CIF DOMAIN MIGRATION
*** UPDATE ***
- Use your UNIL account to book system with the new reservation sites from August the 8th and on.
- Use your UNIL account to log on CIF machines
- Use your UNIL account to log on the ATHENA file server. Your data is now located in a folder under \\ATHENA\UserData\YourUNILAccount
- The CIF domain will cease to exist at August the 10th.
- To be able to use the services mentioned above, you'll need to register your UNIL account to the CIF. This procedure is not yet possible, so we ask you to wait.
Some of you
have probably already heard that the CIF is undergoing a major IT change by
migrating all its infrastructure from a separate domain to join the UNIL’s new
unique domain, AD. Here are the details of what will happen and how:
What is the point of this domain MIGRATION?
many benefits, for both users and the CIF staff:
only one account to manage (passwords, expiration, …)
able to log on our servers and devices with your UNIL account
devices with you UNIL account
able to easily transfer data across both UNIL’s and CIF’s storage solutions
For the CIF platform
management of the CIF services
management outsourced to UNIL’s services
hardware/os to maintain (servers and domain
user registration process
also benefits for the UNIL’s IT with a domain much easier to maintain and much
more robust and secure.
So how will this migration process impact your
daily work at the CIF?
As soon as
the CIF domain will be demoted, you won’t be able to use any of the services
linked to your CIF account: bookings on the website, access to the ATHENA file
server, login on computers attached to the microscopes.
for all these services or an equivalent, you will have to use your UNIL
*** Attention please: New registrations are not yet
possible at this time. We will keep you informed whenever we are ready to
accept new users. ***
For current CIF users
nothing to do: either you already have a UNIL account, or a new one has been
created just for you. In this case you should have received by regular mail
your credentials and the procedure on how to activate your account.
has also already been added in the CIF users group, granting you access to the
servers, the microscopes, and the new booking system.
For new users: What If you already have a
weren’t a CIF user within the past year, you will have to ask your local CIF
manager to register your account at the CIF.
For new users: What if you don’t have a UNIL
account yet (CHUV or external users)?
haven’t any account yet, you will have to ask the creation of your account
using the following form:
is also available on this page:
demand has been processed, you will get your new credentials sent via regular
mail to the address you have indicated. You will then be able to activate your
UNIL account following the instructions mentioned in the same mail.
then have to ask your local CIF manager to register your account at the CIF.
It’s important to note that every question
related to your account (password, expiration, rights, etc…) will now be
handled by UNIL’s IT department. If you experience some issues, please contact
bookings until the 7Th of August, you should still use your old CIF
account to log on the website itself, and access the regular booking system of
your platform. You won’t be able to place new reservation after this date.
1. Login on the web site (valid until the 8th of August)
2. Select one of the Old booking sites
3. Proceed as usual.
After August the 8th, the website login (the first step in the screenshots) will be deactivated to avoid having to authenticate twice. All the menu links will be visible directly from the home page.
For current users
If you log
on any computer using your AD account, you should in principle have access to
the ATHENA file server by the usual means (using windows explorer for
home account has been already created, along with all your data if you already
If you want
to use the web interface, or mount your folder as a network drive, simply use
you UNIL credentials (no need to specify CIF\ or AD\).
For new users
registering to the CIF you will receive a conformation email, along with a
description on how to access our servers
From now on, log on CIF machines using your UNIL account, and go to \\ATHENA\UserData\ to locate your new folder.
For current users
previous CIF users, your old CIF accounts have been mapped to your new ones
(matching has been done manually), so nothing to worry about. For example,
CIF\JohnDoe123 (CIF account) and AD\JohnDoe456 (UNIL account) will be
recognized as the same user by the billing system.
For new users
will have to fill a form to specify which group or organization they belong to,
and how they want to be billed. This form is part of the CIF registration
process, and as such, is not yet available at the present time.
The end of the CIF Domain
scheduled a complete
CIF domain shutdown the 10th of August. After this date,
the CIF domain will no longer exist.
what if I still have questions ?
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