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IT Update – Returning Students

Michigan Tech IT is looking forward to the start of fall semester. It’s been a busy summer at Michigan Tech with some major changes and improvements to campus IT systems:

  • Based on feedback received, we are taking the following steps to improve wireless network access:
    • The “MichiganTechSecure” network is no longer available; it was causing disconnect issues with most users. Please make sure you’re connected to the network named “MichiganTech.”
    •  The old bandwidth cap on wireless has been removed.
    • Installation of the Bradford Agent software was previously required for wireless security. The Bradford System now uses a “dissolvable” client that does not require permanent installation on your machine. The old Bradford software can now be uninstalled; instructions are at:  http://www.it.mtu.edu/bradford-agent/.
    • Over the summer, Michigan Tech IT hired a consulting firm to evaluate wireless connectivity throughout campus. Based on their report and feedback from residence hall students, we are in the process of installing nearly 700 new access points in the residence halls, which results in roughly one access point in every other room. This project will not be completed before move-in weekend; it will be a continuous process until all access point are active. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we finish this important project to provide exceptional wireless coverage.
  • This summer the former MEEM “Fishbowl” was renovated into the new Active Learning Center. This is a “flipped” classroom that focuses on collaboration and doesn’t have the front of a traditional classroom. Like all computer classrooms, when this room is not scheduled for classes, it will be available to all students as a computer lab. Design information on this room can be found at: http://www.mtu.edu/alc. Watch renovation progress on a live webcam at: http://www.mtu.edu/webcams.
  • Have you previously downloaded software from Michigan Tech IT’s software download center?  If so, there may be updates available this fall.  Visit the software download center at: http://downloads.it.mtu.edu.
  • Finally, Michigan Tech IT is available to help you with any IT issues you experience as you begin the new year. Please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or (906) 487-1111. You can also follow the latest IT news on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/MichiganTechIT.

IT Update – New Students

Michigan Tech IT is looking forward to the start of the fall semester and all the new students who begin to arrive on August 23. Below are some helpful things to know before you get to campus.

  • Michigan Tech has negotiated many software packages for students to install and use on their personal computers at no cost while at Michigan Tech. Software availability varies by major but includes: AutoCAD, EndNote, Matlab, Mathematica, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft DreamSpark, Microsoft Security Essentials, and more. Most of the contracts require that you be an active current student to download and install, so software will be available once the fall semester begins. Visit the software download center at: http://downloads.it.mtu.edu.
  • If you haven’t already done so, make your New Student Orientation weekend a little easier by uploading a photo for your Michigan Tech HuskyCard ID. You can do this by logging in at mymichigantech.mtu.edu and following the HuskyCard photo item instructions. Students without a photo uploaded will need to have their photo taken on campus and wait for their card to print; students who upload their photo in advance will have their pre-printed card waiting for them at HuskyCard pickup.
  • Wireless routers are not allowed in the residence halls. Save yourself time and money by not buying a wireless router. If a student has a wireless router that we detect, we will ask the student to remove the router to reduce interference with our existing wireless network.
  • Over the summer, Michigan Tech IT hired a consulting firm to evaluate wireless connectivity throughout campus. Based on their report and feedback from residence hall students, we are in the process of deploying and activating nearly 700 new access points in the residence halls, which results in roughly one access point in every other room. This project will provide exceptional wireless coverage throughout the halls. This project will not be complete before move in weekend. It will be a continuous process until all access point are active. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we finish this important project.
  • Printing is available throughout campus and the residence halls. Find out where printers are available on our web site at http://www.it.mtu.edu/printing/. Information on printing in the residence halls is at http://www.it.mtu.edu/res-print/.
  • Finally, Michigan Tech IT is available to help you with any IT issues you experience as you begin the new year. Please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or (906) 487-1111.

IT Updates

  • Microsoft Office 365 is now available for currently enrolled students to download free of charge at http://it.mtu.edu/downloads.
  • Our next and final IT Student Outreach Forum for the semester will be held on April 22, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Union Building. Food will be served and a door prize drawing will be held. RSVP to our facebook event page or at it-help@mtu.edu.
  • Our IT feedback form has received quite a few comments over the past month, including:
  • suggestions on furnishings for wireless lounges, requests for staplers/hole punches, and adding computers to the workspaces in the Library to facilitate collaboration. You can continue to anonymously leave feedback on Michigan Tech IT services via this Google form: http://goo.gl/hMOF48.
  • Where’s Chris? Every Wednesday from 2-4pm, IT Intern Chris Cena will be hanging out in a different location on campus, available to take your comments and concerns directly to IT Management. His location will be posted on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MichiganTechIT.

Huskymail Upgrade Postponed

The Huskymail upgrade scheduled for Thanksgiving break has been postponed.

During this semester, several Huskymail infrastructure pieces have been restructured in order to improve performance.  As such, we have continued to work with several vendors on longer term solutions to these issues.  These processes have taken priority over the upcoming scheduled upgrade and thus will need to be rescheduled.  Our Huskymail Team is presently working on this timeline and we should be able to schedule this upgrade in the near future.  We thank you for your time and patience.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Huskymail upgrade postponed

The Huskymail upgrade scheduled to happen on Aug. 27th has been postponed until Thanksgiving break.

Multiple parties have provided feedback that an email downtime right before classes began would inconvenience faculty, staff and students as they prepare for the beginning of the term. IT has decided to reschedule the upgrade until Thanksgiving break, which is the next window of opportunity for this upgrade. We will send further information in November about the timing of this upgrade.


Computer lab software list, Fall 2011

IT has finalized the list of software to be installed in the computer labs this Fall. The list of all the requests made, sorted by department, can be found here: AY2011 Software.

A more concise list of all the software that is going to be available in labs can be found here: Lab Software List

These lists try to capture the lab software picture information for the whole campus: as such it is very likely that it contains errors and omissions; please let us know if there are any errors contained therein.

All open Windows labs (to be found here) will contain the same software load, making it possible for students to experience the same environment no matter what lab they log into. The Linux Labs in Fisher/Rekhi, will continue to have a Fedora Linux 13, with recent patches installed, while a test program for RedHat 6 unfolds during Fall term, with a possible upgrade happening during Christmas break.


New MATLAB site license

IT just purchased a new MATLAB Total Academic Headcount license; this licenses MATLAB for the whole campus, for uses that include instruction and research (with the exclusion of commercial research). This license also allows the installation of MATLAB on computers without a network connection, a feature that is particularly useful for laptops used in field research. The license comes with unlimited uses of the most commonly used toolboxes on campus, the notable exception being the Distributed Computing Engine, which has a pricing structure of its own.

As before, researches can buy additional toolboxes to add on to our license.

Please read on to see the list of toolboxes and features available under this license.

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