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					           Getting Started with
         Computing @ Amherst College
                                   2007-2008

What Not to Do………………………………….…………………….……..…3

Physical Setup, or How to Plug into Your Network Jack……......4

Network Registration (NetReg)..…………………………………..……..6

Windows
    Wireless Setup……………………………………………..…..…….…7
    Access Your Network Storage Spaces.…………..………........9
    Installing Anti-Virus Software………………………………...…10
    Installing Windows Defender…………………………………….12
    Configure Windows Updates…………….…………….…………13

Macintosh
     Wireless Setup……………..……..…………………………………..16
     Access Your Network Storage Spaces…………………………17

Using Outlook Web Access for E-mail…………………………………18

Other Resources on the Amherst Network….…………….………..19
       Set up a real E-Mail Client, Online Course Catalog, Online
       Databases, Using Blackboard, Don’t Get Phished, Change
       Your Password




Appendix A: NetReg FAQ…………………………………………………………………20
Appendix B: NetReg for Non-Computer Networking Devices…………...….22
(e.g. X-Box, Tivo)
Appendix C: Acceptable Use Policy……………………………………………………27

Computing Facilities @ Amherst…………………….………..Inside Front Cover
Getting Help @ Amherst…………………………..……..……….Inside Back Cover
Where in the World is Seeley Mudd?..........................................Back Cover
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What Not to Do
Whether you bring a computer to campus or use our public computing labs, you’ll
discover quickly that computing is an indispensable part of an Amherst education.
You’ll use computers to communicate with friends, colleagues, and teachers; to
research and write papers; to produce multimedia presentations; and to keep
yourself entertained. And the list of things you can do with a computer at
Amherst keeps growing. Recently, we put the College catalog online; last year, we made
it possible to watch films assigned in class on your computer. In the future, who
knows?

This Getting Started guide contains the information you need to connect your
personally-owned computer to the Amherst network and to access the world of
resources available there. Before beginning, however, you should check out the
Policy on Acceptable Use of the Amherst College Electronic Environment,
reproduced here as Appendix C. This policy details how you should act as a
responsible user of the Amherst network. In effect, it boils down to this:

      Don’t hassle: Sending harassing messages anytime or mass e-mails
       without authorization is prohibited.
      Don’t hog: Running programs that degrade network performance for
       others is prohibited.
      Don’t steal: Use of the network to engage in plagiarism or in violation
       of federal, state, and local laws is prohibited.
      Don’t be stupid: Keep your computer and your Amherst password
       secure; keep you computer free of viruses and spyware; keep your
       critical files and documents in your network spaces where they are
       backed up automatically.

The guide starts out telling you how to connect to the wired Ethernet network.
Even if you plan to work predominantly over the wireless network, we strongly
recommend that you first set up your wired connection because it is easier and
faster than setting up a wireless connection. Also, while the quality of wireless
reception varies, all rooms have dependable wired access.

If you have questions about getting connected to the Amherst network that are
not answered in this guide—or about computing at Amherst in general—you can
call the Student Help Line at 413 542-7921, check out the IT Website at
www.amherst.edu/it, or drop by the Seeley Mudd Computer Center, where you’ll
find dozens of Mac and Windows computers available for your use. Also check
out the growing number of E-Mail Kiosks on campus (currently in the gym,
campus center, and Valentine) for quick and convenient access to the network.

Good luck with your studies.

Information Technology (IT) Department


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Connecting your Computer (Mac or PC) to the
Ethernet Network

Physical Setup

To connect to the network you need a computer with an Ethernet adapter installed.
If your computer doesn't have an Ethernet adapter you will have to purchase one
and install it - or better yet have it installed by a professional. You also need an
Ethernet cable, also know as a network patch cable. The physical connection is quite
simple.


   1. Plug one end of the cable into your computer's Ethernet port. Your Ethernet
        port will be indicated by one of two symbols: <•••> (Mac) or   (PC)
   2. Plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port on the wall of your
      room. This port will look slightly larger than a typical telephone jack.
   3. Now you are ready to configure your computer to access the Amherst
      Network.


