Frequently Requested Documents

Windows Environment

Instructions for connecting to our Windows environment (WTS)

Our normal maintenance window for Windows systems is every Friday mornings from midnight to 1:00am.  Servers may reboot or be unavailable during this time.

Linux Environment

Getting an account

Linux Account Creation and Renewal Application



Instructions for connecting to the Linux environment via NoMachine 

Instructions for mapping a Windows or Mac to your research space

Hardware and Software Resources

Research Computing Resources

Annual maintenance of the University of Minnesota’s primary data center is scheduled for January 6 and 7, 2018.

This annual event is critical to the maintenance, testing, and repair of facility infrastructure and stability, and requires a complete shutdown of the main data center. Many services, including MyU, PeopleSoft, and Moodle, will be unavailable during this time.  Research systems run by LATIS will also be unavailable and include:

Specific times for the shutdown have yet to be set but we anticipate shutting down our servers starting at 5pm on Friday, January 5th and powering them back up the afternoon of Sunday, January 7th.

Server resources are available that provide remote access to applications and high performance computing assets in both Windows and Linux environments.  Access is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students.  Access to undergraduates is available when requested by faculty for either research or instructional needs.

Windows Environment

Windows Terminal Services (aka Windows Remote Desktop) is used to allow remote access to many specialized (and some common) applications including: Anaconda, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, IBM SPSS Statistics, MATLAB, NoMachine NX Client, NVivo Plus, R, SAS, Stata SE, UCINET, and Wolfram Mathematica.  In addition it has standard web browsers and Microsoft Office and can be used for remote access to files stored on or other file servers. is a server farm consisting of 9 powerful Windows servers to spread the work.  When you connect to your connection will be sent to a server with available resources.  Over 700 individuals used these servers in the Fall of 2015.

CLA faculty, staff and graduate students automatically have access to We also provide this service for a few other colleges.  Please see the instructions linked in the sidebar for more information.

Linux Environment

LATIS's Linux Environment allows access to statistical and fMRI analysis applications as well as providing the powerful and flexible capabilities of Linux-based servers.  Some of the more commonly used applications include Mathematica, R, RStudio, Anaconda, Matlab, Stata SE, SAS, AFNI, and FreeSurfer.  For a list of available servers and software or to request an account please see the links in the sidebar.

Our current environment consists of a Linux cluster (compute.cla) and several standalone servers.  Each has the same software available and files on our storage are available on each.  Please use compute.cla for your need wherever possible as over time it will replace most of the standalone servers.

Storage Space

We utilize the University's Enterprise Network Attached Storage (eNAS) service to provide a secure place to store your research files.  Each user account receives a home directory.  Labs, research projects, and classes receive a dedicated folders for use by your group.  This space is available in the Linux environment and is also accessible by desktop clients by following the instructions in the sidebar.

Getting Help

We utilize the University's Technology Help and Support as our point of contact.  If you need assistance please contact or 612-301-HELP and if they can't solve it they will escalate the request to our team.  If you know the request should go to us you can ask them to assign the ticket to "T2 CLA".