Logging in to Quest
The two commonly used methods for logging in to Quest are using the FastX client and through a secure shell (SSH) terminal.
If you'll be working with GUI (graphical window) applications, FastX is recommended.
The Quest Analytics Nodes can be accessed directly via a web browser.
Connecting with FastX
The FastX Desktop Client is an application for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X personal computers that makes a network connection to Quest using SSH. It gives you a connection to the Quest Linux servers with full graphics support via the Linux X Windows system, also called X11.
Logging on using FastX
is recommended if you will be using GUI-based applications. If you are running Linux on your personal computer, please connect to Quest with SSH via the terminal.
Connecting with an SSH Terminal
Mac or Linux computer
To login to Quest from a Linux or Mac computer, open a terminal and at the command line enter:
ssh -X <netid>@quest.northwestern.edu
ssh -X firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows users will first need to download an ssh client, such as PuTTY, which will allow you to interact with the remote Unix command line. Use the following information to set up your connection:
Username : your Northwestern NetID
Password : your Northwestern NetID password