Remote Access


To protect both your identity, data integrity, and our standing within the Duke University community, the Department allows only encrypted remote access to the department. You may log into any of the machines on the 'Public Machines' list of the Computer Inventory.


To access your unix account from a Windows computer you need to have an SSH (Secure SHell) client. Two clients for Windows that are available for free download from OIT (or on the web) are


Under Mac OS X, Ubuntu or other flavors of unix, SSH is built in; just open a terminal window and enter at the prompt


where "user" is your DSS username and "MACHINE" is the name of the computer to which you that you wish to login. 

Virtual Network Connection

If you need to display ps, pdf, xdvi, run Mozilla or Thunderbird remotely or display any "X-windows" objects over the network to  your remote, you should consider using a Virtual Network Connection (VNC). This allows you to set up a virtual desktop on your unix machine similar to the experience you would have if you were sitting at the terminal, but displays the information to your remote desktop much more efficiently than using "X-windows" clients. Even with broadband connections, the difference is noticeable! The stat wiki page on VNC describes how to set up a VNC session for Windows using TightVNC. For Mac users Chicken of the VNC works well and has a similar configuration (like TightVNC this is free for downloads); RealVNC or JollyVNC are other options for the Mac but under different licensing arrangements. Once you have VNC up and running you may want to configure your VNC desktop


To securely access your email from home or remote sites, Duke Statistics maintains a secure IMAP server which you can access via Mozilla, Thunderbird, many other mail programs. For details about how to use this server, see the Email links.