Tips

    q   Many students confuse an Ethernet cable with a phone cable. The two cables
        look similar, but an Ethernet cable has a larger head. The comparison picture
        below should help:




        Do not plug a phone cable into your Ethernet port. It will not connect
        you to the Network. If you need to purchase an Ethernet cable, see below.

   q    There is one Ethernet port per resident in each suite/room. However, in some
        building the ports may be located high on the wall, or in places other than
        where you would like your desk. You may have to run cables over doors and
        around walls.
   q    If you think your Ethernet port is not working, please contact the Student
        Help Line at 542-7921.



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                                                                         Connect-Ethernet
Where to purchase Ethernet Cables

You can purchase a 25ft cable for $5.25 (AC Dollars or cash) from IT by going to
Seeley Mudd 114 weekdays from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The following local stores
also carry Ethernet cables:


 A.J Hastings *                  Radio Shack **           Staples **
 45 South Pleasant Street        Stop & Shop Plaza        125 Westgate Center
 Amherst, MA 01002               446 Russell St           Drive
 Phone: 413-253-2840             Hadley, MA 01035         Hadley, MA 01035
 http://www.ajhastings.          Phone: 413-256-          Phone: 413-253-2599
 com/                            8142




* Within walking distance of campus
** Off Rte 9 - you can walk, but it's easier to take the B43 PVTA bus, or drive.




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Network Registration
Any electronic device that utilizes the College's ethernet or wireless network must be registered. This includes desktop and laptop
computers, game consoles, and personal digital assistants. This document is an overview of the network registration process with
a computer, for more frequently asked questions about network registration visit the FAQ.


Network Registration for Computers

Note: The network registration process must be completed for every network device on your computer. Therefore, if your
computer has both ethernet and wireless connection capabilities, they will both have to be registered seperately.


   1. After connecting to the network over ethernet or wireless, launch any web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer for PC's, or
      Safari for Macs). Your browser should automatically navigate to the Network Registration page and begin the process. If
      you don't see anything related to Network Registration, try navigating to http://netreg.amherst.edu. If that still doesn't
       work, give the Help Desk a call.




   2. Once you see the Network Registration page, your computer will be scanned for any potential security holes. Windows
      users will be warned if their system is not fully secured, and will be instructed on how to proceed. Macintosh users need
      not worry about this.
   3. After the scanning process is completed successfully, you will be presented with the following login page. Simply fill out
      the form, restart the computer, and you're done! (If, after restarting your computer and launching a web browser, you are
      returned to the NetReg page, try clearing your browser cache and restarting the browser. This is often necessary with
      Macintosh computers using the Safari browser, where you'll find the Empty Cache command on the Safari menu.)




Network Registration for Other Devices

Any other network-enabled devices must be registered manually. Please see our documentation for special devices in Appendix B

for further instructions.




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Configuring Wireless Networking in Windows

Physical Setup
Most modern laptops come with wireless networking built in. For example, wireless networking is standard
on all Intel Centrino badged laptops. To see if you have an available wireless adapter, click Start and select
Network Connections. If you see a Wireless Network Connection then you should be all set. If not,
then you may have to purchase a separate wireless adapter or reinstall your wireless drivers.

Note: Some laptops have a physical switch that must be turned on to enable the wireless adapter. If you
have any trouble with the instructions below, please make sure to check your laptop thoroughly for a switch
or button that could enable your wireless.


In Windows Vista

    1. Click Start      and then click Connect to.

    2. Select the Amherst network and click Connect.

    3. If this is the first time connecting to the wireless network you need to register your network
       adapter. Follow the instructions on page 6 of this booklet to do so.

    4.   To complete your Wireless Network Connection you need to log into the Bluesocket network. To do
         so, open a web browser and accept any security certificates that appear. Then enter your Amherst

         username and password in the purple box and click Log In.




In Windows XP

    1.   Clicking Start and then Network Connections.

    2.   Right-click on Wireless Network Connection and select View Available Wireless Networks.

    3. This will launch the Wireless Network Connection configuration screen. Under Choose a
         connecting to an unsecure network, click Connect anyway. You should see the strength of your
         wireless connection once it's complete.




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4.   If your network card is using other wireless access software, you may get an error in the Choose a
     wireless network window. It should say that "Windows cannot configure this wireless connection".
     We recommend you use the native Windows utility instead of whatever came with your computer.
     To fix this problem click Change advanced settings under Related Tasks.




5.   In the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialogue select the Wireless Networks tab.
     Select the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settingsbox, and then click OK.
6.   You should now be able to connect to the wireless network as described in steps #1 and #2 above.

