ECC Labs and installed software lists can be found here. If you would like software for personal use, you must purchase a license and install the software on your computer yourself. Software that is required for Engineering classes is already installed on the lab computers.
Engineering College Computing highly recommends that students wait to purchase a new computer until after classes have started.
Here's some advice from a fifth year student: Students will have a better idea of what kind of computer they need after seeing what they use them for both inside and outside of class. Many students purchase laptops thinking they will take notes with them, but in reality, it almost never happens (especially in engineering).
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7; AMD Ryzen 5 or 7||Intel Core i5 or i7; AMD Ryzen 5 or 7|
|Memory||8GB RAM or more|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SSD|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Software Packages||Microsoft Office 365 or 2016 (free through UT), or LibreOffice|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7; AMD Ryzen 5 or 7|
|Memory||8GB RAM or more|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SSD|
|Software Packages||Microsoft Office 365 or 2016 (free through UT), or LibreOffice|
These recommendations were last updated: June 2018
University policy requires that all assets, whether tagged with a University property control tag or not, follow the established disposal method as outlined by the ORC and The University of Toledo. This method requires assets to be listed on an Asset Management Form and submitted to Property Control for disposal consideration. Surplus property is disposed of by public sale, public auction, sealed bid or through coordination with Rocket Recycling. At no time are University assets authorized to be donated, given, traded or sold to any outside organization, individual or non-profit organization. For complete information, please click here to see the University of Toledo's Asset Disposal Policy.
Current University Policy states that only the Principal Administrative Officer can authorize the disposal of a university asset. Principal Administrative Officer includes dean, director, department chair, associate vice president, vice president, president, and business manager. In order to dispose of assets, whether through recycling or surplus property auction, or transfer an asset from one department to another, the correct documentation must be completed and submitted to the Office of Property Control in the Purchasing department. This documentation is simply the completion of a University of Toledo Equipment Management Form.
Only after this form has been properly completed and submitted to Property Control can assets be released to Campus Recycling for disposal or Surplus Property for auction. Once the documentations has been submitted to Property Control who, in turn, will initiate the process of having the item removed from the department's records and or space. All requests for disposals will be coordinated through the Property Control office either for Surplus, disposal or recycle.
Please note that the capitalization amount was recently raised to $5000. Only assets that had an original cost in excess of $5000 are tracked by Property Control but no matter what the cost all equipment for disposal forms must come through Property Control. If you believe the asset you wish to dispose of may be beneath this limit, you may call (or e-mail) Sandy Adamski at extension 3531 and she can verify.
Access to the Engineering Buildings, Palmer Hall (PL), Nitschke Hall (NI) and North Engineering (NE) and to the ECC labs is controlled by card readers
which accept the UT Rocket card. The Rocket card provides access for all students registered in The University of Toledo College of Engineering,
as well as faculty and staff. All access questions, problem reports, and service requests should be directed to an ECC secretary.
-Please do NOT prop lab doors open. Doing so is a violation of Engineering College Computing's Acceptable Use Policy. This is for your own benefit and safety.
ECC does not support Distance Learning or Blackboard.
For support please visit the Distance and eLearning website.
If you are having problems with your card swipe access to engineering labs, please talk to an ECC secretary in NI 1013 / NI 1010.
The University of Toledo's Virtual Labs are designed to help students, faculty, and staff access their files and university licensed programs while they are not on campus. The Virtual Labs are run by Main Campus IT so any and all questions/problem should be directed to them.
Software (NetSupport School) to manage student computers during class sessions has been installed in all ECC MS Windows instructional computer labs except NE 1039 (which has an application (GABI) which has been troublesome). This tool has many capabilities, some of which are listed below. This and additional information is available from the ECC faculty/staff web page https://www.eng.utoledo.edu/ecc/facstaff/ as NetSupport School Help Use of this application is controlled by a password specific to the application.
For information on connecting to the Wireless network, click here.
