OIT Newsletter: Spring 2017 Edition

OIT Technology News

Exchange Migrations, Changes to my.SMU, SMU Phone Replacement Project, and the latest OIT Security Update are just a few of the items highlighted this month.

Exchange 2016

Exchange Migrations & Department Mailboxes

OIT will be moving Exchange 2010 mailboxes to our new Exchange 2016 system. While we expect a smooth rollout, there are a few things of note.

What’s New in Exchange 2016 Webmail

As your mailboxes are upgraded to Exchange 2016, you will notice that your webmail client will look different. Here are some improved features to make e-mail less of a headache.


Changes to my.SMU are coming this Summer

This summer, SMU students, faculty, and staff will experience a new look and feel when they sign into my.SMU. A new user homepage will be introduced that is mobile-enabled for easier use on tablets and smartphones.

End of support for Java impacts AdminImages

Firefox has ended support for Java and other similar NPAPI-based plugins. This will impact users of AdminImages.SMU on campus.

SMU Phone Replacement Project

OIT has launched a project to replace the current campus telephone system in service for the last 25 years.

What to Expect in the new CrashPlan Pro

The new version of CrashPlan Pro, providing the same reliable backup service, will be updated on University computers in the coming weeks.

Quarterly Security Update for April 2017 Now Available

Quarterly Security Update CoverOur latest edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community.
To view the report, please visit

Sitecore Forms: Let Your Web Page do the Work

If you manage or edit a web page within SMU’s Sitecore content management system, you may not know that there is a powerful feature that can be used to collect information from your page’s visitors… Sitecore Forms.

Zoom Makes Meetings Easy

SMU now offers video conference services to all students, faculty, and staff with Zoom! Instead of having to go to a special room with confusing specialty hardware; anyone with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet can start or join a meeting with anyone in the world.

Microsoft Ends Support for Vista

Microsoft officially ends support for the Windows Vista on April 11, 2107. New Windows 10 updates on the way.

Pony Express Ending in May

Pony Express, the pre-paid debit account available to all students, will be discontinued on May 17, 2017.  Students will need to begin using their PaperCut account for their printing charges instead of Pony Express.


OIT Spotlight:
Guillermo Vasquez, Linux & Research Technology Specialist

Guillermo VasquezMeet the Linux & Research Technology Specialist for Academic Technology Services and find out how he can take your complex systems and research ideas and translate them for a variety of academic audiences.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.