7. If this is the first time connecting to the wireless network you need to register your network
   adapter. Follow the instructions on page 6 of this booklet to do so.

8.   To complete your Wireless Network Connection you need to log into the Bluesocket network. To do
     so, open a web browser and accept any security certificates that appear. Then enter your Amherst

     username and password in the purple box and click Log In.




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Automatically Access Your Network Spaces in
Windows
As a member of the Amherst College community you have access to four network
spaces that are typically given letter drives in your My Computer so make them
easier to access. The four drives serve separate functions:


    q   The Software (K:) drive stores all of the software that IT makes available to
        the campus. You can learn more about the software we offer at the Software
        self-help page (http://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/software).

    q   The Scratch (S:) drive is meant to be used as temporary network storage
        for files. Files are deleted from Scratch daily, so it is in no way a permanent
        storage method, but it is very useful for sharing files with classmates or
        moving large files between computers across campus.

    q   Your Userfiles (U:) drive is your personal and private storage space on the
        Amherst network. You can access your U: drive from any public computer on
        campus, and it is backed up every few hours, making it a convenient and
        safe storage option for your most important files. Students can store 300MB
        of files on the U: drive, whereas faculty and staff have a 500MB quota. We
        highly recommend that you get in the habit of storing their school papers and
        other important files on your U: drive.

    q   Your WWW (W:) drive is basically your Amherst web space. Any files you
        place there will show up on the web at http://www.amherst.edu/
        ~yourusername. All users are allocated 500MB of space on their W: drive.
        Please be aware that any files placed on your W: drive are instantly and
        publicly accessible.


Note: If you are trying to connect to your network drives from off-campus you must
first be connected through VPN. See our VPN documentation on the website for
more information.

Using the Map Network Drives Script
   1. Download the map network drives script from the website, or find it on the "Getting
      Started" CD.
   2. Double-click on Map Network Drives.exe, and enter your Amherst
        username and password.
   3. After a few seconds you should see your My Computer window complete
        with all of your network drives. Double-click on a drive's icon to access the
        contents of the drive.


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VirusScan 8.5 Setup
VirusScan 8.5 is the newest version of the popular McAfee anti-virus software. The
improvements in this version include support for Windows Vista, more
extensive integration with Microsoft Office, and buffer-overflow
protection. You must be running Windows 2000 or Windows XP to run VirusScan 8.
If you have Window 98/ME you must install VirusScan 4.5.


Before You Install VirusScan 8.5

    q   Quit all programs you are running.
    q   Uninstall any non-Amherst supplied anti-virus program you may have
        on your computer (such as Norton Anti-Virus, F-Prot, Dr Soloman's
        Virex, or a consumer version of McAfee). If you are currently running
        VirusScan 4.5.1 or VirusScan 7, you don't have to manually uninstall the
        program; the VirusScan 8 installer will do so automatically.
        To uninstall a program:
            r  Open the Control Panel folder.
                Click Start, Settings, Control Panel
            r   Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
            r   Highlight the name of the program you want to remove from the
                Install/Uninstall list
            r   Click on the Add/Remove button to remove it.
            r   Follow the program prompts from there.


Installation

   1. If you have your network drives mapped, go to Winsoft (the K:\ drive) and double
        click on the VirusScan 8.5 Installer. If installing from a CD, double-click on
        the CD (available in the Seeley-Mudd Computing Center) in My Computer,
        double click on the VirusScan8i folder, and then double-click on Setup.exe.
        Or you can download the software from the IT web site (Amherst username
        and password required) .

   2. When the setup program launches, click Next to continue. Click Next or OK
        to any messages you receive about the removal of an older version of
        VirusScan. When prompted with the End User License Agreement, select
        Perpetual as the License Expiry Type. Leave the selected country at
        default, and accept the End User License Agreement. Click OK to continue.




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3. If you are presented with a screen that asks if you want to Preserve
   Settings from a previous installation, uncheck the box and click Next to
   continue.
4. Select Typical as the installation type.
5. Click Install to begin the installation process.
6. When the installation is finished you will be presented with the choices of
   checking for new virus definitions and performing a full system scan.
       r  Click the checkbox near Update Now if you are connected to the
            internet, this will make sure your anti-virus software is fully up to
            date.
        r   Select the option to perform the virus scan if you would like one
            performed as soon as the program is finished installing. When you are
            done click the Finish button.
7. Restart your computer to enable all the protection features of VirusScan 8.




