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, 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 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.email@example.com. ("19" indicates that you are graduating in 2019.) 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.
Visit McCombs Tech Wiki for additional information.
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.
If you are off campus:
- Go to the 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://management.pna.utexas.edu/howto/.
When you are on campus, a bubble appears in the lower-right corner of your screen. Click this to log on to the 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 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.
Connecting to the VPN
To access McCombs and UT resources from off-campus, you will need to connect to the UT VPN. To do so, open a browser and go to the following URL to begin the installation:
Enter your UT EID and password and the installation will begin. Note that you will need administrative rights on your computer to install this program.
Once the program is installed, it will create a Cisco folder in your Programs list. Click on the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to launch the program. Enter your UT EID and password to connect.
If for any reason the program fails to install via the browser, visit the Virtual Private Network (VPN) home page for assistance.
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, Canvas, wireless, printing, software, and Webspace. They also help with virus and spyware issues.
On Campus Resources
Media Services Checkout Desk
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.
Carpenter Leadership Center
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The Carpenter Leadership Center is an MBA student lounge and study room area. It is restricted to MBA students only. Contact the MBA Program Office at 512-471-7698 if you have any questions regarding the Carpenter Leadership Center. Thank you!.
NRG Productivity Center
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The NRG Productivity Center, formerly known as the Reliant Reading Room, is a study facility for McCombs School students only. You must bring your student ID to enter this room, as the door unlocks with a proximity card reader. Individual study carrels are available for private study; all come equipped with power outlets and Kensington lock loops to secure notebook computers against theft. Several group study areas are also available. Group study rooms can be reserved on the lab reservations page. The productivity center has its own printer, a section of desktop computers as well as complete wireless coverage.
Food and drink are not allowed in the NRG Productivity Center.
The MOD Lab (CBA 5.304 and 5.325):
Fall 2016 hours for the MOD Lab are 8am-5pm weekdays for class reservation availability only and from 5pm until 9pm weekdays for general McCombs student usage. No evening hours during the Summer. Hours are subject to change according to class schedules and other variables. Do not depend on this lab being open at any given time. Food and drink are strictly prohibited in the MOD Lab.
MBA Study Rooms
MBA Study Rooms
Because of the collaborative nature of many of the classes, MBA candidates need space to work in groups. There is a row of meeting rooms inside the Carpenter Center (GSB 3.140) reserved for this purpose.
There are 11 meeting rooms in the suite which include the Carpenter Conference Room and the Carpenter Workroom and nine rooms designed for team study areas.
MBA Study Rooms A - J and the Carpenter Conference Room (3.142C – seats 10) and Workroom (3.142D – seats 12) are available here.
- Log in w/ your UT EID/password.
- Select the study rooms. You will see a list of the rooms and what is reserved when for that day.
- You can select a time for that day or go to a certain room and select a certain day.
- First year students can reserve up to 9 hours/week the first semester; all students in the remaining semesters can reserve up to 6 hours/week per semester.
- You will not be able to reserve a study room after you have used your hours for the week and you can't use the same room for more than three hours straight
- The boards enable whiteboard diagrams to be saved to PCs connected to the network.
EMBA on Canvas
The EMBA Program has a course on Canvas where they will post assignments, newsletters and files for you. You will receive an invitation to join. Log into Canvas with your UT EID and password.
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.
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
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. Click here for instructions.