Information Technology

Students using laptop computer

Overview

The College of Chemistry no longer has its own Information Technology unit. Desktop support, Campus accounts (bMail/bCal/Box, etc), Telecom and device support are available from Campus Shared Services (CSS). Software licenses are described below.

Contact CSS IT via email, web, or phone

CalNet ID Activations & Cards

If you need help with your Calnet ID or need to make guest accounts, see https://calnetweb.berkeley.edu/

If you need a Cal1Card, see https://cal1card.berkeley.edu/

Molecular Graphics and Computation Facility

The College of Chemistry has a scientific computing facility called the Molecular Graphics and Computational Facility  (http://mgcf.cchem.berkeley.edu)

Many scientific software packages are available to MGCF users along with HPC servers, training and consulting. The MGCF also has a poster printing service.

Network

Campus WiFi (wireless) options

Please review the following information concerning day-to-day WiFi and Campus guest WiFi options: http://ist.berkeley.edu/airbears

Campus DHCP service

To connect to the Campus wired network, the Ethernet address for the device must be registered via the Campus DHCP service, which requires an active CalNet ID & pass-phrase. Follow the steps below to obtain the Ethernet address and to register your device:

How to obtain the hardware address for your computer

Windows Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10
From a DOS prompt >ipconfig /all
Physical address: (xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx)

Mac OS X 10.10/10.11
From Finder >Apple Menu >about this Mac >Click More Info >System profiler:
Network, Built-in Ethernet (en0), Ethernet address. (xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.xx)

How to register your computer

    1. Go to: http://www.net.berkeley.edu/dhcp/
    2. Click on "DHCP Registration" and authenticate
    3. Click on "Add new MAC addresses" and enter your hardware address in the box provided
    4. Click Register (this should only take a moment or two)
    5. Make sure your operating system is configured to DHCP / Obtain an IP address automatically.

    If you are connecting a server, data collection system, or a printer, you will need to contact Campus hostmaster (mail to hostmaster@berkeley.edu). Hostmaster will need the hardware address of the device, the building, room, and the port that the device will be connected to.

    If you are in a room that is limited data connections, it is within Campus policy to use a switch to expand upon the available connections. However there are limitations to what is allowable, for instance there should be no daisy chaining of switches off one another, no routers or NAT style devices. We suggest the use of the following devices:

    NetGear 5 Port Gigabit switch - ~$35 from CDW-G via BearBuy
    NetGear 8 Port Gigabit switch - ~$50 from CDW-G via BearBuy

    Computational Chemistry

    Policies

    Minimum standards of networked devices that are connected to the Campus network

        • All accounts must have strong passwords. Strong passwords should have at least 8 characters and include at least 2 character types (e.g. lower case letters, capitals, numbers, punctuation). This is particularly true for "administrator", "root" or other system level accounts.
        • All Windows PCs and all Macs should be running current anti-virus software and the virus definitions should update daily.
        • All systems should be updated regularly. This applies to the operating system and applications.
        • Peer to peer file sharing is not allowed in the College.

    Campus Policies

    Licensed Software

    Software licenses for many programs are available. Many of these are paid for by UC Berkeley, or by the College of Chemistry or College of Engineering, and some are paid for by other consortia of researchers and departments. Depending on the funding structure, some of the programs listed below will require contributions from researchers.


    Adobe


    ChemDraw
    This software is paid for by the College of Chemistry on behalf of campus users. It requires a yearly renewal, usually in May/June. http://mgcf.cchem.berkeley.edu/mgcf/chemdraw.html


    LabVIEW
    The College of Engineering has paid for a site license. However, they expect College of Chemistry users to contribute to that cost. If you download from this link, then your research group will be asked to contribute a cost share proportional to the number of downloads made by members of your group. Do not download unless your research group is willing to contribute to the cost share. This cost share is accounted annually. Currently, only the Leone and Yang groups are contributing to this cost share. Other research groups in the College of Chemistry have licenses for their individual groups but are encouraged to join the College of Engineering consortium when they are due for renewal since it is more cost effective for everyone.