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Installing Windows Defender
Next to viruses, spyware is one of the most common threats against the security of
your computer. They usually take the form of small programs that come along with
shareware applications. The spyware usually serves to report various statistics back
to its host company without your permission. Sometimes they have no visible effect
on your computer, but more often than not they make your system less stable and
cause countless other problems.

IT recommends that students install Microsoft Windows Defender on their Windows
XP computers. It comes by default on Windows Vista.

Note: Occasionally uninstalling spyware will break the application it rode in on. For
example, removing the spyware that comes with Kazaa may render it unfunctional.

Installing and Using Windows Defender


   1. Double-click on the Windows Defender installer on the Software (K:) drive or
      on the “Getting Started” CD.
   2. Click Next to bypass the welcome screen, then click Validate to let Windows
      Defender detect the authenticity of your Windows installation. (If you are
      using a pirated version of Windows this process will likely fail.)
   3. Once validation is complete, Accept the license terms and click Next.
   4. Check off "Install definition updates only" and click Next.
   5. Select the Complete Installation and click Next.
   6. Click Install.
   7. When the installation is finished, check off "Check for updated
      definitions..." and click Finish.
   8. The Windows Defender icon should now be available in your system tray. You
      can double-click on it to launch the application or go to Start > All
      Programs > Windows Defender.




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Using Windows Update in XP and Vista
Windows Update lets you keep your copy of Windows up-to-date with all the
latest security patches and bug fixes from Microsoft. In today's environment,
staying up-to-date with Windows is as important as keeping your anti-virus
software up-to-date.

Getting your Windows computer up-to-date takes two distinct procedures.
First, you have to manually go to the Windows Update website and download
and install all outstanding critical updates. You can then set up Windows
Update to automatically check for and install future critical updates.

Using Windows Update in Vista

Unlike previous version of Windows, in Vista Windows Update is a seperate
application, not something you access through Internet Explorer. This makes
it far more integrated into your operating system and ultimately easier to
use.

  1. Click the Windows button, then All Programs, then Windows
     Update.
  2. Windows Update will display any updates available to you, simply click
     Install Updates to do the deed.
  3. If you don't see any updates at first, click Check for Updates on the
     left side of the window. Then just repeat step 2 if anything appears.
  4. Reboot your computer if prompted.

Staying Up-to-Date Automatically in Vista

  1. Click the Windows button, then All Programs, then Windows
     Update.
  2. Click Change Settings on the left-side of the application window.
  3. Select "Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to
     install them" and click OK.
  4. In the future your computer will check for critical updates in the
     background and, if any are available, download them automatically to
     your computer. It will then prompt you to install them by displaying
     this icon in the system tray:  . Because many updates require a
     reboot, this prompt gives you the chance to close any applications you
     have running before you begin installing the updates.


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  5. You can also shut down your computer and install any updates in
     waiting at the same time by clicking the Windows button, and then
     the power button. You should see a "Shut down and install updates"
     option. Select it and continue shutting down your computer.




Using Windows Update in XP

  1. Open Internet Explorer. Windows Update works only with Internet
     Explorer; it won't work with other browsers such as Firefox and Opera.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Windows Update. Windows will check
     to see whether you have the latest version of the Windows Update
     software on your computer.
  3. If you don't receive a message about needing to update to the latest
     version of Windows Update, go to step 4.
     If you are prompted to install a new version of the Windows Update
     software, follow the prompts and install the new version. If asked to
     validate your copy of Windows, do so. You may also receive a warning
     about installing the software; click OK to any warnings.
  4. Once you have the latest version of the Windows Update software
     installed on your computer click on the Express button.
  5. Windows Update will now check to see which updates you need to
     install on your computer. If you get a notice regarding the Windows
     Genuine Advantage tool, go ahead and install it.
  6. Eventually Windows Update will display a list of the high-priority
     updates that have not been installed on your computer. Click the
     Install Updates button to continue with the installation.
  7. If you receive a warning that you’ve selected one or more updates that
     must be installed separately from the others, click OK or Continue.
     Accept any licensing agreements to complete the downloading and
     installation of your selected update(s). If prompted, reboot your
     computer when the installation process is completed.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 6 until there are no more high-priority updates
     left for you to install.




