Login Node Service

The AFS service is being decomissioned on November 13, 2018. Please go to afs.unc.edu for more information.


This service provides shell access to the ITS Login Nodes from Unix or Windows machines for subscribed users.

Unix Access

Enter the following from  a terminal window:

% ssh login.its.unc.edu

<onyen>@login.its.unc.edu’s password: <enter your onyen password>

Windows Access

SSH/SFTP Secure Shell is a Windows application that supports both SSH and SFTP access. The program is available as a free download to UNC faculty, staff, and students at the UNC Shareware site. Installing the application on your computer will install two icons to your desktop, SSH Secure Shell client and SSH Secure File Transfer client. SSH Secure Shell client provides a command line interface and is used for access to resources hosted on login.its.unc.edu. Once you have downloaded and installed SSH/SFTP Secure Shell you can double click SSH Secure Shell client icon on your desktop to open the default SSH Secure Shell window.   


1. Click Quick Connect.

Graphic showing the default SSH Secure Shell window. The "Quick Connect" button is highlighted.

2. Fill in the requested information

  • Host Name: login.its.unc.edu
  • User Name: (your Onyen)


3. Click Connect.
4. If prompted to save the new host key to the local database click Yes.

Graphic showing the warning screen delivered by UNC when connecting to isis.unc.edu.

5. Enter your Onyen password and click OK.

Graphic showing the Enter Password dialogue that prompts user for their onyen password.

6. Name the profile and click Add to Profiles to save the entry.

Graphic showing the Add Profile window that pops up upon successful connection. This will only show up if you are creating a new connection.

Login Node Package Space Service

The AFS Package Space service is being deprecated effective Fall Semester 2017. It is being replaced by a Local Package Space system which uses the lpm command. For more information on lpm,  see the help.unc.edu document Package Space Applications: lpm command.

Getting Access

If you wish access to this service, send email to ITS-SYSTEMS.