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Office of Information Technology
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                                                                                                                                              While not a campuswide requirement,

                                                                                                                                              many students consider having a
                                                                                                                                              personal computer extremely helpful
                                                                                                                                              in completing course work and utilizing
                                                                                                                                              the university’s online services. some
                                                                                                                                              academic departments have specific
                                                                                                                                              technological requirements for students

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                                                                                                                                              for more information).

                                                                                                                                              The following guidelines for purchasing
                                                                                                                                              a new computer are valid as of
At The University of Mississippi, whether you’re registering for classes, checking grades or                                                  May 1, 2010. For questions about
accepting financial aid, online is the place to be. With wired and wireless connectivity in                                                   how well your current system
every residence hall and available across campus, students can log on and utilize Web-based                                                   will work, call the iT Helpdesk at
library catalogs, student services and Blackboard’s course management software. iT makes                                                      662-915-5222.
taking part in college life more convenient than ever.

                                                                                                                                            Mac             Minimum System
What’s iT?                                                          Compute in Comfort
The Office of Information Technology (IT) manages many campus       The iT labs are the only general                                        lAPTOP
technology services, including the university’s enterprisewide      usage labs on campus and provide                                        Processor: Dual Core or better
computing facilities and the campus network. The Mississippi        a wide range of computers and                                           RAM: 2 GB RAM
Center for Supercomputing Research (MCSR) is located on the         software for students to use. The                                       Display: 13" Display
UM campus and operated under IT’s authority. IT also manages        main lab has PCs, Macs, printers,                                       Hard Drive: 160 GB or larger
the Galtney Center for Academic Computing, located in Weir          scanners and a copy machine.                                            CD-ROM Drive: SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Hall next to the J.D. Williams Library, a central hub for student   The warm and spacious design                                            Wireless Networking: AirPort Extreme built-in
computing on campus.                                                makes it a great place to visit, whether you’re checking e-mail         Additional storage: USB Flash Drive
                                                                    between classes or pulling an all-nighter for an assignment.            Operating system: MacOS X

Galtney Center for Academic Computing                                                                                                       Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan (does not
                                                                                                                                            cover accidental damage)
                                                                    See for current hours and a list of the
The IT Helpdesk, Helpdesk Store, IT Labs, IT Media and the
                                                                    available software and equipment.                                       software: Microsoft Office
Faculty Technology Development Center are located in the                                                                                    (e-academy
Galtney Center for Academic Computing. This facility offers
wireless access and numerous hard-wired network ports               High-Tech Teamwork                                                      login requires UM WebiD
throughout the building and even outside in the patio area.         The IT labs also offer a conference room that can be reserved by
                                                                    students, staff or faculty for quiet study space or for meetings. The
                                                                    room may be reserved for a maximum of three hours at a time and
                            Need Help?                                                                                                      DeskTOP
                                                                    no more than 30 days in advance. Priority is given to groups of two     Processor: Dual Core or better
                          The iT Helpdesk, centrally located
                                                                    or more. The room features one PC, a projector and a screen, so         RAM: 2 GB RAM
                          in Weir Hall, is open Monday
                                                                    students also can use this space to rehearse class presentations.       Display: 20" Widescreen LCD
                          through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                    Visit for reservations.                     Hard Drive: 320 GB
                          We’re happy to assist anyone in the
                          university community with issues                                                                                  CD-ROM Drive: SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
                          related to software, hardware and         You’ve Definitely Got e-mail                                            Additional storage: USB Flash Drive
                          networking. We provide support            The address is the primary means of communicating           Operating system: MacOS X
for e-mail, Web pages and other applications that run on            important messages from the administration and faculty to               Warranty: AppleCare Protection Plan (does not
                                                                                                                                            cover accidental damage)
the university’s campuswide systems. Come by or call us at          students. Users can forward e-mail sent to this address to another
                                                                                                                                            software: Microsoft Office
662-915-5222. Visit for more               account, if necessary, but university-generated messages will           (e-academy
information.                                                        not be sent directly to other accounts.
                                                                                                                                            login requires UM WebiD
PC       Minimum System
         Recommendations                      Office of Information Technology
Processor: Dual Core or better

                                                                                                                 security Tips
Video Card: 256 MB                                                                    Helpful
Monitor: 14" Display                                                                  Accessories
Hard Drive: 80 GB or larger                                                         While you can print at
CD-ROM Drive: DVD±RW/CD-RW                                                          the Galtney Center for       seTTiNG UP YOUR COMPUTeR
Additional storage: USB Flash Drive                                                 a small fee, having          u Install anti-virus software.
Operating system: Windows® 7 Home Pre-                                              your own printer is a        u	Create strong passwords that you
mium (Windows® 7 Professional preferred)      great convenience. Additionally, a UsB flash drive comes in          can remember.
Battery: Lithium-Ion                          handy for storage and file transfer.                               u	Turn off file sharing.
Network Card: 10/100 Wired Ethernet Card
Wireless: Wireless 802.11 b/802.11 g NIC
                                                                                                                 u	enable your operating system firewall
(optional)                                    shop Here First                                                      (if available).
Warranty: 3-year onsite service and support   The University of Mississippi has arrangements with several        u	Turn off or delete any software features
with accidental damage coverage               vendors to offer tech products to students, faculty and staff at     that are not needed.
software:Microsoft Office (e-academy          reduced prices. One of these is e-academy, Inc., where a
                                              student can purchase software such as Microsoft Office
                                                                                                                 ON A FReqUeNT BAsis
                                              at about a fifth of the regular retail price. Visit the Helpdesk
login requires UM WebiD
                                              Store in Weir Hall or online at for basic      u	Keep your anti-virus software definitions
                                              accessories like network cables. More vendor partners are
                                              listed at                               u	Don’t allow files from unknown sources
DeskTOP                                                                                                            on your computer.
Processor: Dual Core or better                                                                                   u	Remove spyware by running programs like
                                              Another “Bit” of info                                                Ad-Aware, Spybot or Windows Defender.
                                              The University of Mississippi is a very connected place, so it’s
Video Card: 256 MB                                                                                               u	Regularly install Windows updates.
                                              not hard to find high-speed, reliable network access 24 hours
Monitor: 17" Monitor                                                                                             u	Keep your application software updated.
                                              a day, seven days a week. Wireless access is available in all
Hard Drive: 160 GB or larger
                                              residence halls, the library, Student Union and several other      u	Back up data files.
                                              buildings across campus.
Network Card: 10/100 Wired Ethernet Card
Additional storage: USB Flash Drive                                                                              PHYsiCAl seCURiTY
Operating system: Windows® 7 Home Pre-                                                                           u	Ssshhh! Keep your passwords secret. Do not
mium (Windows® 7 Professional preferred)      WHeRe ON THe UM WeB is…                                              write them down and keep them at your desk.
Warranty: 3-year onsite service and support   The University of Mississippi                                      u	Install laptop and desktop locks
with accidental damage coverage               Home Page   (Current Students link)         (see
software: Microsoft Office (e-academy              WebMail                               u Keep a record of your computer’s physical
                                              Grades, Registration                                                 address. For instructions on obtaining this
login requires UM WebiD                       and Other services                           unique identifier, see our HOWTO: Find your
                                                                                                                   Computer’s Physical Address,
                                              iT Helpdesk                      u Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s
                                              Technology @ Ole Miss            insurance to see if your computer is covered
                                                                                                                   for damages or theft.
                                              student Organizations         
                                                                                                                 for additional security information.

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                                                                                                                 based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual
                                                                                                                 orientation, or genetic information. TeCH-1011-01/5-10