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MSU IT Council discusses network project, Messaging and Collaboration Team, web committee

The MSU IT Council met on October 5 and November 2. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meetings.

DNS, DHCP, and IP Management Project

MSU IT will replace aging open source systems and developed scripts related to the Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and system for Internet Protocol (IP) address requests. Read Full Article →

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MSU Zoom conferencing adds new features

MSU Zoom recently adding the new polling and simultaneous meeting features for the MSU community.

Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, mobile collaboration, and simple online meetings.

Pro account access (50 participants) is available at no charge for MSU faculty, staff, and students when you log into MSU Zoom using your NetID and password. Read Full Article →

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Find out what’s new in D2L version 10.6 for instructors

MSU recently upgraded D2L to version 10.6.3 with some exciting new features.

Top 10 New D2L Features

Below are the top 10 new or improved items and tips for instructors to check out. See the resource links at the bottom for more documentation, videos, and release notes.

1. Awards tool

The Awards tool enables instructors to issue badges and certificates which can also be based on release conditions. Read Full Article →


MSU partners with Top Hat on new student response system software

MSU now supports Top Hat student response system software that can be used by instructors and students at MSU. Top Hat can also be synchronized with MSU D2L grades and rosters.

Top Hat details

The Top Hat platform can help instructors engage students inside and outside the classroom. Students can use their own mobile devices or laptops to answer questions, view annotated slides, join in discussions, and enter attendance codes. Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council discusses new data center, IT Service Management, service catalog, email updates

The MSU IT Council met on September 15. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Data Center Update

Rob McCurdy, Interim Chief Information Officer, said the MSU Board of Trustees approved the construction budget to build a new data center for the university. Construction was scheduled to begin in September 2016 and to be completed by February 2018. Read Full Article →

Happy #CyberAware Month

MSU IT Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber security continues to grow in importance, and we all play a role in today’s highly connected world of systems, information, and technology.

MSU Information Technology helps celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) by promoting safe computing tips via our Tech at MSU Twitter account and supporting the MSU Security Summit on October 11. Read Full Article →

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Announcing eCommerce at MSU

Finding the information departments need to accept card payments at MSU has become easier with the launch of the new eCommerce at MSU website.  

In a cross departmental effort, MSU IT and the Office of the Controller have consolidated the merchant Services and PCI Compliance webpage (formally located at and the CASHNet informational website (formally located at into one website ecommerce.msu.eduRead Full Article →

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Office Pro Plus software available to MSU graduate students

MSU graduate students now have access to Microsoft Office Pro Plus software downloads at no cost as part of MSU’s licensing agreement.

What is Office Pro Plus?

Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Each graduate student can download Office Pro Plus on up to five computers (Windows or Apple iOS), five tablets (Windows, Apple iOS, and/or Android), and five smart phones. Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council discuss CIO transition, Office 365 progress, IT enterprise stewardship

The MSU IT Council met on August 3. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Interim Chief Information Officer Transition

Rob McCurdy was named Interim Chief Information Officer for MSU as of August 1. He plans on continuing the strategy and projects outlined on Rob says he looks forward to learning more about the broader MSU culture and being more visible to campus, the IT Exchange group, and the MSU IT Council. Read Full Article →

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MSU residence hall network upgraded during summer

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF), Residential Hospitality Services (RHS), and MSU IT partnered to upgrade network equipment in the residence halls. This effort will provide a more consistent experience across campus, bolster reliability, and streamline troubleshooting for students who rely on connectivity in their academic experiences, as well as social interactions. Read Full Article →