June 15, 2015

SPARK stats

SPARK is UAB IT's site for crowdsourcing innovation. Each week we update the previous week's statistics to show the top innovator, trending ideas and most popular ideas.

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July 4-10, 2015

Compatibility testing of Microsoft 2013 is underway.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

Office Professional Plus 2013 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher and Lync and will be the version available to UAB under our Microsoft Campus Agreement when released to Campus.

UAB IT is testing Microsoft Office 2013 to determine its compatibility with applications and systems deployed in the UAB environment. Current testing includes Office 2013’s compatibility with the following:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • EndNote
  • I>clicker
  • Turning Point

In addition to UAB IT’s testing, we request that your department conduct its own testing of Office 2013 with applications and systems that are unique to your environment. This week we will release Office 2013 to TIMGroup for testing purposes. Please report your application compatibility results to Sterling Griffin (Sterling@uab.edu) once your testing is complete. Also include a list of any applications you use that interact with Office.

Until the testing and evaluation of Office 2013 is complete, UAB IT is not recommending it for mass deployment.

You may download Office 2013 from the UAB IT software site HERE.  An install guide is available.  (Office 2013 is available for download to TIMGroup members only.)

Deployment: (with SkyDrive disabled when using Office 2013)

UAB IT will post on the download site 2 versions of the ISO.

  1. As delivered from Microsoft.
  2. With the registry key to disable SkyDrive in a transform file

Office 2013 uses Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud-based file-hosting service. We recommend disabling SkyDrive at this time. This can be accomplished in two ways: Using the Registry Editor and using the Group Policy Editor.

  • Disabling SkyDrive by using the Registry Editor
      • Launch the Registry Editor by opening the Run dialog box and entering regedit.
      • When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignIn.
      • If the SignIn key doesn’t exist, create it by right-clicking on Common à New à Key à SignIn.
      • In the right pane of the SignIn key, create a new DWORD value named SignInOptions.
      • Double-click on SignInOptions and change its value to 3. To restore SkyDrive functionality, simply set the SignInOptions value to 0.
  • Disabling SkyDrive by using the Group Policy Editor
    • To use this method, you need to install the Office 2013 Administrative Templates. If you don’t have these templates, download them from the Microsoft Downloads Web site and install them.
    • Once the Administrative Templates are installed, open the Run dialog box and enter gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    • Now that you’re in the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate down the tree to User Configuration à Administrative Templates à Microsoft Office 2013 à Miscellaneous.
    • Find the “Block signing into Office” option in the list of settings and double-click it.
    • In the Properties window, click “Enable” and select the option “None Allowed.”

Current users of MATLAB are required to UPDATE the current license on their desktop before Feb 1, 2013. To update MATLAB, open MATLAB and do following:


  • click on Help and then Licensing and then UPDATE.  
  • MATLAB will take a couple minutes to connect to the MATLAB License center and download an update license file to the users desktop.


For more information on MATLAB see http://www.uab.edu/it/home/component/k2/item/306-matlab.

October 26, 2012

Matlab Help

MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.

You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.
For more information and installation instructions click below:

What should I expect once I request software from IT Procurement?

For products that are managed/licensed through IT Procurement (certain bulk purchased software and products covered under a site or volume purchase agreement) we will work with you to determine exactly what software versions you need and ensure proper licensing for your situation.  Your order may be processed in one of 3 ways depending on the software you need.

1.    For software that is available for download without additional charges you will be directed to the IT Software Library website.  If you are unable to download because you are unable to create and ISO file or unable to copy the file to disk, you may prefer physical media.  IT Procurement can provide you with the media at a cost of $5 per CD/DVD.  For physical media requests you will need to go online to www.uab.edu/askit and submit a new request and provide a valid account number before we can release the media.

  • Our goal is to fulfill requests for download instructions by the end of the same business day, and to fulfill requests for pickup of physical media by the end of the next business day (once a valid account number is provided). 
  • License keys necessary for installation of the software will be emailed/provided to you through the AskIT ticket within 24 hours after the media has been picked up from the AskIT Help Desk. 

