Tech | Orientation

MS-IROM

Welcome to the MS-IROM Technology Prep site for the McCombs School of Business. Technology is an important part of the learning environment at McCombs. The following information will guide you through the technology resources available to you at McCombs and help you use them.

Your Computer Accounts

You have two computer accounts that you'll use as a McCombs student.

UT EID

Your UT EID is provided by the University to perform secure actions. You used this account to apply to the University of Texas. It is managed by the UT Information Technology Services (ITS) department. You should address any questions or issues with it to the ITS Help Desk. You can reset your password or look up your EID at the EID Self Service Tools Site.

Your UT EID is used to perform many actions, such as:

  • Login to the UT Direct portal, the site where you can perform secure functions with UT, such as paying your fee bill
  • Access UT's wireless internet
  • Use WebSpace to store files
  • Print to campus printers, including those in the McCombs School

McCombs Account

The second account is your McCombs Account, also known as your MSB Account. MSB is short for McCombs School of Business. Get your user name and set the password at the Password Change Site.

Your MSB Account is used to:

  • Login to the Business School computer labs
  • Login to any SharePoint-based web site provided by McCombs
  • Access other McCombs resources

Your McCombs password expires every 365 days. To set a new password, go to the Password Change Site.

Acceptable Use Policy

When you use your UT EID, your MSB Account, or any other UT or McCombs technology resources, you must follow UT's Acceptable Use Policy. These rules apply every time you use any UT computing resource. That could be using a computer in one of the labs, sending email from your McCombs email account, or using UT’s wireless internet access.

You are responsible for following all of the computing policies. Here are some of the most commonly broken policies:

  1. Do not let anyone else use your accounts. Never give out your password.
  2. Do not send rude, threatening, or harassing email, even as a joke.
  3. You may not profit from the use of any university computing resource.
  4. Do not send spam.
  5. Do not violate copyright laws.
  6. Do not hack into any UT systems.

Email @ McCombs

Your McCombs email address follows the naming convention:
First.Last@ms14.mccombs.utexas.edu

All incoming students receive a McCombs branded email address. Mail sent to this address automatically forwards to the email account you used when applying to McCombs. You can update your email forwarding to forward to a different account. Upon graduation, your email forwarding continues for life.

While at McCombs, you have access to McCombs contacts and distribution lists through the McCombs Webmail page.  You should empty your Sent Items and Deleted Items folders after sending email through this site because your mailbox is only 2 MB. You will not receive email through the McCombs Webmail page.  You only use it to send to McCombs-specific distribution lists.

Checking Your Email

The University considers email as its official form of correspondence.  Therefore, you should ensure:

Change Your McCombs Email Address

In the McCombs Online Resources site, you can see your McCombs-branded email address.  After logging in, click on the 'Update Profile' tab, and then the 'Email Forwarding' tab.  If you go by a different name, like a shortened name, a middle name, or an Americanized name, your email address can be changed.  Submit a Support Ticket.  Include your McCombs Account (also known as your MSB Account) and the name you would like to have your email address changed to.

Be aware that your old McCombs address will not forward to the new McCombs address.  If you have given out your current (but soon to be old) email address to others, let them know to begin emailing your new address immediately.

Useful email related links

 

Internet Access on Campus

UT-Provided Wireless Internet Access

The University offers free wireless access to the University community. Wireless access is supported by UT’s Information Technology Services (ITS), not by the McCombs School of Business. If you have problems, contact the ITS Help Desk at 475-9400.

Complete information about the wireless network can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/its/network/wireless/

Wireless Access Points

Wireless is available throughout the McCombs Business School complex, including the CBA, GSB, and UTC buildings. The AT&T Conference Center has extensive wireless access. Many other areas of campus also have wireless, including the Texas Union, Student Activity Center, Student Services Building, Gregory Gym common areas, the campus open malls, and most classroom buildings. View a complete list of available access points.

Connecting to the Wireless Network

You must have administrative rights on your computer to complete the UT network wireless connection process. If you do not have administrative rights or if you are using a mobile device that does not support 802.1x connections, you can complete an exemption request.  

To connect to the restricted.utexas network:

If you are on campus:

  1. Connect to the guest.utexas.edu wireless network.
  2. Open a web browser and log in with your UT EID and password.
  3. Click the link to set up the restricted network.

If you are off campus:

  1. Go to the restricted.utexas login page.
  2. Log in with your UT EID and password.
  3. Click on a setup option for your operating system (either web based or manual procedure).
    For instructions on using the manual installer, go to https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/itshelp/.  In the Search box at the top, type restricted.utexas.edu and press Enter.

When you are on campus, a bubble appears in the lower-right corner of your screen. Click this to log on to the restricted.utexas network.

  • User name:  your UT-EID
  • Password:  your EID password
  • Logon Domain:  leave this box blank

Mobile Devices

Click here for instructions on connecting a mobile device to the wireless network.

Bandwidth Limits

For information about bandwidth limits, click here.

