Defining an On-domain or Off-domain Machine

On Domain (Windows/Mac/Linux)

This means the computer is connected to the campus authentication servers.  This is the typical setup for office computers to have the most seamless experience to access Michigan Tech resources. Since it is connected to the campus authentication servers, it allows for a few things to happen:

Account login and permissions

Login with your Michigan Tech account. No administrative privileges allowed.

Access to H: home directory and M: multidrive

A VPN connection is not required to access your H: and M: drives.

Saving and backing up files

Save files to your H: or M: drive, not on the local computer’s hard drive. 

Your H: drive is a network location that stores your preferences and documents.  It is automatically backed up by Michigan Tech and the retention of data exists for up to two years after you leave the University.

Your M: drive is a network storage location that stores centrally shared departmental or research data.  Data stored in these locations is automatically backed up and retained for up to a year.

Printing

Use Michigan Tech networked printers without needing to install and run the Papercut Client. You can add networked printers on Windows, Mac, or Linux on-domain systems.

Windows

Select the printer you’d like to add. This will save the printers to your profile, which will show up on other Windows on-domain computers you log in to. 

Mac

Add networked printers. You can use Tech Apps to install most printer drivers, if you have a university-owned Mac that was setup by IT.

Linux

Michigan Tech IT can add networked printers for you.

Software

You will be able to access most Michigan Tech software through the software center for your operating system. Please contact IT for other software that Michigan Tech provides, if it is not in the software center. You will be able to access the Michigan Tech license server for most Michigan Tech site-licensed programs  without needing to connect to the VPN.

Windows

You can access the Software Center.

Mac

You can access Tech Apps, if you have a university-owned Mac that was setup by IT.

Linux

You can access Software.

Computer updates

Michigan Tech IT will update your computer weekly. This means security and stability updates can be pushed on a routine basis to these computers. Log off of your computer each Wednesday evening and keep the computer on and connected to the network to receive weekly updates.

Off Domain (Windows/Mac/Linux)

This means the machine is not connected to any servers. This configuration is not a typical on-campus office setup and requires additional steps to access Michigan Tech resources. 

A typical off-domain setup would be for laptops or for computers using special equipment that require this configuration. An off-domain machine will use local accounts and local authentication. Contact Michigan Tech IT for questions to clarify your needs. 

Since it is not connected to the campus authentication servers, it is configured differently than the typical on-campus office setup.

Account login and permissions

Login with a local account, not your Michigan Tech account. The computer owner is allowed to have administrative rights on the computer and set up other local accounts on the computer for others to access.

Access to H: home directory and M: multidrive

A VPN connection is required to access your H: and M: drives.
Michigan Tech VPN - vpn.mtu.edu

Windows

Connect to your M: drive from an Windows off-domain computer.

Mac

Connect to the Multidrive on a Mac.

Linux

Connect to the Multidrive on Linux machines.

Saving and backing up files

A VPN connection is required to access your H: and M: drives.
Michigan Tech VPN - vpn.mtu.edu​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Save files to the local hard drive and/or connect to your H: or M: drives. You will need to back up the files that you save on the local hard drive. The local hard drive is not backed up by IT. You may be at risk for data loss with off-domain systems and locally stored data. 

We recommend that you store important files in your H: or M: drive. You can also use Backup and Sync to save files to your Google Drive.

Printing

Papercut is required.
Papercut

Installing and running the Papercut Client is required to print to networked printers. You'll need to add networked printers on Windows, Mac, or Linux off-domain systems yourself.

Windows

Add networked printers using a manual process.

Mac

Add networked printers. You can use Tech Apps to install most printer drivers, if you have a university-owned Mac that was setup by IT.

Linux

Add networked printers through a manual process

Software

You can use the Software Distribution Center to install software on your computer or you will need to contact IT to access other software provided by Michigan Tech. If you are off-campus, you will need to connect to the VPN to access the license server for Michigan Tech site-licensed programs.

Windows

You will not be able to access the Software Center on an off-domain Windows system.

Mac

A VPN connection is recommended when using Tech Apps.
Michigan Tech VPN - vpn.mtu.edu​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

You can access Tech Apps, if you have a university-owned Mac that was setup by IT. If you are using Tech Apps off-campus, please connect to the VPN first. 

Linux

You will not be able to access the Michigan Tech Software repository on an off-domain Linux system.

Computer updates

You will need to apply regular updates to your computer, as the computer will not be regularly updated by IT. This means security and stability updates will need to be applied by the owner of the computer on a routine basis.

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