Terminal login to the Grid

NOTE: There are some changes to this document for Grid 2.5. Please see below and in-context. Please contact RCS with any questions.

The other method for logging in to the grid is through a terminal application. This command-line access over SSH (secure shell) requires that you are comfortable with Unix/Linux, but offers greater flexibility and power than a GUI: one can start batch or interactive sessions to use Grid software and resources, can automate file handling and work through scripts, and have more control over one’s environment.

Connecting from a PC

  1. If using an HBS-owned machine, the SSH client SecureCRT should already be installed. For all other machines, please download SecureCRT here.

  2. Open SecureCRT and select from the menu File > Quick Connect.

3. Enter the hostname researchgrid.hbs.edu, your username (e.g. jharvard), and click “Connect.” (Grid 2.5: please use hbsgrid.hbs.edu)

4. Several dialogue boxes may come appear; please press "Yes" or “Allow” for each. When prompted, please enter your HBS password.

If you’ve logged in successfully, you'll see a last login, greeting, and quota information, as well as the Unix (bash) prompt researchgrid$ .

For future logins, after opening  SecureCRT, the Sessions Manager window pane appears on the left. Double click on researchgrid.hbs.edu to connect, and enter your password when prompted. (Grid 2.5: please use hbsgrid.hbs.edu)

Once logged in successfully, you’ll be place in your home directory at

/export/home/<group>/<username> (e.g. /export/home/faculty/jharvard). 

Project spaces are located at

/export/projects/<projectname>

See our Using Storage instructions for more information on home folders and project spaces. Continue on to our Running Jobs section for instructions on getting work done.

Guest Users can download Putty to gain terminal access to the HBS grid. Download Putty from this URL

Last updated 10/17/2018

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Once the Terminal is open type: ssh username@researchgrid.hbs.edu (Grid 2.5: please use hbsgrid.hbs.edu)
  3. Your username is the local part of your HBS email address (e.g. jharvard) and your password is the same as your HBS credentials password

Once logged in successfully, you’ll be place in your home directory at

/export/home/<group>/<username> (e.g. /export/home/faculty/jharvard). 

Project spaces are located at

/export/projects/<projectname>

See our Using Storage instructions for more information on home folders and project spaces. Continue on to our Running Jobs section for instructions on getting work done.

Last updated 10/17/2018