If you have forgotten your password, then please go to the help desk in NI1013 with your Rocket Card.
There, a secretary will change your password for you.
If there is no secretary available, a password change request will be generated. Come back in a day or two to get your changed password.
If you have forgotten your user name, then simply come to the ECC office in NI 1013 with your Rocket Card and ask one of the consultants to look up your username. If you have forgotten your password as well, see here.
ECC does not change user/account names.
To have the first and/or last name that is associated with an account changed:
ECC recommends NEVER leaving a computer logged on while taking a break
While you are gone, anybody may use the computer to:
Below is the excerpt dealing with account expiration from the computer usage policies document:
Student accounts expire when the student is no longer registered in the College of Engineering. Expiration occurs at 8:00 A.M. on the day following the last day of late registration. The only exceptions to account expiration are no accounts expire over the summer and accounts do not expire for students on co-op who have officially registered with the co-op office on or before the last day of late registration. Student accounts that have expired are deleted at the time of expiration. Information stored in the account is not recoverable.
To read the full document on computer usage policies, click here.
Because all ECC lab computers are used by many people permissions to system functions are very restricted.
Most installation programs require a higher level of privilege than what is available in our labs.
Anyone who logs in though ECC_SAMBA or ECCSAMBA3 is part of the USER built-in group for Windows.
This group prevents its members from compromising the operating system and the programs installed on it.
Also, members of the USER group cannot modify system wide registry settings, operating system files, or program files.
If you have access to another PC you can try to install it and copy the installation directory onto a disk and then copy it to your U: drive. This may or may not work depending on the type of the program. If this is a program for a class please ask your instructor to go to the ECC office (NI 1010) and fill out a software installation request
Click here to view step by step instructions on how to access your home directory from a non-ECC computer.
Following are the reasons for why you can not save your personal settings:-
1. The Windows PCs already take a long time to log in. If we add on time for copying over desktop settings, favorites from three different browsers and the "my documents" folder, the login process is going to be unacceptably slow.
2. It's also going to slow down the logoff process while it copies those files back to U:.
3. Storing these extra items will require space on your U: drive.
4. The increase in logon/logoff times for everyone is not worth the small benefit it would provide.
ECC can reevaluate when new faster disk space is put into production if a need is demonstrated for this ability.
So it is highly recommended to keep important bookmarks and files in U: drive or a flash drive.
In the former case, the environment needs to be established in $HOME/.dtprofile, while in the latter, the standard login environment is setup by dtlogin/xdm. By employing the latter method, users still have access to CDE from the dtlogin screen if they need it.
The procedure below will remove all initialization and configuration files used during logon and replace them with the system defaults. It is useful when you are unable to log on to the Solaris machines, when an attempt to change your logon shell by editing these files has failed, or when your files have otherwise become corrupted.
Log on to the main engineering server and run the following command. THIS OPERATION CAN NOT BE UNDONE! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TRIED ALL OTHER OPTIONS BEFORE DOING THIS:
Explanatory comments are written in italics. In most cases, text in [brackets] represents input which varies with needs of the user, text in "quotes" represent menu items, icon choices or something needing to be typed exactly as shown and bold text represents the expected computer prompt or resultant response.
There is currently no direct way for a user to cancel a single print job, but 2 options exist which give the same result:
When a job reaches the head of the print queue for a particular printer, a check is made to see if the user who submitted the job is still logged into the machine from which it was submitted.
Anyone can request that a consultant clean a print queue
(the consultant can not remove a single job currently -- he/she has to remove all jobs from a queue):
Find your print job number using either the lpstat command (see the man page) or http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/cgi-bin/printer_status
Before the job reaches the head of the queue, use the cancel command (see the man page) on the machine from which the job was submitted to remove it from the queue
(e.g. `cancel lj1022-111`).
Jobs submitted from Unix machines are NOT automatically canceled if you are not logged in when they reach the head of the queue.
