April 2018 Technology News – Students

All Aboard to ECU’s eduroam Wireless Service – Easier than ever for faculty, staff and students to connect

Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service and ECU’s primary wireless network. Once enrolled, you have an automatic internet connection wherever eduroam is available – including many UNC campuses. See this US map for current participating institutions.

Onboarding is an easy process, just install a certificate to your mobile device and authenticate with your PirateID and passphase. Access is good for four years.
Choose your most convenient process below to onboard. See these step-by-step instructions with screen shots of each operating system for more details.

Pre-Enroll Off Campus

It often saves time to install the eduroam device certificate before coming to campus. All you need is internet access and an active (registered) PirateID.

  1. From the device, open a browser and navigate to “onboard.ecu.edu.”
  2. Click the “Begin Onboarding Process” icon.
  3. The “ECU Network Configuration Utility opens.” Click “JoinNow.”
  4. Follow the prompts to install the certificate.
  5. Authenticate again with your PirateID and passphrase, if prompted.
  6. Install the certificate on each mobile device you wish to onboard.
  7. When you arrive on campus, join the eduroam network.

Enroll On Campus

Method 1. Your PirateID must be active.

  1. From the wireless settings of your device, choose the eduroam network.
  2. Authenticate (sign in) using your PirateID and passphrase.
  3. Open a web browser and navigate to www.ecu.edu.
  4. The “Network Configuration Utility” page opens. Click “JoinNow.”
  5. Follow the prompts to install the certificate.
  6. Authenticate again with your PirateID and passphrase, if prompted.
  7. Install the certificate on each mobile device you wish to onboard.

Method 2. Join through your cell service using the instructions for pre-enrollment.

Need help?

All users can call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or 800.340.7081.

For one-on-one personal help, students can stop by the nearest Pirate Techs office

Reminders for Graduates – Email, ECU file and software housekeeping

With all the excitement of completed exams and the thrill of graduation, it’s easy to forget about your ECU email, stored files and software. Here’s how to smoothly transition to your next life with these reminders.

ECU student email automatically transitions to the alumni system

Your ECU email address automatically changes to xxxx@ecualumni.ecu.edu and all items in your student account migrate to the alumni inbox. While you can no longer send messages from the old student account, any email sent to the xxxx@students.ecu.edu is forwarded to the new alumni account. The login for the alumni account is the last PirateID and passphrase used as an enrolled student. You will be notified before the transition and must manually update mobile email accounts.

Your OneDrive cloud storage and any documents stored there will also migrate. However, any Office 2016 downloads on your computer will cease to function after graduation. Online Office apps will still be available through OneDrive for editing your stored files.

Files stored on ECU systems need to be moved

Documents saved in Piratedrive, iWebfolio, MyWeb or a blog will be lost unless moved to personal storage. The same goes for research survey data saved in Qualtrics. You may have personal storage available, and OneDrive cloud is also available through the alumni account.

ECU-licensed software needs to be removed from your computer

You are required to remove all university-licensed software installed while enrolled at ECU. This helps us comply with software licensing agreements. We appreciate your cooperation in this.

April 2018 Technology News – Faculty and Staff

Onboarding to the eduroam wireless service is now easier than ever

Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service and ECU’s primary wireless network. Once enrolled, you have an automatic internet connection wherever eduroam is available – including many UNC campuses. See this US map for current participating institutions.

Onboarding is an easy process, just install a certificate to your mobile device and authenticate with your PirateID and passphase. Access is good for four years.

Choose your most convenient process below to onboard. See these step-by-step instructions with screen shots of each operating system for more details.

Pre-Enroll Off Campus

It often saves time to install the eduroam device certificate before coming to campus. All you need is internet access and an active (registered) PirateID.

  1. From the device, open a browser and navigate to onboard.ecu.edu.
  2. Click the Begin Onboarding Process icon.
  3. The ECU Network Configuration Utility opens. Click JoinNow.
  4. Follow the prompts to install the certificate.
  5. Authenticate again with your PirateID and passphrase, if prompted.
  6. Install the certificate on each mobile device you wish to onboard.
  7. When you arrive on campus, join the eduroam network.

Enroll On Campus

Method 1. Your PirateID must be active.

  1. From the wireless settings of your device, choose the eduroam network.
  2. Authenticate (sign in) using your PirateID and passphrase.
  3. Open a web browser and navigate to www.ecu.edu.
  4. The Network Configuration Utility page opens. Click JoinNow.
  5. Follow the prompts to install the certificate.
  6. Authenticate again with your PirateID and passphrase, if prompted.
  7. Install the certificate on each mobile device you wish to onboard.

Method 2. Join through your cell service using the instructions for pre-enrollment.

Need help?

All users can call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or 800.340.7081.

For one-on-one personal help, faculty and staff should visit the IT Walk-in Help Desk and students can stop by the nearest Pirate Techs office.

Retiring? Here’s some important information – Keep your ECU email and academic web space

Faculty and staff retirees are allowed to reactivate their ECU email account within six months of their last work day by following the steps below. The account must be used at least once a year. Accounts not reactivated within the six-month period are deleted.

  1. Go to http://pirateid.ecu.edu.
  2. Enter your most recent PirateID and the page’s captcha text.
  3. Press Next.
  4. Type your ECU ID (Banner number).
  5. Answer four user-unique questions.
  6. Follow the rest of the prompts to reactivate your account.
  7. For more information, see these activation instructions.

