ECN: Getting Started Guide

About ECN

The Engineering Computer Network (ECN) was established in 1976 to provide computer systems and support to meet the specific needs of the College of Engineering at Purdue University, needs not met by Purdue's central computing organization. Faculty, staff, and students (both undergraduate and graduate) in the College of Engineering, College of Technology, and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) are provided with access to ECN systems as needed. 

This document summarizes obtaining ECN access, storing and preserving your data, your choices for e-mail, our network infrastructure, free and discounted software for home use, and how to contact us when you have questions or problems.

Please note that using ECN resources means that you have read and accepted our Policy on Access and Usage.

 

E-mail

Every person with a Purdue Career Account has the ability to send and receive e-mail with an @purdue.edu address.  You may choose what happens to messages sent to your own @purdue.edu address. We'll tell you how, below, in "Setting your 'Service' field;" first, here are the options:

Store: ITaP's MailHub server provides e-mail services to anyone with a career account. See ITaP's MailHub Store Service page to learn how to configure e-mail client software to access a MailHub mailbox. MailHub may also be accessed via the Purdue Web Mail page at https://www.itap.purdue.edu/email/service/findservice.cfm. Although undergraduate students are the primary users of this server, it's available to all faculty, staff, and students.

Purdue Exchange Server: Many staff members and some faculty prefer to have a mailbox on ITaP's Microsoft Exchange server for use with Microsoft Outlook for Windows or another e-mail client, especially when they need a way to share calendars. Exchange mailboxes are available to faculty and staff upon request; please contact ECN for assistance with requesting the account and with configuring Microsoft Outlook on an ECN-supported Windows PC. (Exchange mailboxes are not available to undergraduate students except under special circumstances.)

Forward: ECN users may choose to have incoming messages forwarded to their ECN home server, which results in the creation of your ECN mailbox. This option is often used by people not using Windows Operating systems. See "Setting up your e-mail software," below, to learn how to use programs like Thunderbird or Apple Mail for an ECN mailbox. You may also access your ECN mailbox on the web at purdue.edu/ecn/webmail.

It is also possible to program your incoming @purdue.edu messages to be delivered to an off-campus mail server (e.g. Gmail from Google, HotMail from Microsoft, Yahoo, etc.).

Reject: If you prefer not to receive any incoming messages sent to your @purdue.edu address, your Purdue Career Account can be programmed accordingly;  in fact, "reject" is the default option. At minimum, though, we recommend that you set your career account to forward to an off-campus mailbox that you check regularly. Many Purdue departments send important messages to your @purdue.edu address.

 

Setting up your e-mail software

Step-by-step instructions for setting up e-mail client programs like Thunderbird, Outlook, and Apple Mail is available. Please see "Setting Up Your E-Mail Program."

 

On-campus wireless Internet access

ITaP provides and maintains Purdue AirLink (PAL), a wireless network available inside buildings throughout most of the West Lafayette campus. For more information, please see www.itap.purdue.edu/airlink.

 

Connecting to ECN resources from off-campus

You may access most of ECN's services from off-campus.

If a particular service doesn't seem to work, try connecting first to Purdue's Virtual Private Network (VPN), a service provided and maintained by ITaP. For more information, please see http://webvpn.purdue.edu.

Faculty and staff who have an ECN-maintained Windows PC in their campus offices may use Remote Desktop Connection software to remotely control the Windows-based desktop computer in their offices.

 

Free anti-virus software, other free downloads, on-campus software discounts for personally-owned computers, and new computer discounts

Purdue has purchased site licenses which allow for free download and installation by faculty, staff, and students even on personally-owned computers. McAfee anti-virus software, SecureCRT (secure shell terminal connections), and SecureFX (secure file transfers) are available at the SecurePurdue web site.  Please see https://www.purdue.edu/securepurdue.

Other software for both Windows and Macintosh, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and EndNote, is available at much lower cost on campus than anywhere else.  Take your Purdue ID card to the BoilerCopyMaker shop in the Purdue Memorial Union to purchase software for your personally-owned computer.

Information about discounts available to Purdue faculty, staff, and students for new computers (when you're using your own money) is available at ITaP Shopping in Stewart Center.

(For software installations, purchases, and/or new computer information when you're using Purdue's money, please use the Contact Us / Trouble Report page to describe your needs.  ECN will be glad to provide assistance.)

Other Assorted Thoughts In No Particular Order:

Your C:\ drive is locked down: use the Contact Us / Trouble Report page to request software installation.
Save all documents to your ECN (U:\) or your ITaP (R:\) network drives.  Your R:\ drive is mapped as your H:\ drive on ITaP machines. Documents saved on these drives are backed up each night. Do NOT store important data on non-backed up space.
Reboot your PC at the end of the day.
Report ANY automated system messages that you may see, or any Profile copy errors you may see using the Trouble Report page.
Do not store student grades anywhere except Blackboard.
Purdue IT Staff will NEVER ask for your password. If in doubt, check with us FIRST.

 

Getting help, asking questions, and/or reporting problems

The ECN Knowledge Base is an on-line library of documentation covering ECN-specific systems and other topics of potential interest to faculty, staff, and students throughout the areas we support. It's a great place to start.

To request our assistance, to report a specific problem, or to request installation of specific site licensed software on an ECN-maintained computer, please use the Contact Us / Trouble Report page at https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/AboutUs/ContactUs. Using this form helps to efficiently route your question to the appropriate site specialist and/or ECN group.

Yes, the Contact Us / Trouble Report page is the correct way to contact ECN even when you "just have a question!" We're here as your first point of contact for all computing-related inquiries. We'll be glad to help.

Thank you!

 

Last modified: 2013/05/16 14:33:13.963479 GMT-4 by christopher.n.deckard.1
Created: 2007/10/24 13:27:25.848000 GMT-4 by brian.r.brinegar.1.

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