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  Computer Labs and Servers

Computer Information Systems, Computer Sciences and Information Technology programs manages many servers for CIS, CS and IT students. Students administer these servers under the supervision of Krishani Abeysekera, Senior Lecturer and IT Program Chair.

The CSE web server hosts web resources for current students and alumni. Administrators constantly upgrade server space; CIS alumni can keep their accounts indefinitely after their graduation. The server supports a potpourri of server-side technologies, such as ASP.NET, PHP, and CGI-Perl. It supports databases such as MySQL and MSSQL. It runs the Windows operating system.

  • The DCM Server is where students host their course files, projects, and assignments for classes which require the use of a web hosting service. Web accounts are provided to students by their professors and are subject to deletion at the end of the semester.
  • Capstone Virtual Machine Information: Each group is assigned a Windows 7 Enterprise x86 virtual machine (VM) which is hosted on the VMH1 server using Microsoft Hyper-V. Before you are given access to your VM you must sign and return the Capstone VM Acceptable Use Policy. Group members are given administrative rights on the virtual machine. You may install only software you require to complete your capstone project, and you must always adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Windows Lab: The machines in the windows lab are now equipped with MSI Crystal desktop's running an Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz and 2 GB of RAM with 17" Screen. Machines also run new Windows 7 Enterprise delivering you better performance.
  • Administration Lab: The Administration Lab is located in room 119, next to the Windows Lab. The computers in the Administration lab do not have hard drives, an operating system, or internet access. They allow students to use their own external hard drives to run an operating system on. This allows students to perform administrative tasks that they cannot usually do on lab computers.
  • Capstone Lab: The Capstone Project lab is situated in Delta 150. The lab has been designed with the needs of Capstone students in mind. The lab is equipped with dual monitor computers, meeting area, and SMARTboards.
  • Unix Lab: The Unix lab is situated in Delta 158. It is set up so that at any given time, it could be partitioned to hold a class of up to 32 workstations. The lab has been upgraded with latest and faster processing machines with dual boot options, i.e Ubuntu and Solaris 10 OS. The students are free to choose between these operating systems as per their requirement. Not only that, the lab has eight Intel-based iMac computers. 

With the exception of the computer security laboratory, students requesting support should contact Krishani Abeysekera. Direct technical questions to Krishani or to her Research Assistants (RA). Direct questions for the computer security laboratory to Dr. Andrew Yang. UHCL maintains university level servers through University Computing and Telecommunications (UCT). These servers allow students to use UCT laboratories and access email.


Schedule a session with the academic advisor as soon as you arrive. You may want to read CPS Procedures.

The Office of Academic Advising unites current, prospective, and former students in the College of Science and Computer Engineering. The Academic Advising staff eases students' transition into upper-level coursework to help them realize their educational goals. This office provides information about degree programs explains decision processes and planning, resolves problems related to university policies, and ensures that students meet requirements for graduation.  

Academic Advisors:

  • Assist students to set up draft CPS (Candidate's Plan of Study)
  • Co-approve the CPS
  • Partially evaluate the academic records of the students
  • Advise undergraduates on all lower-level courses and upper-level courses
  • Process lower-level course waiver requests
  • Assign a faculty advisor

 Faculty Advisor:

  • Approves elective course selection
  • Determines foundation courses students need to take
  • Co-approves the CPS
  • Evaluates the academic records of the student, if needed
  • Helps students set up an individual study plan
  • Provides advice on course selection
  • Advises on requests to waiver courses

Before meeting with the Faculty Advisor, be sure you:

  • Select the elective courses you want to take
  • Contact the academic advisor to ensure that the faculty advisor has your file