School of Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 9-514
Cambridge, MA 02139



Change Username

In order for a number of cron services properly to operate (not least printing!), you need change your User Name (aka 'Short Name' or 'Account Name') on your personal computer so that it matches your Kerberos ID.

Get on MIT Network (Wired)

Try visiting any web page when on the MIT campus. Your laptop browser will display a DHCP registration page.

  1. Click 'Student'
  2. Enter your Kerberos ID and password
  3. Click 'Register'
  4. Wait 15-30 minutes for activation.
Get on MIT Network (Wireless)

Select 'MIT Secure' (preferred) or 'MIT' wireless network. If connecting to 'MIT Secure', enter your Kerberos credentials when prompted. Never use 'MIT Guest', as you will not be able to print (among other things).

Get Kerberos Security

To access most computing resources at MIT, you need install Kerberos security on your laptop.

Accessing AFS (MacAthena Home Directory / Athena)

MIT manages 2 networked filesystems: AFS and DFS. Both of these are accessible from within and outside MIT.

There are 2 ways of accessing files on AFS: Secure FTP and OpenAFS. Though cumbersome, secure FTP is the surest way of connecting. OpenAFS provides seamless AFS integration with the Finder (Macintosh) and Explorer (Windows). OpenAFS can be a bit touchy at times--particularly on Windows and when off campus. If installing OpenAFS, be sure also to install an FTP client as backup!

FTP Client

Use SFTP or SSH2 protocol (if you're given a choice), and connect to server Input your kerberos username and password in the appropriate fields. Some clients won't have a password field, but will ask when you connect.

OpenAFS Client

Accessing DFS (WinAthena Home Directory)

Your My Documents folder ('H:' drive) under WinAthena can be accessed from any public Windows or Macintosh computer. It can also be accessed from a Windows or Macintosh personal computer.

Macintosh Computers

  1. If you are off-campus, you must first start a VPN connection:
    /Applications/Cisco/Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client*
  2. double-click /Applications/cronMountDFS*

*Note: If you do not have this application, (re)run the Macintosh Laptop Maintenance script found here.

On Windows Computers

  1. If you're off-campus you must run MIT's VPN service
  2. In the Start menu, right-click on Computer and select Map Network Drive.
  3. Choose a drive letter (H: is convenient because it will match the public system configuration) and enter a folder name:


    with the first letter of your username and your complete username.
  4. Check Reconnect at logon if you'd like this drive to be available every time you boot. Click Finish.
  5. When prompted, enter your username in the form and your Athena password. The "Remember my credentials" checkbox should be checked. The dialog box should look like


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