Services Provided by the Systems Group

The Computer Science Systems Group provides a variety of services for the members of the Computer Science community. The services offered are orientated toward meeting the needs of the classes taught by the department, and creating an environment where students may explore their potential in the computer sciences. The services offered, include:


Computer Science Systems Group Helpdesk

The Computer Science Systems Group Helpdesk is the preferred method for users to contact the Systems Group to report problems and request additional services.

For more serious problems, the following list of contacts should be attempted in order, until contact is made. Give sufficient time for someone to respond to a call/email before moving on to the next contact method.

In an emergency (such as the system outage, theft, fire or flood), the systems administrator should be contacted in addition to the first contact made according to the list.

Contact Order

  1. Place a request at
  2. Email
  3. Phone the Systems Office at 644-4019.
  4. Call the Systems Administrator at 644-0516.
  5. Call the Systems Manager at 644-4290.

Please use good judgment when attempting to report a problem. Most problems are of a nature where a response time of a few hours or half of a day is appropriate. For example, don’t call all the numbers at 3:30 on a Sunday morning if one of the printers is out of paper! Just submit a help desk ticket instead. More than likely a member of the Systems group is monitoring the help desk during the evening and weekend hours.


Web Services [more info]

Two WWW servers are provided for use by the Computer Science community. is provided for faculty use, and is available for student use. Websrv2 is available to all students in the Computer Science community. Both servers use Apache and feature CGI support.


Microsoft Imagine Program [more info]

The Microsoft Imagine Program (formerly DreamSpark, Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance or MSDNAA) is a special program designed with the intention of providing academic institutions, faculty, and students with the latest development tools at a low annual cost. The Computer Science Department at FSU subscribes to the program and provides resources now available to both students and faculty. These resources include free downloads/licenses of the software available to all Computer Science majors and grads taking credit courses within the department.



Database Services

A database server running MySQL on Linux is available for research use by professors and graduate students, and for classes which require SQL services. Please contact the Systems Group via the Helpdesk to setup Database services..



Unix Shell Accounts

A collection of UNIX based machines are provided, and include:

  • Program Stack
    • The Program Stack comprises eight machines; four Sun machines (,,, and and four Linux machines (,,, The Sun machines may be accessed via SSH at, and the Linux machines via SSH at, in addition to the machine specific name.Please note, outside of (used by faculty members and graduate students), THESE ARE THE ONLY MACHINES IN THE DEPARTMENT WHICH MAY BE USED FOR PROGRAMMING. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER MACHINE FOR PROGRAMMING. IN CASE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, DO NOT USE OR FOR PROGRAMMING.
  • General Shell Access Machines
    • Three machines are provided for general UNIX usage:,, and All machines may be accessed via SSH, and in addition to normal UNIX services, these machines provide access to e-mail. is only available to graduate students and professors, and may be used for programming.



Student Labs [more info]

Two student labs are available. The main lab for the Computer Science department is the Majors Lab (located in LOV 006). The Majors Lab features 36 dual boot Windows/Linux machines. Additionally, a lab is provided for use by graduate students only. The Grad Lab (located in LOV 104) features 7 dual boot Windows/Linux machines.



Printing [more info]

The Systems Group manages a collection of laserjet printers spread over the department’s facilities. For a list of available printers, and how to print to them, please follow this link.