Texas MBA at Houston
The information on the tabs below will guide you through the technology resources available to you at McCombs and help you use them.
Your Computer Account
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:
- log in to Canvas, the site used by professors to distribute documents, announcements, and grades
- log in to the UT Direct portal, the site where you can perform secure functions with UT, to pay university fees (such as ID Center fees, library fines, etc)
- access UT's wireless internet
- use UTBox to store files
- print to campus printers, including those in the McCombs School
Acceptable Use Policy
When you use your UT EID 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 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:
- Do not let anyone else use your accounts. Never give out your password.
- Do not send rude, threatening, or harassing email, even as a joke.
- You may not profit from the use of any university computing resource.
- Do not send spam.
- Do not violate copyright laws.
- Do not hack into any UT systems.
Checking Your Email
Official correspondence from UT, the MBA Program Office, and your instructors will be sent to the email address that you have listed in the UT Directory. Please make sure that this is an email address that you check regularly. While you have the option to set up UT and McCombs email addresses (see below), official communication will only be sent to the address that you have listed in the directory.
UT and McCombs Email Addresses
The McCombs School of Business has partnered with the University to provide McCombs email addresses for students through the UTMail service. UT Mail is powered by Google and provides a 30GB mailbox and Google Apps for Education, which includes Google Drive for file storage and sharing. Both your UTMail address and your McCombs address will remain active after you graduate.
First, sign up for UTMail at https://get.utmail.utexas.edu/ to create your @utexas.edu address.
To set up the McCombs email address, you must log into McCombs Online Resources (MOR) in order to confirm or change the format of the email address. In the UTMail tab in MOR, you will see that the default format for your McCombs email address will be: Firstname.Lastname@mba.utexas.edu. If no changes are necessary, please click "Confirm Email Address." If you go by a name different from the one listed, you will enter your preferred first and last name, and then click "Update McCombs UTMail Address." Your McCombs email address will be added to your UTMail account within two weeks of confirming or updating. This email address is a lifetime address and it follows a standard naming convention to be used for business cards and resumes.
Your @utexas.edu address will be the default "Send from" address. When composing a new message, a drop down box in the "From:" field will allow you to select the email address from which the message will be sent.
To change the default "Send from" email address go to Options (the gear-shaped button in upper-right corner) > Settings > Accounts, then set the default.
You can also configure the system to reply from the same account the message was sent to. Go to Options (gear-shaped button in upper-right corner) > Settings > Accounts. Under your mail addresses you can select Reply from the same address the message was sent to.
Where To Go For Help
SWAT Shop, aka McCombs Technology Service Help Desk
GSB 3.132, and RRH 3.430, Website
Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The SWAT Shop is your first stop for tech-related questions at the McCombs School of Business and Rowling Hall. They answer general questions about computers and McCombs technology, such as email and software. SWAT also assists with basic computer issues such as wireless configuration for the UT restricted network.
ITS Help Desk
Monday – Friday, 6 am – 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Hours may vary during summer and winter breaks. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.
The ITS Help Desk assists all UT students, faculty and staff with University technology services, including EID issues, Canvas, wireless, printing, and software. They also help with virus and spyware issues.
Tech Help Wiki
For answers to tech questions at any time, search our Tech Help Wiki.
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 UT wireless networks can be found here.
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.
Connecting to the Wireless Network
Devices connecting to the utexas Wi-Fi network must be compatible with 802.11 a/g/n/ac protocols and capable of 802.1x authentication (also commonly referred to as "WPA2-Enterprise" on several platforms). Devices that do not support 802.1x or older devices that only support 802.11b will be unable to use the university's Wi-Fi network. Administrative rights on your computer to complete the UT network wireless connection process may be needed.
If you are on campus:
- Connect to the utexas-wifi-help wireless network.
- Wait for the prompt or open a web browser and log in with your UT EID and password.
- Click the link to set up the utexas network.
Click here for instructions on connecting a mobile device to the wireless network.
For information about bandwidth limits and data plans, click here.
Help & Support
For ITS help & support 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.
Canvas is the website professors use to share class documents, announcements, and grades.
- Log in to Canvas using your UT EID, and then add it to your browser favorites.
- Have questions? Contact the ITS Help Desk.
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.
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.
Acquiring Additional Software
There are two ways you can acquire additional software.
Campus Computer Store
Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 109
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
You can purchase software at a student discount at the Campus Computer Store. You are only allowed one license per piece of software. Visit their website for a full listing of software available and prices.
Installing Decision Tools
You will need Decision Tools, which includes Stat Tools, for some of your classes. The Decision Tools license expires once a year on August 31. You will need to reinstall this tool at the start of your second year.
- In an Internet browser, go to the McCombs Decision Tools download site.
- Login with your UTEID and password.
- Click "Download the COE version of Decision Tools from this server" link.
- Once the file has downloaded, run the DTS_Installer.exe to install Decision Tools. Click through the prompts as necessary to complete the installation.
Attn Mac Users: To use Decision Tools you can run it in mCloud or you will need to run Windows and Office 2010 or 2013 on your Mac. The SWAT Shop has a solution in place that will allow you to do this for minimal cost. Acquiring Decision Tools for Mac Users.