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 Accounts
You have two computer accounts that you'll use as a McCombs student.
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 Blackboard, the site used by professors to distribute documents, announcements, and grades
- 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
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:
- 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.
Email @ McCombs
Your McCombs email address follows the naming convention:
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
UT provides students, faculty, and staff with an optional email account called UTmail. This account is powered by Google and provides a 25GB mailbox. You are not required to sign up for this account, but can if you wish. Students keep this account for life if and when they graduate.
For more information, and to sign up for UTmail, go to http://utmail.utexas.edu/.
Tech Help Wiki
For answers to tech questions at any time, search our Tech Help Wiki.
Where To Go For Help
SWAT Shop, aka McCombs Services Desk
CBA 1.328, 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. 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 and Outlook setup for your McCombs mail.
ITS Help Desk
FAC Lobby, Website
Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 10 pm
Friday, 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon - 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, Blackboard, wireless, printing, Bevoware, and Webspace. They also help with virus and spyware issues.
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:
- Connect to the guest.utexas.edu wireless network.
- Open a web browser and log in with your UT EID and password.
- Click the link to set up the restricted network.
If you are off campus:
- Go to the restricted.utexas login page.
- Log in with your UT EID and password.
- 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
Click here for instructions on connecting a mobile device to the wireless network.
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.
Blackboard Community Site
The Program Office has created a community website through Blackboard where you can find the latest class and calendar announcements.
Access the Blackboard Community Site
- Go to http://courses.utexas.edu.
- Log in with your UTEID.
- In the My Organizations section, click on Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth class of 2014.
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.
The University provides every student with online file storage space called Webspace.
WebSpace is a resource for Web publishing and file storage for students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin. You can use WebSpace to store copies of important documents like homework, notes and graphics. You can access the files from anywhere using a Web browser. WebSpace also helps you share files with other users, and gives you a place to publish a personal home page.
- 1 gigabyte (GB) file storage
- Web publishing
- Access by Web browser or WebDAV
- Ability to limit file access based on EID or ticket generation (for non-EID holders)
- Secure connection with all access methods
- File version control
To access Webspace, you will log in with your UT-EID and password. For in-depth instructions on using Webspace, visit UT's Information Technology Services.
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 http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Tech/Computer-Services/COE.aspx.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Decision Tools Standard 6.1.
- Click the Decision Tools download page link.
- Login with your UTEID and password.
- Click the here link in the last line to begin the download.
- Click Run and follow any prompts to install.
Attn Mac Users: Decision Tools will only run on a Windows operating system. To use Decision Tools you will need to run Windows and Office 2007 or 2010 on your Mac. The SWAT Shop has a solution in place that will allow you to do this for minimal cost. Click here for instructions.