    Microsoft Office


    Matlab

    How do I get Matlab? See http://software.berkeley.edu/matlab

    Do I have to pay for Matlab? Matlab licensing is paid for by a consortium of campus units. Undergraduates using Matlab for coursework are not required to pay for Matlab when used on their personally-owned computers. The College of Chemistry expects researchers to pay for their share of the cost of Matlab. These costs are prepaid by the College of Chemistry to the consortium. Campus will notify the College of Chemistry Recharge Team of any researchers downloading Matlab, and then the Recharge Team will contact the PI to recover that cost.


    Mathematica

    See: https://software.berkeley.edu/mathematica

    Web Services

    College Website

    To request  updates to the College website:

        • Email: chemweb@berkeley.edu OR  at the bottom of any page of this website under Administration & Support, use the "Contact Webmaster" email link. Please give the url of the page that you want updated, as well as details of the changes you would like made.

    Research Group Websites

    There are many options for developing websites, and it is up to each Research Group to decide which direction is best for them. Listed below are some of the most common choices made within the college. If you still need guidance after reading this, please contact chemweb@berkeley.edu.

    College Hosting

    The College server provides hosting for Research Group websites, however each group must design, develop, and maintain their own website.  Anyone within the research group can take on the webmaster responsibilities, or the group can hire their own web developer. Due to security concerns, the college server cannot host Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, etc. If you would like to use a CMS site see suggestions below.

    To get set up with a college web server account, contact research systems support before you begin development to make sure there are no conflicts with the web technology you want to use. If you have an account, please read the next section on how the stage server functions.

    College Staging Server info for research groups

    If you have set up a hosting account with the college, the following is a quick guide to get you started:

        • Stage server url: http://stage.cchem.Berkeley.edu/~XXX  (where 'XXX' is your account name)
        • Production server url: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/XXX (without the tilde)
        • use SFTP to connect to the stage server (FTP will not work)
        • web pages should be located in a subdirectory called public_html
        • be sure to designate your home page as index.html within the public_html folder
        • files on the stage server will be synchronized automatically to the College production web server (LIVE site) every half hour

    Adobe Creative Cloud

    Adobe Creative Cloud & Dreamweaver are good options for designing and developing websites that will be hosted on the college servers. Adobe CC is available for UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty for both personal and institutionally-owned computers. For more info on obtaining Adobe CC visit the UC Berkeley Software Central website. To learn how to produce websites with Adobe Dreamweaver visit the Dreamweaver CC tutorial page. Berkeley branded dreamweaver templates* are available. (*Be advised the college server may not be able to support placing your site in a webroot directory, therefore you may need to modify the template links, if you need help contact chemweb@berkeley.edu.)

    Other Hosting and Web development options

    Wix  Hosting, templates, website builder.

    SquareSpace Hosting, templates, website builder.

    Wordpress.com Hosting, themes, with varying plans.

    Wordpress.org allows downloading the open source wordpress package for installation on your own designated server. Berkeley branded wordpress templates are available.

    GoDaddy. Options include one-click hosting/installation for Wordpress,  and a WYSYWIG  Website Builder.

    Bluehost. Options include one-click hosting/installation for Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla. They also offer a WYSYWIG website buildier called  Weebly.

    Academia.edu. Academia.edu is a place to share and follow research. An account allows you to share your papers, see analytics on your profile and papers, and follow other people in your field. Sign up at http://www.academia.edu/.

    Google Sites
    Google Sites is now available via bConnected. Google sites allows you to create a simple personal website, wiki, or project site without any prior programming or design skills. With an intuitive drag & drop interface, you can work alone or collaborate with others to build your site in a short amount of time. There are limitations, refer to documentation for more info.

    IST Pantheon Drupal / Wordpress Pantheon provides powerful, easy-to-use tools for building and maintaining Drupal and Wordpress websites and applications. IST has partnered with San Francisco-based Pantheon to provide free state-of-the-art development tools and affordable hosting plans with 24/7 support.

    Drupal download and host with any 3rd party ISP that supports Drupal.

    Open Berkeley

    Open Berkeley is a turnkey web platform solution for UC Berkeley campus websites. Campus employees with no prior web experience can use Open Berkeley's powerful toolset to easily build sophisticated websites, and customers can rely on Open Berkeley to provide critical solutions to ongoing Security, Accessibility, and Maintenance issues. There is an ongoing monthly charge to host a site with Open Berkeley. For more information visit the Open Berkeley website (you will need a CalNet ID to acces this page.)

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