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  • Welcome to summer orientation Jun 16, 2014 11:08:01 AM

    Welcome to the University of Montana campus. IT Central provides technology support to UM students, faculty and staff. If you have technology-related questions while you are attending summer orientation, please feel free to drop by our office for help. Specifically we can assist you with setting up campus wireless on your device and configuring your email account on your device.  IT Central is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and we are located in Social Science 120. We hope you enjoy your time on campus this summer. (6/16/14)

  • Interactive campus map May 21, 2014 10:49:54 AM

    UM's interactive campus map provides the ability to locate buildings and resources in a intuitive map interface. This map, built by IT-Web Technology Services, was created with a variety of tools and datasets. Access the map at: http://map.umt.edu. Toggle on themes to customize the map view to see wireless access locations, find places to eat, locate accessible entrances and curb cuts, and more. (5/21/14)

  • Employee NetID passwords Apr 23, 2014 1:53:59 PM

    In response to the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability, the University of Montana required UM employees to change their NetID passwords by midnight on Monday, April 21.

    Beginning April 22, UM employees who did not change their NetID password are required to answer a security question and enter a new password to login to NetID-based services. If you can't remember the answer to your security question, or have not set up a security question, contact IT Central at 243-4357 for assistance.

    Please visit umt.edu/it/security/heartbleed.php for more information. (4/23/14)

  • Heartbleed bug prompts required NetID password change Apr 14, 2014 3:48:31 PM

    In response to the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability, the University of Montana is requiring that UM employees change their NetID passwords by midnight on Monday, April 21. We highly recommend that students also change their NetID passwords.

    Heartbleed is a vulnerability in software that a majority of secure websites use to encrypt personal and sensitive information in an attempt to secure it. UM did have servers affected by this bug and IT personnel have been scanning and patching UM's computer environment to fix the vulnerability.

    Through April 21, employees and students can create a new password by logging into the UM login page at login.umt.edu and selecting "Change Password."

    Beginning April 22, employees who have not changed their password will be required to answer a security question and enter a new password to login. If you can't remember the answer to your security question, or have not set up a security question, contact IT Central at 243-4357 for assistance.

    If you have changed your password since April 9, no password change is required.

    I encourage you to visit umt.edu/it/security/heartbleed.php for more information.

    Matt Riley, CIO
    University of Montana

  • UMConnect email delivery issue: update Apr 10, 2014 8:58:21 AM

    On Wednesday evening, April 9, at approximately 11:00pm Microsoft correct the UMConnect bounce back issue (*see below). Messages sent to UMConnect email addresses (i.e. first.last@umconnect.umt.edu) are now functioning normally and being delivered successfully. We regret this recent Microsoft issue and thank UM members for their patience while the issue was being resolved.

    *Wednesday, April 9: The synchronization process for UMConnect and NetID passwords is now complete. This means that UMConnect passwords are now the same as the NetID password. Mobile devices and email clients may prompt for the current password. Students should enter their NetID passwords. PLEASE NOTE: There was an issue that occurred during the synchronization process that’s impacting some UMConnect email delivery. Messages sent to first.last@umconnect.umt.edu are bouncing back to the sender. We have submitted an incident with Microsoft to correct this issue. In the meantime, when sending email messages to students, please use their Umontana aliases (first.last@umontana.edu).

  • UMConnect and NetID password syncing: process complete Apr 9, 2014 11:37:20 AM

    The synchronization process for UMConnect and NetID passwords is now complete. This means that UMConnect passwords are now the same as the NetID password. Mobile devices and email clients may prompt for the current password. Students should enter their NetID passwords.

    PLEASE NOTE: There was an issue that occurred during the synchronization process that’s impacting some UMConnect email delivery. During the process Microsoft inadvertently removed the “friendly” UMConnect email address (first.last@umconnect.umt.edu).  This means that messages sent to these addresses are bouncing back.

    We have submitted an incident with Microsoft to correct this issue. In the meantime, when sending email messages to students, please use their Umontana aliases (first.last@umontana.edu).

  • UMConnect and NetID password syncing Apr 7, 2014 8:31:24 AM


    Beginning Monday, April 7, IT will synchronize UMConnect and NetID passwords. This means that UMConnect password will always be the same as the NetID password. This allows for easier activation, setup and configuration of UMConnect accounts.

    Student Impact: Mobile devices and email clients may prompt for the current password. Students should enter their NetID password.

    For assistance please contact IT Central. We are open Mon - Fri, 8a - 5p MDT. You may reach us at 406.243.HELP (x4357), itcentral@umontana.edu or stop by Social Science 120. (4/7/14)

  • Spring Break 2014 Mar 28, 2014 9:52:02 AM

    Spring Break 2014 is March 31 - April 4. IT Central will maintain normal operational hours this week (Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p). We wish UM students safe travels during this week away from campus. If you need technical support while you are away, please don't hesitate to call us at 406-243-HELP (4357).

