— Access to Red Hen: technical details


Instructions for accessing Red Hen web services and servers for team members.

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Access UCLA web services

First create a UCLA logon ID; see instructions.
Second, go to the Red Hen course site, using the enrollment key you received from Prof Steen or Prof Turner.
Third, select the web service you are interested in from the main menu.

If, after you have created your UCLA logon ID, and ascertained that it is in fact established, and used the enrollment key, you still encounter difficulties, follow the instructions below.  Be certain in all events that the cache has been cleared in your browser; otherwise, your helpful little browser will want to log in for you silently, and is likely to get it wrong.

after doing so, you should see the page directly below.
2) Log in.

If you have successfully logged in, you will see the page directly below:

3) Do not do anything on this page. In the same window or a different window, follow this link again: https://classes.sscnet.ucla.edu/course/enrol.php?id=10479
After doing so, you should see the page directly below

 4) Follow the “Communication Studies Archive Edge Search Engine” link. You should see the page directly below the first time you try to do this. (If you do not see the page directly below, try clearing your search history / cookies / all that stuff… not sure what browser you use but this is easy to do in Chrome or Safari. Then, after clearing all that stuff, try all of these steps again.) Select UCLA (not Case), and select remember my preferences forever. Then click next.

The picture below shows a user selecting UCLA, not Case:

Directly below is what the screen should look like before you click Next:

And, voilà.

Access Red Hen servers
On a Mac, open the Terminal application and issue the command
    ssh-keygen.exe -t rsa
Press Enter in response to all the questions, and then issue
    cp -p ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ~/Desktop/YourName.pub
E-mail the YourName.pub file on your Desktop to Steen or Turner.

Your default ~/.bashrc on a Mac includes the line
    PS1="\u@$(scutil --get ComputerName):\w\$ "
This will rename the tab when you access a remote system and the name persists after log out. Use this instead:
    PS1='\u@\h:\w\$ '

On a PC, install the secure shell. Follow the first three steps of these instructions:
In PowerShell, issue this command:
    ssh-keygen.exe -t rsa -f id_rsa
 This creates a public/private key pair. E-mail the public key (extension .pub) to Steen or Turner.

Alternatively, you can install PuTTY and let us generate a key for you that you convert to PuTTY's format.

Finally, in the spring of 2016, Microsoft released Bash for Windows 10; see


In reporting a problem, always include the URL of the page and a screenshot. 

A common problem is that the video won't load:

"The video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported."

This error is typically due to your browser's blocking flash video. First make sure you run the latest version of the browser and of the flash plugin. In Chrome, select Settings | Advanced | Content | Flash and allow flash. In addition, add the Edge URL to the list of allowed sites for flash: https://tvnews.sscnet.ucla.edu. This may be required to allow the video to play, even if you've set flash to be allowed for all sites!