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Tier 3 Gateway Policies and Procedures

Appropriate Use

Users of the ASC Gateway Tier 3 are expected to comply with all ANL and DoE requirements, including those for appropriate use. The following is a banner that appears on all login screens:

This is a Federal computer system and is the property of the United States Government. It is for authorized use only. Users (authorized or unauthorized) have no explicit or implicit expectation of privacy. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized site, Department of Energy, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign. By using this system, the user consents to such interception, monitoring, recording, copying, auditing, inspection, and disclosure at the discretion of authorized site or Department of Energy personnel. Unauthorized or improper use of this system may result in administrative disciplinary action and civil and criminal penalties. By continuing to use this system you indicate your awareness of and consent to these terms andconditions of use. LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY if you do not agree to the conditions stated in this warning.


A grid certificate is required for an account. While the account will not be revoked when the certificate expires, the grid resources will become unavailable. Since these computers are largely gateways to grid resources, this will provide a strong encouragement to keep the certificate current.

Training in ESH223 is required annually. Training is valid until the following April 1st. 30 days after the training expires, the account will be removed.

Non-ANL users can request an account using this form. Tom LeCompte will check that the grid certificate is valid, and if so, forward the application to the Computer Security Program Representative (presently Bob Blair) for final approval.

Non-ANL users who are not US Citizens cannot get an account at this time. The procedure for them will probably involve a Foreign Assignment/Visitor Request Form 593.


Users of the ASC Gateway Tier 3 are expected to comply with all ANL and DoE password requirements:

Your password must include: At least eight non-blank characters in both upper case and lower case A number in the first seven characters A special character in the first seven characters A nonnumeric in the first and last position, and May not contain any portion of your e-mail address. Please follow these U.S. Department of Energy recommendations for selecting a suitable password: Your password should not include your own name, nor, to the best of your knowledge, that of close friends or relatives. Your password should not include your employee serial number, Social Security number, birth date, phone number, or any information about you that could be readily learned or guessed. Your password should not, to the best of your knowledge, include common words that would be found in an English dictionary, or from another language with which you have familiarity. Your password should not, to the best of your knowledge, employ commonly used proper names, including the name of any fictional character or place. Your password should not contain any simple pattern of letters or numbers, such as "qwertyxx" or "xyz123xx". Passwords are valid for 180 days. 30 days after a password expires the account will be locked. 30 days after that, the account will be removed.

Backup Policy

Nothing on the ASC Gateway Tier 3 can be mission-critical, as no backups will be performed. We recommend keeping copies of your local work area on your home institution's machines. ATLAS data stored on the ASC Gateway Tier 3 can be regenerated from parent copies at the Tier 2.

This policy will probably change (in the direction of more backups) in FY07.


We expect the systems to be up continuouly. Should a system go down, we expect to have it back the next working day. That means that a crash at 5:00PM on a Friday may not come up until Monday.

This policy will probably change (in the direction of more availability) in FY07.

New software is tested on atlas17 before being installed on atlas16. So atlas16 is expected to be the system with greater stability and availability.

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-- JerryGieraltowski - 24 May 2006

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