New User Instructions for Math Department Faculty

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Accessing University of Pennsylvania Mathematics Department Electronic Resources

New Faculty Instructions

Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania. This document will lead you through the process of accessing the university’s computing resources.  If you have any questions, please contact the Math Department’s Local Support Provider (LSP).

Chris Leary
IT Support Specialist, Sr.

Step 1- Get on Payroll

The first step is to get onto Penn’s Payroll. For this, at least two weeks before you arrive at Penn, request that the Math Department send you payroll forms. Once payroll forms are completed and submitted to the DRL Business Office (by math departmental staff) in Room DRL-2E7 (two floors below the Math Department) you will be able to get your PennCard.  

Step 2aGet your Penn Identity Card (PennCard)

For access to most university systems (payroll, email, canvas, etc), a PennKey username and password are required.  Unless you’ve made arrangements in advance of your arrival, you will receive a PennKey Setup Code when you obtain your PennCard.  You must wait 24 hours after you are entered into payroll, before you can obtain a Penncard. 

To get your PennCard, go to the Franklin Building PennCard Center (3451 Walnut Street, Suite 150). Remember to bring a Photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. There, your picture will be taken for your PennCard, your new PennCard will be issued, and a new Pennkey Setup Code will be printed.  Please see the PennCard webpage for identification requirements:

Step 2b – Getting your “PennKey” for Internet Access to Penn’s Network

After you obtain your PennKey Setup Code at the PennCard Center, you may return to the Math Department main office (DRL-4W5) to use the computer (or any other networked computer) to register your Pennkey. Visit the PennKey website to complete your PennKey registration:

There can be a 10 minute delay before your PennKey is activated.

Please Note: Once you have chosen a PennKey, it cannot be changed, and your email address name will be based upon your PennKey.  If you dislike all the computer generated PennKey options offered by the application, exit the registration application and contact Chris Leary, the math Local Service Provider.

Step 3Getting your New Computer Accounts


(To assist in choosing your office Allocation Machine, new faculty will be contacted by Desktop Computing Services prior to arrival.)



Wireless Airpennet:

Wireless networking is available in many locations in DRL and on campus.

In order to gain access, you need to configure your computer in advance.

See the below link for directions.


Wired networking:

If you'd like to use wired networking, please register your computer's Wired Ethernet Adapter here:

Instructions for determining your computer's MAC address can be found here:


Email Accounts

On the day after they set up a PennKey, faculty and staff members can ask their LSP to arrange an SAS email account. The username for one's email account will be the same as one's PennKey, Most full-time faculty and staff members are eligible for PennO365 email accounts.  Postdocs are eligible for Google@SAS accounts.


Departmental UNIX Account (

The math department runs a Linux server named “”.  It provides web hosting and backed up file storage for the Linux desktops.  All “hans.math” account holders will also automatically gain login access to the math Linux desktops.  For an account on, please see Monica Pallanti. She will need your Penn ID Number (found on your PennCard).

The math department deploys Linux based desktops for all grad students, and faculty or staff members who request them.  The home directories for the math Linux desktops are hosted on hans.math.  Home directories are currently backed up every four hours but are subject to file quotas (an hourly snapshot is also available on hans.math under /home.snapshot).  Additional local storage (which is not backed up) is provided under /local_storage. (Caution: Linux machines are updated yearly and while every effort is made to provide data integrity material not backed up may be deleted.)


SAS Windows Domain Account

If you choose to go with Windows as your operating system then you will need a SAS Windows Domain Account to login to your office computer.  SAS faculty and staff also use Windows domain accounts to access many network resources, including departmental shared drives (file shares) and individual storage spaces on the SAS central fileservers (U:\ drive), both of which are backed up nightly. Additionally, your Windows domain account may be used to access any networked computer on campus that is part of the SAS Domain (SAS Classrooms, Labs, ect.)

Please complete and submit the following form:

This form requires a Pennkey and is processed within 24 hours. Once you have a SAS account you will be able to access the VPN from off-Campus! (See instructions posted here).



You can find out more about canvas at this link:

You can log into canvas using this link:

Departmental Printers

For information on installing departmental printers, visit this link


There are many more options and and electronic solutions available that are not listed in this document.

Please visit the SAS Computing page for additional information that isn't listed.