Windows XP Workstations in Unity Computer Labs
- General Lab Use
- Working with Applications and Email
- Saving Files and User Settings
- Printing in a Unity Lab
- Troubleshooting Common Problems
Workstations and the other resources in Unity labs are open to all NC State students, faculty and staff who have active Unity accounts.
Using the Workstation
When you log in on a Windows XP workstation, a Novell Applications Launcher (NAL) window will appear, with icons for many programs. You can open programs from here, or you can use one of the icons on the Desktop to work with your files. Additionally, some programs can be accessed from the Start Menu, in the lower-left corner of the screen.
To log off, use the Logoff icon on the desktop or in the Start menu. It is extremely important that you log off when you are finished at the workstation. If you don't, anyone can come along behind you and have full access to your account and your computing resources, including all of your files. It is your responsibility to keep your account secure. Please see Safe Computing at NC State for more information.
Applications are available in the NAL window, which opens after you log in. If the NAL is closed, you can restart it by double clicking on the Application Window desktop icon.
Running an Application
To run an application, double-click its icon in the NAL window. If the workstation has never run a particular application before, the program will download and install on the machine, which may take several minutes. If you cannot find an icon, make sure your folders are not collapsed. Try clicking [ALL] in the upper left corner of the NAL window and maximize the window.
As a student, you can access to Google Apps @ NC State. You can access you Gmail account via a Web browser by going to gmail.ncsu.edu. In the Unity labs, a shortcut is provided on the desktop. For more information on gmail, see google.ncsu.edu.
OIT provides Mozilla Thunderbird on Unity Windows XP workstations in the NAL window.
You should always save your files in your Unity (AFS) home directory (your K:\ drive), which you can access from any lab workstation by clicking on the My Documents folder. You can also choose to save your file to another medium (e.g., external hard drive, USB memory disk, CD, DVD).
NOTE: Be careful not to save any files to the workstation desktop.
WolfCall helps you gain access to your AFS space from a Windows workstation. It automatically launches when you log in and connects your K:\ drive so that you can use your Unity AFS home directory.
You can print from a Unity workstation to the printer in the lab. See Printing on the "Workstations in Unity Labs" page for details.
AFS file space (K:\ drive) is missing, can't access files.
If your K:\ drive is missing, an error probably occurred as you were logging in. To have WolfCall reload your K:\ drive, double-click on the WolfCall icon on your desktop. You may be asked to provide your Unity ID and password.
Application will not start, or gives an error message when loading.
On rare occasions, an application will not start or becomes corrupted. The NAL has a repair function that allows you to rewrite settings from the network and essentially reinstall the application on the workstation. To repair an application, right-click on its NAL icon and choose Verify.