Physics

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I Log On to an Windows system?
    First check that no one is already logged. in. If there is a screensaver active press a non-printing key (e.g. SHIFT). If no one is logged in you should now see a banner inviting you to login. You must type CTRL-ALT-DEL to get the Username prompt. (i.e. press all three keys together at the same time.)A dialog box appears with field for Username, Password and Domain. Fill in the Username and Password fields - your password is case sensitive so type carefully and check the CAPS-LOCK key. Your domain will almost always be Physics.
  2. How do i Log Off a Windows system?
    Go to Start, Log Off. Press Log Off to confirm.
  3. How do I change my password on a Windows System?
    On a Windows desktop or laptop, press Control-ALT-DEL all at the same time. A window pops up asking what you what to do. Select Change Password and follow the dialog. Make sure you follow the guidelines for choosing a secure password.
  4. How do I change my password on a non-Windows system
    You can do this by visiting the following webpage: https://mail.physics.ox.ac.uk/ecp/personalsettings/password.aspx, logging in with your current Physics Networking account details which will then take you to the page where you can change the password.
  5. How do I change my password when using the terminal servers?
    Go to Start, Settings, Windows Security. Select Change Password. Make sure you follow the guidelines for choosing a secure password.
  6. How do I pause a workstation ?
    Press Control-ALT-DEL all at the same time. A window pops up asking what you what to do. Select Lock Workstation. This will prevent other users logging into the machine whilst you are temporarily away. Use of this on public systems is heavily discouraged and users will be forcibly logged out if they are away for more than a few minutes and others are waiting. To resume a paused session, enter your login password at the prompt.
  7. What is a Domain?
    A domain is a collection of computers that share the same security and accounts. If you have a valid username on one machine in a domain, then it is valid on all machines. Within Physics we currently have two domains, PHYSICS for staff / graduate students and PHYSICSTEACHING for undergraduates.
  8. I accidently deleted a file. Can you get it back?
    File servers are backed up to a robotic tape library every weekday night and requests for restores can be made to IT Support. Exchange mailboxes are backed up several times a day. Please try not to delete / overwrite things as restoring files can be time consuming!
  9. What do the servers look like?
    To do: take photo