Setting up a computer to use Kempt.net services
This page is intended for users who are setting up a computer to use various Kempt.net services. There are several parts to cover, but it will only take a few minutes:
- Set up authentication (SSL cert and Kerberos)
- Set up email, if desired
- Configure other services
Set up authentication
In order to use Kempt.net services, you’ll need to be able to prove that you are you, and verify that the servers are the servers you intend to talk to. For more details, see the Kempt.net authentication page.
Mac OS X users: Download the Kempt.net edu.mit.Kerberos file, and drag
it to your
Other users: You will need to use the same configuration file, but
most likely called krb5.conf, and
install it in the appropriate place. That place varies by platform,
but for most Unix-style systems, it goes in
Add the Kempt.net SSL cert
You'll need to add an SSL certificate to your system so that it knows it can trust the various Kempt.net servers when using SSL. (This is actually a certificate authority cert, for those in the know.)
Download the Kempt.net certificate, and then install it as appropriate. On a Mac, double-click the file, and Keychain Access will open. Select the X509Anchors keychain (or System, if that keychain is not available) and click OK. On Windows, the procedure will be fairly similar. On other OSes, do the appropriate thing.
Set up email
You can choose to use either POP or IMAP to read your mail. Choose POP if you have one computer, and you want to download all your mail to that computer, deleting it from the server. Choose IMAP if you might access your mail from multiple computers, since IMAP stores your mail on the server, sortable into multiple folders.
Configure your mail client with the following parameters. Everything is the same whether you use POP or IMAP except the POP or IMAP server name.
|Sending (SMTP) mail server:||
|Receiving (POP3/IMAP) mail server:||
|Authentication:||Kerberos 5 (GSSAPI)|
(Replace username with your username.) There are a number of other possibilities; see the Services page for more information.
Configure other services
Some other services are accessible (among other alternatives) via
ssh. It is by far easiest if your
supports Kerberos, although there are alternatives, there, too.
Mac OS X users: If you are running Tiger or Leopard (that is, 10.4 or
10.5), you will need to add these lines to the end of the file
/etc/ssh_config in order to enable Kerberos operation:
Uploading pages to your web site
Your web pages are available in a directory called
public_html in your Kempt.net home directory (in most
cases). Any files or folders you put into that directory will be
available within the URL:
(Replace username with your username.)
The easiest way to manage your web pages is probably to edit them
locally on your computer, and then upload them all at once to
the appropriate directory on the server
using something like
are a number of sftp clients out there that make this task easy. If
you have any suggestions for particularly good ones, send email to
email@example.com so they
can be mentioned here.
You can also use the command-line tool
scp to copy
one or more files to your site. For instance:
You can log into
telnet any time you want to manage your
web site or other files from a command line shell on a Kempt.net
server. You can also use this shell access to perform network
traceroute, etc.) or
whatever else you need.
Is there anything else that a new user ought to know in order to start using Kempt.net services? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!