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Faculty Computing Help

Faculty, staff and teaching/research assistants are entitled to an account on the Math server ( Usage of all computer resources must be in compliance with Drexel's Acceptable Use Policy.

Operating Systems

Individuals in the department use Linux (Ubuntu), macOS, and Windows 7.


You can set up your email using Drexel's server, or through the math department's server. In the latter case, you will have an email address in the form "".

You may check your email using a supported email client (see above links) or by using a web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


Visit DUIT for more information on setting up voicemail.

Mailing Lists

Below are the various departmental email lists. All members using their official Drexel or Math e-mail address can send an email to list they belong to without approval. If you're using a personal email address or trying to send to a different list, your email will be held for moderation until approved by the staff.


Personal Web Pages

Each math account is provided with personal web space on the server. Files that are available for viewing on the web must to be placed in your public_html directory (if this folder does not exist, create a new folder and name it public_html). There must also be an index.html file in that folder. Thus, /home/gmcfoo/public_html/index.html is found on the web at

Make sure that both your home and your public_html directory have search permissions enabled and the index.html file is readable by everyone.

No scripting is supported at this time. We hope to be able to offer both cgi and php script support in the near future.

Remote Access

All users can connect remotely to the math server ( using SSH and logging into the system with your Math username and password. Windows users have a choice between Putty, WinSCP, and/or RealVNC


Home directories on the math department server are fully backed up every day and held for 10 days. Everything is backed up once a term and held for one year. Please submit a work request if you need to have a file restored. Make sure you include the full path of the file or directory and the date from which you want it restored.

Need Computer Help?

If you need help with any server-related issues or have Linux questions, please send an email to For all other computer related questions, please send an email to the department's computer specialist, Gene Phan (

In an emergency/time critical situation, please contact the department head, Shari Moskow directly by phone. She will in turn contact a manager.

System Administrators

Departmental computing is partially administered by the College of Computing and Informatics' system administrators (with whom the math department has a contract for services), and partially by Gene Phan, our local system administrator who primarily handles Windows and Mac issues.

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