Frequently Asked Questions About the Engineering
Viewing Pages on the Intranet
More Advanced Questions
About the Intranet
Viewing Pages on the Intranet
I am getting prompted
for the "CUWebLogin" even if I'm already loged in. Is
Yes this is normal. If you keep a browser window open,
you will have to log into the web site using your kerberos password
once every 8 hours, or everytime you close ALL your browser windows.
Here's some more information about this decision.
Currently the campus provides two ways to make use of the campus
Kerberos infrastructure to restrict access to web pages, SideCar
and CU Web Login. The more typical mechanism is to use SideCar.
This takes advantage of the single signon capabilities of Kerberos
but the current implementation makes web pages load very slowly.
Instead we use CU Web Login, which is completely web based, doesn't
require you to install SideCar on your computer and is much faster.
The disadvantage of this is that you can't take advantage of having
previously logged into kerberos.
Who can view pages
on the intranet?
Most pages on the intranet are restricted to Cornell
faculty and staff. A few additional people who have need to use
the intranet are given access manually. These include students working
in the Dean's office and student services and contractor's working
on projects for engineering.
Some pages are restricted to smaller groups of people.
For instance the dean may want to restrict some of his communications
to just the academic department director's and chairs.
Some pages are open to everyone including the intranet
homepage and some of the intranet support pages.
Who can create pages on the
Currently the intranet is a pilot so only a limited
number of people have been invited to participate, primarily in
the dean's office and student services. We anticipate rolling out
access to more units and people starting in the fall of 2003.
I've got an intranet
account, how do I get started?
What training Materials
See the training
materials page for a wide range of materials from online videos
to materials used for sit down courses to recommended books. Some
of the books are available for check out from the Carpenter Library
What templates are there
for me to use?
Templates allow you to create files with the standard
intranet "look" and functionality. All the pages on the
Intranet are created using standard intranet templates.
You can view examples of the templates we currently
have available at templates page.
to create an area of the intranet that is restricted to a different
group than faculty and staff. How do I do this?
By default the intranet is restricted
to Cornell faculty and staff. You can have an directory on the
intranet created that is more restricted, or less restricted than
this. To do this we assign one or more "groups" of people
permission to see the directory. The dean's office maintains the
following groups centrally, but we can create a "group"
to which you can add any set of netids.
Groups maintained centrally:
- All current Cornell students. (permit name: cu.student)
- All current Cornell faculty and staff (this is the default).
(permit name: cu.employees)
- Engineering deans (the dean, and the associate and assistant
deans). (permit name: engr.deans)
- Administrative staff in the dean's office. (permit name: engr.adminDeansStaff)
- Administrative staff in student services. (permit name: engr.adminStuSvcStaff)
- Academic department directors and chairs. (permit name: engr.acadDirChair)
- Academic department administrative managers. (permit name: engr.acadDeptMgrs)
- Other department administrative managers. (permit name: engr.otherDeptMgrs)
Here are some examples of other permits people have created:
- engr.orgspe and engr.grad_internal
-- ORGSPE staff and engr.orgspe.MEC -- Masters
of Engineering comittee -- Maintained by Mark Otis
- engr.hr_datamart -- a permit for a
group from accross campus invovled with the HR data mart design.
To create a restricted directory email
the intranet support staff with the following information:
- Copy the following text into your email once for each restricted
directory you want created. Then fill out the requested information.
- Where the directory should be placed on the Intranet:
- Label for the bread crumb to put at the top of the page:
- Which of the following groups of People should be able to
see pages in this directory (list as many
of the following as you can given the anticipated use of the
- If none of the permits above will work for your application,
describe the group you want to restrict the pages to, and we'll
set up a permit for you. The description should be clear enough
so someone else could maintain the group list in your absence.
The intranet support staff will email back once they create the
If you have not used the centrally maintained groups we will include
information on how to add the netIDs to the group we will create
for you. To do this, go to the uportal
groups channel. You can add the channel to your uportal
homepage if you wish. There is also a very
old administrative interface to the permit system.
How do I install the uPortal Groups Channel so I can manage my group memberships?
- Go to uportal.cornell.edu.
- Click on the Personal tab at the top of the window.
- Click on the down arrow at the top of the left column and choose Add Content from the drop down menu.
- In the resulting window open up "Applications" and click on the line that says "Group Maintenence", then click on "Subscribe to this Channel.
- The result will be that you are back at the uPortal window with the group Maintenence channel installed. Click on the down arrow for the channel to get help on how to use the channel.
- Click on the group you want to update and press the "Select Group for Edit" button and add or update the memberships of the group as needed.
What do the files that start
with "incl" do?
How do I edit the Label, Breadcrumbs and Menu
for my directory?
are some standard elements that are included on all the pages in
a section of the website. These include the label on the upper right
of the webpage (in ),
the breadcrumbs (in )
, and the menu on the left (in ).
Rather than requiring you to type the same information into these
locations, we type it once into an "include file" and
the template automatically includes it in all the pages in the directory.
More information is available on
how to edit and create these files.
About the Intranet
What are the goals of
the Engineering Intranet?
Can I find out more about the decision making
process that lead up to the Intranet pilot?
See the Intranet
Pilot Project Website for more information.