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How do I get an AML account?

AML accounts are actiavted at the request of the instructor for a course wishing to use Lab facilities requiring these accounts. A request must be sent to, stating the course code. AML accounts are offered to some students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

How do I activate my AML account?

AML accounts are activated by logging into After logging into Manage My services, go to 'Activate New Service' and select the icon called AML. Please wait at least one hour after activating your account before attempting to use it: various timed changes have to take place (automatically) for your account to be fully functional.

How do I log in?

Login always with your AML username and password regardless of the computing environment. The Unix environment can be accessed either through WinXP, via telnet, or graphically through X terminal software. Again, use your AML login and password. Note that your MacOS volume is separate from the others, but that your WinXP Q:\ drive and Unix home directory are the same, and the files can be accessed through both environments. To log in to Unix, ask lab monitor to boot a machine for you into X terminal mode or telnet to

I don't have a storage device! Where can I save my files?

To the network, where they will be backed up nightly, and available from all AML machines. On the Macintosh side, save your files to the MY_FILES folder on the desktop. On the PC side, use the Q:\ drive. Note that any files saved elsewhere on the computers will be deleted on reboot and unrecoverable: make sure to save to the network!

What is my AML e-mail address?

Your e-mail address on AML is where "username" is your AML login.

Do I have to use AML e-mail in the lab?

No, you can easily telnet to other mail servers, but only AML e-mail available is the only one available in a pre-configured graphical environment (Netscape Messenger).

How can I access my AML e-mail from home?

UNIX login:

You can telnet to, login and then type pine at the prompt.Then use pine to check your e-mail. You can also setup your Netscape Messenger to check your mail. Ask lab monitor for instructions on how to do it.

Windows Login:

You can also go to the following windows address and then supply your username and passoword.

Can I access my files from home?

Yes! If you have a Macintosh, you can even access your Macintosh files! Macintosh files:

  1. From within York: Use the Chooser, in AppleShare mode, to select the Zone "Ross Building" and the machine "AML". Then log in with your AML login and password. Your AML files will be available on your desktop. Remember to disconnect (by "Trashing" the volume's icon) when you are finished.
  2. From home: Use Chooser, select AppleShare, click on "Server IP" and enter "". You will then be prompted to log in. Use your AML login and password, and you will find your AML files available on your desktop. Do remember to disconnect (by "Trashing" the volume's icon) before disconnecting from the Internet.
  3. To access WinXP or Unix files from anywhere: Use FTP to connect to the machine "" and use your usual AML login and password. Remember to set all transfers to binary mode to prevent file corruption.

How do I put up web files through AML?

Easy! On the Macintosh side, simply point Dreamweaver to the FTP site "" and enter your login/password as appropriate. Then, place all your files in the "public_html" subdirectory, and they will appear on the web immediately. On the Win98 side, you'll find it even easier: the "S:\" drive is your "public_html" directly, and you can edit files directly (through Dreamweaver, or using other tools). You'll find a sample "index.html" file already there as a placeholder. Your URL is "" where "username" is your AML login name.

Help... I'm lost! All my files disappeared! I don't understand anything!

First, make sure that you read this FAQ completely and make sure that your question is not covered. If you still require assistance, see the AML lab monitors, who will be able to help you and/or redirect your queries. As a last resort, send e-mail to