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Faculty Computer Login with your NSCC NetID

Q: What is the NSCC NetID account and why do I need one?

What is the NSCC NetID account?
The NSCC NetID account is a new login and password that faculty will need to access the computers in classrooms and labs as well as provide 100MB of disk storage space for files.

The NSCC NetID will provide the following services:

  • Provides access to networked classroom and lab computers on campus.
  • Provides 100MB of personal disk space for file storage which is available in any classroom or lab on campus when you login.
  • Allow you can access your personal 100MB of disk space from home -or from anywhere in the world. With the freely available SCP tools, you can transfer files to and from your disk space.

Why do I need the NSCC NetID?
This change in computer access is due to a number of different factors. Washington state security standards now require network login authentication (like your NSCC NetID login and password) for computers as a level of network security. This system also allows the college to provide the same level of service with limited staffing.

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Q: How do I get my NSCC NetID account?

Faculty accounts are generated from lists provided by each division and sent to your e-mail account. You should receive email from Sam Bayne informing you of your NSCC NetID and first-time password, plus a web address that you will need to use to change your password. The one-time password must be changed before you can begin using your NSCC NetID account.

If you did not receive an email, please check with your division secretary.

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Q: Where will I need to use this NSCC NetID account?

  • Any classroom with a Windows lecture machine.
  • Classroom computers connected to the Internet (except the 3 Network Technologies Labs TB1543A, TB1543B and TB1643A)
  • Library computers not used exclusively for catalog searches.
  • IB3303 open lab
  • Any Windows computer used for instruction or instructional support that does not have a Novell login.
  • Computers in the part-time faculty suite.

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Q: How is the NSCC NetID different from my other campus login and passwords?

You may already have an account to access your personal or shared computer in a campus office, and an account to access online grades and administrative services online. These are separate accounts with separate purposes. Those accounts still exist and you will still use them.

The NSCC NetID is used for access to campus computers in computer classrooms and labs, and to access a personal storage drive where you can store and access files from anywhere (from a home computer, office computer, in a classroom, etc).

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Q: How do I log in with the NSCC NetID?

When you sit at a campus computer that requires a login, there will be a login dialog box on screen. Enter the username and password that you chose when you created your account.

Once logged in, you will have access to all software on the computer, to the internet and to your personal 100MB disk space. Any documents or files that you want to be able to access from home or from other computers will need to be saved to your personal disk space on the 'i: drive'.
Read 'How do I save files to my personal 100MB disk space?' or 'Can I access the files in this account when I'm at home?'

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Q: How do I get my password reset if I forget it?

You must come in person to the IB3303 Open Computer Lab and speak to a staff member to request that your password be reset. You must show the staff member a valid picture ID to verify your identity in order to have your password reset.

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Q: Why is it so important to logout when I'm done?

It is extremely important that you follow two guidelines regarding logging out when using your NSCC NetID account:
  1. Always logout when you are finished using a computer.
  2. Never login to another computer before you have logged off of another one you were using.

These two guidelines are especially important for Windows users. If you leave your workstation logged into your account and you walk away, anyone can walk up to the computer and potentially damage your files, or conduct illegal activities on the Internet (hacking, file-sharing, spamming, etc.) while logged into your account.

Additionally, if you neglect to logout, or have more than one concurrent login session (logged in on more than one computer using your NSCC NetID login and password), the files that you have stored in your 100MB personal storage may be compromised.

Always log out from your account if you will be away from the keyboard for any period of time.

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Q: How do I save files to my personal 100MB disk space from computer labs/classrooms?

Windows Users:
All Windows Versions: When you log in to a campus Windows computer with your NSCC NetID, double click on the 'My computer' icon. You should find a 'i: drive' along with your usual 'a: drive', 'c: drive', and 'd: drive'. The 'i: drive' is your personal disk space. Anything you put in the 'i: drive' will be saved in your 100MB personal disk storage. Also, by default, anything saved to the 'My Documents' folder on that computer will automatically be saved to the 'i:drive' as well.
Mac Users:
OSX: Mac OSX users will be able to login to their NSCC NetID accounts to gain access to their personal file storage. This can be done by using the "Connect to server" command under the "Go" menu. In the address field, type in "smb://YOURNETID@netidhome/YOURNETID" ( without quotes, and replacing YOURNETID with your NetID username in both places.) So if your NetID username is 'jcollege', then you will type in:
A box will display, click "Connect" and enter your password.