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Staying Up-to-Date Automatically in XP

After fully updating your computer you should set Windows Update to
automatically check for and install new critical updates.

  1. Click Start, Control Panel, and select Automatic Updates.
  2. Select "Download Updates for me, but let me choose when to
     install them" and click OK.
  3. In the future your computer will check for critical updates in the
     background and, if any are available, download them automatically to
     your computer. It will then prompt you to install them by displaying
     this icon in the system tray:   . Because many updates require a
     reboot, this prompt gives you the chance to close any applications you
     have running before you begin installing the updates.
  4. You can also shut down your computer and install any updates in
     waiting at the same time by clicking Start, then the power button.
     You should see a "Shut down and install updates" option. Select it and
     continue shutting down your computer.




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Configuring Wireless Networking in MacOS X

 1. Find the Airport icon          in the top right corner of the screen, and left-click on it.
 2. If you don't see the airport icon, click the Apple Menu, then System Preferences, then Network.
    Locate and select your Airport settings, and make sure that the "Show Airport status in the menu bar"
    is checked off.
 3. From the drop down menu make sure that Airport is turned on and that Amherst is checked. If it isn't




    checked, click on Amherst to enable it.
 4. To complete your Wireless Network Connection you need to log into the Bluesocket network. To do so,
    open a web browser and accept any security certificates that appear. Then enter your Amherst
    username and password in the purple box and click Log In.




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Access Your Network Spaces in MacOS X
As a member of the Amherst College community you have access to four network
spaces, all of which serve separate functions. By a convention used in the Windows
world, such spaces are usually referred to as your network drives.


    q   The Software drive stores all of the software that IT makes available to the
        campus. You can learn more about the software we offer at the Software self-
        help page.

    q   The Scratch drive is meant to be used as temporary network storage for
        files. Files are deleted from Scratch daily, so it is in no way a permanent
        storage method, but it is very useful for sharing files with classmates or
        moving large files between computers across campus.

    q   Your Userfiles (U:) drive is what we recommend for storing your private
        data. You can access your U: drive from any public computer on campus, and
        it is backed up every few hours, making it a convenient and safe storage
        option for your most important files. Students can store 300MB of files on the
        U: drive, whereas faculty and staff have a 500MB quota. We highly
        recommend that all users get in the habit of storing their documents and
        other important files on their U: drive.

    q   Your WWW drive is basically your Amherst web space. Any files you place
        there will show up on the web at http://www.amherst.edu/~yourusername.
        All users are allocated 500MB of space on their W: drive. Please be aware
        that any files placed on your W: drive are instantly publically accessible.


Note: If you are trying to connect to your network drives from off-campus you must
first be connected through VPN. See our VPN documentation for more information.


Using the Map Network Drives Script

   1. Download the Map Network Drives application, or find it on the New Student
        Setup CD.
   2. Double-click on the Map Network Drives application, then select Run to
      start the script.
   3. Enter your Amherst username and password when prompted.
   4. Select Student Userfiles.
   5. Click OK to connect to Macsoft.
   6. Click OK to connect to Scratch.
   7. The application will create desktop shortcuts to your network storage drive,
      your webspace, the software drive, and Scratch. To access any of these
        drives, click on its shortcut.
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Reading E-mail Using Outlook Web Access


Outlook Web Access 2003 (https://exchange.amherst.edu) is the version
of Outlook Web Access (OWA) supported on our Exchange 2003 mail
servers. OWA lets you access your email from any computer connected to
the Internet using a web browser. You can read and write all your Amherst
email through OWA. Alternatively, you could use an email program such as
Outlook or Thunderbird as your primary email software and check your
messages with OWA when you're away from your computer. These
instructions cover basics: logging in, reading and sending messages,
attaching files, and using folders.

OWA 2003 offers many new features over the previous versions. These
include:

     Improved keyboard shortcuts
     Desktop notification of new e-mail
     A preview pane for viewing messages
     Public folder support
     Improved spellchecking
     Improved and archivable message searches
     And much more!

     Note: Some features require Internet Explorer 6 and above to work



To use Outlook Web Access, simply head to
https://exchange.amherst.edu in any web browser. Due to the way OWA
is written, it happens to work best on the PC with Internet Explorer rather
than Mozilla Firefox. We still recommend Firefox for general web browsing,
but for OWA you’re better off running Internet Explorer.

On Macs both Safari and Firefox offer the same user experience.

