UAB faculty and staff have access to Microsoft Office 365 to download Office products such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint — and they can also use those applications in the cloud, where each user also has 1TB of storage in a OneDrive account. Individual file sizes are limited to 2GB. Note: Consult with your school or department IT support before installing Office 365 on your office computer because an Office volume license is available for on-campus use. 

Should you not be able to find the answers you need through the links below, please contact AskIT.OneDrive is only available for UAB campus faculty and staff; it is not currently available for UAB Medicine staff.

Access Office 365

Install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 for Business

When you use the latest version of Office with Office 365 for business, you can edit and review Office files from virtually anywhere you can use your computer, mobile device, or web browser. 

Depending on which type of Office 365 account you have, you can download the latest version of Office with Office 365.

To install the latest version of Office 

Sign in to Office 365 by using your BlazerID.

At the top right of the page, click Settings > Office 365 Settings.Click Software.On the Office page, select a Language, then click Install.

Note: Office installs the 32-bit version on your PC by default, even if your computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows. 

Watch this video to learn about using Office and Office Web Apps in Office 365.

Deactivate an installation on either a PC or a Mac

If you’ve already installed the latest version of Office with Office 365 on five computers that you use and you want to install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.

Go to Software > Office. Click Deactivate next to the computer you want to deactivate the installation from.

Troubleshoot your Office installation

When you’re installing, you may get a "Something went wrong…” error. If you get a different error, see General troubleshooting for installing Office 2013 and Office 365

More information

You may have noticed that how you get the latest version of Office is different from previous versions of Office. The latest version of Office with Office 365 is offered as a subscription. Also, the Office applications are packaged together for faster download and installation. Once you’ve installed Office, you can delete the shortcuts to the programs that you don’t need. If you need to, you can run different versions of Office products, like Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, side-by-side on the same computer.

You can install the latest version of Office on up to five computers that you use. After you’ve completed the installation, make sure you have automatic updates turned on.

Depending on your operating system, here’s what Office includes:

  • Office on your PC includes Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word.

  • Office on your Mac includes Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

Also know that Mac users can install Lync separately.

Note: You can also install the latest version of Office on your Surface Pro. You'll have the same programs as Office on a PC.

You can also use Office 365 with Office 2010 or Office 2007 or Office for Mac 2011.

Learn more about getting started with Office 365 and Office Web Apps in Office 365, and how to use Office 365 on mobile devices.


Create and store your Office documents and more on OneDrive Pro for your personal documents. Faculty and staff have 1TB of storage free on OneDrive. 

For details on how to access OneDrive, refer to this guide.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:33

Terminal server for Macs

To use Internet Explorer on a Mac, you will need to have Microsoft Remote Desktop application installed.

Instructions for installing Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.25189 (Downloaded via Mac App Store)
Sunday, 13 July 2014 19:00


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UAB IT provides a WiFi network in support of the academic, research, and administrative work of the UAB community. This WiFi network serves classrooms, common areas, green spaces, and many other popular areas around campus. 

Map of UAB WiFi Zones

To use this network, you must have a device with a WiFi network adapter. Three WiFi networks are available:

  • UABStartHere: All users will begin by connecting to this network. Upon opening a web browswer, the user will automatically be directed to a Web page where they can choose a list of options. UAB students, employees and faculty members will have the option to either configure their WiFi device using QuickConnect or log on to the open UABStartHere network. Guests will have the option to register and log on to UABStartHere. Click here for instructions for logging in to UABStartHere as a guest.
  • UABSecure: This secure network is the preferred network for UAB students, employees and faculty members. Users must have a valid BlazerID and password, and have their WiFi device properly configured for this network. Instructions for configuring a WiFi device for UABSecure are listed below.
  • eduroam: eduroam is a free WiFi service that allows users from participating universities to log into WiFi using their own university's credentials. UAB users can also log in to WiFi at participating universities with their BlazerIDs.

QuickConnect setup instructions for UABSecure



Windows 7

Windows 8

Manual setup instructions for UABSecure

OSX 10.9

Windows 7

Windows 8

Manual setup instructions for eduroam

Apple iOS

Windows 7

Issues with WiFi

If you have an issue with the UAB WiFi network please report those concerns to AskIT (askit@uab.edu; www.uab.edu/askit; 205-996-5555)

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:42

InCommon for SSL server certificates

UAB IT has contracted with InCommon to provide Comodo SSL server certificates for the uab.edu domain. 

Any UAB department using a certificate ending in uab.edu can use the service at no cost. UAB IT pays a yearly fee that covers all certificates.

For regular SSL server certificates, the server administrator can order them here.

For wildcard certificates and multiple domain name certificates, the server administrator should send a request to AskIT with all of the details and a valid CSR (Certificate Signing Request), and the request will be routed through Data Security and the Unix team.







Friday, 04 April 2014 09:03

Email for Students - Office 365

Microsoft Office 365, a new cloud-based platform for e-mail, file storage, and Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is now the standard email for students (effective May 2014). This new service provides students with the following benefits:

  • 50 GB of e-mail space, an increase of 49 GB from the current service
  • 25 GB of free file storage, an increase of 24 GB from the current service
  • Access to Microsoft Office applications from laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices
  • A single web interface to access all of the above features

Students who prefer to work offline will be able to download the Office applications and continue using their preferred e-mail clients.

We expect all students to be transitioned to the Office 365 service by June 30, 2014. For more information and how the transition will occur please visit our Office 365 for Students info page.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:45

Desktop Web Conferencing

Desktop Web Conferencing

WebEx imageCisco's WebEx conferencing product allows you to collaborate with colleagues across your organization, or halfway across the planet. You can meet online and share files, information, and expertise. WebEx solutions are meant to increase productivity while keeping you connected.UAB has negotiated a master agreement with WebEx that allows UAB faculty and staff to subscribe to certain enterprise subscriptions.  See the information below for details. 
Ready to order? 

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Telecommunications Services

Please visit the Telecommunications Services for more information.

Telecom Home

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:26

UAB Guest User Accounts (XIAS accounts)

Persons who are formally affiliated with UAB gain access to university-managed electronic resources by means of an officially recognized credential called a “BlazerID."  A non-UAB person who needs access to these resources is not eligible to create a BlazerID, and is thus required to obtain a guest username and password.  Guest accounts (also referred to as “XIAS” accounts) must be sponsored by a UAB employee, and are subject to an approval and setup process. 

Who is a guest?

Guest accounts can be used for many purposes at UAB.  Guests can fall into a number of categories, including but not limited to:

  • A researcher accessing data stored on a UAB SharePoint site
  • A colleague from another institution who needs to access a UAB file share
  • A vendor that is remotely supporting a UAB-owned system via VPN
  • A site visitor conducting an accreditation review who needs local network access
  • A consultant who needs system access to conduct on-site installation or maintenance  
  • A high school guidance counselor who needs access to Banner



As a Sponsor, use the links below to begin the process of setting up a guest account.  Once you have completed the underlying form(s), the sponsored user or users will receive automated emails that will guide them through the process of completing the setup.  Once the setup is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and information on next steps.

I would like to…

      Give a guest access to hardware or software that they support in your area

      Give a guest access to the UAB VPN

      Give a guest access to a SharePoint site or other Windows-based resource

      Give a guest external access to the Admin Systems


As a guest, you will receive an automated email that with instructions on how to complete the setup of your sponsored account.  You can use the link below to manage certain aspects of your account, such as a forgotten password.  Please note that as a guest you are not able to initiate the account creation process; this must be done by a valid UAB-affiliated sponsor.

       Manage my guest account