General Computing Information
The Economics department supports an expansive computer environment running both Windows and Linux.
Our Windows network consists of approximately 250 high-end workstations in faculty, staff, and graduate student offices as well as our experimental and graduate computer labs. These machines are all based on the Windows 7 operating system, and are linked via a Novell network which provides access to a wide variety of applications, data, and storage space.
Our Linux network consists of a high-end cluster which also provides access to a wide variety of software, data and storage space.
Our e-mail server is based on Microsoft Exchange. Mail can be accessed via Microsoft Outlook (available with the Microsoft Office Suite), on most popular mobile platforms (iOS and Android), or through your favorite web browser at https://econ.umd.edu/owa.
Every faculty member, staff member, and graduate student in the Department is given an account on the Windows/Novell network with a user name and password. Additionally every faculty, staff, and graduate student in the Department is also given an account on the Department's Exchange email server. Those accounts are typically created automatically for all members of the Department by the Windows/Novell network administrator. Users can request that their email is forwarded to some other email account by contacting the network administrator. To gain access to the Novell network, the user has to login with her/his user name and password. A login screen is automatically presented upon startup of the desktop computer. To log out from the network, go to "Start," click on "Log off," and follow the directions. In the graduate computer labs, a previous user may have forgotten to log out of the network. In this case, go to "Start," click on "Log off," and follow the directions.
Network Disk Space
Upon login to the network the user gains access to several network drives. Some of the drives are read-only and are only used by the network administrator. By default, the user has read-write access to the H-, T-and Z-network disk drives.
The H-drive provides shared network disk space for faculty and staff. Each faculty and staff member has a directory on this drive. Graduate students can store files on the drive under a directory of a faculty member, with the permission of that faculty member.
The Z-drive provides "personal" disk space. By default that space is limited to 1 GB for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Users can request more space from the network administrator. For graduate students, this request must be supported by a faculty member.
The T-drive provides temporary disk space of 5 GB. All files older than 15 days will be removed automatically from this drive.
Faculty members can also request additional disk drives for their research from the network administrator. Such a drive can also be shared with a graduate student.
All faculty and staff computers are connected to a local printers. The Department also maintains black and white network printers in the main office and graduate computer labs as well as a color network printer in the main office. These printers can be accessed from Windows/Linux/MAC software by selecting the appropriate printer driver. The names of the printer drivers include the room number of the respective network printers. Users can also create PDF files by printing with Adobe PDF via their list of printers.
For graduate students, printing is monitored. For details, see printers.
Access to software as well as various data and information sources is provided though two menus. The "~ECON Network Menu" provides access to a large selection of application software, data, and information sources. This menu can be found by selecting the "Start" button and locating it near the top of the "All Programs" folder. Each submenu offers access to a variety of software. The department supports most standard econometrics/statistical and mathematical computing software.
To scan documents, users can use the scanner located in the main office. For instructions on how to use the scanner, click on the link Scanner.