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Secure Connections

Your Linux distribution should have OpenSSH prepackaged and, quite likely, already installed. This should make ssh and scp availabe on the command line. You may also want to check rsync, which is a command line utility to copy or synchronize entire directory trees, while transferring only the difference in file contents.

Filezilla is a GUI program for both SSH File Transfer or SFTP. Install using your distribution's software manager or download from Lauch the program, choose File > Site Manager > New Site. Configure SFTP connection to gauss:

Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
Logon Type: Ask for password
User: your username on gauss

Click OK to save configuration or Connect to save and connect at once.

Some file managers in Linux — Dolphin, Konqueror, Nautilus … — can (persistently) mount remote directories using sshfs.


Dartmouth VPN

Dartmouth currently uses GlobalProtect VPN. See VPN in ITC knowledge base.

Math VPN

Math VPN uses OpenVPN technology. Search for and install OpenVPN client app for your device (available for Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows). Download MathVPN.ovpn configuration file. Use your OpenVPN app to add a new VPN configuration by importing the downloaded MathVPN.ovpn. There is no need to provide a certificate in VPN configuration.

When starting MathVPN connection use your “gauss” login credentials.

If the app doesn't offer a way to import configuration files, here are MathVPN parameters for manual configuration:

VPN type: OpenVPN
Gateway or portal:
Authentication: use your “gauss” username and password

Math Email (and the DND)

If you have Math Dept. user account (also known as “gauss” account), you also have a corresponding email account. Your Math email arrives at (and can be sent from) server. It can be accessed instantly and globally via Webmail — this does not require any configuration! As for email applications, all of them, including mobile, can be configured to use your Math account using these generic settings:

Incoming server:, type: IMAP, port: 993
Connection type/encryption: TLS
Username: your Math username
Password: for the username above
Outgoing/SMTP server:, port: 465, protocol: TLS; authenticate with Math username and password.

Please use plain text to write email whenever possible (, thank You!

Darmouth Name Directory lookups in Thunderbird

Click Edit Directories, Add:

General tab:
Name: Dartmouth Directory
Base DN: dc=kiewit,dc=dartmouth,dc=edu
Port number: 636
Bind DN:
Use secure connection (SSL): yes
Back in the Preferences window select “Dartmouth Directory” for Directory Server.

Vacation Autoreply

Autoreply message text for your Math mail is in .vacation.msg in your home directory on gauss.

Autoreply is enabled by uncommenting the following two lines in .procmailrc:

#|/usr/bin/vacation username
To stop autoreply, comment both lines out again, by inserting # as the first character on each line.

.vacation.msg and .procmailrc can be edited with any text editor while on gauss terminal or with a variety of GUI tools from Linux desktop, for example, Filezilla, Nautilus, Dolphin etc.


Your workstation can be backed up to Math Dept. network storage. Contact for assistance.

Connecting to eduroam Wireless Network

Use settings below with your username as and password:

Security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
Inner auth. (EAP method): MSCHAPv2

eduroam config

NB: Sometimes wireless connection can't be established without using a CA certificate. In such case choose the DigiCert Root CA certificate from /etc/ssl/certs on your computer.