ITS Documentation

Windows Internet Access Kit

S4269 • November 2013

The Windows Internet Access Kit (WIAK) provides everything most people need for securely connecting to the U-M computing environment and ITS services. You can download the kit or its individual components at not cost from the U-M Blue Disc website.

LEGAL NOTICE: The software installed by this kit is licensed for current University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff as well as U-M Online subscribers. If you leave U-M and do not subscribe to U-M Online, you must remove the installed software from your computer.

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Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Computer: Pentium-class processor or later

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003, or Server 2008
    NOTE: You'll need Administrator privileges to install the Kit.

  • Installed memory (RAM): 256 MB minimum for Windows XP, 512MB for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003 or Server 2008

  • Available hard disk space: 231 megabytes (MB) minimum

  • Network connection: a Network Interface Card (NIC) or built-in Ethernet and the campus Ethernet network (including Residential Halls), a DSL telephone line (including Family Housing DSL [FH-DSL]), a campus wireless network (such as MWireless), or a cable modem


Before You Install!

  • INSTALLATION SEEMS TO HAVE STOPPED? You may notice times when installation seems to stop. Please be patient. Installation is proceeding normally. After a delay, the meter will again indicate progress toward completion.

  • VIRUS PROTECTION: We highly recommend you visit http://safecomputing.umich.edu/antivirus/ for information on downloading antivirus software.

    RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS: Please install the customized Residence Hall version of VirusScan instead of the one available on the Blue Disc website. You will need an Internet connection to access the Residence Hall version.

  • IS YOUR CLOCK AND TIME ZONE ACCURATE? To protect your password, some software uses Kerberos authentication (proving you're you). If your time zone is not correct and/or your computer's clock is not set to within five minutes of the Kerberos server, you will not be able to authenticate.
    NEW COMPUTER? Many new computers are shipped with the time zone set to Pacific Standard. Please verify that your time zone is correct.


Installing the Kit

These installation instructions assume that you have already downloaded the kit.

  1. Double-click the Windows_Internet_Access_Kit.exe file you downloaded.

    screenshot of screen with introductory text

    Read the information then click Install Software to determine which items you want to install. Before installing, you may wish to see other parts of the Blue Disc by clicking View CD.

  2. Select the items you wish to install by clicking in the appropiate check box to make it active.
    HINT: Clicking on the name of each item provides a description.

  3. Click Install Software Now and follow the onscreen prompts
    Note: McAffee VirusScan is no longer supported. ITS strongly encourages you to visit http://safecomputing.umich.edu/antivirus/ for information on downloading antivirus software.

    screenshot of dialog box for items you wish to install

  4. After installing the software, click Quit.

What the Software Helps You Do

  • Access your AFS Home directory on your desktop. Your AFS Home directory is available by double-clicking the ITS Home Directory (file transfer) icon found in the UM Internet Access Kit folder on your desktop. You can treat the directory like any other directory or hard drive. Your Home directory is a secure storage space for your files that is backed up nightly.
    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF : Shortcuts to these schools' home directories are also in the U-M Internet Access Kit folder.

  • Open connections to other computers, such as the ITS Login Service. PuTTY (terminal) shortcuts found in the UM Internet Access Kit folder allow you to easily connect to a number of host computers at U-M. To protect your privacy and your data, you must use PuTTY—or another terminal program that supports ssh—to open a connection to the ITS Login Service and most other host computers at U-M.
    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, SCHOOL OF INFORMATION AND LAW SCHOOL: Shortcuts to these schools' login services are also in the U-M Internet Access Kit folder.

  • Transfer files from one computer to another. You can use WinSCP to transfer files between computers using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). For more information, see Use WinSCP to Transfer Files with sftp [Windows] (S4387).


Removing WIAK Components

Each component of the Windows Internet Access Kit is installed separately. If you later choose to remove a component of the kit:

  1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

  2. From the Control Panel:
    • Windows XP and Server 2003: Open the Add/Remove Program control panel.
    • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008: Open the Uninstall a Program control panel.
  3. Select the component of the kit you want to uninstall, then:
    • Windows XP and Server 2003: Click the Add/Remove button.
    • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008: Click the Uninstall button.

Additional Resources

Visit the Blue Disc website for updates to the Windows Internet Access Kit and links to the most current documentation.

Visit ITS's Information System to obtain ITS computer documentation and other resources. A list of relevant documents follows:

The ITS Service Center provides a variety of computing help resources.

For further help with this or any other topic, call 734-764-HELP [4357] or submit an online service request.