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AFS Passwords Discontinued Beginning December 11
Article: KB0010730 Published: 2012-11-28 Last modified: 2016-07-20

AFS Passwords Discontinued Beginning December 11

WHAT HAS CHANGED CHANGED?

Users of AFS passwords now have one fewer password to remember.

AFS is a distributed file storage system used on the Fermilab central web servers (<www.fnal.gov, www-nova.fnal.gov, etc.). People who need to edit content on the central web servers used to have a separate password for accessing the AFS file system, their "AFS password." This password (not Kerberos credentials, which grant access to AFS as well as other services) has been discontinued.

WHEN DID THIS OCCUR?

Beginning Tuesday, December 11 to be complete by December 13.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Most people have been using other methods to access AFS for some time, but we suspect a small number of users have still been using their AFS passwords. If you access AFS via UNIX, Linux or Mac (using your MIT Kerberos credentials) or via Windows (using your Fermi domain password via NetID Manager), this change has no impact on you.

If you have been using an AFS password to access AFS file systems, you will need to take one of the actions below to avoid losing access to AFS between December 11 and December 13.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

If you are not using your MIT Kerberos 5 credentials or your Fermi domain password via NetID Manager to access AFS, then you have still been using your AFS password to access AFS and should discontinue use now.

Windows Users:
Windows users still using their AFS password should place a service desk ticket requesting that NetIDMgr and the latest AFS client be installed on their computer.

Mac Users:
Mac users should use the "kinit <username@FNAL.GOV>" command followed by an "aklog" command. If you have further questions, please contact the Service Desk.

Linux Users:
Most Linux systems should already be set up to integrate your log in with obtaining an AFS token.  If this is not the case, use the "kinit <username>@FNAL.GOV" command followed by the "aklog" command. If you have further questions, please contact the Service Desk.


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