University computer center - email address
The Computer Center (Hochschulrechenzentrum; HRZ) of the University of Bonn has the following responsibilities:
- Operating the centralized servers for use in research, teaching and studying, including providing network services such as email, WWW, file service, etc.;
- Operating and expanding the BONNET communications Intranet (incl. WLAN);
- Training, advising and supporting users regarding IT issues;
- Providing PC workstations accessible to the university public;
- Support for obtaining software licenses.
In addition to the large servers working in the background, the HRZ has additional hardware equipment that can be used by University students and employees (if applicable, for a fee). This includes:
- 54 PC workstations (LINUX and Windows PC’s) with a fast Internet connection and the most frequently used applications;
- A multi-functional device for printing and copying;
- Plotter for color printing on standard paper or on photo paper up to DIN A0+ format;
- Roll laminator for laminating posters;
- A large format scanner for digitizing and copying originals up to DIN A0+ format;
- A CD copying and printing station.
Authorization for use
For all services of the HRZ, you must both be a member of the University of Bonn, and have a valid university user ID. The latter is generated and activated automatically at registration (Immatrikulation). It is then also listed on the DIN A3 sheet that you will receive after you have paid your semester fee. You can then use the centralized services of the University with both your University user ID and your personal password. You can find more information on this in your semester documents and on the HRZ website.
All University of Bonn students will automatically receive an email address that has the following format: University user ID@uni-bonn.de. You can also get your emails via Webmail at the following address: https://mail.uni-bonn.de.
Your email inbox has 100 MB of storage and is equipped with Spam and virus protection. You will need this email address to use the eCampus teaching and learning platform. Please note that the University of Bonn will send all official notifications regarding your studies to this University email address, which is why you should check your mail regularly.
The HRZ offers a wide range of free-of-charge, high-quality IT training options. Some of the topics are: Using operating systems, Office and statistics applications, Internet and communication, Presentation, or Programming. Some of these classes may be an integrated part of classes in your program in the form of Modules.
On the first floor of the HRZ, there are public computer workstations (ÖCAPs) for use by students. The conditions for use are specified in user rules (Benutzungsordnung). Internet access is via Bonnet at 100 Mbit/s, and user applications include OpenOffice, MSOffice, SPSS, Citavi, etc. Due to the connection via file service, files can be accessed at different stations (including at home) via the Internet. Each user currently has an allotment of 100 MB of storage on the central file server for his/her personal data; they are backed up daily by the HRZ. Data exchange with the PC at home is possible via CD, file service or USB stick 2.0.
The CIP Pools
At the University, you will find rooms at all Schools where computer workstations are provided free of charge for students and other members of the University for accessing the Internet. Here, you will see a cryptic acronym: CIP-Pool. It is a legacy from an old computer investment program that supported universities with funding for creating computer workstations. That is why the term CIP-Pool is still used for the centralized computer rooms in Departments and Schools.
In order to be able to work on a CIP-Pool computer, you will need a valid University ID that you can get from the HRZ. In some cases, you must also apply for a code card that is required to access some of these rooms. Usually, you cannot use just any CIP-Pool; their use may be limited to members of the School or group of departments (Fächergruppe) maintaining the CIP-Pool (in the case of the CIP-Pool of the Philosophische Fakultät in the main building, to students in the programs of this School).
The Schools will provide additional details such as user rules and hours.
Software licenses for Students
The HRZ has entered numerous master contracts with software companies on behalf of the University. This allows the use of software at what are sometimes considerably cheaper rates. Most of these applications are only available for institutions of the University of Bonn, while some can also be bought cheaper by students and employees. Since the Software-Shop for the University of Bonn at ASKnet AG was launched, students may register there and buy discounted software. More details on this can be found on the HRZ website.
Network security (virus software)
Using the Internet is also linked to potential risk for workplace system and data. So-called malware (viruses and Trojan horses) can do considerable damage. All members of the University may use current virus software at no additional charge for which the HRZ has a license – both on University-owned, as well as on personal PC’s or laptops used for studying. More related info can also be found on the HRZ website.
The University offers different types of Internet access. If you use a dial-up connection (modem or ISDN) to access the Internet and would like to or have to work with a University IP-Number (e.g., in order to use special University Internet services such as the distributed AFS file system that is only accessible to authenticated members of the University), you can use DFN@HOME. The HRZ provides support for configuring dial-up access.
DSL users must use VPN@BONNET in order to be able to use special University Internet services. This involves creating a secure BONNET connection with authentication and encryption via a VPN-Client (VPN stands for Virtual Private Network) .Basically, a tunnel will be built over an existing Internet connection; i.e., an existing Internet connection (no matter what type) is required. Authentication if performed via the University User ID.
WLAN at the University of Bonn
In a number of places at the University, the Internet can also be accessed wirelessly via WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). So, for example, you could sit on Hofgartenwiese and work on your laptop. For this purpose, the HRZ provides a wireless network that complies with the common security standards. Prerequisite for using it is VPN@ BONNET (see above). WLAN@BONNET is being expanded continuously, but of course, in the short term, it is not possible to serve all areas of the University.
For experts it should also be mentioned that the access points at the University of Bonn are currently working with the 802.11b/g standard that allows a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 54 MBit/s.
Access points: Where is WLAN available?
The University of Bonn is currently using over 300 buildings so that campus-wide WLAN coverage will not be possible in the medium term. In centrally located buildings, wireless Internet access exists already. So far, e.g., the central part of the University’s main building (surrounding the Arkadenhof), the Hofgartenwiese and the Akademische Kunstmuseum, the Juridicum, a number of Departments of the Math/Science and the Agriculture Schools (Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche and Landwirtschaftliche Fakultät) in Poppelsdorf and Endenich, the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, the Zentrale Studienberatung and the dining halls (Mensen) Nassestraße and Römerstraße have been equipped with WLAN. A complete list can be found on the WLAN-Zugang (access) website.
You can find answers to many questions on using the IT services on the HRZ website. For all additional questions, you can speak to someone at the InfoPunkt (information desk) of the HRZ. Please stop by, call or email if you have questions or problems.