All workstations are equipped with a computer that can be used for the duration of the project.
The computer must be re-installed before usage.
All computers are set up to boot over the network and present an installation menu when powered on. The default is to boot the operating system currently installed.
The installer requires you to authenticate with your ETH user name
to verify that you are entitled to install the computer.
Managed Operating Systems
After installing any of the managed operating systems (Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Linux) you can log in with your ETH user name
. All managed operating systems are set up to use your student home directory
just like in our public student computer labs
Administration of the Computer
On Windows your ETH user name
and the one of your supervisor is automatically enabled as
. On the Linux operating systems you and your supervisor can use
All data stored on the computer is NOT BACKED UP
by default. If you are not exclusively using your student home directory
then you must take care of the backup of any important data on the computer.
For the duration of the reservation you can use our Windows and Linux Client Backup Service
and back up up to 200GB of data. If you need more then please contact our service desk
You can print on https://piaweb01.ethz.ch
like it is described here
Multi-boot installation is not supported. Instead we recommend to use VirtualBox
and run additional operating systems in a virtual machine.
Manual Operating System Installation
You can install a broad variety of free operating systems using NETBOOT.XYZ
yourself. Please use the following configuration for any of these operating systems:
- Use DHCP for the setup of the networtk adapter.
- Enable automatic updates, at least of the security updates.
If the computer is not working then please contact our service desk