Welcome to computing at the University of Michigan. You have at your fingertips many wonderful computing resources.
All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible to receive a standard set of computing services. Managers of temporary staff can make arrangements for computing services through the ITS Service Center. If you are a new temporary staff member, check with your supervisor to see what kind of computing resources are available to you.
To tap into U-M's rich computing environment you'll need an ID ("uniqname"), a UMICH password, and the standard computing services.
A computing ID at U-M is called a uniqname (pronounced "unique name"). If you are new regular staff member, a uniqname has been created for you based on your first and last names. It is public information and is printed on your Mcard along with your full name. You may tell anyone your uniqname because it will be part of your e-mail address. (Your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
For security reasons, it's a good idea to reset pre-assigned passwords right away and change working passwords at least once every six months. It's easy to change your password online. For more information, see Choosing and Changing a Safe and Secure UMICH Password.
A UMICH (Kerberos) password has also been created for you. Your password authenticatesor proves that you are youwhen you use computing services. Do not tell anyone your password. Keeping your password secret guards against unauthorized use (or misuse) of services in your name. If you forget your UMICH password, contact the ITS Service Center and they will issue you a new one.
Some departments may require additional passwords for use of computing resources they provide. For example, some Engineering staff may get an ENGIN password to use computing services provided by the Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN).
Authorized staff who need access to certain administrative data systems will be given special IDs and passwords to access those systems. Many departments also issue passwords for applications and functions running on departmentally managed systems. For security reasons, it's usually a good idea to use a different password for each different function.
ITS provides a basic set of computing services at no charge to all regular staff on the Ann Arbor campus (and to some temporary staff, by arrangement with the ITS Service Center). Service levels are fixed and provided on a per-term basis, with terms being defined as four-month periods beginning in January, May and September. Individuals who use more than the quotas may do so but will be charged for the additional use.
The computing services include a uniqname and UMICH password, e-mail, laser printing in the Campus Computing Sites and University Libraries, file storage on the Institutional File System (IFS), World Wide Web access, MCommunity Directory, Login Service, Statistics and Computation Service, and help desk assistance with these services. Learn more about the standard computing services.
If you have questions about gaining access to the standard computing services, contact the ITS Service Center. If you have questions about using these services (e-mail, printing, and more), the consultants at 734-764-4357 (4-HELP) should be able to assist you.
Here are a few other resources that may be of interest to you as a new U-M staff member:
ITS Education Services offers hundreds of workshops as well as free online tutorials for staff interested in building their computing skills.
You can manage your personal directory information and e-mail forwarding in the MCommunity Directory. Select the "Log In" link at the top right of the page to make changes to your directory profile. For more information, see Managing Your Profile in the MCommunity Directory.