Getting started as a CU-Boulder user

Users with an existing CU-Boulder account can use their IdentiKey credentials to request a Research Computing account using the RC Account Request portal, and once the account is created will authenticate to the RC environment using 2-factor authentication.

Complete the account request form

Visit the RC Account Request portal to complete the account request form. Choose your reason for requesting an account (this helps us guide you later) and Select "University of Colorado - Boulder" as your affiliation, and authenticate using your CU IdentiKey credentials (i.e., your UCB username and password) to complete your account request. After review, your account will be created by a member of the Research Computing staff and further details will be provided to you by email.

Set-up two-factor authentication

Access to Research Computing resources requires two-factor authentication. Request smartphone-based Duo access or a Vasco physical one-time-password (OTP) generator device by either

Be prepared to show your BuffOne card or other state-issued ID as part of the identity-confirmation process when you pick up your authenticator.

If you're using Duo, you'll receive credential registration instructions along with your invite.

If you're using the Vasco OTP authenticator (not the Duo Smartphone app) register it at the OTP Self Service portal, and verify that it works by following the instructions on the OTP Login Test page.

Next steps

Now that you have an RC account, you're ready to get started with the specific RC resources that you're interested in using.