How do I login to the computers in 828, 829 and the CIS lab?

You do not use your regular Cabrillo login and password on CIS computers. Everyone uses the same account. The computers are protected with DeepFreeze, anything you write to the C:\ drive will be automatically deleted!

  • Username: Student
  • Password: Cabri11o

What is my VLab or Opus username and password?

Your username and password are derived from your name and your student ID number. Here's how to decode the letters in the formula:

  • lll = first 3 letters of your last name (lowercase)
  • fff = first 3 letters of your first name (lowercase)
  • Ff = first 2 letters of your first name (first letter uppercase)
  • Ll = first 2 letters of your last name (first letter uppercase)
  • nnnn = last 4 digits of your student ID
  • ccc = The digits of the class you're in

The formula is:

  • Windows Username: cislab\lllfffccc
  • Unix Username: lllfffccc
  • Password: FfLlnnnn


  • Michael Matera (student ID 1234567)
  • Class: CIS-191
  • Windows Username: cislab\matmic191
  • Unix Username: matmic191
  • Password: MiMa4567

How do I access Opus?

You access opus using the SSH protocol. SSH allows you to run commands on the Linux command line as well as transfer files back and forth.

How to I run Linux commands on Opus?

On Mac and Linux you can use SSH directly from the command line. On Windows use PuTTY.

Mac and Linux:

$ ssh -p 2220 <your-user-name>


After you launch PuTTY you should see this screen:

  • Hostname:
  • Port: 2220

How do I move files to/from Opus?

SSH to the rescue! On Mac and Linux you can use the scp program from the command line. The general form of the command is:

scp <source> <destination>

This example copies a file to your home directory on Opus from the local machine:

$ scp -P 2220 myfile.txt <your-user-name>

This example does the reverse:

$ scp -P 2220 <your-user-name> . 

Linux users can do drag-and-drop copies by putting an SSH URL into Nautilus like this one:


Filezilla does drag-and-drop for Windows (BEWARE the installer tries to install spyware because SourceForge is run by criminals). Cyberduck does drag-and-drop for Mac.

How do I access VLab from the Web?

Follow this link to VLab Web Access and use your Windows credentials to login.

How do I access VLab using RDP?

Microsoft Windows has a built-in RDP client. If you execute this RDP file it will activate your client with the right settings. I use Remmina Remote Desktop Client on Linux. Whatever client you use you must tell it to connect to:

  • Host:
  • Port: 3389

Use your Windows credentials to login.

How do I access Netlab+?

Netlab uses different servers for different classes. Go to your classes' home page, the Netlab+ link will be in the table at the top of the page in the Links section. See the picture below.

Your Netlab+ username the same as your UNIX username. Your initial Netlab+ password was given to you in class. When you first login to Netlab+ you are required to change your password. Follow the instructions on the site if you've lost your password.

What's my Netlab+ username and password?

Your username is the same as the UNIX password in the answer above. When the semester starts the whole class uses the same password, which must be changed the first time you log in. Look at the lecture notes for class to figure out what the default password is. If you changed it and forgot what it was you can reset the password via email. Netlab+ knows the email that is registered in your WebAdvisor account. If that email is incorrect, fix it then contact me.

When is my homework due?

Look in the class calendar on your classes' home page. Labs and projects are due on the day they appear in the calendar. Unless otherwise specified assignments are due at the beginning of class.

How do I Access Canvas?

What is Your Email Policy?

My email policy is located here: