This section provides details about the main aspects of the student computing environment and services.
The Student Network
The AUBG Computer System for students is entirely based on Windows 7. Servers are Windows 2008 Enterprise Server, while the workstations run Windows 7. Windows 2008 divides computers into logical domains, grouping users and computers with similar network privileges. Domains contain servers, which hold the network resources shared by the users. The domain that includes all computers available to students is called STUDIN. The servers in the AUBG student domain are different types:
- domain controllers
- exchange servers
- file servers
- terminal servers
Every student is given an account on the student server, also called login name, account name or user name. Every account is protected by password. Passwords are assigned individually in the beginning by the administrator and can be changed at any time by the owner. They are the only way to protect the content of your account. Therefore, DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYBODY. Be advised that according to the AUBG computing rules, users are responsible for any damages caused through their accounts.
Regarding the user accounts, there are three important pieces of information you need to know in order to login in the Windows 2008 domain system. They are:
User name (also known as login name of account name)
User password (a secret word, letting the system know that you are the account owner). You should keep in mind that password is case sensitive. Thus “paSSword” and “PassworD” are different. Also, according the password minimum complexity requirement policy the passwords must be at least 6 characters long and must contain at least one capital letter, one small letter and at least one number. For more information see Student Computing FAQ .
Account Lockout Policy: To prevent password guessing, if 3 unsuccessful login trials are made in 10 min interval, the user account automatically locks for 30 min
User domain is the place where your account resides. For all students, the domain name is STUDIN.
Every student has a personal email address. It has the following appearance: "user name"@aubg.bg
Example: If your login name is OCC911, your Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every user account is assigned a home directory where users can store personal data. This directory appears as drive Q: in your drive map in a line like the following:
"account name" on (SERVER)\home (Q:) .
The home directory is considered private and protected in a way not to be accessed by others. But user access to it is available from any computer in the labs regardless of location. The home directory resides on the student server. Because the server disk space is limited, disk quota of 500 MB per user is set up.
Keep in mind that for normal work with your account your home space has to be under the limit of 500 MB.
In order to provide equal sharing privileges to users, there are some specifics that students have to be aware of. One of them concerns the so-called user profile. User profile is the place where the system stores all system and user related information of the account - desktop settings, monitor resolution, etc. By default you also have My Documents folder in the profile. MS Applications use as a default folder My Documents. As user profiles in the system are local you should consider the following important facts:
- Every workstation you use to login creates and stores a local profile of your account.
- Information stored in your profile on that local workstation cannot be accessed from other computers.
- The administrator can delete and reset user profiles on any computer/server if necessary. For instance, this may be a result of a routine maintenance procedure to free space.
- User profiles on the lab computers and servers are not included in the backup procedures. As a rule of thumb, be advised that the user profile is an UNSAFE place. Therefore, do not store important personal data there. The place where you should save your files is "Q:" drive.
The Microsoft Outlook 2010 is your email application. An icon of MS Outlook is placed on the Desktop when you login in.
In order for users to receive email, user mailboxes are set up. A mailbox is a private area where all user email messages are stored. It resides on the Stud server. The size of student mailbox is limited to 500 MB and cannot be exceeded. It is users’ responsibility to keep their mailbox within this limit. There is no guarantee that your email will function properly if you reach this limit.
Personal Folders can be placed in the home directory, and in this case, it occupies from your home drive space. But Personal folders can’t be accessed through Internet - Web Based Outlook. In this case you can access only folders in your mailbox.
A newsgroup is a place where messages are be posted for all users. There are different kinds of groups named by the type of messages posted in it. You can access the newsgroups through local web based Microsoft Outlook. You can post your messages there. For detailed information, go to Posting messages in newsgroups for all users.
In Main building are available:
Room 114 - Language Lab. There are 20 PCs.
Room 116 – Information Systems Lab. There are 20 PCs. The lab is for privileged use by majors in computer sciences because of the special software installed and licensed for those computers only.
Corridor lab - There are 6 Windows-based terminals running Windows 2008 terminal sessions. Available 24 hours per day. These computers are for general usage.
Room 119 - Advanced Multimedia lab with 15 PCs. The lab is for privileged use by students working on Multimedia projects because of the special software installed and licensed for those computers only (Instructions for Proper File Storage).
Room 120 - COS Lab with 22 PCs. The lab is for privileged use by majors in computer sciences because of the special software installed and licensed for those computers only.
Room 121 - Business Lab. There are 22 PCs running Windows 7. The lab is for privileged use by students attending business courses because of the special software installed and licensed for those computers only.
In Skaptopara Residence Hall:
Two computer laboratories are available for general usage in Skaptopara Residence Hall.
Computer Lab Skaptopara 1 - there are 15 computers.
Computer Lab Skaptopara 2 - there are 15 computers.
In Balkanski Academic Center:
Room 001 - JMC Lab with 25 PCs. The lab is for privileged use by JMC
majors because of the specific software installed and licensed for the JMC courses.
Room 101 - Economic Lab. There are 25 computers. The lab is for privileged use by ECO majors because of the specific software installed and licensed for the ECO courses.
Room 010 - Terminal Lab. There are 12 Windows-based terminals running Windows 2008 terminal sessions. This lab is for general usage.
Login procedure is identical for all computers in AUBG computer labs. In general they include the following steps:
- Start computer.
- Wait for the Windows login screen.
- Type your user name and password; be sure the selected domain is STUDIN.
- Press OK.
A wide range of applications is available to the students. For detailed information, go to Available Software.
Printing and Scanning
Printing is one of the major services offered to AUBG students in the Main building, New Academic building and Skaptopara Residence Halls.
Main building: There are three network printers—two HP Laser Jet 9040 and HP Color Laser Jet M750 in the Main building, situated in the Printing room in front of room 118 (OCC). They can be accessed from all computer labs in the main building. In the Printing room is installed scanner HP ScanJet 2400.
Balkanski Academic Center: There are two network printers - HP LJ 9040 and color printer HP Color Laser Jet 3505. The printers are situated in room 107 BAC (Library).
Skaptopara Residence Halls: There are 2 network printers HP Laser Jet 8150. Both printers are accessible only from the computers in the proper lab.
In each Lab is installed scanner HP ScanJet 3010.
OCC provides paper for the printers and work-study students are responsible for paper supply. There is no limit for the number of printed pages. Printed pages are counted on each account for the whole year and paid for at the end of each semester. The price can vary in compliance with the AUBG budget policy, now it is 4 cents for the pages printed by laser jet printers. For the pages printed by color printers, the price for each page is 40 cents (each color page is counted as ten black/white pages). You can check your currently printed pages by going to Account balance icon from the Task bar.