The Computer Systems Lab is the IT support organization of the Computer Sciences Department at UW-Madison.
Our mission is to support the effective, efficient, and secure use of information technology by Computer Sciences students, faculty, and staff in teaching, learning, research, and public service.
On this site you may find documentation for the various services that the CSL supports. Please see the sidebar to browse a listing of available help topics or search by keyword.
Find out more about the projects that the CSL is working on and have recently completed:
Ubuntu Linux 2204 LTS is now available for CS Department linux computers. Computers with older versions will be upgraded in the next few months.
The Instructional Linux labs have new computers, with Ubuntu 2204 LTS
Remote Computer Access
Students are not automatically authorized to use the CS Department VPN. Please use the Campus VPN (WiscVPN) unless you have a specific need for the CS VPN, in which case, contact email@example.com for authorization.
CSL Services and Staffing, Fall 2022
CSL professional staff are working both on campus and remotely (individual schedules vary from day to day). If you wish to schedule an appointment with a CSL staff member, either in-person or online, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSL student staff schedules also vary, depending on their class schedule and school work needs.
Hours for the CSL Service Desk in room 2350 will be posted when the student staff schedule is set (early in the Fall term).
Contacting the CSL
Please continue to send problem reports and requests for service to email@example.com. This is the best way to contact the CSL, and the best way to request service from the CSL.
Please provide as much information and context as possible in the email, and use a meaningful subject line, so that we can easily identify your request. Please use a “new” request (“new” email message, with a new Subject: line, without the CSL tracking number) for each new or separate request or problem. That allows us to assign the request to the appropriate staff, and track the request.
If you need additional assistance, one of our staff will contact you via email, to arrange an in-person or online meeting or consultation.