Faculty and Staff Technology Updates


Fall - Winter 2019 Technology Updates for Spring 2020

To prepare for the Spring 2020 Semester, the following upgrades were made:

  • Added additional sign-in option to SSL VPN website called BU DOMAIN USERS
  • Google added new Chrome tool that protects users’ passwords  - a “Password Checkup” feather that warns users if their username and password may have been compromised in a data breach
  • External Email Tags Help to Combat Problematic Impersonation and Phishing Email Messages
  • Windows 7 is no longer supported on campus
  • Public Computing Area (PODs) software upgrades/additions, all are PCs running Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 10 critical update
  • myCourses updated email settings
  • KNOWBE4 required security training was initiated.
  • Expanded Wi-Fi coverage via campus feedback
  • REplaced PCs in the Science Library
  • Replaced LNG 103 Linux computers with Windows computers and a Virtual Linux Lab
  • Upgraded Office 2019 in computer labs
  • Replaced Macs in Bartle Info Commons and AAG14
  • Replaced printers in Bartle Info Commons
  • Modified 7 Print@Binghamton printers to be "Release Stations" so students can see their queue before it prints

Fall - Winter Break 2019

End of Blackboard
Blackboard is now myCourses. Blackboard is officially no more. myCourses is Binghamton University's Learning Management System. myCourses is based upon the Blackboard Learn (Original) software and we are currently running version Q4 2017 CU5. Click here for myCourses Support pages.

Connect to eduroam Now
is the secure, world-wide wireless internet access service developed for the international research and education community. Students, researchers, faculty, and staff can connect to participating institutions' wireless networks with their home institution's user credentials. As of 2/05/2019, BUSecure has been deprecated, so the University has been reminded to connect their wireless devices to eduroam. Go to the eduroam page for more information.

The password page has been updated and now updates your Bmail and Computer Account (PODS) password when you change or reset your password. It also uses your emergency contact information to verify your identity when resetting your password.

Phishing Awareness is addressed and made aware of to faculty and staff via communications and the ITS site. Visit http://binghamton.edu/its/phishing and the ITS security pages for more information on simple methods to backup your data and for preventative ways to keep your devices safe and secure.

Student Network Storage
ITS has modernized the student storage environment. Students are encouraged to use Google Drive for their data storage needs. For students who need student network storage on-campus for large files, ITS implemented the U-Drive. The U-Drive needs to be requested for students through ServiceNow.

Room Scheduling - Use Bthere
For Faculty special room and PODs requests contact your department representative first, and use Bthere Room Scheduling System for details of the space including room capacity and AV equipment provided to make your request.

Printing Credit Refresh
Student Printing credits will be reset for the Spring Semester on Jan. 15th. Students who are registered for the Spring Semester will receive $43.50 in Student Printing credits. Students who are not registered for Spring Semester will not receive Student Printing credits but can still print using their BUC$ account. For more information about Student Printing, visit the Student Printing page.

Academic A upgrades
Computers and rooms have been upgraded and redesigned rooms.

Science II PODs closed due to major building renovations.

Other Recent Technology Updates

Single Sign On System Upgrade
Over the winter break ITS upgraded the Single Sign On system from CAS version 3.x to CAS version 5.x. The new Single Sign On page is visually different from the old Single Sign On page but there are no differences in functionality.

Phone System Upgrade/Desktop Communicator
ITS upgraded the ShoreTel phone and voicemail system. If you use the ShoreTel client (ShoreTel Communicator) on your computer you will need to upgrade the client to the Mitel Connect Client to use it with the new system. Additional information about the Mitel Connect Client is available on the Telecommunications website.

The campus Voip phone system, ShoreTel, has transitioned to Mitel. As a result, an upgrade to our campus system is necessary. Phone services will be unavailable from 9 a.m. - noon on Wed., Dec. 27. Both inbound and outbound calls will not work while work is completed for the upgrade. Additionally, the desktop communicator application will no longer work for our phones as of Dec. 27. Users will need to go to the Telecommunications website and install the connect communicator. The connect communicator offers the same features and functionality as the current desktop communicator, as well as some additional features. For more information, contact the Telecommunications office at 607-777-2524 or send an email to shoretel@binghamton.edu.

MyCourses- Inline Grading Migration Completed (CrocoDocs to Box View)
Over the winter break, Blackboard completed the Inline grading migration to Box View. For information about the migration, please visit this Blackboard help page.

BingView upgrade
During the fall semester, ITS and Watson IT worked together to upgrade the BingView Virtual Desktop (VDI) environment with graphics acceleration (GPU) capabilities. The GPU capabilities improve the performance of graphics intensive applications such as PTC Creo, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, etc. in the BingView environment. to Allows you to access the specialized applications that Binghamton University has regardless of operating system and the ability to access the systems from anywhere; including off campus. For more information visit the ITS home page.

School of Pharmacy and Decker School of Nursing Domain Migration
As part of the Identity and Access Management project, the School of Pharmacy and Decker School of Nursing were migrated to the PODS domain. The faculty and staff in the schools now have a single username and password to access IT resources including their computer, network drives, MyBinghamton, MyCourses, Panopto, SUNY HR, BU Brain, etc.

BU Brain update
BU Brain is where your official course list is located. Make sure that the course roster within BU Brain matches those who are in your course within myCourses.