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The Fermilab Library - Off-site Electronic Access

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Fermilab’s online journals and subscription databases are accessible off-site. There are two ways to do this, shown below.

Remote Desktop method (ideal for Windows users, also Mac):

  • Go into Fermilab with VPN using your Services account.
  • Open a "Remote Desktop" session
    • Windows XP: Select Start Menu->Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection
    • Windows Vista: Select Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection
    • Windows 7: Select Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection
    • Windows command line: mstsc
    • Mac OS X: Download Remote Desktop for Mac from the Microsoft website.
  • Log in with your regular Fermi domain account to (choose one):
    • The Fermilab Windows Terminal Server. This requires access to the FERMI-TS server, you'll need to contact the Service Desk to set that up.
    • Your office computer or some other computer at Fermilab. You need to know the name or IP address of the computer to do this. You also need to be a member of the Fermi Remote Desktop Users group; contact the Service Desk to set that up.
  • Bring up a browser from the remote desktop, you should be able to download article PDFs now. As a test, see if you can view the following Physical Review D pdf.

FoxyProxy method (ideal for Linux users, also Mac and Windows):

  • Download FoxyProxy for use with the Firefox browser.
  • Once that is installed and integrated with Firefox:
    • Tools -> FoxyProxy Standard -> More [may not be there, depending on version] -> Options
    • Add New Proxy
      • General
        • All boxes: checked (but not the "Cache" and "Cookies" boxes)
        • Proxy Name: whatever you want, e.g. FNAL
        • Proxy Notes: ssh -D 9999 your_user_name@fnalu.fnal.gov (can also log into your office machine)
      • Proxy Details
        • Manual Proxy Configuration: checked
        • Host or IP address: localhost
        • Port: 9999 (free to choose here but must match "Proxy Notes" above)
        • Socks Proxy: checked
        • Socks v5: checked
        • OK [might click this after "URL patterns", depending on version]
      • URL patterns
        • Doesn't matter, if you leave it blank all web pages will go through the Fermilab machine named above while you are using Firefox, if you have this proxy, FNAL (see "Proxy Name" above), selected.
  • Now to get it running:
    • Create an ssh tunnel into the machine named above in "Proxy Notes" using Putty or a shell
      ssh -D 9999 your_user_name@fnalu.fnal.gov
      may require cryptocard to access
    • Tools -> FoxyProxy Standard -> More -> Options [final two may not be there, depending on version]
      • Select your new proxy, FNAL:
        Mode: Use proxy "FNAL" for all URLs
  • You're done! You should now notice a little fox face in the bottom-right hand corner of your browser border. The color should match the color selected in the "Options" menu (default is blue but you can change it, which is nice if you have more than one proxy setting). As a test, see if you can view the following Physical Review D pdf.

Alternative Proxy method (ideal for Linux users, also Mac and Windows):

  • In a terminal (e.g. "xterm" or other command-line shell application), do
    ssh -D 9999 your_user_name@fnalu.fnal.gov
    or replace "fnalu.fnal.gov" with any other FNAL machine on which you have an account.
  • In your Firefox browser's config page (enter "about:config" into the address bar, click "okay" on the warning), change the following settings:
    network.proxy.socks 127.0.0.1
    network.proxy.socks_port 9999
    network.proxy.socks_remote_dns true
    network.proxy.type 1
  • To turn off the proxy (send and receive web traffic through your computer directly, without sending it to Fermilab first), reset network.proxy.type to its default value (right click in about:config gives you a "reset" option) and type control-C in the terminal to stop ssh.

 

For questions about journals and subscription databases, or requests to have PDF's of journal articles sent to you by e-mail, contact Fermilab library: library@fnal.gov.

3/15/11