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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 →


Beginning May 21, Google will be rolling out a change that will increase storage in Google Drive to 30GB in the MSU Google Apps for Education Edition.

Additional information from Google is available at the Google Enterprise Blog.

Current Storage Amounts
  • Gmail (disabled at MSU): 25GB
  • Google Drive: 5GB
New Storage Amounts
  • Combined Gmail and Google Drive: 30GB

The entire 30GB will be available for Google Drive because MSU has not enabled Gmail in the MSU Google Apps for Education Edition. Read Full Article →

A Guide for Captioning Video


Results: Add captions for your video content.    Time: Typically it takes about 5 minutes to caption 1 minute of video yourself.  Paid captioning services can usually provide transcripts or captions back to you  within 24-72 hours.    Why this is important: Captions are important because they help provide access  to your video content for the hearing impaired in compliance with Title III of the  Americans with Disabilities act. Read Full Article →
Customizing Widgets and Course Homepage


Overview: Widgets are the “building blocks” of homepages. You can create, edit, delete, customize, and preview the widgets in your organization. Widgets are sections of content that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings as well as News or Content, or an external URL. Read Full Article →

The 2013 MSU IT Conference will be held on June 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Center.

The MSU IT Conference was started seven years ago to build the information technology (IT) community at MSU and to challenge individuals in this exciting field to work across institutional boundaries, share best practices, keep up with new technology, and encourage collaboration. Read Full Article →

Customizing Themes and Navbars


Overview: In D2L, Navbars and Themes are linked to one another, so if you would like a custom look for your course, you will need to create both a new navbar and theme.   It is important to note that themes and navbars, are course specific. Read Full Article →

Learning Design and Technology at Michigan State University currently has an opening for an instructional designer (MSU classification: Information Technologist) positions. This position will work with faculty, university clients and the LearnDAT team (designers, programmers and students) to consult, develop and produce complete web-based courseware for online and blended offerings at MSU.  Additionally, this position will assist with evaluation, testing, implementation, documentation and training of emerging technologies and best practices in teaching and learning with technology. Read Full Article →

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

All university technology classrooms and computer labs using PCs will be updated to Windows 7 and Office 2013 over the summer for the fall 2013 semester.

This update will not substantially change the user experience in the labs, but older software will be affected. IT Services encourages instructors to test their software in advance. Read Full Article →

Website screen capture of the 2013 MSU Instructional Technology Awards

Five outstanding online and blended courses and technology enhancements in a course from Michigan State University were selected as recipients of this year’s AT&T Faculty-Staff Awards in Instructional Technology.

In the coming academic year, these winners will present their innovations to the public in venues such as the Instructional Technology Brown Bag Seminar Series and the Breakfast Series: Conversations in Online and Blended Pedagogy, hosted by MSU IT Services. Read Full Article →