San Francisco State provides a coursework server (unixlab.sfsu.edu) for educational websites, programming, Linux, and Oracle databases.
- Who can access the coursework server
- What's available on the coursework server
- How to access the coursework server (unixlab.sfsu.edu)
- How to move data to the coursework server
- How to backup data
- How to get help
Accounts are not automatically created for all students. The coursework server is available to:
- All Faculty with an SF State e-mail address
- Students with an eligible major or minor and an SF State e-mail address (check your eligibility from the Unixlab Access guide)
- Students enrolled in an eligible course for the current or previous term and an SF State e-mail address (check your eligibility from the Unixlab Access guide)
- Individual accounts (sponsoring faculty must submit a Service Request)
Students with course-based access will have access from the day before the semester begins until one year after the class ends. Students adding a class already enabled for unixlab will have a unixlab account created automatically within 24 hours. Students with major or minor access will have access until they graduate or change majors/minors.
For information on accessing Oracle on the coursework server, please see Oracle on unixlab.sfsu.edu.
Faculty members should use online.sfsu.edu for their Web sites. Faculty can request accounts on unixlab.sfsu.edu for student Web sites and coursework. Faculty can use their public_html directory on unixlab.sfsu.edu to demonstrate to their students. If you have any courses or majors/minors that need access to the coursework server, please Submit a Service Request that includes the course name, number and the applications to be used.
- Apache 2.2 (no server side scripting)
- Oracle database 11g (Oracle access)
- SAS 9.2 Foundation
- nano (similar to pico)
The coursework server, unixlab.sfsu.edu, can be accessed through any SSH or sFTP client. SF State recommends the program PuTTY (for Windows) or Terminal (for the Mac) for SSH access and FileZilla (for both Windows and Mac) for sFTP access.
- SF State's PuTTY Setup Guide
- FileZilla on the Help Desk's Software pages: Windows, Macintosh
- Using Terminal utility
- Hostname: unixlab.sfsu.edu
- Username: your SF State e-mail account name (e.g., Students: janedoe for account firstname.lastname@example.org / Faculty: jdoe for account email@example.com (primary accounts only))
- Password: your SF State password
- Port: 22
*Five incorrect login attempts will result in a locked account. The lock will remain for 15 minutes. If your account remains locked after 15 minutes but you can log in to other SF State applications (e.g., gateway.sfsu.edu) please open a service request.
Data can be moved from the old servers (libra.sfsu.edu, apollo.sfsu.edu, online.sfsu.edu, userwww.sfsu.edu) to the coursework server. To move your data:
- Verify that you can access the coursework server called unixlab.sfsu.edu
Move your files to the coursework server using one of the following methods:
- Upload files from a personal hard drive/thumb drive using sFTP
- Use sFTP to transfer files from the old server to the coursework server
- Login to libra using SSH and run a script to transfer files to unixlab
Any data you wish to retain must be backed up / downloaded prior to losing access to the server. Information on backing up / downloading data can be found on the Backing Up Unix Account Data page.
Students needing assistance with applications on the coursework server should contact their faculty member. Contact the ITS Help Desk for questions about the unixlab server and old server retirement.