Thursday, 05 November 2015 09:27

Recommended Computer Specs for Students

2015-2016 UAB IT Recommendations

 Apple/Mac: Laptop
MINIMUM    
CPU: Intel i5 Processor        
RAM (Memory): 4GB
Hard Disk: 128GB SSD
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.10
Networking: 802.11n/ac

RECOMMENDED
CPU: Intel i5 Processor or Higher
RAM(Memory): 8GB or Higher
Hard Disk: 256GB SSD or Larger
Operating System: Mac OS 10.11
Networking: 802.11n/ac

 Apple/Mac: Desktop
MINIMUM
CPU: Intel i5 Processor
RAM (Memory): 8GB
Hard Disk: 500GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA Drive
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.10
Networking: 802.11n/ac; 10/100/1000 LAN port

RECOMMENDED
CPU: Intel i5 Processor or Higher
RAM (Memory): 8GB or Higher
Hard Disk: 256GB SSD or Larger
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.11
Networking: 802.11n/ac; 10/100/1000 LAN port

 Microsoft Windows PC: Laptop
MINIMUM
CPU: Intel i3 Processor
RAM (Memory): 4GB
Hard Disk 128GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 7
Networking: 802.11n/ac

RECOMMENDED
CPU: Intel i5 Processor or Higher
RAM (Memory): 8GB or Higher
Hard Disk: 256GB SSD or Larger
Operating System: Windows 10
Networking: 802.11n/ac

 Microsoft Windows PC: Desktop
MINIMUM
CPU: Intel i5 Processor
RAM (Memory): 8GB
Hard Disk: 128GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 7
Networking: 10/100/1000 LAN port; 802.11n/ac

RECOMMENDED
CPU: Intel i5 Processor or Higher
RAM (Memory): 8GB or Higher
Hard Disk: 256GB SSD or Larger
Operating System: Windows 7 or Later
Networking: 10/100/1000 LAN port; 802.11n/ac




With students back on campus after a long winter break, here’s a reminder about the various services UAB IT offers.

For more information about how to get started with services, visit the Student Quicklinks and Contacts page.

BlazerID and Password

If you need to change your BlazerID password, you can visit BlazerID Central at uab.edu/blazerid. Student passwords expire after 180 days, but you will receive multiple advance notifications of a pending password expiration date. Sign up for the Identity feature at BlazerID Central so that you can reset an expired password yourself.

BlazerNet

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

Help Desk

For support with all things IT contact AskIT, UAB's IT help desk. Many self-help articles and FAQs are available on the AskIT Web site. To access the FAQs, open a ticket or chat with an agent visit uab.edu/askit,or call AskIT at 205-996-5555Hours of operation vary and are posted on the Web site.

Wireless Networks

Stay connected on campus by accessing the UAB WiFi network using your BlazerID and password: uab.edu/it/wireless. Dorm WiFi access is maintained by Apogee ResNet, not UAB IT. For information about how to contact Apogee, click here.

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.
From a browser you will acccess your email via the Outlook Web App.  Microsoft has updated OWA with a new look and the links below will introduce you to all of the new features.



Overviews & Getting Started with OWA


Or, Go Straight to Specific Details Here...

 

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Find your Exchange ActiveSync server name

  1. If your email program is not able to automatically find your Exchange ActiveSync server name, you may need to look it up.
  2. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, use outlook.office365.com as your Exchange ActiveSync server name. The Exchange ActiveSync server name outlook.office365.com can be used if you are using the latest version of Office 365.
  3. If you’re not using Office 365 or if you aren’t sure if you are using the latest version of Office 365, follow these steps to look up your Exchange ActiveSync server name. Follow these steps to determine your Exchange ActiveSync server name.
  4. Sign in to your account using Outlook Web App.
  5. In Outlook Web App, on the toolbar, click Settings > Options > Account > My account > Settings for POP and IMAP access.

     Note    Although you’re not setting up a POP3 account, you will use this value to determine your Exchange ActiveSync server name.

  6. Under POP setting, look at the value for Server name.
  7.  If the Server name shows outlook.office365.com, your Office 365 account is on the latest version of Office 365, and you can use outlook.office365.com as your Exchange ActiveSync server name.
  8. If the Server name value is in the format podxxxxx.outlook.com, your Office 365 or other Exchange   Online account is not yet on the latest version of Office 365, and you can use m.outlook.com as your Exchange ActiveSync server name. 
  9.  If the Server name value includes your organization’s name, for example, pop.contoso.com, then your Exchange ActiveSync server name is contained in address bar in your browser when you are signed in to Outlook Web app - -but without the leading https:// and without the trailing /owa. For example, if the address you use to access Outlook Web App is https://mail.contoso.com/owa, your Exchange ActiveSync server name is mail.contoso.com.



