re DOPM Passwords....
How to choose your first; how to reset if expired; and how to change it


If you received an email indicating your DOPM password will be expiring soon, please go straight to the 3rd tab below, entitled "(3)Change password Before it Expires".



  1. If you are new and have just received your "starter password" and "Server Account form", click the 1st tab below to pick your first password.
  2. DOPM passwords expire approx every 4 months.  If yours has expired, click the 2nd tab below.
  3. If your DOPM password has not yet expired, but you want to change it for whatever reason (including because it's going to expire soon), click the 3rd tab below.
NOTE: Tab 1 and Tab 2 refer to 138.26.162.161
That is an special remote computer that is used only for changing expired passwords, or selecting your first password.  You shouldn't use it for anything else.

To remote into it (or into ts4.dopm.uab.edu) you will either need to be on UAB campus or you will need VPN software connected.

(1)I'm new


I'm new and need to pick my first password

If you are at Medical Towers and on a wired connection (not WiFi), it's very easy:
Simply sign into a computer using your DOPM username and starter password provided on your "Server Account form" and proceed as instructed on the screen.

Otherwise....
On the UAB campus (or with VPN software connected)
  1. Click Start or the Globe icon on your lower left
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Remote Desktop Connection
  5. Connect to this computer: 138.26.162.161
  6. Click OK … OK
    Type in your DOPM Username with this extra bit at the beginning or the end:  
    dopm-d1a\your-DOPM-username   ~or~  your-DOPM-username@dopm-d1a
    ...for example dopm-d1a\jsmith  ~or~  
    jsmith@dopm-d1a
  7. Type in your DOPM password (aka the standard starter password)
    (both of the above are provided on the "Server Account Form" -- that's emailed to either the new person or their supervisor)
  8. Click OK …. OK
    NOTE:  If you are using a Mac, the above steps are Finder >> Applications >> Microsoft Remote Desktop. 

    (Microsoft Remote Desktop is not there by default; so if you don't have that, you'll need to go get it.)

    Then [+] to create a new connection and see screen shot here for reference of how to fill it out.
    Then press the red close button on top left to save it.
    If asked "Verify Certificate", hit [Continue] button.
     MacRDP
  9. It will say "User password must must be changed before logging on the first time". 
  10. Type what you want your next DOPM password to be in both fields (New Password field and Confirm New Password field)
    Requirements are: at least 8 characters, at least 3 of the 4 different types of characters (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols), does not include your name, and you cannot reuse a recent password.
  11. Click the image that is a right arrow inside a circle
  12. Click OK
  13. It will say "Your password has been changed"
  14. Click [OK]
  15. It will say "Welcome" and "Preparing your desktop" and then it will reboot you out of there -- which is what it's supposed to do because you are now done with 138.26.162.161


(2)Reset expired password


My DOPM password expired and I need to reset it


If you remember what it was... On the UAB campus (or with VPN software connected)

  1. Click Start or the Globe icon on your lower left
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Remote Desktop Connection
  5. Connect to this computer:  138.26.162.161
  6. Click OK … OK
  7. Type in your DOPM Username with this extra bit at the beginning or the end:  
    dopm-d1a\your-DOPM-username  ~or~   your-DOPM-username@dopm-d1a
    ...for example dopm-d1a\jsmith  ~or~  
    jsmith@dopm-d1a
  8. Type in your expired DOPM password
  9. Click OK …. OK
    NOTE:  If you are using a Mac, the above steps are Finder >> Applications >> Microsoft Remote Desktop. 

    (Microsoft Remote Desktop is not there by default; so if you don't have that, you'll need to go get it.)

    Then [+] to create a new connection and see screen shot here for reference of how to fill it out.
    Then press the red close button on top left to save it.
    If asked "Verify Certificate", hit [Continue] button.
     MacRDP
  10. Type what you want your next DOPM password to be in both fields (New Password field and Confirm New Password field)
    Requirements are: at least 8 characters, at least 3 of the 4 different types of characters (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols), does not include your name, and you cannot reuse a recent password.
  11. Click the image that is a right arrow inside a circle
  12. Click OK
  13. It will say "Your password has been changed"
  14. Click [OK]
  15. It will say "Welcome" and "Preparing your desktop" and then it will reboot you out of there -- which is what it's supposed to do because you are now done with 138.26.162.161
If you don’t remember the password... ...you’ll need to contact DOPM help at (205)934-7662 or dopmHelp@uabmc.edu and ask us to reset it.


(3)Change password Before it Expires


I need to change my DOPM password before it expires


For Windows Computers
at Medical Towers
that have a wired connection (not WiFi)
Very Easy....
Hold down <Ctrl> + <Alt> keys and press <Delete> key once.
Then click "Change a password", and follow instructions.
For non-DOPM people...
...Users who all they do re DOPM is remote into a DOPM computer (including into a Terminal Server, such as ts4.dopm.uab.edu)

This includes:
~PTrec users
~Brazil folks
~EMPaCT users
Also Very Easy....
While remoted into the DOPM computer that you normally use....

Hold down <Ctrl> + <Alt> keys and press <End> key once.
Note: Be sure to press <End> (NOT <Delete>).
Then click “Change a password”, and follow instructions.

Notes re Macs:
~On a Macbook:  Hold down control alt, Then hold ‘fn’ (function key)...Then press the delete key.
~On a Mac desktop: <Ctrl> + <Alt> keys and the LITTLE <delete> key (not the big delete key).
For DOPM people who use Macs
(Mac computers)
On the UAB campus (or with VPN software connected)

  1. Open system preferences (gear icon on the dock)
  2. Click users and groups
  3. Click ‘change password’ button at upper right
  4. Enter current password in the first field
  5. Enter new password in 2nd and 3rd field
  6. Enter a hint if you would like
SPECIAL Exception:
If you have an encrypted laptop that is on the DOPM network.
You have several options:
The easiest is: Bring it to us in MT-403 for assistance in changing your password.
~or~
If you want to do it yourself... Keep reading...


Normally, the way an encrypted laptop works is:
Once we at dopmHelp have "added you to the encryption", your DOPM password will get you through 2 "locks" (using the same password) via a technique called "Single Sign on".  The two locks are:
  • (a)the gray screen (the encryption screen) which protects the stuff in the computer (c:drive and desktop) by scrambling it.
  • (b)connecting to the DOPM network, so you can access the network (i.e., stuff on network drives, which are H:Drive thru Z:drive)
So when you change you have to change the password in 2 spots.
  1. For what I describe as (b) above, change it the normal way (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)
  2. Then, for what I describe as (a) above, you have to force that to change by doing these steps:
    1. PGP
    2. PGP Desktop
    3. Tools
    4. Synchronize All Keys
    5. Restart



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