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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) 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.”

Windows Systems

•Upgrade to Windows 7

A large-scale project is underway to upgrade all university-owned computers on the UAB campus to Windows 7 by April 8, 2014. At that time, Microsoft will cease its support for Windows XP, which has been the operating system primarily used by UAB computers in recent years. As a result of Microsoft no longer supporting this operating system, XP computers will no longer receive security updates. This creates a greater chance of XP computers being infected by viruses or compromised by malware.

This leaves one budget cycle to accomplish funding of this project. Upgrading to Windows 7 for any system needing network connectivity should be completed by April 2014.

• Install IE 9 and the most recently released version of JAVA

We are updating our minimum recommendations for versions of Internet Explorer and Java as UAB systems have improved functionality to support newer browsers and the currently secure version of Java. Internet Explorer 9 and Java (latest release) are recommended for installation on Windows 7 systems.

• Windows 8 not currently recommended for use

As XP fades away, Microsoft has rolled out its newest operating system, Windows 8. The transition from XP has prompted some users to ask why IT doesn’t upgrade to Windows 8 instead of Windows 7. The answer is that Windows 8 is currently not recommended for widespread use in the UAB environment due to the following reasons:

  • Currently, not all of UAB’s business systems support Internet Explorer 10, the minimum version of IE used by Windows 8.
  • Windows 8 introduces management changes that IT is not yet ready to address.
  • Windows 8 is best used on hardware that is specifically made for Windows 8, such as touchscreen displays or touchpads. Other than the touchscreen/touchpad functionality, Windows 8 possesses similar functionality to Windows 7 from an end user’s point of view.
  • PGP (UAB’s approved laptop encryption tool) is not supported on Windows 8 laptops. A recommended alternative is Microsoft’s Bitlocker product. (See Bitlocker with windows 8 for more information)
Published in FAQ - Infrastructure

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.

December 19, 2012

Microsoft Dreamspark

DreamsparkMicrosoft Dreamspark Premium is now available to all UAB STEM programs at no cost. The Dreamspark program supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes for faculty & students engaged in a STEM program (science, technology, engineering, math). UAB will be working to make a limited selection of products available to non-STEM programs, but current access to the Dreamspark products is for STEM programs only. For more guidelines on the appropriate rights for installation and use of products under the Dreamspark program click here.

According to Microsoft "DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career."  While most of the software is free, some items are at a small cost and if ordered you must provide a valid form of payment.  However, those fee-based products should not be required as part of any course at UAB.

DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. To make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today's students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenges, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.

Access to the Dreamspark program is through an external webportal managed by UAB IT.  Login using your BlazerID and strong password (don't worry, the authentication takes place using a secure connection back to UAB...your password is never provided to the external website).

NOTE: While anyone with a valid BlazerID can login to the Dreamspark site, only those students and faculty engaged in a STEM program are currently authorized to order/download any software.  Your ability to participate in the program is based on the information UAB passes to Dreamspark during the login process.

For more guidelines on the appropriate rights for installation and use of products under the Dreamspark program click here.

 

Step 1: Get Started Here >>> Order Now - DREAMSPARK Website (see instructions below...login using Single-Sign-on option)

Step 2: Click Sign-in (top right)

dreamspark-signin2

 

Step 3: Sign In using your BlazerID via Single Sign-On (box on the left)

With the change to SAS and SPSS Campus Wide licenses you will no longer receive email renewal notices. However, each product must be updated with a new license key or updated to the newest version each year.  The software and/or license key is free to full-time faculty, staff and students and is available on the IT Software Library page at https://wwwsd.it.uab.edu/sdwnld. The licenses/subscriptions renew as follows:

SPSS November 30th of every year. 

SAS September 30th but with a 90 day grace period will cease to function on December 31st

Upgrades (to the latest version) and/or renewal (of the previous version) will be available on the IT Software Library page by October 30th of every year.

If you have any questions regarding this renewal and/or software, please go online to www.uab.edu/askit and submit your question(s) or request.

October 26, 2012

Oracle Software

UAB's Oracle agreement includes both site-licensed product available to the UAB community (for installation on UAB owned systems) and limited-use products based on a specific number of installations, users, or use.  The current agreement renews each August and requires an annual payment and an annual true-up (purchase of additional licenses) to cover additional FTEs over the base FTEs covered the previous year. 
The following Oracle products are covered under a site license and are available to the entire UAB system at no additional cost and may be used in a production environment. They may be downloaded directly from Oracle by clicking on the product below. Server products are for use on Solaris, AIX, OS/390, UNIX, and Windows. Client products are for use on Windows and MAC.
Software may be downloaded directly from Oracle via their TechNet site .  You are only authorized to download products for production use from the Oracle site that is listed in the Products A"vailable section above.  Both current versions and archived versions of Oracle DB are available on the Oracle web site.  In general, all versions of the referenced database products are authorized under the UAB agreement including the most recent release.  Should the link not point to the most recent release of a product, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for assistance.
October 26, 2012

SPSS

UAB has purchased an IBM SPSS Campus Wide license that will provide UAB users free access to analytics.