Although the printers in the ECC teaching labs are capable of printing 18 pages per minute (PPM), that speed is achieved
only for a single print job with many pages. For the case of a class submitting their work for an examination, typically
1 page per student, the highest rate of printing is 2PPM! The limiting factor is the job set up time in the
printer itself over which we have no control. So, 30 students printing simple text documents at about the same time to
one printer, will take at least 15 minutes to print.
Plan according to the constraints of the printers.
Note: PowerPoint or a PDF format are usually the best for printing a poster on the plotter.
The maximum width a poster can be is 42".
How to Use the Plotter:
1) Log on to a computer and pull up the item you would like to be printed.
2) Notify an ECC Secretary that you are ready to print. The secretary will: 2.1) Release any jobs in the queue. 2.2) Wait for jobs to complete printing. 2.3) Enter the length of the plot area. 2.4) Enter the width of the plot area. 2.5) Verify the cost of the job.
3) When the plotter finishes printing the poster, the secretary can roll the poster and up and put a rubber band on it if necessary.
How to print on both sides of a page
All printers in ECC computer labs are capable of printing on both sides of the page.
NOTE: Printing on both side of a page does not reduce the number of pages subtracted from your print quota.
To print on both sides, do the following:
1. Select properties from the print dialog box.
2. Choose Yes, Flip Over from the Print on both sides: drop down menu. Click OK.
3. The document should now print on both sides of the page.
You can check your engineering email by visiting the following link:
Please visit the following link for instructions on setting up your email with your mobile device:
To forward your engineering email to another address, follow the link below
To stop forwarding your engineering email, visit the link below and click "Stop forwarding."
Please view this pdf for instructions on archiving emails.
Note: Engineering accounts will no longer be active after 12/31/2017. This information is for engineering account emails.
If you need help configuring your Outlook email client with your engineering account email, please follow these instructions by clicking here.
Anything that is placed in this folder is available publicly on the internet at your personal web address (http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/~YOURUSERNAME/). Dragging and dropping files into this network drive is all that is required to share them. The web server's default index names are index.html, index.htm, home.html, and home.htm. The server does not offer support for 3rd party proprietary extensions such as ".aspx".
Oftentimes you want to move a file larger than 12MB, the maximum file size that e-mail allows. In order to make these files available, you can make use of the web page provided with your engineering account. To host a file follow these steps:
1) Windows: In My Computer there should be a drive named O: public-webspace, If it is not there please read this FAQ.
Linux: If you are using Linux there will be a folder in your home directory titled www.
2) Put inside this folder all the files you want to share on your personal website.
3) Now you need to set permissions for others to be able to download them.
Windows: On your desktop should be an icon called "ENG Web Permissions." Double-click on it and enter your Engineering username and password to set the correct permissions.
Unix/Linux: Open a terminal window and enter the following: ssh green.eng.utoledo.edu. Enter your Engineering username and password and then enter this command: /eng/local/bin/webperm.sh.
This will set the permissions. Remember to repeat this procedure when you add new files.
4) Your files are ready to share. Now others can access them by opening any internet browser and entering in the following address:
Replace the fields in parenthesis above with your information and give the address to those who need the data. If they cannot access the file, e.g. no download window appears, then verify that the permissions were set correctly in step 3.
The web server's default index names are index.html, index.htm, home.html, and home.htm. The server does not offer support for 3rd party proprietary extensions such as ".aspx".
If you have any questions, please contact us at the help desk in NI 1013.
In some situations, it may become necessary to prevent Google or other search engines from indexing your web page.
If you are hosting content on eng.utoledo.edu, the main way to do this is through the meta tag.
At the top of your page, insert the following:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
This will prevent search engines from listing your page, as it is a standard accepted by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.
If you want to prevent these engines from maintaining a copy of your page in their archive as a cache:
<meta name="robots" content="noarchive" />
For a more comprehensive look at this and other methods, with pros and cons for each, try here.