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MSU Computer Accounts


Overview

Computer accounts at Morehead State University, in general, fall into two categories: Eagle Account Center (EAC) accounts and application accounts.  The EAC accounts provide a base from which many applications authenticate their users.  For instance, to register for classes, you need an application account on the Datatel WebAdvisor system.  This account allows you to access the online processes WebAdvisor supports.  WebAdvisor, however, authenticates off of the database (LDAP) the EAC maintains.  Without the EAC account, the authentication will not take place.  However, without the application account, WebAdvisor in this case, the existence of the EAC account alone will not grant access to online processes such as registration. 

The diagram illustrates the interactions between users, the EAC, the LDAP database and applications.

 

 

Typically, once you “qualify” for an EAC account, the account will be created that night and will be available for you to initialize the next day.

A listing of some applications, and the office which maintain the access to them, are listed at the end of this documentation.

Definitions

EagleId: This is a combination of a lowercase m and your MSU id number. For example, m0123456.  This may be referred to as User ID, or email id in some documentation.

EaglePass: This is the password associated with your EagleId.

Eagle Account Center (EAC): This is the application which allows people to change their EaglePass, specify where their email is to be delivered, etc.  This account must exist before any dependent application accounts will work.  Accounts here are created automatically each night.  This is the database from which some applications authenticate.

LDAP: This is the database that maintains EagleId’s and EaglePass’, and contains such email-related information as a preferred email address and your University issued email address.  Information in this database is maintained via the Eagle Account Center (see above).  

EagleId usage

Most computer resources at MSU use the EagleId and EaglePass for authentication.  These include such applications as email, People Publisher (personal web pages), off-campus access to library databases, Datatel’s WebAdvisor, and Colleague.  There are, currently, several applications which make use of the EagleId, but use a different password (of course, you may have them set to the same thing, but changing one will not change the other.)  Some of the applications are the course management system, Blackboard, and the Library’s online catalog system.  Additionally, many Windows network accounts do not currently use the EagleId format, although new accounts do.  These accounts do not use the EaglePass.

The creation of a EagleId in the Eagle Account Center does not automatically indicate that access to a particular resource will be available.  The section on application accounts will discuss some of the applications and who to contact for access to them.

Obtaining an EAC account - Students

If you have applied to MSU, an account will be created for you in the EAC with an EagleId based on your University id number (found on correspondence and your Eagle ID card), and an initial EaglePass.  This initial password will be the last four digits of your social security number, two digit month, two digit day, then four digit year of birth.  For example: If the last four digits of your SSN are 9999 and you were born Jan 2, 1980 your initial password (EaglePass) would be 999901021980.  Upon first login to the EAC, you will be prompted to create a new password.  This initializes your account.

Visually, the process of obtaining an EAC account and the subsequent application account can be seen in the diagram.

 

Obtaining an EAC account – Employees

If you are an employee – faculty or staff – your EAC account will be created on your start date as entered in the Colleague system with an EagleId based on your University id number (found on correspondence and your Eagle ID card), and an initial EaglePass.  This initial password will be the last four digits of your social security number, two digit month, two digit day, then four digit year of birth.  For example: If the last four digits of your SSN are 9999 and you were born Jan 2, 1980 your initial password (EaglePass) would be 999901021980.  Upon first login to the EAC, you will be prompted to create a new password.  This initializes your account.

Again, the diagram illustrating the process can be seen below.  

 
 

Applications

Some applications, such as email, are created automatically.  Others require the account be requested.  Following is a partial list of applications and the office which maintains the application, as well as whether it will use your EagleId and EaglePass for authentication (some applications are configured to use your EagleId but maintain a separate password.)

 

Application

Responsible Office

Telephone

EagleID

EaglePass

Blackboard Information Technology 783-2068 Yes No
Collegue Administrative Computer Applicaitons 783-2009 Yes Yes
Eagle Account Center Information Technology 783-5000 Yes Yes
Email Information Technology 783-5000 Yes Yes
Novus HR Human Resources 783-2097 Yes No
Online Catalogue Account Camden-Carroll Library 783-2200 No No
People Publisher (personal web pages) Communications & Marketing 783-9328 Yes Yes
Telecommunicaiton Charges Telecommunications 783-2676 Yes Yes
SchoolDude Office of Facilities Management 783-2147 No No
Web Site Maintenance (CMS) Communications & Marketing 783-9328 Yes No