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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

May 11, 2015

Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2003 Ends July 14, 2015

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Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015, and will no longer provide security updates after that time. Servers still running Windows Server 2003 should be upgraded to a currently supported operating system, or replaced or retired from service before July 14 to keep systems secure. See additional options provided through UW-IT.

May 10, 2015

U Drive File Storage Service Base Quota Increased to 20GB

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U Drive, the UW’s central personal file storage service, now offers 20GB of quota to UW students, faculty and staff. This increased capacity will help meet the needs of those with larger amounts of data. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with snapshots for self-recovery. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Get more information about U Drive.

May 9, 2015


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Get access to one of the most famous records of the civil rights movement through the History Vault collection’s new digitized archive of documents from the Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Covering 1909 to 1972, the NAACP Papers document the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Produced through a partnership between the NAACP and ProQuest, its two million pages include internal memos, legal briefings, timelines and more. This UW-restricted resource is brought to you by University Libraries.

May 8, 2015

HR/Payroll Modernization Announces New Go-Live Date

HR/Payroll Modernization

The HR/Payroll Modernization project has extended the project timeline for delivering the UW’s new Workday by six months, to go-live on June 16, 2016. Once Workday is live, the University will have a modern tool and an easy-to-use mobile application to quickly access routine personnel items such as earning statements and leave balances, and to make personal information updates such as contact information, direct deposits selections and W-2 withholdings. For more information, visit

May 7, 2015

Campus Tech Talks at UW Seattle: May 13

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Information technology enthusiasts from across the UW will gather on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220 to share their knowledge and experiences at the spring quarter Campus Tech Talks. Presentations include OneNote for Collaboration, Research and Documentation; Successes and Challenges With Lean/Agile Development; Release Automation and Puppet; and UW-IT Data Center Services.

May 6, 2015

New Unified Phone Rate Includes Long Distance, Softphone and More for All UW Campuses

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Beginning July 12015, UW-IT will initiate a new unified phone rate including basic telephone service, a handset, voicemail, and unlimited local and U.S./Canada long-distance calling for $8.70 per line per month. Though it’s a $0.53 increase for those currently paying for basic phone service and telephones, it includes long-distance calling, which will no longer be billed separately. UW-IT will transition away from UW-provided international long distance altogether, allowing customers to obtain vendor-provided pre-paid calling cards. For more information, see the Phone Rate and Long Distance FAQs.

May 5, 2015

IT Training: Free Tableau and Excel Workshops From UW-IT

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Free UW-IT workshops teach UW staff and faculty how to visualize their data using Tableau software and do drag and drop analysis using Microsoft Excel PivotTables. Sessions last from one hour to all day and no programming skills are required. Learn more and register online for upcoming sessions on the UW Data & Analytics website.

May 4, 2015

New eScience Data Science Studio Office Hours: Consulting on Data Management

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Get help with data management and analysis challenges at the eScience Institute’s Data Science Studio Office Hours, on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower. During two-hour slots, Monday through Thursday, faculty and researchers can receive expert advice from eScience data scientists, UW libraries, UW-IT, the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, and Amazon Web Services scientific computing team to help steer them toward appropriate solutions. Learn more.​

May 1, 2015

UW Units Continue to Move to UW Exchange

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UW departments continue to move to UW Exchange from Deskmail and local email services, enabling shared calendaring and fostering collaboration within and across units. All those participating in UW Exchange can see one another’s calendars, making it easy to schedule meetings.​ UW Exchange, one of several Microsoft Office 365 service offerings, provides email, calendaring, contacts and task management. UW-IT has successfully migrated 15,000 users to UW Exchange, and low-cost migration assistance is available for units wanting to move now. Get details.

April 14, 2015

UW Wi-Fi Gets Positive Ratings in Survey of Students, Faculty

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UW students and faculty are much more satisfied with Wi-Fi on campus and in instructional spaces compared with students and faculty at peer institutions, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities. UW students also rate ease of login and network performance higher than students at other colleges. The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT.

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