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Gianluca Petrillo, 09/26/2016 02:07 PM

Get a SBND certificate and proxy

Virtual Organization membership

First, you need to be registered in the proper Virtual Organization, which in our case is a unsurprising sbnd.
You can play some roles in the organisation, and you need to choose which one to wear when getting a certificate proxy. Examples of roles are Analysis (which you should pick if unsure) and Production.

You can check your status by pointing your browser to Fermilab VOMS server at . You will be required to present a certificate (the CILogon certificate is good enough for this), and from it the server will know who you are and will tell what you can do.

Get the proxy

The ritual for getting the certificate and proxy goes like this:

kinit "${USER}@FNAL.GOV"                                                     # get your Kerberos authentication
kx509                                                                        # ask Kerberos for a x509 certificate
voms-proxy-init -noregen -rfc -voms 'fermilab:/fermilab/sbnd/Role=Analysis'  # create a "proxy" from the certificate

The last line of the output from this sequence should look something like:
Your proxy is valid until Tue Sep 27 01:49:24 2016

where the date is 24 hours in the future.
This "proxy" is what we need to get our job done.