A PennName is a username(*) which is unique to each individual at Penn.
It may be used on multiple systems at Penn for that individual's accounts. The PennNames service supports migration to and maintenance of a common University namespace. It consists of a database, a set of system administrator tools, and basic polices to maintain the association between an individual and the individual's PennName.
(*) 2-8 lowercased letters or digits where the first character is a letter
Guaranteed Service Level
Generally, the PennNames server is
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Becoming a PennNames Sponsor
If you would like to use the PennNames System, please contact your
computing director for his or her endorsement and referral to ISC.
All requests must be channeled through computing directors -- no
direct requests will be honored. Computing directors should make requests via
email to email@example.com. You will need to supply the name and
email address of a full-time Penn staff person to be the contact for your
site. ISC will work with that staff person to select a sponsor name that represents your school or center. Please check the current list of PennNames sponsors to make sure that your school or center is not already a PennNames sponsor before making your request.
Getting the PennNames Client
Once your school or center has been registered as a PennNames sponsor,
you may download the PennNames client, available at:
This is a restricted site and you will need to request authorization to
download the client software.
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for access to this resource.
Once you have downloaded the software, please review the package README for
instructions on installing the client. A detailed description of the client
command set and a sample Perl script that uses the client are available.
PennNames Web Client
In addition to the distributed PennNames client that one could install
on the local server, we make available a web application that uses the
PennNames API and provides full client functionality. This application is
especially useful for the LSP who may not be responsible for creating accounts
on a server but who needs the ability to search PennNames for the current status of a PennName.
Access to the PennNames Web client is restricted. To request access,
please contact ISC Client