Reminders for Graduates – Email, ECU file and software housekeeping

With all the excitement of completed exams and the thrill of graduation, students often forget about their email, stored files and software. Help seniors smoothly transition to their next life with these reminders.

Student email automatically transitions to the alumni system

The address automatically changes to xxxx@ecualumni.ecu.edu and all items in the student account migrate to the alumni inbox. While students are no longer able to send messages from their old student account, any email sent to the xxxx@students.ecu.edu is forwarded to the new alumni account. The login for the alumni account is the last PirateID and passphrase used as an enrolled student. Students are notified before the transition and must manually update their mobile email account.

Student files stored on ECU systems need to be moved

Documents saved in Piratedrive, iWebfolio, MyWeb or a blog will be lost unless moved to personal storage. The same goes for research survey data saved in Qualtrics. Students may have personal storage available, and OneDrive cloud is also available through the alumni account.

ECU-licensed software needs to be removed from a graduate’s computer.

Students are required to remove all university-licensed software installed while enrolled at ECU. This helps us comply with software licensing agreements.

May IT Training

Register through Cornerstone

WordPress Official Website Training

Tuesday, May 8
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Austin 309

Wednesday, May 23
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Austin 309

WebEx Virtual Classroom

Wednesday, May 9
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Laupus Library 2502G

Thursday, May 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Joyner East 204

REDCap Basic User Training

Thursday, May 3
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Laupus Library Room 2502G

iWebfolio E-Portfolio Training

Thursday, May 10
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Joyner East 204

Designing Accessible PDF Documents

Thursday, May 17
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Austin 309

Creating Accessible Email Messages and Announcements

Tuesday, May 22
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Joyner East 204

Welcome Back, Students!

Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center and Other IT Help

Pirate Techs has two walk-in locations where students request help with network connectivity, mobile email setup, Microsoft software installation, virus/Trojan horse issues, spyware/malware infections and more. See this list of services.

Joyner Library 1101 Move-in Hours

Today and Saturday, August 19 8:00a to 5:00p
Sunday, August 20 10:00a to 10:00p

Residence Hall Support

West End Neighborhood Computer Lab (White Hall)
Legacy Basement (entrance close to Scott Hall)

Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20: 10:00a to 5:00p

IT Help Desk Phone Support – 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081

Saturday, August 19: 8:00a to 5:00p
Sunday, August 20: 8:00a to 10:00p

Passphrase Resets – Walk-In IT Help Desk (Austin 103)

Saturday, August 19 – 8:00a to 12:00p
Sunday, August 20 – 12:00p to 4:00p

Find more IT resources on our New Students Website

  • Computer Labs
  • ECU Mobile App
  • Course tools like Blackboard, clickers and SabaMeeting
  • com Videos
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • FREE Statistical Software
  • Virtual Computing

Connecting to the ECU Network is a Breeze

Wireless

ECU’s eduroam wireless network is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that is easy to set up on all your devices—tablets, mobile phones and laptops.

See the eduroam page for step-by-step instructions or visit any Pirate Techs location for assistance.

Wired (Residence Hall)

Connect your desktop, laptop, TV or other internet-ready, non-wireless device to the residence hall wired network using an Ethernet cable. See these wired network instructions. Note that switches, routers and other networking hardware are not allowed in residence halls.

Free Windows 10 and Office 2016!

Windows 10 download

All enrolled students are eligible for a FREE Windows operating system download. The full license is yours to keep, even after you graduate. Macs require virtualization software such as Parallels or Bootcamp. See these instructions to get started.

Office 365 Downloads and More

And don’t forget all the goodies available through your Office 365 account. Load Office 2016 – the full client – to your computer – you have five free licenses. Mobile apps, OneNote, Office apps and OneDrive storage are available with new apps being added all the time. It’s easy to be productive.

Phishing Emails: How to Spot

Eventually, a phishing email will hit your inbox. However, proper Prevention, Reaction and Reporting are key to keeping ECU’s network safe for all users.

Prevention

  • Never reveal your passphrase to anyone.
  • Keep software, operating system and antivirus up to date.

Reaction

  • Delete any email that requests your personal information.
  • Remember that a legitimate business will NEVER ask for your personal information.
  • Mouse over links to check the URL.
  • If you do provide account information, change your passphrase immediately.

Reporting

OneDrive vs. Piratedrive: Which is Best?

ECU provides two storage solutions for your classwork, projects and other assignments. Read on for the specifics of each.

Piratedrive

All ECU users have a 125GB Piratedrive network storage folder on ECU servers. Piratedrive is approved for sensitive ECU information – good for research data or personal documents. Your folder is named the same as your PirateID and is always available when on campus as Piratedrive (U:). Piratedrive can also be accessed through Pirate Port. See the Piratedrive website for more information.

OneDrive

OneDrive is a feature of your ECU Office 365 subscription. This 1TB cloud storage folder is housed with Microsoft and is approved to store your FERPA data and academic schoolwork, etc. OneDrive is NOT approved for storage of sensitive information. OneDrive is different from Piratedrive in that you can share, edit and collaborate online – a good idea to use when you are working on class projects! You can also sync documents from your mobile or computer to your OneDrive folder. Everything in one place and available from anywhere. See the OneDrive website to learn more.