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Telecommunications Services

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:36

Student Quicklinks


2015-2016 Academic Year

 UAB Information Technology strives to provide consistent, accessible, personalized and collaborative environments to enhance the student experience. The quicklinks below provide a ‘get-started’ list of the most common services students ask about. For even more information and resources available to the student community visit

BlazerID and Password

Most of UAB’s secured online resources require you to log in using your BlazerID and password. Get a BlazerID or change your password at BlazerID Central at Student passwords will expire every 180 days; you will receive notices when it is time to change it. To change or reset a forgotten password, visit BlazerID Central.


Using your BlazerID and password, log into BlazerNet, UAB’s student portal - From there you will be able to link to class registration, grades, financial aid and other academic resources.

Free software

Your Office 365 account gives you access to free Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with 1 TB of storage in a OneDrive account. Other software is also available for free or at a discount.

Free software includes Office 365, Mathematica, Matlab, Endnote, DreamSpark, Antivirus software and Gartner research.

Discounted software includes Adobe Creative Cloud and Dell products.


Quicklinks EmailEvery student has access to a free 50 GB e-mail account through Office 365. Your UAB e-mail address
( is the place to look for all official correspondence from UAB. To check or update your e-mail preferences, visit BlazerID Central at To register a UAB account, click “Get A UAB Email Account” on the left side of the web page.

Get help

For support with all things IT contact AskIT, UAB’s IT help desk. Many self-help articles and FAQs are available on the AskIT website.  To access the FAQs, open a ticket or chat with an agent, visit, or call AskIT at 205-996-5555. Walk-in help is also available at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the AskIT website.

File Size & UAB Dropbox

Your Office 365 mailbox has 50 GB of space, and the size limit for attachments is 30MB. Large attachments should be sent via the UAB Drop Box at

Wireless Networks

Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: For information about Apogee ResNet in the dorms, click here.

Mobile Users

Have an Apple or Android mobile device? Download the free UAB Mobile app which provides access to class schedules, maps, Campus Directory, news and athletics, and Canvas Mobile:

Online Classroom/Canvas

Online courses are available via Canvas (log in with your BlazerID and password at Training and support opportunities are available at the site. 

Recommended System Specifications & Computer Setup

UAB IT provides recommendations on computer specifications for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PC laptop and desktop systems, and guidance on how to prepare your computer for use at UAB (before you arrive on campus). Visit and select from the available resources for more detail.

Software & Computers

UAB IT offers an extensive library of software for free or at discounted pricing, including antivirus software, Microsoft Office products and more. Microsoft Office products are available to students for free through their Office 365 accounts, along with free storage on OneDrive. Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many computer products are available at a discount to students (and parents on behalf of students).  Visit and select from the available resources for more details.

Computer Labs

computerUAB maintains several student computing labs which are open to all current students with a valid BlazerID. For locations and hours, visit

Campus Directory

The online directory contains contact information for students, faculty, staff and all UAB entities:

Copyright/Download rules

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of movies, videos, music, etc. More information, including how UAB detects and responds to illegal downloading activity, can be found at

IT Policies

policiesIndividuals who use UAB technology resources are required to read the Acceptable Use Policy in its entirety. This and other IT policies, standards and best practices can be found on the UAB IT website:


Students can register their cell phone for various notifications from around campus.  From notifications about postings in the learning management system, to reminders about registration deadlines, to being able to reset your BlazerID password remotely (24x7) all starts with registering your cell phone and selecting which services you want to take advantage of. Visit and sign up today.


Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:56

VMWare Academic Software



The VMware Academic Program, provided as a service to the UAB STEM Community through UAB IT, accelerates instruction and research in the rapidly expanding area of virtualized infrastructure by providing faculty and students involved with science, technology, engineering, and math courses (STEM) with access to the virtualization technologies most widely used in commercial production environments.

  • STEM Faculty can use VMware software under specific usage guidelines in a variety of areas of academic research and classroom instruction.
  • STEM Students can use this software free of charge for one year with yearly renewals as part of qualified coursework or research projects.


With UAB's annual subscription qualified members of the academic community in a STEM course can utilize the VMware Academic Program in the following areas:

Instruction – STEM Faculty within member institutions gain access to VMware software licenses free of cost for the purpose of classroom instruction.  STEM Students taking qualified courses can also install program software on their personal computers.

