Creating an Onyen

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Once you have created your Onyen, most services that require an Onyen to access will be available to you immediately. There are, however, a few Onyen services that will not be available for several hours. You will need to sign up for Email Service (see How do I get a UNC E-mail Account?), logging on to isis.unc.edu, and logging on to the research and statapps platforms. Please note that you will not be able to log into Sakai until after 12:00 noon of the next business day.

 

What is the Onyen?

 All UNC-CH students, faculty, and staff can obtain an Onyen provided they have an active affiliation with the University.  In general, an active affiliation means that an individual is enrolled in a course of study as a student or is a member of the faculty or staff. Information on how one becomes or maintains an active affiliation with UNC-CH is located on the PID Office’s page. This information is updated every night, so once any paperwork problems are addressed, an individual should be able to create an Onyen no later than the next day.

The Onyen is the sign-on name used to login to numerous services across campus. For an introduction to what the Onyen is as well as important links to crucial Onyen information please read the article Onyen and Password FAQs.

The Onyen provides access to the following systems and services:

Email Services Email access is free to all faculty, staff, and students at the University.  All faculty, staff, and students  will have an email address that will be in the form of onyen@email.unc.edu.  HeelMail users will have an email address in the form of onyen@live.unc.edu.  Replacing “onyen” with the “onyen you have created”.
Bioscience Computing Services Bio-science computing access is restricted to researchers using molecular biology tools.
Scientific Computing Services Scientific computing is provided to researchers who need high performance computation cycles. Applications include AVS, Gaussian, LIMDEP, Maple, and MOPAC.
Research Computing Services Research computing provides access to a host of research and statistical programs, including SAS, SPSS, and STATA.
Web Publication Services Web publication services provide web space for UNC-CH faculty, staff, students, departments, and organizations.

Creating an Onyen (text only)

  • Find a computer or device that is connected to the Internet, open a web browser, and go to the Onyen Services page.
  • Click on the Create or Manage Onyen.
  • Click on the Create an Onyen link on the left hand side.
  • You will need to have a Guest ID or UNC PID Number in order to create an Onyen.  If you do not have a Guest ID, go to Onyen & Guest ID document for more information on how to obtain a Guest ID. If you do not have a UNC PID number, go to How to Get A PID for more information on obtaining one.
  • Click on Create an Onyen button.
  • You will be prompted to ask If you have a Guest ID or not.  If you have a Guest ID then click on Yes.  If you do not have a Guest ID but you do have a PID then please click No.
  • If you have a Guest ID then you will be taken to Single Sign-On (SSO) site.  Login to SSO with Guest ID and Password.
  • On Self Identification screen please fill in the required information (PID, Legal First Name, Legal Last Name, Gender, and Birthday).  Click on Submit.
  • Read the Onyen Terms Of Agreement and click the button at the bottom of the page if you agree to accept and abide by the Onyen Terms of Agreement (you cannot create an Onyen if you do not agree).  Click on the radio button by Yes I Agree.
  • Enter an Onyen and click on Continue.
  • You will prompted to confirm the creation of your Onyen.  Click Yes to confirm.  Note:  If the Onyen exists then the system will not allow you to create that specific Onyen but will allow you to choose a different Onyen.
  • Once the Onyen is successfully created then you will be prompted with a Security Information Request.  Click on OK.
  • Please read the Security Information Policy Attestation then click on I Agree.  Otherwise you will not be able to create an Onyen.
  • On the Alert Carolina screen choose an option and click on Next.
  • On the Challenge-Response Questions screen you will need to setup at least 5 questions or more.  If you have you previously setup the Challenge Response you will need to setup 2 additional questions. Click Answer button to fill in the answers to the related question.  Click Next when finished.
  • Now you may set a password for your Onyen.  The Save button will highlight when the password meets the criteria.
  • Once you have successfully matched the Password Criteria you will be taken to a confirmation page that will confirm the Onyen has been created and that the password has been set.  Click on O.K. to close the page and return to the home screen.
    Once you have created your Onyen, most services that require an Onyen to access will be available to you immediately. There are, however, a few Onyen services that will not be available for several hours. You will need to sign up for Email Service (see How do I get a UNC E-mail Account?), logging on to isis.unc.edu, and logging on to the research and statapps platforms. Please note that you will not be able to log into Sakai until after 12:00 noon of the next business day.

Creating and Changing Your Password (text only)

Always keep security in mind when creating your password. The following is a security checklist that you should use when creating your Onyen password:

  • Your password must contain a minimum of eight (8) characters and can have a maximum of fourteen (14) characters.
  • Passwords are case sensitive, so capitalization and lowercase letters do matter.
  • At least one of the password characters must be a number.
  • At least one of the password characters must be from the following set: ?! @ # $ % &amp; * + = { } ? < > ” –
  • Your password cannot contain a sub-string of six (6) characters in common with your Onyen or match the length of your Onyen minus one character. (For example, your Onyen is rbwille. An unacceptable password would be #rbwill3, because “rbwill” contains a six-character string of your Onyen and is also one character short of being your Onyen. However, #rbxx31 would be okay.)
  • Your password should be something secret and hard to figure out. For example, do not choose well-known terms (like unc or tarheel or Carolina) that others could easily guess.
  • Our security practices dictate that passwords must be changed every 90 days to protect you from identity theft and prevent unauthorized use.
  • We require you to set up the Challenge-Response Questions system so you may reset your own password if it is ever forgotten.
  • You can change your password by pointing your browser to the Onyen Services page and clicking on the Manage Password button. Then click on Change Password link on the corresponding page.   If you want to change your password, you must enter your Onyen, your current password, and your desired new password. You must enter your new password twice to avoid problems with typos. While it is advised that you not write down your password, it is critical that you remember it because there is no way for us to recover a forgotten password.  After you have entered your new password, click on the Continue button to finalize the change. If your proposed new password meets the requirements established by the ITS Security Office, your new password will be activated immediately.
  • If you have forgotten your password, this Onyen Services page has a link called Reset Lost or Forgotten Password. If you want to reset your password, you must enter your Onyen or PID, answer the Challenge Questions, and enter your desired new password.
  • Finally, take a look at the Password Change Checklist and reconcile those passwords that you can. It’s a lot easier to change your password in three places than it is to remember three sets of passwords!

Contact Information

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