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Odyssey Account Signup

This page describes the use of the Odyssey Access tool for account signup. This application replaces the RC Account Tool.

FAS Research Computing accounts must be setup via the Odyssey Access system

FAS Research Computing accounts are separate from other Harvard systems, including HarvardKey. Access to the Odyssey compute cluster, Spinal instrument signup, MiniLIMS and IggyBase LIMS systems, and RC VPN realms require the creation of an RC account with 2-Factor authentication.

Both HarvardKey and non-HarvardKey users can signup

In the old RC Account Tool, users were either Internal (had a PI sponsor) or External (usually using Core facility instruments through the Spinal system). In the Odyssey access system, users that have a HarvardKey take one path and those that do not take another path.

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You must select a PI and an approver from the available list

You must select both a PI, for organizational purposes, and an approver for the account. When you select your PI, the list of approvers is populated. This will either be the PI herself, a list of designated lab managers or both.

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In the old RC Account Tool, if your PI was not among those listed, you could hand enter her information. This is no longer an option. Your PI must have an account before you can signup.

Passwords are not collected by this application. Passwords are "reset" after account creation.

In the old RC Account Tool, you selected your password in the signup forms. To improve security, your account is created with a random password and, upon completion of the request, you will use the password reset tool to set your password.

Select only those instruments and access grants that you need in the near future

On the final page of the account signup application, you can select a number of additional grants, including:

  • Instruments managed by Spinal, such as the Bauer Core Illumina sequencers and the Center for Biological Imaging Lightsheet microscopes
  • Compute cluster Linux account

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Only request those grants that you need in the near future. Additional instruments, cluster access, etc. can be requested at a later date.

Pending approvals page supports multiple approvals

When a user submits an account request, an email will go to the selected approver. The email points the approver to the Pending approvals page. To approve or reject a request, check the box next to the appropriate row and click the appropriate button. Multiple rows may be selected at once.

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The "Details" link in the last column will show the details of the request (username, phone number, requested instruments, etc.)

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