All services inside the Department of Physics use the same login and password, called “physics account” or “D-PHYS account”.
No. There is a physics account and a n.ethz.ch account. Not everyone has both of them and different things need different logins.
The Physics Account is given by ISG to students and members of the physics department, either working for the administration or a particular institute (including guests). This account is required to access your @phys.ethz.ch e-mail, your computer files and provides the login for our workstations. The password can be changed at admin.phys.ethz.ch/passwd.
The nethz Account is given by the ETH Rektorat to every student and ETH human resources to every employee at ETHZ. You should get this login and password by regular mail to your home address. Please ask your secretary in case of problems. This account is required to access your @ethz.ch (or @student.ethz.ch) email, the wireless network, VPN, licensed software via ides and several other ETH-wide services. The password can be changed at passwort.ethz.ch.
Please also note the usage policy for ITP and students machines.
Of course, with two accounts come (at least) two email addresses. In order to have a single point of email contact, you should forward one address to the other. Please read our howto and set it up accordingly.
In case you forgot your password, we can reset it and give you a new one. For obvious security reasons this cannot be done over the phone or by email. You need to come to our offices and bring an ID card.
Yes. Until further notice we do not automatically delete accounts of people leaving D-PHYS or ETH as many of them still use the account for collaboration with their former colleagues, etc.
However, we reserve the right to delete accounts which are obviously unused for some time. Indicators for unused accounts are e.g. too many unchecked e-mails or broken e-mail forwards.
So if you want to keep your D-PHYS account, please take care that you read or retrieve the e-mails which are received at this account – or forward them to your long-term e-mail address and change the forward in case that e-mail address changes.