You can find more specific instructions for using OWA at the IT website:

https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/network/email/owa




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Other Resources on the Amherst Network
A number of resources are available on the Amherst College IT website (www.
amherst.edu/it). Some handy links are below:

Discover Other E-mail Options
If Outlook Web Access is just a bit too slow and clunky for your taste, you'll want a
full-fledged e-mail client. Check out the e-mail page for suggestions and
configuration instructions:
https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/network/email


Explore the Online Course Catalog
The online course catalog is a repository of all classes in the current and upcoming
semester. It also functions as an effective scheduler for your academic year:
http://catalog.amherst.edu


A World of Information
Amherst College subsribes to a host of online information sources that are available
to all members of the Amherst community. To access these resources, go to:
http://www.amherst.edu/library/research/databases/index.html


Learn How to Use Blackboard
Blackboard is a system for managing course web sites. It has been in use at
Amherst since 1999 and is used by many faculty to provide student access to
instructional materials, discussion boards, and class e-mail lists. Directions for its
use and a tutorial are available on the IT Web site:
https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/teaching_research/blackboard


Protect Yourself Online
The internet is not always a friendly place; phishing scams, viruses, and spyware are
all major threats to anyone with an internet connection. Learn to protect yourself
from these online dangers at our "bad stuff" page:
https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/security/badthings


Change Your Password
If you suspect your password has been compromised, you can change your Amherst
password online at the IT website. Go to:
http://www.amherst.edu/it/email/password/




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                                                                 Appendix A: Netreg FAQ


Questions and Answers about Network
Registration @ Amherst
Why do I have to register my computer?
Registering your computer allows the IT department to associate your Amherst
username with your computer. That way, if IT suspects that your computer is
infected with a virus or your computer needs to be isolated from the campus
network, you can be contacted in a timely manner.

How do I register my computer to use the Amherst Network?
To register your computer to use the Amherst network, go to https://netreg.
amherst.edu . You will need to answer two questions about your computer and type
in your Amherst username and password.

Are there any requirements for Network Registration (NetReg)?
Your computer must be on the Amherst Network. It is not possible to register your
computer from another location.
In addition, Windows computers must be up-to-date with critical updates and
security patches. We recommend that you visit the Windows Update site before
registering your computer. If you cannot reach the Windows Update site, you may
borrow a CD with the patches required for Network Registration from the Help Desk
in Seeley Mudd.
Your computer must have a password specified for all administrative accounts. You
can use these directions to set or change password for the administrative accounts
on your computer.

How long will it take to register my computer?
It should take no more than 5 minutes. Once you have filled out the registration
information and restarted your computer, your registration will be complete.

Will I have to register every time I want to use the Internet?
No, you will only have to register once each semester.

Do I need to un-register my computer if I take it off-campus?
No, it is not necessary to un-register your computer.

Does Network Registration (NetReg) reconfigure, install software, or place
information on my computer?
The NetReg system does not change any settings on your computer or install
software. NetReg simply creates a record in the NetReg database with your Amherst
username and network card ID number.

Does Network Registration (NetReg) track my activities on the network?
No. NetReg simply creates an record in a database with your Amherst username and
network card ID number. This information will allow the IT department to contact
you if your computer is infected with a virus or causing a problem on the campus
network.


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                                                                 Appendix A: Netreg FAQ


I have a laptop with a wireless card and an ethernet port. Will I have to
register more than once?
Yes, you will have register both your Ethernet (wired) connection and your wireless
connection.

What about my game console/Tivo/other device that uses the network?
If you have a device other than a computer that uses the network, please refer
Appendix B in this booklet to register your device. Devices other than computers must
be administratively registered.

How many computers can I register?
During the pre-registation period you can register up to ten (10) computers.
Preregistration
is the best time for lab managers and other who maintain multiple
computers to register them on the network. After the pre-registration period you
can register up to three (3) computers through the NetReg system. If you need to
register more than 3 computers, please contact the Faculty/Staff Help Desk
(x2526), Student Help line (542-7921), or fill out a Online Help Request.

I'm a student who works on a computer in a college department, should I
register the computer I use for my job?
A computer used by a student employee should be registered by a member of the
department by which they are employed.

I registered a computer by mistake, what should a do?
Students should call the Student Help Line at 542-7921 or fill out a Online Help
Request for assistance. Faculty and Staff should contact the Help Desk at x2526.
The mistaken registration will need to be administratively removed.

