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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Michigan State University has an ongoing safe computing campaign called SecureIT to help educate the MSU community on safe computing practices.

Tips to staying safe 1. Make sure your personal firewall is turned on.

Learn more about how to configure Windows and MacOS X firewalls. Read Full Article →


MSU LEARNING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (LearnDAT) invites you to attend the next session in our ongoing Breakfast Series: Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices.

DATE:         Wednesday, September 11, 2013

PLACE:       Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th Floor, West Wing

TIME:           8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Read Full Article →

MSU students work on finalizing their science projects in a computer lab

IT Services updated technology in 14 classrooms for the fall 2013 semester. Instructors in those specific technology classrooms have received messages detailing the updates.

Select classroom updates are occurring in Anthony, Business College Complex, Center for International Program (CIP), Chemistry, Engineering, Eppley, Erickson, IM Circle, IM West, Jenison, and McDonel.

Technology updates

Updates include the host computer on classroom technology carts will run Windows 7 and Office 2013. Read Full Article →

Screen capture of MSU Desire2Learn website

Starting in the fall 2013 semester, MSU is launching several new features in the MSU Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System.

New features
  1. New gradebook feature: Upload grades from the D2L gradebook directly to the Registrar’s Office has been added. Faculty will still need to go into the Registrar’s system to submit final grades, but the process of moving the grades from the D2L gradebook to the Registrar’s Grade System can now be done by pressing a link.
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Screen capture of MSU Kaltura MediaSpace website

IT Services will upgrade the Kaltura MediaSpace video storage from version 2.0 to version 4.5 beginning on Monday, August 19.

This upgrade will offer MSU students, faculty, and staff an expanded portal that supports searching, sharing, and publishing of video and audio.

Upgrade details

The upgrade will occur Monday, August 19, starting at 8 p.m. Read Full Article →

Cover image for Collaborative Tools Analysis and Evalaution report

To better support Michigan State University’s research faculty, IT Services formed a Collaborative Tools Team to analyze the needs for collaborative tools for researchers on campus. This team was sponsored by IT Services Content and Collaboration.

Interviews and observations were conducted by the Collaborative Tools Team with a small group of faculty researchers. Read Full Article →

Acting MSU CIO Tom Davis kicks off the 2013 MSU IT Conference on June 12.

About 215 attendees participated in the 2013 MSU IT Conference held on June 12 at the Kellogg Center.

IT Services hosts an annual IT Conference to recognize and share creativity and forward-thinking contributions made by information technology and the people behind the technology at Michigan State University.

Acting CIO Tom Davis kicks off the 2013 MSU IT Conference on June 12. Read Full Article →

Image of MSU Student Technology Guide

The site provides a gateway to technology resources at Michigan State University, as well as technology help and support.

Check out the New Students link for technology information important to those newly accepted to MSU and new to campus.

Check out the Students link for a comprehensive list of technology resources. Read Full Article →

Screen capture of Kerberos page on

IT Services is in the process of upgrading to new 1.11.2 version of Kerberos. Further details and instructions on the upgrade are available.

This new version will introduce new features of Kerberos including file-less configuration using DNS and account locking for invalid password attempts.

Reasons to upgrade

This upgrade to Kerberos 5 current release is necessary for a number of reasons, including:

  • Newer MIT Kerberos server software allows for more stringent password policies, including account lockout.
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MSU SSL VPN login site

On Thursday, May 30, IT Services will upgrade MSU SSL VPN services with patches to improve functionality by refreshing the hardware and operating system versions.

At that time, all the IT Services run-VPN services will also be consolidated on one site at

Benefits of virtual private networks

Using an MSU virtual private network (VPN) when accessing a wireless connection ensures a computer is given a secure path and it will appear to have an IP address local to the MSU campus network. Read Full Article →