Accessing the Zoo from the Zoo Annex Using FastX

Using FastX you can turn a window on a Windows machine in the Zoo Annex (aka, the 17 Hillhouse, Room 111, cluster) into the same Linux desktop that you see when you log into a Zoo node.

Do the following:

  1. If you are not logged in:
  2. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. A new box will appear.
  3. Mouse over the "Search programs and files" box in the new window and type "fastx" (but do not hit return). A list of "Programs" will appear.
  4. Click on "FastX" under "Programs" to launch FastX. (If a "Licensing" window appears asking for an activation key, enter 83681694-29104313, click "OK", and click "Close" to dismiss the new window that appears.)
  5. If there is no entry named "Zoo" in the FastX window:
  6. Double click on the "Zoo" entry. A "Login" box should appear. If a "Password" box appears instead:
  7. Enter your Yale netID in the "Login" box (it should already be there) and click "Continue". (If a warning appears asking whether you want to accept a new key, click on "Accept" to dismiss it.) A "Password" box will appear.
  8. Enter your password in the "Password" box and click on "Continue". A new "Start new session" entry will appear in the right-hand side of the FastX window.
  9. Click on "Start new session" to produce a pulldown menu and click on either "KDE" or "MATE" to choose a window manager (MATE is a light-weight version of Gnome, which is the default in the Zoo) or "Xterm" to open a terminal window.
  10. A new window with a Zoo Linux desktop should open. You may resize it by dragging on the lower left-hand corner if you prefer a different size.
  11. When you log out of the Linux desktop, close the "FastX" window by clicking the red X in the upper right-hand corner.
  12. Do not forget to log out of Windows when you are done.

Please report any errors in this set of instructions to sce @

Last updated 09/03/15