The IBM SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive system for analyzing data. SPSS Statistics can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts, and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and complex statistical analyses. It makes statistical analysis more accessible for the beginner and more convenient for experienced users. Simple menus and dialog box selections make it possible to perform complex analyses without typing a single line of command syntax.
The IBM SPSS Statistics Base offers a wide range of statistical procedures for basic analyses and reports, including counts, crosstabs and descriptive statistics, OLAP Cubes and codebook reports. It also provides a variety of dimension reduction, classification and segmentation techniques such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, nearest neighbor analysis and discriminant function analysis includes the following key capabilities:


 Linear models offer a variety of regression and advanced statistical procedures. They are
designed to fit the inherent characteristics of data describing complex relationships.
 Nonlinear models provide the ability to apply more sophisticated models to data.
 Simulation capabilities help analysts automatically model many possible outcomes when
inputs are uncertain, improving risk analysis and decision making.
 Customized tables enable users to easily understand their data and quickly summarize
results in different styles.
The IBM SPSS Campus Wide license also includes the following modules:
 Advanced Statistics focuses on techniques often used in experimental and biomedical
research. It includes procedures for general linear models (GLM), linear mixed models,
variance components analysis, loglinear analysis, ordinal regression, actuarial life tables,
Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, and basic and extended Cox regression.
 Custom Tables creates a variety of presentation-quality tabular reports, including complex
stub-and-banner tables and displays of multiple response data.
 Regression provides techniques for analyzing data that do not fit traditional linear statistical
models. It includes procedures for prohibit analysis, logistic regression, weight estimation,
two-stage least-squares regression, and general nonlinear regression.

This software is FREE to download from the UAB IT Software Library to full-time faculty, staff and students. ORDER/Download NOW You will be required to enter your Blazerid, strong password and accept the “License and Usage Terms”.

To inquire or purchase additional modules, you may go directly to the SPSS web store at www.SPSS.com/Academic; or go online to www.uab.edu/AskIT and submit a “new issue” with your request and/or questions.

IBM SPSS Campus will upgrade every year and the latest version of this software will be available by November 1. You must either upgrade to the latest version or install a renewal key to continue to use the previous year's version. Only 1 previous version year will be supported by SPSS. If you choose, you may continue to use the version that you currently have downloaded, but SPSS will not support that version should you encounter any problems or purchase a new machine.

October 26, 2012

SAS

UAB IT has purchased a SAS Campus Wide license that will provide University users free download access to many of the SAS analytics tools. Information on availability and licensing can be found in the tabs below.

NOTE about SAS-JMP: JMP is not covered under UAB IT's SAS offering. However, the School of Public Health maintains a license for SAS-JMP.  If you are interested in pricing/licensing for the JMP product please contact Daphne McMurrey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) in the SPH. Payment must be made with internal requisition or cash/check.

The SAS Campus Wide license is an integrated system of software products which enables large-scale solutions and allows programmers to perform the following and more: Retrieval, Data Management, and Data Mining; Report writing and graphics; Statistical Analysis; Business Planning, Forecasting, and Decision support; Operations Research and Project Management; Quality Improvement; Applications Development; Data Warehousing (extract, transform, load); Platform Independent and Remote Computing; IT Management; Human Resource Management; Business intelligence; Customer Relationship Management. 

 
SAS requires that this software be used for Teaching/Research only as described here:
Software used for purposes of classroom instruction, academic research and course work primarily related to customer's post-secondary degree requirements. If you need a SAS administrative license, please contact AskIT for more information.
 
For additional information regarding this software, please go online to http://www.uab.edu/askit and submit a “new issue” with your request and/or questions.
 
This software is available for download through Kivuto's 'On-the-Hub' online service to full-time faculty, staff and students.Order Now
 
(note: logon and select SAS from the dropdown menu). You will be required to enter your Blazerid, strong password and accept the “License and Usage Terms”.  
SAS requires that this software be used for Teaching/Research only as described here: software used for purposes of classroom instruction, academic research and course work primarily related to customer's post-secondary degree requirements. If you need a SAS Administrarive license, please contact AskIT for more information. 

SAS will provide upgrades every year to the latest version; this software should be available for download by November 1st. SAS licenses expire annually on December 31st; if the version is not upgraded to the latest verstion.SAS downloads 1 thru 3 (on the IT Software Library download site) have the images needed for your installation. SAS “4 of 4” will provide the INI File needed to license the software. Installation instructions are provided with the software download documentation.




 
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:
October 26, 2012

Matlab

Matlab

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:
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