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PyMol Licensing

As of September 1, 2021 we have access to a campus license, managed by Dr. Paul LaPointe (Cell Biology).
Register to download the new license file here (CCID authentication required)

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Biochemistry VPN


Who can use this VPN connection
Members of our Department

What is a VPN
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that permits campus users to securely and safely transmit any kind of network traffic down a tunnel to a remote location. This will allow users who are not on campus the ability to access campus computing resources—such as direct access to library databases and departmental resources—remotely. - from IST

What can I use the VPN for
Connect to your office or lab computer, located in our MSB network
Library access from home
Printing to lab printer from UWS-connected laptops or devices

What you shouldn’t use the VPN for
Any activity that contravenes the Information Technology Use and Management Policy



How to establish a VPN connection to the Biochemistry Network, in Medical Sciences Building.

(e. g. connecting to a workstation or server with a 129.128.6.x or 129.128.166.x address)

VPN software Installation, Setup and Usage

Go to

Click the “How to Connect to the University of Alberta VPN Service” guide at the bottom of the page

Under “Procedure”, download the proper installer for your computer

Open your new VPN client, and type into the text box, and click “connect”


Enter in your CCID@biochem and your CCID password, and click “OK”


You should now be connected. The following screen will pop up in the bottom right corner of your monitor:


Connect to your Biochemistry resource using the same method you used previously

Connect to your office computer*
Setup/Print your lab printer
Connect to the UofA Library

*Note: If you are connecting to a server or workstation, you may need to configure its' firewall to allow you in.
Do this by allowing access to your system (VPN connection’s public IP address)

Once you have finished working with the Biochemistry resource, disconnect from the VPN


Mac Users: if you quit the program instead of disconnecting first, your network will be unstable until the next reboot



Campus-licensed Microsoft Product Activation Procedures


To activate Microsoft Windows, run the following commands with administrator privileges:

C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs /skms
C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs /ato

To confirm the system is activated, run the following command with administrator privileges:

C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs /dli

To activate Microsoft Office, run the following commands with administrator privileges:

Office 2016/2019 64-bit:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act

Office 2016/2019 32-bit:

cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" /act

Office 2013 64-bit:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /act

Office 2013 32-bit:

cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\ospp.vbs" /act

Office 2010 64-bit:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" /act

Office 2010 32-bit:

cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" /
cscript "C:\Program files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" /act

Additional information on the above commands can be found in Microsoft's Volume Activation Technical Reference Guide.