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Changing CEE Domain Password

Once you are successfully logged onto your computer press Ctrl-Alt-Del on your keyboard. You will
be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below. Click on ‘Change
a password…

Now you will see a screen as shown below. Make sure that the top field shows
CEE\‘ before your username, and then fill out the ‘Old Password‘, ‘New Password‘, and ‘Confirm New
‘ fields. Then click on the blue arrow pointing right.

You should then receive a message stating that you have successfully changed your password, as
seen here:

If you are unable to change your password using this method you can contact IT support at to request your password be changed.

Accessing WSU Wireless

Visit CougTech for instructions on accessing WSU Wireless.

CEE Network Account

Students need to have a CEE network account to access departmental computers and printers. To request an account please submit a ticket at

Review the WSU computing and network use policies.

Computer Lab Information

The department maintains several Windows computer laboratories for use by certified undergraduate and graduate students.

The undergraduate lab is located in Sloan 242b. Access to the lab is by code entry.

The graduate lab is located in Sloan 141. Access to the lab is by code entry.

Access to all lab computers requires an account in the CEE domain. Accounts can be requested by email (see CEE Network Account FAQ above).

Creating a VPN Connection

Visit CougTech for instructions on how to create a VPN connection.

Data – Accessing and Storing

Computer laboratories maintained by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are controlled by domain servers. The following information is intended to assist the user in understanding what happens during the logon procedure and how they can help themselves and others by properly managing where personal network accessed data and files are stored.

User accounts are created and maintained on domain controllers. The accounts established consist of a ‘roaming’ profile folder and a stationary users folder. These secured folders are owned by the user and are accessed during the logon process.

When a user logs on to any domain computer, the contents of the roaming profile folder is downloaded to the workstation and copied to the ‘C:\Document and Settings’ folder. The purpose of the roaming profile is to ensure that the user sees the same desktop and settings on all domain computers. Additionally, the user is connected to the shared drive (Z:) where their personal users folder resides. Both folders have the same name as the user’s login name. For instance: for a login name of rfrank, the users folder is Z:\rfrank and the profile folder is C:\Document and Settings\rfrank

When the user logs off, the contents of the user’s profile folder is copied back to the file server and the folder erased from the workstation. This is done to conserve valuable disk space on the workstation. The amount of time it takes for a user to log on (and to log off), therefore, depends upon the size of the user’s profile folder. It’s size should be kept to a minimum.

General rules to be considered are:

  • Do not store data in your profile folder. This includes data on your Desktop and in My Documents. Data and files should be stored in your Z: drive users folder. The contents of this directory is secure, universally available, and above all, not downloaded during the logon process.
  • There is a limit restriction of 200MB of stored data for all undergraduate accounts (500MB for graduate students). This limit is the combined total of the user’s profile and Z: drive folders. When this limit is reached, your profile will no longer be saved on the server but will be left on the workstation. Your data may well be lost should the workstation be rebuilt or the folder deleted.
  • Keep your profile size to a minimum. Instructions for reducing the size of your profile are located in the Additional User Profile Information FAQ below.

Your cooperation in the above matters will result in:

  • reduced network traffic
  • faster logon and logoff times
  • continuation of universally accessed personal files and data over the network

If you need assistance in transferring files from your profile to your users directory see Jon Heywood in Sloan 132.

Printing Policy

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering monitors shared network printers and places a limit on how many pages can be printed freely during a semester. Each printer has a cost per page associated with it and every print job reduces your balance based on the number of pages printed and the printer used. When your balance has reached zero you will no longer be able to print on CEE shared printers. You may add funds to your printing account by purchasing a card in Sloan 101 that can be applied to your account. Your account is reset to $20 at the beginning of each semester, which is good for 500 black-and-white printed pages.

Access your printing account here: Printing Account Management

Additionally, this system allows for some limited printing from personal computers not connected to the CEE network. For example, you may log in to the site mentioned above and submit certain types of files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF) from your personal laptop while using the WSU wireless network. This allows you to print out work you have finished at home at your convenience and when the computer labs are full. These print jobs are applied to your account the same way they would be if printed from a CEE network computer.

More Information

Jon Heywood
Information Technology Specialist

Room: Sloan 132