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IT Overview

IT facilities for PPE staff and students are provided and supported by three separate groups: local PPE IT staff, School of Physics and Astronomy IT staff, and University of Glasgow IT Services staff. Contact details for each group, along with an overview of the services they provide, can be found on the IT management page.

Information about a lot of the IT facilities to which you will have access is provided in this wiki, and it is well worth spending some time reading through it. This page summarises some of the key information, and should help you get started when you first join the group.

Additional information on IT matters can be found in the following locations:


As a member of the PPE group, you will have several accounts:

Account Use Managed By
PPE PPE Linux desktops and services PPE IT Support
GUPHYSICS PPE and school Windows desktops; GUPHYSICS wireless network School IT (but PPE IT Support can reset passwords)
GUID E-Mail; university services IT Services

Your PPE and GUPHYSICS accounts will be created for you by PPE and school IT support when you arrive. Your GUID (Glasgow Unique IDentifier) is managed centrally by IT Services.

  • Members of staff can set up their GUID by following the registration instructions on the IT Services GUID page.
  • For students, your GUID is your matriculation number followed by the first letter of your surname, and will be set up as part of the registration process with the university. Further information may be found on the IT Services GUID page.


Staff and student e-mail accounts are managed centrally by IT services, and should be created for you automatically when you join the university. Further information, including instructions on how to configure various e-mail clients, can be found on the e-mail page of this wiki, and also at the following locations:

The university also provides web access for its e-mail accounts:


Members of the PPE group have access to two sets of printers: managed ("pull") printers, which are supported and maintained by IT Services, and a few local printers supported and maintained by PPE IT support. There is also an A0 colour plotter intended for producing posters.

More details, including installation instructions for various operating systems, can be found in the printing section.


The PPE file servers store peoples home directories (/home/xxx) and data directories (/data/xxx) for the different experiments. These are available (automatically) via nfs on the linux desktops and via samba in the windows desktops. See FileStorage.

Files in users home directories are backed up overnight and keep for upto six months. See Backups. The /data areas are not backed up, with the exception of /data/ppemgr01 and /data/www01 which are backed up.


PPE linux passwords can be changed on any PPE linux desktop with the passwd command.

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