MacOS8 and MacOS9 users will need to use the remote access instructions even if the computer is on campus.
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Q: How do I access the files in this account when I'm in my campus office?

Windows Users: If your office computer logs into Novell, you can still access your personal file store by "mapping" a drive. You can map a drive in Windows using the following steps:
  • Right-click on My Network Places, which is on the desktop.
  • Select "Map Network Drive" ( NOT Novell Map Drive ).
  • In the dialog box that appears, select "I:" from the drive letter drop-down menu
  • In the Folder field, enter \\netidhome\username (where username is your NSCC NetID)
  • Click OK. Another dialog box will appear asking for your NSCC NetID and password. Enter these and click OK.
  • You are done. You now have a mapped drive to your personal file store which will be available whenever you log in to that machine.
Mac Users: Mac users can access their 100MB disk space from their office in the same way they access the disk space from campus classrooms and labs. See the Mac Users instructions for campus classrooms and labs above.

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Q: Can I access the files in this account when I'm at home?

Faculty can access files in their 100MB personal storage space from home. To access these files in your personal disk storage from home you will need to download and install an SCP (Secure Copy Program) tool. SCP provides a secure encrypted tunnel to copy your files.

Please visit the NSCC NetID Remote Access page to set up your computer.

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Q: How long will this account last?

Faculty accounts are permanent. You will NOT need to create or renew your account every quarter, nor do you need to teach every quarter to have access to use your NetID account or account storage space.

Please note that this is different for STUDENT accounts. Students must register every quarter to keep their NetID account and storage space. Student accounts will be deleted starting the 11th day of the quarter if they are not continuously enrolled.

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Q: What are my responsibilities?

You are responsible for the following:
  • Log out when done: You are responsible for logging out of your NSCC NetID. In order for the systems to work properly and keep your files secure, you must log out when done, if leaving your computer for any period of time, or before logging into another computer.
  • Keeping your password safe: If you think your password has been compromised, change it right away. If you are unable to change it using the web interface, please see a staff member in the open computer lab (IB 3303) as soon as possible to reset the password.
  • Back up your files: Backing up the files in your personal storage drive to CD/RW, ZIP, floppy, or some other media. NSCC makes every effort to keep the files in your personal store intact but is not responsible for any potential hardware or software failures that may result in the loss of your files. It is your responsibility to keep copies of all items stored in the personal storage drive.
  • Leaving? When you are no longer enrolled, your NetID will become unavailable. Make alternate arrangements for permanent email and data storage. Transfer any data you wish to keep elsewhere before the end of the quarter. Your email address will go away, and may even be assigned to someone else.
  • No copyrighted or otherwise illegal materials: You are responsible for the content of the files in your personal store. (Be aware that installing file sharing programs and then downloading MP3, or other copyrighted materials is illegal.)
  • Understand the EIR Policy: Reading and adhering to the SCCD Electronic Information Resource (EIR) Policy

Applicable WA State Laws:
You should also be familiar with these State of Washington laws which would apply to your college-supported computer use when:

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) - Laws enacted by the Washington State Legislature
RCW 9a.52.110 - Computer trespass in the first degree.
RCW 42.52.180 - Use of public resources for political campaigns.
RCW 42.56.070 - Documents and indexes to be made public.
RCW 42.52.160 - Use of persons, money, or property for private gain.

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Q: Will students have NetIDs? How do I help my students get their NetIDs?

Students will also need a student NetID to access computers in classrooms, computer labs, or many library computers. They system is much the same for students except student DO NOT receive their account information by email. Instead, students must access a web site to set up their NetID account. Students that need to set up their NSCC NetID account can be referred to the Student NSCC NetID FAQ for information on the how to set up their account. They will need to set up their account from a library catalog computer, a computer kiosk in the registration area, or from home.

If you are teaching a course in a computer lab you will need your faculty NetID to log in to the instructor computer station. With luck, every student in your class will already have their own student NetID and will be able to log in to their own computer. However, if you have students in the class that have not yet set up their student NetID account, you will need to help them set it up in order to use their computer. (Do NOT allow students to share logins on separate computers as that compromises the security of any information in their account). To help students set up their NSCC NetID in your classroom, follow these steps:

  1. Log into the instructor station with your faculty NSCC NetID.
  2. Open a web browser (like Internet Explorer) and go to Create your Student NetID
  3. Please encourage each student to write down:
    • The account name and password that they create. They will need their NetID password to access computers in many classrooms and labs around campus.
    • The above web address so they can later access the Student NetID FAQ to answer any questions.