Computer InformationKey Points from the University Policy for Computer Use
Dreamspark from Microsoft
Dreamspark (formerly MSDNAA) is a program offered by Microsoft to academia to provide Microsoft software development tools to our students. The UH EE department participates as a premium subscriber. Any student or faculty currently enrolled with our department can request an account from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The webstore is operated by Kivuto Solutions, Inc., (formerly e-Academy); so requesters should check their Inbox for email from these senders in response to their account requests.
(For our longtime users: The webstore migrated to a new database in July 2011. The new database did not receive all the information (e.g. install codes) from orders previous to July 2011. Please contact email@example.com if you need help acquiring new codes.)
Domain Accounts needed for use:
We have many new computers in our Laboratory Classrooms. You will need an ELEC domain account to access these computers. If you are enrolled in a laboratory course, an account will be generated for you, and access information will be sent to your UH email address.
If you are an EE student not enrolled in a laboratory course this semester, and you would like to use the PCs in Holmes 387, please request an account from firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info about the ELEC domain accounts:
By default, every user account has a Roaming Profile – that is, you can change your Desktop environment, save files on the Desktop or in the My Documents folders, save Favorites or Bookmarks, and other user customizations, and they will show up the next time you login at any of our ELEC domain PCs. A lightly used profile (that is, not many customizations or files saved) will load in about 10-12 seconds at login, and will unload (this is when synchronization takes place with the server) in about 17-20 seconds.
Recommendations for EE ELEC domain account logins:
Try to stagger logins at the beginning of a lab class: that is, students who get there early should go ahead and login as soon as they can to minimize the heavy network traffic that can occur if everyone tries to login at the start of the lab.
Avoid storing files in your profile folders -- store files on U: drive. While you are given 500MB of storage with your account, to readily have available for whichever EE lab you are working or from week to week, large amounts of data (particularly large files) in your profile folders (Documents, Desktop, etc.) can slow your login/logout times.
This year, new accounts are given a “U:” user drive. This is a better location to store files (up to 500MB). The U: drive will appear as another drive below Local Disk with your username: first.last (\\storage\users\undergraduate) (U:) under the Microsoft "Computer" link. Files placed here are stored immediately and do not wait for syncing at logout like files in the Documents or Desktop roaming profile folders.
Want a faster logon time? Request No Roaming ...
If you tend to use the same computer all the time, and would like a faster login, and don't need Roaming Profiles, you can request to have your account converted to "No Roaming Profile".
The first time you logon to a given PC, it will take ~35 seconds to set up your desktop environment, but subsequent logins will be on the order of 5 seconds (and logoffs are always faster without Roaming Profiles: ~ 6 seconds).
If you don't always use the same PC, you can improve your logon/logoff time by minimizing the changes to your profile: don't save any files to the Desktop or to other
MS folders, minimize browsing, and/or set your browser to clear cookies and other temporary files on exit.