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Welcome to the College of Engineering computer network!

Having an account on the COE system is a privilege, not a right. Please read the Engineering Computer Center acceptable use policy. By using the system, you agree to abide by this policy.

For information on ECE accounts, click here.

Computer Center Labs

To meet the academic needs of our students and faculty, the Computer Center is now supporting a number of Windows labs. The Engineering Windows environment, WINCOE, is available in the following labs: 208 SN, 274 SN, 268 SN, and varying academic department labs. COE Linux graphical workstations are also available in 274 SN.

COE Windows

To use a COE Windows machine, log on with your COE username and password. (COE usernames do not have a dot in them.)

Logins protect the security of our system and enable you to have access to Engineering resources such as networked storage space, backups, and course directories. On WINCOE, your personal data is stored in your home directory on the COE system. You can save a file in your "My Documents" directory, and it will be there the next time you log on. Your data is safely backed up on tape to protect it against accidental corruption or deletion. Your Unix home directory appears as the "Z:" (cifs.homedir) drive on a WINCOE computer.

Software stability is very important for our students and faculty. On WINCOE machines, you should find the software you need for Engineering and general use. The stability of these applications has been improved by not installing every application needed by every other college in the university.

If you need help with WINCOE, or if you need a software package that is not presently installed, please send a message to

COE Email

You can read and send email from your COE account using our WebMail. Go to and follow the link for WebMail.

You can also use Netscape Mail, Microsoft Outlook Express, or other popular mail client programs. Set your IMAP server to (we support SSL for IMAP). You can use our SMTP server ( to send mail from email clients that support SSL and authentication. More information about COE mail is available here.

Linux / Unix remote logins

To log in to a COE Linux workstation, ssh to "Gateway" is a load-balancer that will automatically connect you to a specific Linux host. Many of our users use pine to read and send email from a remote login session.

File Transfer

For file transfer using SFTP, connect to As of Dec. 20, 2017, FTP is no longer supported.

Course Directories

Some courses use the COE system for electronic submission of homework.

On Unix, you will find a directory (or "folder") called Courses in your home directory. It contains a subdirectory for each class you are taking that uses course directories.

On COE Windows, go to My Computer to see your course directories. Each course directory is mapped to a drive letter.

Place a copy of your completed work in the course directory for your class. You can do this by drag-and-drop on Windows, with the cp command on Unix, or you can transfer files from non-COE machines using ftp or sftp.

Disk Quota

Students on the COE system have a quota of 5 Gigabytes of disk space. If your academic work requires more space, ask your professor to request an increase in your quota from the systems staff.

Changing your Password

Log into using ssh, or log in on a Linux lab workstation. At the system prompt, type passwd and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also use the Account module in COE WebMail to change your password. Password changes are not allowed from COE Windows computers, sorry.

Setting up your COE Web homepage

After logging onto a Unix machine, type setup and choose the www option. This will create a www directory in your Unix home directory and generate a generic html file called index.html for your homepage. The URL of your home page is Edit or add to the html files in your www directory to develop your web site.

General UNIX/Linux help

COE hosts a mirror of UNIXhelp for Users. This information is quite old, but you may still find it useful as an introduction to UNIX/Linux.

Getting More Help

Go to for answers. You can also send email to with specific questions.

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