All workstations are equipped with a computer that can be used for the duration of the project.

The computer must be re-installed before usage.


All computers are set up to boot over the network and present an installation menu when powered on. The default is to boot the operating system currently installed.

The installer requires you to authenticate with your ETH user name to verify that you are entitled to install the computer.

Managed Operating Systems

After installing any of the managed operating systems (Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Linux) you can log in with your ETH user name. All managed operating systems are set up to use your student home directory just like in our public student computer labs.

Administration of the Computer

On Windows your ETH user name and the one of your supervisor is automatically enabled as Administrator. On the Linux operating systems you and your supervisor can use sudo.


All data stored on the computer is NOT BACKED UP by default. If you are not exclusively using your student home directory then you must take care of the backup of any important data on the computer.

For the duration of the reservation you can use our Windows and Linux Client Backup Service and back up up to 200GB of data. If you need more then please contact our service desk.


You can print on like it is described here

Multi-boot Installation

Multi-boot installation is not supported. Instead we recommend to use VirtualBox and run additional operating systems in a virtual machine.

Manual Operating System Installation

You can install a broad variety of free operating systems using NETBOOT.XYZ yourself. Please use the following configuration for any of these operating systems:

  • Use DHCP for the setup of the networtk adapter.
  • Enable automatic updates, at least of the security updates.


If the computer is not working then please contact our service desk.

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