User accounts at the Department of Informatics
On request the Informatics Computing Centre (IRZ) grants employees, students and guest scientists user accounts for access to the computer labs at the Informatikum, the VPN dial-in for the Informatics networks, etc.
For all members of the University of Hamburg there is the free possibility to get advanced (S/MIME-) certificates of the DFN based on the X.509 standard (see UHH PCA Certificates). These certificates are suitable for signing or encrypting e-mails. They are integrated into the DFN Public Key infrastructure, which in turn is connected to the Telekom PKI, among others.
Students majoring in Informatics (or SSE, Computing in Science, Information Systems, IT Management and Consulting, Bioinformatics, etc.) are issued user IDs for study purposes at the Informatics Computing Centre (IRZ) for the duration of their studies.
User IDs are usually created and issued during the Orientation Unit (OU). Those who have not attended the OU will pick up their ID at the System Support Desk in room D-107. In exceptional cases, latecomers or the like may use the User ID form.
By signing an application for a user ID, the student accepts the usage policy!
User IDs for students are generally valid for one semester until the beginning of the next semester (4/30 or 11/30). IDs for students majoring at the Department of Informatics are automatically extended by one semester as soon as the confirmation of re-registration has been received in STiNE. IDs of students who have been de-registered cannot be extended.
Students from other programs can apply for a user account when they need it for courses in Informatics. Such user IDs are not automatically renewed, but can be extended for one additional semester at a time upon presentation of a valid semester certificate at the Student Consultation Office or at the System Support Desk in Room D-107.
Note: For participants of the courses Software Development 1 and 2 and Foundations of Databases, the user IDs are usually created in advance and issued during the exercises.
*: Since June 2021 students do not get informatics email addresses any longer. Email addresses are provided by RRZ only (e.g. email@example.com).
Structure of the user ID for students
The user ID is composed of the last digit of the year of study as prefix and a maximum of 7 additional characters of the last name. If the name is the same, the first letters of the first name are also used.
Staff of the department get an Informatics user account upon on request.
The user account usually consists of the user's last name, shortened to eight characters; if this account name is already in use, with a first name initial prefix.
(HInts: For informatics accounts created before June 2021, the full last name can also be used for the e-mail address.
Example: Max Mustermann has the account name musterma and the email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Accounts created later get email addresses at the RRZ only, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each account is assigned to a user group by work group or project. Accounts are valid for a maximum of one semester but no longer than the employment contract.. When an account expires, the user or the account group's manager is informed and the account is extended if necessary.
The Informatics IT group will only delete user accounts after careful checking, necessary due to contractual obligations (DFN, F&L licenses) as well as the use of resources at the University of Hamburg financed by public funds for a specific purpose. The IT administration of user accounts has no influence whatsoever on the contractual employment relationships of staff.
If an account has been removed too early, please contact the Informatics IT group to restore data from backup and to re-establish the access.
Passwort change and reset
You can change the password of your Informatics ID at any Windows or Linux PC in the Informatics domain, e.g. in the pool rooms in the iRZ in house D.
On Windows, press "Ctrl-Alt-Del"; in the menu that appears, there is an option to change the password.
(Note: If you are logged on to a Windows terminal server or PC in the Informatics domain via a RemoteDesktop connection, the key combination "Ctrl-Alt-End" applies there.
Under Ubuntu Linux, call the passwd command in a terminal window.
From outside the department network you can log in with SSH on the Linux computer rzssh1.informatik.uni-hamburg.de and then call the command passwd there.
Forgotten / reset password
Such user IDs are not automatically renewed, but can be extended for one additional semester at a time upon presentation of a valid semester certificate at the User Consultation Office or at the System Support Desk in Room D-107.
If you have a student user ID with us, you can currently send an email requesting a password reset to passwordreset"AT"informatik.uni-hamburg.de. This mail is required to come from your university mail address and you have to attach a copy (scan or photo) of your student ID-please do not send a certificate of study from STiNE! You will receive a mail with an encrypted attachment with your new password. Please change it immediately to a password of your choice as described above.
Please do not confuse your user account at the Department of Informatics (for VPN, computer labs) with accounts in other university areas such as the Regional Computer Center ("B-Kennung"/BAxnnnn for Eduroam WLAN or STiNE) or older RRZ-accounts like inxxnnn.
You can change your password localy at each Windows or Linux computer in the informatics domain.