  • Java upgrade on Banner servers: March 26, 2014 Mar 24, 2014 1:33:08 PM

    This is a reminder that the Banner servers will be upgraded to Java 7 Update 51 this Wednesday afternoon, March 26. If you use Banner, please update your computer's Java version by Wednesday for continued user access. If you have problems, contact your departmental technical support staff, or IT Central at 406-243-HELP (4357). Please check the Banner Support website for further information, the Java 7.51 download link, and PC and Mac instructions. As always, we thank you for your assistance. (3/24/14)

  • UMConnect and NetID password syncing update Mar 21, 2014 7:48:46 AM

    The UMConnect password syncing activity is still in progress. Continuation is expected to occur on Monday, March 24. Thank you for your patience with this process.  (3-21-14)

  • Wireless access at UM Mar 10, 2014 10:59:21 AM

    UM provides a secure wireless network for students, faculty, and staff. Use your NetID for access. Connect to the wireless network using WPA2 Enterprise. Currently convenience wireless coverage is available across campus. Plans for dense wireless coverage are in progress. Learn more about this campus project at the wireless expansion at UM web page.  Visitors to campus can connect to an open guest wireless network. Questions? Contact IT Central at 406-243-HELP (4357), or visit us at Social Science 120.

  • Emergency text messages Mar 3, 2014 7:33:44 AM

    During university emergency situations, an emergency messaging system is in place that allows university members to receive text notifications from UM on your cell phone. However, you must sign up to receive these messages through CyberBear. Need help? Contact IT Central at 406-243-HELP (4357) and we will gladly assist you.

    During a crisis, messages are also sent to all university email accounts; communication is kept up to date on the UM home page; and information is sent through social media outlets including Facebook and our Twitter feed @umontana. (3/3/14)

  • Reminder on how to receive UM text messages Feb 18, 2014 11:06:04 AM

    The recent campus lockdown reminded us all of the importance of communication during a crisis.  In the days since the lockdown, university officials have engaged in multiple debriefing sessions, engaging people from across the campus community.  We have also received numerous e-mails with suggestions.  We are working to further our emergency notification system and overall safety plans as a result.  

    In the meantime, I urge you to make sure you have arranged to receive emergency text notifications from the UM on your cell phone.  To sign up for the texts; log into Cyberbear, click on ‘Personal Information’, and then set your preferences in the ‘Emergency Text Messages’ section.  If you need help with this process, please give our support team a ring at extension 4357 (HELP). 

    During a crisis, messages are also sent to all university e-mail accounts; communication is kept up to date on the UM home page; and information is sent through social media outlets including Facebook and our Twitter feed @umontana.

    Communication is a key element in helping the campus through a crisis.  We all need to work together to share information during any crisis – and not just through technology.  Campus officials will send updates as our emergency plan is improved.

    Matt Riley, CIO

    University of Montana

    posted: 2/18/14

  • Planned Internet Outage: Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 AM Feb 13, 2014 4:39:19 PM

    We will be rebooting 3 Border Routers in Missoula and one in Billings on Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 AM. The outage should last no longer than 10 minutes.

    This outage will affect the following:

    All internet access at all UM locations will be lost during this time

    • All VPN users
    • USFS Internet and Internet 2 access
    • Montana PBS link to MSU
    • PBX link between UM and MSU through Northern Tier
    • SKC, DCC, FVCC and MCC internet access through UM

    If you experience any issues after this outage, please contact IT Central @ 243-4357 or itcentral@umontana.edu.

  • Campus wireless network changes: update Feb 3, 2014 10:56:42 AM

    On February 3rd, Central IT made a change to the UMWPA wireless network. This change was made to decrease the complexity of authentication for campus users while also increasing security. As of February 3rd, UMWPA will only accept NetID credentials. It will no longer allow UM-domain (um\first.last) types of authentication nor will it allow GTC connections. In addition, users may be required to accept a new certificate.

    If you or your device are impacted by this change, the easiest way to get connected again is to forget the UMWPA network and then reconnect the device leaving the default network authentication in place.  Use your NetID and password, and accept any certificate prompts you may receive.

    For questions or assistance, please contact IT Central at 406.243.HELP (4357). (2/3/14)

  • Campus wireless network changes: 2/3/14 Jan 30, 2014 10:53:04 AM

    On February 3rd, Central IT will be making a change to the UMWPA wireless network. This change is being made to decrease the complexity of authentication for campus users while also increasing security. The change will make it such that beginning February 3rd, UMWPA will only accept NetID credentials. It will no longer allow UM-domain (um\first.last) type of authentication nor will it allow GTC connections. In addition, users may be required to accept a new certificate.

    For any of your users or devices impacted by this change, the easiest way to get connected again is to forget the UMWPA network and then reconnect the device leaving the default network authentication in place.  Use your NetID and password, and accept any certificate prompts you may receive.

    Central IT has a list of people who are known to be connecting using the UM-domain credentials, and we will try to contact them directly as well as provide departmental IT support staff with list of their impacted users. However, Central IT may not be 100% successful in contacting all impacted users directly. Please be prepared to instruct users on how to change their wireless connection(s) or please direct them to IT Central at 406.243.HELP (4357).

  • UMConnect student email Jan 24, 2014 8:53:59 AM

    Welcome new students to Spring Semester 2014 at UM! IT Central provides support for UMConnect, the official student email system for UM students. To learn more about UMConnect, please visit our UMConnect web page. Questions may be directed to IT Central, located at Social Science 120, or via phone at 406-243-HELP (4357). Best wishes for an excellent semester! (1-24-14)

  • Moodle training Jan 9, 2014 2:20:33 PM

    UM released an upgrade to Moodle on December 26, 2013 to improve functionality and features. To help you get up to speed with this new version, UMOnline is offering several training courses in January.  The course schedule and registration are available on the IT short course training website. Check it out! (1/9/14)

Please contact itcentral@umontana.edu or call 406-243-4357 with any questions or comments.