Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

I Need an Account or a Password

In the world of technology, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in need of multiple accounts to access different systems and services. Whether you’re a student, staff, or just a curious individual, setting up these accounts is essential for seamless access to various platforms. This article will guide you through the process of setting up different accounts and passwords, ensuring you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Let’s dive in!

1. Patriotweb Account

If you’re new to GMU or haven’t used any computers with your own named account, starting with a Patriotweb account is crucial. To get started, you’ll need your GMU ID number and PIN code. Visit Patriotweb to log in and activate your email and Mason cluster accounts. If you need any support, you can find the contact information on the website.

2. E-mail Account

For communication about your account on the VSE systems, it is mandatory to use your GMU e-mail account. State regulations require VSE to use this account exclusively. For more information about the e-mail account, you can check out this page.

3. Mason Account

To access, you’ll need a Mason account. Detailed instructions on how to set up a Mason account can be found on their website. Visit Mason to get started.

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4. VSE Linux (Unix) Cluster Account

The VSE cluster provides various server machines, including (zeus-0, zeus-1), and several servers dedicated to specific applications for different classes. Additionally, the Engineering Building’s Windows computers have a Linux Virtual Machine called VSLinux, which is part of the cluster. Your VSE cluster account will have the same username and password as your e-mail account. It will also provide access to your VSE home directory from anywhere. For more information, check the FAQs or visit the VSE Labs website. Account creation is automated, and the support contact information can be found on the VSE Labs website.

Important Notice about Passwords: The Unix cluster systems use the campus kerberos database, which synchronizes with the LDAP password used for email. If you change your password at, it will be synchronized with the kerberos database.

5. VSE Windows Domain Accounts

Windows domain accounts are available for VSE students to use. Your instructor will provide instructions on how to log in, or you can inquire at lab ENGR-1506. Staff and TAs may also be assigned a personal Windows account on the SITE or LAB domains. The domain username should match your GMU username. TAs can request accounts through their supervisor or department. The administrator will set up accounts based on the provided lists. If you need any assistance, the support contact information can be found on the VSE Labs website.

6. Department-Server, Course, and Specialty Lab Accounts

Certain departments or courses may require access to specific clusters or systems based on their resource needs. If you’ve heard about any of these in class, you may need an account on the respective cluster or system. Your instructor will guide you on how to obtain an account. You can also find additional information by following the links below:

  • Hermes cluster FAQ
  • Oracle FAQ
  • SWE course-specific access
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For Computer Science servers, send an email to help[at] to inquire about:

  • CS Research & Labs
  • (hydra cluster)

For Distance Education:

ECE servers provide the following access:

  • (Unix)
  • cpe01 (Windows)
  • cpe02 (Unix)
  • ECECPE domain (Windows)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What should I do if I have a question not addressed in this article?
    • A: Please refer to our FAQs page for further information and answers to common queries.


Setting up accounts and passwords is a necessary step for seamless access to various platforms and resources. By following the instructions provided in this article, you should be well on your way to gaining access to the tools and systems you need. Remember to refer to the respective websites and support contact information for any specific questions or concerns you may have. Happy exploring!

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