Computer Support - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Operating Systems Support

If you are unable to find what you are looking for in these support pages please email the ICT Service Desk at as your first point of contact. Be sure to include your name, room number, and best time to reach you with your request.

Linux Support

Currently a mix of Scientific Linux, RedHat, Fedora, CentOS and Ubuntu distributions are supported in the department. For assistance please contact Orlon, or Tim at who can provide some support for installation and applications.

Local mirrors of several distributions are available on campus, with an in-department mirror of Scientific Linux being maintained. For details of accessing this resource, please contact Orlon.

Useful Linux commands.

Windows Support

Local Admin password change

To change the administrator password in Windows:

  • Right click on "My Computer"
  • Click "Computer Management"
  • Expand the "Local Users and Groups Node"
  • Click the "Users" node
  • Right click on "Administrator"
  • Click "Set Password" and follow the remaining instructions in Windows.
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    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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