upper left
  3. Select the Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer option.
  4. If shown, click The printer that I want isn't listed option near the bottom.
  5. Select the radio button labeled Select a shared printer by name.
  6. In the printer box, enter in \\rps.cs.washington.edu\ and a list of printers should be shown, elect the one you want.
  7. If you are prompted for credentials, enter your username in the form of domain\username (ex: CSENETID\bob or CSENETID.cs.washington.edu\bob if you are not on the domain) and password. You may also wish to check the Remember my credentials box to avoid having to enter your password each time you reboot and want to print. ENTER to proceed.
  8. There may be a popup asking if you trust this printer. Click the Install driver button.
  9. Continue through the final steps of the Add Printer Wizard

Install printers via Windows Explorer

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. In the location bar, type in the server to connect to:
    • \\rps.cs.washington.edu and press ENTER
  3. If you are prompted for credentials, enter your username in the form of domain\username (ex: CSENETID\bob , or CSENETID.cs.washington.edu\bob if you are not on the domain) and password. You may also wish to check the Remember my credentials box to avoid having to enter your password each time you reboot and want to print. OK to proceed.
  4. The explorer window populated with printers to be displayed. Right Click the printer you wish to add and select Connect....
  5. There may be a popup asking if you trust this printer. Click the Install driver button.

NOTE:If you are adding a printer on a personal machine (laptop or non domain joined), it may result in a Windows error "0x000006d1" being thrown; should that occur, you will need to run the following command. In windows 8/8.1, RIGHT-CLICK the START BUTTON area and select COMMAND PROMPT (ADMIN). For windows 10, RIGHT-CLICK the START BUTTON area and select WINDOWS POWERSHELL (ADMIN). Copy and paste the following into the window that comes up and press ENTER:
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers" /v ForceCSREMFDespooling /t reg_dword /d 00000000

Ensure that the command reports: "The operation completed successfully.". We have generally found that a reboot is required after updating the registry key mentioned above.

It is possible that UAC will still interfere with driver installation, and you may need to back off your UAC to the second lowest level (rather than the lowest) to get the printers to install. On the metro (start) screen, just type UAC, and go to the "change user account control settings", select the second lowest one. You can change it back to whatever it was, after the printer is installed.

Network File Access

Under the "O:" (pronounced "oh drive") on a domain Windows workstation, you can access shared files, folders, and directories that reside on a wide variety of CSE file servers. This includes, for example, project, web and course directories.

Mapping Your Home Directory

Your home directory is automatically mounted for CSE domain joined machines, on the "Z:" (pronounced "zee drive"). For mapping a Home Directory via Windows Map Network Drive on a personal machine:

  1. Determine which server your home directory resides on (e.g. "cash", "cube", "companion", etc., etc., NOTE: for web\homes or public_html use the server "ready"
  2. Click on the Windows START menu
  3. Right-Click on Computer, then select Map network drive...
  4. Select the Drive letter you want assigned to the share. You can choose any available letter.
  5. In the Folder text box, put your home directory path:
    • \\<home_directory_server_name>.cs.washington.edu\<username>
  6. Click Finish.

Mapping a Project Directory

For mapping a Research Project Directory via Windows Map Network Drive

  1. Determine which server your project directory resides on (e.g. "turret", "portal", etc., etc.
  2. Click on the Windows START menu
  3. Right-Click on Computer, then select Map network drive...
  4. Select the Drive letter you want assigned to the share. You can choose any available letter.
  5. In the Folder text box, put \\servername\projects\<project name>
  6. Click Finish.

For mapping a Research Project Directory via Windows Map Network Drive (for wired connections only):

  1. Click on the Windows START menu
  2. Right-Click on Computer, then select Map network drive...
  3. Select the Drive letter you want assigned to the share. You can choose any available letter.
  4. In the Folder text box, put \\csenetid.cs.washington.edu\cs\unix\projects\<project name>
  5. Click Finish.

High-Level File System Structure

The following table shows the topmost directory structure of remotely-accessible directories in the department.

Dfs path prefix        Comment
O:\nt                  Restricted CSE IT resources

O:\unix\projects       Same as /projects, research UNIX
       \homes\         Special group home directories (cubist/grail/network/sys)

O:\cse                 Like /cse, research UNIX
O:\sources             Like /sources, research UNIX

Remote Access

Information on connecting to Allen School computing resources from a remote location can be found in this document.

File Transfer: Using WinSCP to access CSE Linux fileservers remotely

  1. Download the WinSCP Installation package here: http://winscp.net/eng/download.php
  2. Run the installer, "Typical Installation" is fine. "Commander interface" vs "Explorer interface" is up to you. Both work well and have descriptions in the installer.
  3. Launch WinSCP.
  4. Enter the remote server you would like to connect to (for example: barb.cs.washington.edu), and your CSE Linux username and password. Click Login.

Once connected, consider changing these preferences (Options-> Preferences):

  • Open files using your computer's program defaults: Environment-> Panels-> Double-click pane-> Set the drop down to 'open' instead of 'edit' (http://winscp.net/eng/docs/ui_pref_panels#double-click).
  • Switch to Windows Explorer look and feel: Environment-> Interface-> Select "Explorer".
  • Save a session and create a shortcut on your desktop:
    1. Connect to a server via WinSCP
    2. Save your session: Session-> "Save Session"
    3. Once saved, close WinSCP and restart it.
    4. Select the saved session from the list in the WinSCP login window, then select "Shell icon..."-> "Desktop Icon"

Software

We install a user-customizable set of popular applications on Windows machines deployed to Faculty, Staff, and Grad Students. There is a huge set of applications on the instructional systems. There is also a large collection of Microsoft software available to all faculty and students via the MSDNAA program. MS Office is licensed for machines in labs and offices. Students may purchase MS-Office for personal machines at special pricing.

Since we do not install or support all the software that might be of interest to people, users are generally given local administrator privileges on Windows desktops and you may install other packages you like (provided you are legally entitled to do so!)