Do I need to register my home computer?
No, only computers physically connected to the Amherst College network need to
register. Computers that connect from off-campus via VPN do not need to register.

What do I do if my friend comes to visit and wants to use her computer on
the network?
Guests without an Amherst username and password can use the Guest registration
form to request network access. Guest registrations are valid for one week. More
information is available on the Guest and Visitor FAQ.




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                                          Appendix B: Netreg Non-Computer Devices


Registering Non-Computer Network Devices
All network devices must be registered to have full access on the Amherst
Network. If your device cannot register itself by going to the NetReg site
(https://netreg.amherst.edu), please use the instructions below to provide
the IT department with the necessary information to register the device on
your behalf.

Note: When looking for a MAC address, look for a string of 12 characters
that looks something like this: 00-A0-34-0B-13-CD


Video Game Consoles

Microsoft Xbox 360

  1. Access the Xbox Guide by pressing the Xbox Guide button on the
     Xbox 360 controller. The Guide button is the silver button in the
     center of the controller that has the green "X" on it.
  2. Press the Y button the controller to enter the Xbox 360 Dashboard.
  3. Go to the System area of the Dashboard.
  4. Select Network Settings and then select Edit Settings.
  5. Select Additional Settings and then select Advanced Settings.
  6. At the bottom of this screen you'll see the heading "Wired MAC
     Address". This is your MAC address (12 characters, 0-9, A-F).
  7. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
     or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.

Sony Playstation 3

  1. From the PS3 main menu navigate to the Settings icon and select it.
  2. Navigate to System Settings, then to System Information.
  3. You should see your MAC address on this screen. (12 characters, 0-9,
     A-F)
  4. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address

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       along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
       message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
       or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.

Sony Playstation 2 (Updated Slim Version)

  1. Start up the PS2 without a disc in the drive.
  2. Press Triangle for Version Info.
  3. The MAC address should be on the following screen (12 characters, 0-
     9, A-F).
  4. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
     or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.

Microsoft Xbox

  1. Turn on your Xbox console without game disc in the tray.
  2. From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Xbox Live.
  3. From the Xbox Live screen, select Settings.
  4. The 12-digit number at the bottom-right corner of the Network
     Settings screens is the MAC address (12 characters, 0-9, A-F) of your
     Xbox console.
  5. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
     or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.

Sony Playstation 2 (Original Version)

  1. Load the Start-up CD in your PS2.
  2. Make sure you have the network cable disconnected.
  3. Walk through the Start-Up CD until it starts testing your connection.
     Since we disconnected the network cable the test will fail.



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  4. You can now press the select button which will display the MAC
     address (12 characters, 0-9, A-F).
  5. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
     or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.




Portable Game Consoles

Nintendo DS (and Lite Version)

Note: You do not need to register your MAC address to play a local (or "ad-
hoc") game between systems.

  1. Start the DS with a game that has wi-fi capabilities (i.e., Mario Kart
     DS).
  2. Head to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Setup.
  3. Navigate to Options > System Information.
  4. The MAC address should be on the top line (12 characters, 0-9, A-F).
  5. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field.

Sony PSP

Note: You do not need to register your MAC address to play a local (or "ad-
hoc") game between systems.

  1. Turn on the PSP without a game in the system.
  2. Press the Home button.
  3. Navigate to Settings > System Settings > System Information.



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  4. Your MAC address should be inside System Information (12
     characters, 0-9, A-F).
  5. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field.




Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)

Tivo

  1. Connect the external network adaptor to your Tivo.
  2. Go to TiVo Central by pressing the TiVo button.
  3. Select Messages & Settings.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Select Phone & Network. The MAC address (12 characters 0-9, A-F)
     should be on the right-hand side of the Phone & Network screen,
     towards the top.
  6. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field. Please specify if you are using Ethernet (recommended)
     or wireless (not recommended) to connect to the network.




Voice Over-IP (VOIP) Phone Devices

Vonage Phone Adaptor

  1. Turn the adaptor over
  2. On the bottom is the WAN/MAC address(12 characters, 0-9, A-F)
  3. Submit an IT Help Request
     (https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select


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     "Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address
     along with the type of device that you wish to have registered in the
     message field.