AT&T Wireless Internet Access

The AT&T Conference Center provides free wireless internet access throughout the building. 
The access code is ATTCONF.  This network is not secure and does not require a password.

On Campus Resources

Media Services Checkout Desk

GSB 3.132
Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

The Checkout Desk checks out equipment for students, including projectors, screens, digital cameras, notebook computers, camcorders, and microphones. They also sell supplies such as DVDs, headphones, and white board markers.

McCombs Media Lab

UTC 1.110
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Media Lab provides assistance with editing media, including audio, images, and movies. Reservation times for video editing systems fill up fast. To make a reservation, email medialab@mccombs.utexas.edu.

The MOD Lab (CBA 5.304 and 5.325):

***The MOD Lab has been recently updated with new carpet and new desks with retractable flat surface work panels allowing for dual work modalities.  Please take the greatest care in maintaining these resources for the usage and enjoyment of all McCombs technology users.***

Summer 2014 hours for the MOD Lab are 8am-5pm weekdays (class reservation availability only) and from 5pm until 9pm weekdays for general McCombs student usage.  The lab will be staffed by a lab supervisor from 5pm until 9pm on weekdays.  Hours are subject to change according to class schedules and other variables. Do not depend on this lab being open at any given time. Extended hours will be available during midterms and finals. Food and drink are strictly prohibited in the MOD Lab.

Online Resources

UTBox

Box cloud storage is a free campus-wide service that allows faculty, staff. and students at the University of Texas at Austin to use Box Cloud-based file sharing for business and academic purposes.

  • 50 GB storage and file share accounts.
  • Quickly collaborate on documents and safely Cat-I data
  • Have a secure method to share files across campus or across institutions.
  • Easily sync important files between your desktop smartphone and table device.
  • keep files current with apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry.

    To access UTBox, you will log in with your UT-EID and password. 

    NOTE: Always have a backup copy of any important file! Do not store files in only one location, be it online or your computer.

    Adobe Connect

    Some professors use Adobe Connect, a web conferencing tool, to conduct classes, review sessions, or office hours. Learn about Adobe Connect before attending a meeting to ensure a trouble-free usage. Learn more about attending an Adobe Connect meeting.

    Acquiring Additional Software

    Free Software

    R

    R is an open source programming language designed for statistical computing. It is freely available from The Comprehensive R Archive Network.
    Download link: http://cran.us.r-project.org/
    Cost: Free

    Tortoise SVN

    TortoiseSVN is a Windows Subversion client used to check in and check out software code from an Apache Subversion based software code repository.
    Download link: www.tortoisesvn.net
    Cost: Free

    Java Development Kit

    Please see our McCombs Tech Wiki for download and installation instructions. Cost: free

    Oracle Database Software

    Oracle software distributed online is free to use for development, testing, research, and educational purposes. All of your student work involving Oracle products qualifies for license free usage.

    The McCombs Tech Wiki provides additional instructions for installing Oracle software. The two pieces of software you will need to use are the Oracle Enterprise Database Server and the Oracle SQL Developer, which is the developer interface to the database server.

    Oracle SQL Developer

    Download link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html
    Cost: Free
    Installation helphttps://wikis.utexas.edu/display/MSBTech/Installing+Java+Development+Kit+and+Oracle+SQL+Developer

    Oracle Enterprise Database Server

    Download link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html
    Cost: Free
    Installation help: https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/MSBTech/Installing+Oracle+Database+Server

    Weka

    Weka is an open source Java based collection of machine learning algorithms for solving data mining problems.
    Download link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/weka/
    Cost: Free

    Tableau

    Tableau Public is a data visualization application.
    Download link: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/download
    Cost: Free

    Decision Tools

    Decision Tools is a set of Microsoft excel add-ins for Risk and decision analysis. It is a commercial product from Palisade Corporation. The McCombs School of Business has negotiated a number of licenses for student use and makes it available for student download on its Common Operating Environment software page.
    Download link: http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Tech/Computer-Services/COE.aspx
    Cost: Free for McCombs business school students.

    Specially Priced Commercial Software

    SAS

    A specially negotiated bundle of SAS products is distributed by the University Software Distribution Services on TXShop. This SAS distribution comes on a 4 DVD media set that includes a license file good from one university fiscal year (Sept. 1 through Aug. 31). Although the media physically includes a physical license file, the license to run SAS must be separately purchased for each computer on which you run it each year. The bundle of SAS products distributed by UT includes SAS Foundation (the base SAS install of essential components), Enterprise Miner and Text Miner, all of which are which are used in certain MS-IROM courses.
    Download link: http://www.utexas.edu/its/products/sas/
    Cost: $30 for installation media, $75/year for license.
    Installation help: https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/MSBTech/Installing+SAS+with+Enterprise+Miner+and+Text+Miner

    Matlab

    A student version of Matlab is distributed in a package along with Simulink from the Campus Computer Store. It includes a perpetual license that does not need to be renewed.
    Download link: http://www.campuscomputer.com (search for Matlab in the product search box)
    Cost: $98.99

     

    Page last updated: 8/8/2013