UAB IT will introduce a faster, stronger and more secure WiFi network for the campus community on July 31.

The new network will offer more convenience and security for campus users with BlazerIDs and will greatly streamline the WiFi access for guest users.

UABStartHere and UABSecure will replace the current networks named uabwifi, uabwifi-nac and uabvisitor.

Campus users who have had devices connected to UAB’s WiFi networks will need to reconfigure those devices beginning July 31. Uabwifi and uabvisitor will be available only until Aug. 15, and uabwifi-nac will be available until Nov. 15.

For users with a BlazerID and password, UABSecure is the preferred network because it provides encryption for sensitive data. UABStartHere is a completely open network, which means it provides no encryption and users will not need to enter a WEP key as they have in the past.

WiFi users who want to connect to UAB’s WiFi network will begin by choosing the UABStartHere network from their device. Upon opening a web browser, users will be automatically directed to a Web site where they can choose whether to configure their device for the UABSecure network, log on to the UABStartHere network or to register as a guest user.

Guests on campus will no longer be required to get sponsor access to use the campus WiFi network. They can simply log on to UABStartHere using a valid e-mail address to get 24 hours of access to the WiFi network.

Unencrypted sensitive data should NOT be transmitted through the UABStartHere network unless protected by other means, such as a virtual private network (VPN) session.

If your WiFi device can support the UABSecure network, we highly suggest taking the time to walk through configuring your device using QuickConnect. Click here for instructions. 
UAB Research Computing Day 2013

The 2013 UAB Research Computing Day will be held September 26, 2013 in Cudworth at 1919 University Blvd.

Activities this year will include a symposium on Thursday, September 26, 2013 with invited talks and contributed talks from campus researchers.

UAB Research Computing Day is dedicated to dialogs on science, engineering, and their ever present drive to advance the art of technology in opening new research frontiers. These dialogs connect with our daily operations, touch the far edges of the Internet, and intersect with the themes of national funding agencies and peer institutions. 

Sign up today for the UAB Research Computing Day 2013 event to be held in the UAB Cudworth Auditorium (1919 University Blvd.)

Registration

Agenda  

Directions to CEC

Based on the availability of new operating system versions and browser versions, UAB IT has updated its recommendations for both Windows and Mac versions/systems. In addition, with the release of Windows 8, PGP (UAB’s encryption tool for portable/laptop devices) is not currently supported. UAB IT is recommending Microsoft’s BitLocker product for encrypting Windows 8 devices.

For details see:

Microsoft Recommended Systems/Versions

Apple/Mac Recommended Systems/Versions

Microsoft Windows 8 and BitLocker Encryption

On November 28th, the UAB Campus, Hospital and Pediatrics email directories will be synchronized.  This will greatly enhance individual Email address lookup, and sharing of Calendar Free/Busy information.

The directories of the three UAB email systems:

   * UAB Campus (addresses ending with @uab.edu)

   * Hospital (addresses ending with @uabmc.edu)

   * Pediatrics (addresses ending with @peds.uab.edu)

will be exchanging information so that users of any of these systems can more easily email everyone in the UAB community regardless of which system they use.  Additionally, users should be able to see free-busy calendar information for everyone in the UAB community in their calendar program.

Supported systems include Microsoft Outlook (Windows, OS X), smartphones using ActiveSync (including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices), Mail and Calendar programs on OS X, and the Microsoft Outlook Web Access web client hosted by each mail system (the UAB version is at https://mail.ad.uab.edu).

Users having a mailbox in only one of the above systems will not need to make any changes.  Users having mailboxes in multiple systems will be asked to consolidate into one mailbox or work through an exception process.   Consolidation is underway and users needing to consolidate are being contacted.  One exception case is those Hospital or Pediatrics employees who are also students wishing to separate their work and student emails.

Those using the UAB Campus mail system will notice that phone numbers will now show standardized 10-digit telephone numbers making it easier to call campus telephone numbers from off-campus and when using supported smart phones.

UAB Telecommunications is implementing our new voice mail platform on November 15th, 2012.

Your new voice mail box has been created on the new system and we need you to setup your new voice mail box prior to the cutover on November 15th.

Please go to our IT Telecommunications website for complete directions in setting up your new voice mail box.

You will be able to access archived voice mail messages on your old voice mail until December 15th, 2012.  To access archived messages dial (6-6001) and follow the prompts.

For any questions or concerns please contact our help desk at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call our Telecom help desk at 4-7777 with any issues or questions.

*Please note that UAB Health System Cisco VoIP phones will not be affected by the cutover to the new voice mail system.

ATTNET Service Users

We have been notified that the State of Alabama will no longer subsidize in-state long distance (ATTNET) service.  Currently, this service is accessed by campus and hospital extensions by dialing 8+1 + area code + number for in -state long distance calls.

The ATTNET service will be discontinued as of 9/28/2012.   After this date, all long distance calls must be completed by dialing 9+1 + area code + number.   Standard UAB long distance rates will apply (currently $.05/minute).  Any calls made using the 8+1 dialing code after 9/28/2012 will receive an announcement stating that ATTNET service is no longer available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this last minute change may cause. If you have any questions, or issues reprogramming auto-dialers, please contact our help desk at 4-7777.

UAB has three applications that will be impacted by the end of life for Oracle Java 6.  On July 3rd, the Oracle Java automatic update service will begin upgrading Java runtime environments (JRE) to Java 7.  Faculty, students and staff that use Blackboard Learn and the portions of Banner and Oracle that are built on the "Oracle Forms" product, will need to continue to use Java 6 on their computers until further notice

Special adjustments to your computer systems will likely be required to maintain this Java 6 configuration.  Disabling Java Update increases the risk to malware infection and will increase the effort required to manage vulnerabilities for this software product.  UAB IT is continuing to monitor the capability of the products that are currently dependent on Java 6 and will recommend that this automatic update feature be reinstated as soon as possible.

Students: for more information on how to setup your computer see http://www.uab.edu/it/instech/blackboard/faq.html and click on your appropriate operating system.

Faculty/Staff: please contact your computer support staff to ensure that your computer is configured properly to prevent any issues with this Java change.

If you have any issues or concerns please contactAskIT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-5555.