Other Network Devices
If you have any other sort of device that requires network access, you will
have to find the MAC address (sometimes called the Physical Address) on
your own. We recommend that you Google to figure this out. Once you have
that, submit an IT Help Request
(https://cms.amherst.edu/people/offices/it/help/help_form). Select
"Network Registration" as the subject, and enter the MAC address along with
the type of device that you wish to have registered in the message field.
Also, please specifiy if the device is connecting over wireless or ethernet.




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                                                                Appendix C: Acceptable Use

Policy on Acceptable Use of the Amherst College
Electronic Environment
The College maintains an electronic environment that includes a network, server
systems, telephones, voicemail, and computers for faculty, staff and students. This
environment is maintained to further the academic and administrative work of the
College, and those uses take precedence over any others.


Restrictions on Use

The College’s Electronic Accounts Policy defines the conditions under which
individuals are given the privilege of using this environment. In general, users are
expected to conform to the same standards of conduct when using this environment
as are applicable to the use of other College facilities. The examples given below are
illustrative, and are not intended to cover all possibilities. Consult the Director of
Information Technology with questions about specific activities

Each account is provided for the use of a specific individual, and may not be shared
with or lent to others. Individuals are expected to take reasonable precautions to
prevent others from using their accounts. Examples of violations include


    q   giving an account password to another person
    q   logging in to one’s account at a public computer, then leaving without logging
        out
    q   providing access to the campus network to others


The Statement of Intellectual Responsibility and the Statement of Respect for
Persons apply to the use of the electronic environment. Examples of violations of
those standards include


    q   sending harassing or threatening messages
    q   using the network to participate in plagiarism
    q   interfering with another person’s files, accounts or coursework
    q   sending “junk email”—email sent to large lists of people without a reasonable
        expectation that they wish to receive it


Use of the electronic environment may not violate federal, state, or local law,
including the laws of defamation, forgery, copyright/trademark infringement, and
harassment. Examples include


    q   installing copyrighted software on a College computer without paying the
        required fees
    q   distributing copyrighted work without permission.



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Appendix C: Acceptable Use
 Use of the College’s electronic environment for commercial purposes not relevant to
 the mission of the College is prohibited, unless specifically authorized in writing by
 the Director of Information Technology. Examples include


      q   operating a business from a dormitory or office that uses the College’s
          electronic environment
      q   fund raising and advertising using the College’s electronic environment by
          groups or individuals other than officially recognized campus organizations
      q   creating a website on the College server that sells items for personal profit


 Account owners may not engage in any activity that may reasonably be expected to
 be harmful to the systems operated by the College or a third party, or to information
 stored upon them. Examples include


      q   participating in the breaking of security on a computer system regardless of
          whether it is owned by the College or by some third party
      q   disrupting service on a computer system by sending automated messages
          which tie up the computer


 Common resources, such as network bandwidth, are to be shared by all members of
 the College community. Individuals may not engage in activities that might
 reasonably be expected to cause congestion of the network, or prevent others from
 making reasonable use of the College’s electronic resources, or incapacitate,
 compromise, or damage the College’s electronic resources. Examples include


      q   operating network servers that consume more than a fair share of bandwidth
      q   running programs that cause network congestion
      q   sending “junk” email


 Enforcement Provisions

 Violations of these conditions for the use of this environment are subject to the
 investigative and disciplinary procedures of the College, with the Director of
 Information Technology acting in an advisory role. The Office of the Dean of
 Students usually handles complaints against students. The Office of the Dean of the
 Faculty usually handles complaints against faculty. Complaints against staff and
 administrators are usually handled through supervisors and Human Resources. The
 Electronic Accounts Policy does provide for a small number of accounts for
 individuals who are neither students nor employees of the College; the Director of
 Information Technology will handle these cases, with consultation with the College
 administration as appropriate.


 Limitation of Privileges Pending Judicial Process

 In addition, in some cases, the College must act more immediately to protect its
 interests and resources (including the electronic environment and the data stored in
 it) or the rights and safety of others. The Director of Information Technology, or in
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his/her absence a delegate within Information Technology staff, has the authority to
suspend or limit account privileges and access in those situations. When an account
is suspended in this way, the Director of Information Technology or the delegate
shall notify the appropriate office who will handle the complaint, and will attempt to
notify the account owner. Account suspension under these conditions is temporary
while the complaint is handled through the normal investigative and disciplinary
procedures of the College.

Approved by the College administration March, 2001




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