How to Manage a SEAS Activity Account

If you manage an SEAS activity account, your name has probably been added to the .k5login file (the Kerberos authorization file) in the account. This gives you permission to change the password for the account and to access it directly via the command line without a password.

Note: If the steps below do not work for you, it probably means you have not been added to the account's .k5login file. Please send an email to cets@seas with your request to be added.

Here is how you can change the password for the account:

  1. Go to the SEAS account management website.
  2. Logon as yourself first.
  3. Click on Manage Activity Account on the menu on the left.
  4. Enter the username of the activity account you want to manage.
  5. You are now logged in as that user and should be able to change the password for it.

Here is how you can access the account via the the command line:

  1. Connect to your account via the command line. If you are not on a CETS-managed Linux machine, you may need to run "kinit" to get your Kerberos token.
  2. Once you have your Kerberos token, you can ssh to any account you manage without needing a password (change username to your the username of the account you want to access):
    ssh username@plus.seas.upenn.edu

Note: when running Mac OS X, you may need to add the following line to your ~/.ssh/config file:

GSSAPIAuthentication yes
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