Research – STEM Faculty within member institutions gain access to VMware software licenses free of cost as a part of their research projects. Program software can be installed in research labs (open a ticket with AskIT ( to inquire about lab installations) as well on the personal computers of faculty and students involved in research projects.

Use of VMware software for instruction and research is governed by specific program guidelines and the conditions described within the VMware Academic Program EULA (End-User License Agreement) and all faculty/students installing VMWare products should be familiar with the licensing and comply. The use of software for infrastructure purposes is governed by the VMware Commercial EULA and not included under this Academic Program.

VMWare maintains strict compliance guidelines for the Academic Program and the following links are provided to ensure that specific licensing details are always the most up to date version and available to the UAB Community.  Each user of this program is responsible for ensuring they understand and are in compliance with the licensing requirements at all times.

Usage Guidelines 

End User License Agreement

Examples of Acceptable Use

  • The free single use licenses provided through The VMware Academic Program may be used for instruction and non-commercial research only. Please refer to the definitions of instructional and research use below
  • Lab licenses may only be installed in lab environments where the lab is primarily used for instructional and research purposes.
  • Program software installed in shared lab environments can be used across different courses offered by different faculty members. 
  • Faculty members as well as staff directly involved in administering systems and providing support for program software may install the software on their personal computers
  • Students taking qualified courses or conducting research can access program software within lab machines or download programs software on their personal computers. Students receiving licenses through a qualifying course or research project may use the licenses after the course or project is concluded.
  • Multiple academic groups in an institution may join the Program if each group meets the eligibility requirements.
  • Every copy of the software must be a true and complete copy and it must include all copyright and trademark notices. All software made available must include all of the files.


Examples of Unacceptable Use

  • Students who are in an approved department but are not taking courses that lead to credit or a certificate or who are not involved in relevant research projects are not eligible to use the software.
  • Students, faculty members, or other parties that received a license under the program but no longer attend or are employed by the institution.
  • Staff members who are not directly involved with system administration related to the program, such as administrative assistants, may not install the software on their personal computers.
  • Software that is part of the program may not be shared with non-approved departments. However, it may be installed on shared labs if the approved department's students regularly use that lab.
  • The designated Program Administrator for the member approved may not be a teaching assistant or a student. However, teaching assistants or students may help the Program Administrator with the program.
  • The software provided by VMAP may not be sold, rented, leased, or transferred to any third party including contractors, consultants, other companies, and other department personnel.
  • Software cannot be used for infrastructure purposes. Licenses acquired through the VMware Academic Program are for instructional, research and personal use only.
  • The software provided by VMAP may not be used for any purpose outside of instructional, research and personal use.
  • vSphere licenses provided under this program may not be used for desktop virtualization.


Use of free VMware software for instruction and research is governed by the specific program guidelines and the conditions described within the Academic EULA and the use of software for infrastructure purposes is governed by the VMware EULA for each of the products.


Definitions of Instructional, Research and Infrastructure Use

  • Instructional use is defined as conducting educational classes, labs, or related programs for teaching or learning concepts related to the products that are part of this program.
  • Research use is defined as conducting not-for-profit research projects.
  • Infrastructure use is defined as use of software as a part of the institution's or department's infrastructure that's not intended for specific classroom instruction or research project


IMPORTANT: These guidelines are provided for your convenience only. Please refer to the VMware Academic Program EULA for specific license rights.

For STEM students and faculty/staff

  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware Player
  • VMware eLearning
  • VMware Sales Professional Certification


For STEM faculty/staff only

  • VMware vSphere Enterprise
  • VMware vCenter Server Standard
  • VMware vCloud Director

Software is available by download only to faculty/staff/students via the website below. Logon using your BlazerID and Password.  UAB will validate your participation in the program and pass the appropriate information to the web store. All UAB users can logon to the site, but only those faculty/staff/students validated as STEM will be allowed to actually order products.

VMAP - VMWare Academic Program logon  Order NOW


Monday, 18 February 2013 12:56

Dell Home-Use Purchases

Dell Products for UAB Students & Faculty/Staff Home Use

Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many products are available to students (and parents on behalf of students) and faculty/staff for purchase for home use.  Check this page often as Dell regularly provides notices of sales and discounted items and they will be posted here.  Remember, these are Dell's prices and are not negotiated by UAB, but simply discounted offerings that Dell is making available to the education community. You will need the UAB Member ID provided below. 


Member ID: US116018898

Phone Dell's sales team: 800-695-8133

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