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Technology@McCombs | Orientation


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.


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 UT Box 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 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

You can get a McCombs email address for business cards and resumes. This email address is a lifetime address and it follows a standard naming convention:

Getting A McCombs Email Address

We have 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.
To get your McCombs email address, all you have to do is sign up for UTMail at You'll get an email address with the domain, and your McCombs email address will automatically be added as a secondary address.

Sending Mail

Your 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.

Checking Your Email

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

You check your email regularly

Have your email address updated correctly in the UT Registrar's site.

Change Your McCombs Email Address

If you go by a different name, like a shortened name, a middle name, or an Americanized name, your email address can be changed. To change the name on your McCombs email address, simply submit a Support Ticket. Include your McCombs Account (also known as your MSB number) and the name you would like to have your email address changed to.

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:

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 here and information on public internet access networks here.

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 utexas network:

If you are on campus:

  1. Connect to the utexas-wifi-help wireless network.
  2. Wait for the prompt or open a web browser and log in with your UT EID and password.
  3. Click the link to set up the utexas network.

If you are off campus:

  1. Go to the 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

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

Mobile Devices

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

Bandwidth Limits

For information about bandwidth limits, 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.

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

The MOD Lab (CBA 5.304 and 5.325):

Fall 2015 hours for the MOD Lab are 8am-5pm weekdays (class reservation availability only) and from 5pm until 9pm weekdays for general McCombs student usage. 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.

Online Resources


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 is an open source programming language designed for statistical computing. It is freely available from The Comprehensive R Archive Network.
    Download link:
    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:
    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:
    Cost: Free
    Installation help

    Oracle Enterprise Database Server

    Download link:
    Cost: Free
    Installation help:


    Weka is an open source Java based collection of machine learning algorithms for solving data mining problems.
    Download link:
    Cost: Free


    Tableau Public is a data visualization application.
    Download link:
    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:
    Cost: Free for McCombs business school students.

    Specially Priced Commercial Software


    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:
    Cost: $30 for installation media, $75/year for license.
    Installation help:


    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: (search for Matlab in the product search box)
    Cost: $98.99