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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:17

Office 365 - Setup for Blackberry Devices

Set up POP or IMAP email on a BlackBerry®

  1. From the BlackBerry® home screen, select BlackBerry Setup > Set up Internet E-mail > Add An Email Account.
  2. Type your email address and password, and then select Next.
  3. Your BlackBerry will try to set up your email account automatically. If setup completes successfully, skip to the next step. If your email account can't be configured automatically, do the following: 
  4. Select I will provide the settings to add this email account.
  5. Scroll down, and then select Next.
  6. Select Internet Service Provider Email (POP/IMAP), and then select Next.
  7. Type your full email address for your user name (for example, BlazerID@uab.edu).
  8. Scroll down and type the name of your email server. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, the IMAP or POP server name is outlook.office365.com. Select Next
  9. Enter the name of the outgoing server. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, the SMTP server name is smtp.office365.com
  10. Select OK to complete the setup.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-suite-help/set-up-email-on-a-blackberry-HA102823192.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA103787374


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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:15

Office 365 - Setup for Nokia Devices

Set up Exchange ActiveSync email on a Nokia mobile phone

  1. On the Applications menu, select Applications > Mail.
  2. Select Create a new mailbox to start the setup wizard.
  3. Accept the Nokia terms of service and select Start.
  4. Select Mail for Exchange from the list of available account types, and then enter the following information:
    1. In the Password box, enter your account password. 
    2. In the Username box, enter your user name, for example, BlazerID@uab.edu.
    3. In the Domain box, enter your domain. Your domain is UAB. 
    4. Select Next to continue. The setup wizard will try to automatically set up your email account.
  5. If the wizard is able to set up your account, go to the next step. If this process can’t be completed automatically, you’ll need to enter your Exchange server name manually. In the Mail for Exchange server name box, enter your server name, and select Next. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, use outlook.office365.com for your server name. 
  6. Select OK when Mail for Exchange informs you that it isn’t recommended to use multiple methods to synchronize your contacts with your phone.
  7. Choose whether you want to synchronize your Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks by selecting the appropriate options and then selecting Next

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/set-up-email-on-a-nokia-symbian-os-phone-HA102828551.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA103787375


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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:03

Office 365 - Setup for Windows Devices

Set up POP or IMAP on Windows Phone

1- On Start, swipe left to the App list, select Settings and then select email + accounts.
2- Select Add an account > Other account
3- Enter your email address and password and select Sign in. Windows Phone will try to set up your email account automatically. If setup completes successfully, skip to step 6. 
4- If you see the message “We couldn’t find the settings for the account information you entered”, make sure the email address and password are correct, and then select Try again. If setup completes successfully, skip to step 6.
5- If your email account can't be set up automatically, select Advanced, and then select Internet mail. You'll have to enter the following information:

    1.   Account name This is a descriptive name for your account. 
    2.   Your name Type your name as you want it to appear when you send email messages from your phone. 
    3.   Incoming e-mail server This is the incoming email server for your account. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, the IMAP or POP server name is outlook.office365.com.
    4.    Account type This will be either POP or IMAP. 
    5.    User name This is your full email address, for example, BlazerID@uab.edu.
    6.    Password This is the password for your email account. 
    7.    Outgoing (SMTP) e-mail server This is the outgoing email server name. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, the SMTP server name is smtp.office365.com
    8. Select Advanced and select the boxes Require SSL for incoming mail and Require SSL for outgoing mail

6- Select Sign in.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-suite-help/set-up-email-on-windows-phone-HA102823194.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA103787376



Set up Exchange ActiveSync on Windows Phone

1- On Start, swipe left to the App list, select Settings, and then select email + accounts.
2- Select add an account > Outlook
3- 
Enter your email address and password, and then select Sign in. Windows Phone will try to set up your email account automatically. If setup completes successfully, skip to step 8. 
4- If you see the message “Check your information and try again. You may have mistyped your password.”, verify that you entered the correct email address and password. At this stage, you don’t need to specify any values for User name and Domain. Select Sign in. If setup completes successfully, skip to step 8.
5-If your email account can't be set up automatically, you’ll see the message, “We couldn’t find your settings”. Select Advanced. You'll need to enter the following information:

      • E-mail address This is your full email access, for example BlazerID@uab.edu.
      • Password This is the password for your email account.
      • User name This is your full email address, for example BlazerID@uab.edu.
      • Domain This is UAB. 
      • Server This is the name of your Exchange server. If you’re connecting to your Office 365 email, use outlook.office365.com for your server name. 


6- Select the Server requires encrypted (SSL) connection box. 
7- Select Sign in.
8- Select OK if Exchange ActiveSync asks you to enforce policies or set a password. 

 

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