2.   For bulk purchased software for which IT Procurement is reselling the product we will validate the requirements for installation with you and provide a cost back to you for an approval via the AskIT ticket you submitted. 

  • In general, you should expect a response to your initial inquiry with pricing by the end of the same business day. 
  • If you approve of the cost you should reply back to the AskIT email with the appropriate quantities and a valid account number string. 
  • From the time you reply back with the necessary information our goal is to fulfill your request with instructions on pickup of physical media and license keys necessary for installation of the software by the end of the next business day.

3.   For purchases of products requiring a Purchase Order to be generated to a vendor (Microsoft products covered under our select agreement) we will validate the requirements for installation with you and provide a cost for your review via the AskIT ticket you submitted.  The overall process for orders requiring a PO should take between 7 and 10 business days, depending on how long it takes for routing the request through Oracle for approvals.

  • In general, for workstation related products you should expect a response to your initial inquiry with questions or pricing by the end of the same business day.  Requests for server related products should receive a response by the end of the next business day.
  • Once final costs are provided to you, if you want to proceed with the order you should reply back to the AskIT email with the appropriate quantities and a valid account number. 
  • IT Procurement will enter the request into the Oracle system generally on the same day we receive your approval to proceed.  The document will route for approvals according to the normal Oracle approval process for the account number provided, and then route to UAB Procurement for issuance of a Purchase Order to the vendor.  IT Procurement will update the AskIT ticket to provide you with notice that the order has been approved. 
  • IT Procurement will monitor the Microsoft Volume Licensing site for validation that the UAB Purchase has been submitted appropriately to Microsoft.  This validation generally requires between 3 and 5 business days once the purchase order has been submitted to the vendor.
  • Once the purchase has been validated you should expect an update from IT Procurement with the necessary information on pickup of physical media (if applicable) and license keys necessary for installation of the software.

Q: I use MS Project (example) on my computer and I have a copy of the media.  My colleague also needs Project on her system.  I know she is planning on placing an order for the software next week. Can I loan her my media to install so she can begin working immediately?

A: No, for MS Project that would be a violation of your license.  Your colleague must have her own license prior to installing the software. For other titles such as MS Office covered under the Campus agreement loaning media would be acceptable. If in doubt contact AskIT for guidance.

In the case of MS Office and a few other MS products under the UAB Campus Agreement, yes, but with some limitations and not using the same media/download as you used for your UAB owned system. See the related links below for more information.  Keep in mind not all software allows home use rights and each license should be verified before loading any software.

Q: My department/school uses a specific software application for many users and I'm fairly sure several other departments/schools at UAB use it as well.  Is there a more economical way to purchase that software

A: Possibly, through either a volume discount arrangement or through a site license.  First, contact AskIT to see if any discounts are already in place. If not you can send an email to dyother@uab.edu  for review. Make sure and include all pertinent information about the product such as areas known to be using the software, number of licenses currently owned, manufacturer, product name/version, etc., and why you feel a site license may be applicable.

Communicate to everyone in your area the need to understand and follow the rights granted by the license.

  • Don't use one licensed copy to install a program on multiple systems.
  • Don't make unauthorized copies of disks for distribution.
  • Don't use UAB software at home unless the license specifically allows it.
  • Don't use software after the expiration of the license.
  • Don't take advantage of upgrade offers without having a legal copy of an earlier, upgradeable version of the software.
  • KEEP ACCURATE RECORDS of all software purchased/installed in your area.

Every UAB faculty, staff, and student (where applicable) is responsible for adhering to software copyright laws and license rights.  While IT Software Licensing will ensure that appropriate licensing information is published for products included on the IT web site, it is the responsibility of each school, department, faculty/staff member, and student to maintain accurate records for all software installed on their systems.  Records should include the software title, date and source of the purchase (including software acquired through this web site or AskIT), and where installed.  For software not covered under a UAB site license, a sales order/invoice or the original physical media/license key would qualify as proof of a valid license.  Note that only one method can be used for any one software title as proof, not a combination of the two for the same application.