O365 Display Name Change

Friday, Feb. 19 OIT will change users’ Microsoft O365 display names to appear as Firstname Lastname. Currently O365 display names show as Lastname, Firstname.

This change will adopt the preferred names set in the UA Common Directory, and will overwrite some previously set directory values if individuals have customized the display name of an email account.

The change may take time to refresh on all O365 apps (Outlook, Teams). OIT is performing this change to make the O365 environment more user friendly, and consistent with other campus services.

Student Email Migration to O365

Exciting news! In May 2021 OIT will be migrating student Crimson email accounts from Google to Microsoft. We’re doing this for several reasons, to enhance cybersecurity, to provide a cohesive directory, to increase collaboration with tools like Microsoft Teams, and to better prepare UA students for the workforce. Visit our migration webpage for more information and answers to frequently asked questions like, “Will my email address stay the same?” Ok, we’ll go ahead and answer that one: yes.

Crimson Migration

Feb. 28 – Oracle Patch

OIT will install the quarterly Oracle patch on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The following services will be unavailable during the installation period: Appworx, BITPRD, Banner, CEME, CENSUS, Crystal Report Server, Degree Works, myBama, OIRA, PCR360 and SiteFile. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu

LifeLock with Norton – Personal Machines Only

As a part of the benefits package offered to faculty and staff, The University of Alabama offers identity theft protection from LifeLock with Norton.

This service provides enrollees with identity protection and credit monitoring as well as Norton 360 antivirus software. Enrollees are permitted to use the Norton 360 antivirus software on personal machines only. University machines are protected with McAfee antivirus software which will not work effectively alongside Norton antivirus software.

If you have installed Norton 360 on a University machine please work with IT support in your area to remove the software. Additionally, Norton 360 customers may contact member services at 800-607-9174 for assistance removing the software. Dedicated Norton agents are available 8am-6pm CST for assistance.

Jan. 14 Network Outage – Rose, BDS, Edge

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 parts of Rose Administration, Bryant-Denny Stadium and the Edge building experienced a network outage due to a faulty electrical breaker. The breaker was replaced with temporary equipment at 5pm on Jan. 14, and will need to be replaced with a permanent solution when equipment becomes available.

Virtual Learning Spaces

UA has designated many classrooms and meeting rooms as virtual learning spaces – areas where students can attend online class meetings while on campus. OIT has created a new, searchable list for students to quickly find available learning spaces. View available learning spaces.

Blackboard Learn Database Upgrade

Blackboard Operations will be performing data center maintenance Friday, Dec. 25 from 1am – 5am. A 30-minute outage is expected for UA’s instance of Blackboard Learn at some point during the maintenance window.

Box Update – Jan. 7

On Thursday, Jan. 7 OIT will be enabling the new Box user interface for all UA students, faculty and staff. The new interface features a sleek design and provides users with the ability to better organize content. Learn more on the Box website.

Student Technology Needs

The Division of Student Life, Office of Information Technology and University Libraries are partnering to provide students with necessary technology tools. Hotspots, web cameras and laptops are available for lease to students in need. Students may submit a Technology Need Application on the Student Care and Well-Being website.