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Reactivate your network access before 1 April

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Network access for staff will expire at the end of March unless you reactivate your username. We suggest that you reactivate yours as soon as possible to ensure continuous access to internet and e-mail. Keep in mind that your line manager still has to approve your request before you are officially registered and able to work on the network. 

You will receive an e-mail from helpinfo@sun.ac.za indicating that your username will expire soon. Three notifications will be sent before the end of March. Alternatively, you can go directly to the reactivation page.

Once logged into the reactivation page, you can select the services you want to activate.  You are encouraged to read the ECP (Electronic Communication Policy) before reactivating.

Choose the services you want to register for and enter the necessary information. Select the appropriate options. Make sure the correct project code, if applicable, and cost centre, are entered. Click Accept and Reactivate. You should receive a notification stating that your request has been submitted, as well as a confirmation e-mail. 

The useradm website will indicate that the application still needs to be approved by the cost centre manager. When the cost centre manager approves the application, access will be extended to the end of March next year.

If you have completed these steps successfully and still receive e-mails from helpinfo@sun.ac.za urging you to reactivate, please contact the IT Service Desk at 021 808 4367 or send an e-mail to help@sun.ac.za. It might be possible that your role as an employee might have expired.

 

Pensioners: Reactivation of electronic services

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

All persons using the SU network have to reactivate for network usage (e-mail, internet, etc.) on an annual basis. Pensioners still using SU resources also have to complete this process to ensure they still have e-mail access.

Over the past few weeks users received an e-mail notice from helpinfo@sun.ac.za indicating that their username will expire. Generally three warnings are sent before the deadline on 1 April. Since some pensioners pay for access themselves and not a departmental cost centre, the payment method differs. Pensioners can pay for the reactivation of electronic access using one of the following methods: 

EFT
Payment of R345-00 via EFT. To do the EFT payment, Stellenbosch University must be added as a beneficiary on your online banking profile.
For SU banking details, please contact us.

Cashiers at Admin
Cashiers at Admin A on Stellenbosch campus or cashiers on Tygerberg campus.
Pensioners make a payment of R345-00 at the cashier with receipt type 1107 (network registration)
SU number will also be required.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 021 808 4367 or help@sun.ac.za.

 

OneDrive for Business: Anonymous file sharing

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Information Technology recently assessed our OneDrive for Business platform to ensure that no security risks exist for our users and network. During this assessment we identified a number of users who are currently using the anonymous sharing function (“Anyone with the link can view and edit”) on OneDrive.

With anonymous file sharing there is no control or record of who has access to the shared files. Anybody who has the link can access and/or edit the files. This poses a security risk for the University and our users. For this reason we are compelled to switch off anonymous usage.

From Thursday, 1 February 2018 you will no longer be able to share files anonymously on OneDrive. Sharing will still be possible with internal and external users, but at a higher security level.

Guides on best practices for sharing files on OneDrive is available www.sun.ac.za/itselfhelp under the Office365 section or directly on this page. If you are have any enquiries, please contact the IT Service Desk by emailing help@sun.ac.za or calling our Service Desk at 808 4367.

OneDrive: 5TB just for you

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Since June staff members have full access to the online Office365 applications. Besides Outlook email, SharePoint Online, access to the MS Office apps (for example Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and being able to download Office 2016, there is one significant advantage of using the Office365 suite – OneDrive.

OneDrive provides 5TB of cloud storage space for each staff member and student. This means you now have ample space to store your documents and your data will be available from anywhere, anytime, on any device with an internet connection.

What are the advantages of cloud services? 

  • More storage space available, up to 5TB on OneDrive and 50GB on Outlook.
  • Your data is available from anywhere, anytime, on any device. You’ll always have access to your data if you have an internet connection.
  • Your information is also safely stored, even if you lose one of your devices.  

What are the disadvantages of cloud services?  

  • Familiarise yourself with copyright regulations. Make sure you know what you are allowed to store and share online.  SU copyright agreements do not extend to storing of documents protected under the copyright law on OneDrive for business or any other public store space.
  • You are entirely responsible for your own information. Be careful who you give rights and access to, as it will compromise your information if it’s visible to other people.
  • You are responsible for synchronisation between online and local data. Synchronisation between online and local information needs to be set up correctly and done on a regular basis.
  • Keep in mind that access to cloud services when on campus will not incur any costs, but if you work from home your own data will be utilised.
  • It is very important that you keep your private usernames, passwords and information separate from your official work, to prevent your data from getting mixed up.
  • Having access to the cloud from any computer makes your digital identification vulnerable, do not use computers you do not trust to access your cloud services.

What if I have been using OneDrive personal, Dropbox and other cloud storage options? 

You can keep on using them, but it is very important that you only use these storage options for your personal data.

OneDrive for business and SharePoint online are available under the US MS Licence agreement for storage and sharing of institutional data. The storage and sharing of institutional data are not allowed on Dropbox, OneDrive personal or any other cloud storage. 

How do I get access to my OneDrive storage space?

All staff automatically has access to OneDrive. Log on to Office365 with your email address and password. OneDrive is also accessible via the portal by clicking on the Office365 link or searching for Office365 in the search field.

IMPORTANT:

  • When using cloud-based services, you have to keep your private and work usernames, passwords and data separate. Never use the same username for private and work email accounts, storage spaces and applications.
  • SU copyright agreements do not extend to storing and sharing of documents protected under the copyright law on OneDrive for business, SharePoint online or any other public store spaces.

 

 

If you have any questions, please let us know by logging a request on ServiceNow or calling our Service Desk at 808 4367. For more information on the Office365 package, please consult our FAQs or have a look at the Office365 training videos.

Network access problems: update

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

On Tuesday, during an update of PCs on our network, contradictory instructions were sent to devices, which caused some users’ network access to be blocked.

Regular updates ensure that all PCs adhere to the necessary security requirements and are vital in our fight against cybercrime.

We apologise for the inconvenience and assure you that necessary measures will be put in place to prevent any similar occurrences. A big thank you to staff in the various departments who assisted us in correcting the problem.

If you have any enquiries, please let us know by logging a request on ServiceNow or calling our Service Desk at 808 4367.

 

 

 

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