Members of ETH Zurich receive a username and an initial password at the beginning of their studies or employment. The username is automatically assigned by the system and can not be changed during the course of the study or the employment, not even with name changes such as for example after marriage. The nethz username is the primary username, it is required to create access to most of the IT services at ETH.
The most important IT services include:
|nethz||general authentication for web applications|
|Mailbox||email-/calendar service, active directory account|
|VPN||access the ETH network using a commercial internet provider, wireles access points or docking stations at the ETH.|
|IT shop||software distribution system for employees and students|
|NAS/Dfs||central file system for student home directories and student homepages|
The initial user password is communicated to the new users per postal mail. The password for all services can only be changed by using the http://password.ethz.ch interface.
The ETH user administration nethz is integrated in the Swiss universities authentication and authorizing infrastructure federation (AAI) Switch