Computer Account Types
For information relating to obtaining computer accounts go here.
For frequently asked questions page go to FAQ page.
To request one type of account or multiple accounts listed below submit the Accounts Request form located at following site Administrative Web Forms to your supervisor.
Novell File Server
A Novell Account allows you to connect to the local area network. With an account on the Novell network, you'll be able to store files on a server for backup and security, and share files, printing and other resources with other computer users at WWU. To obtain a Novell account, complete the form at right.
Outlook is Western's E-mail and calendar software that is installed or resides on your PC and connects to the messaging (email) server. Most employees at WWU choose Outlook as their preferred method of email because it makes sending and receiving file attachments easy! To obtain an Outlook account, complete the form at the right.
WWU Online Learning system. This system is used to provide online materials and support to hundreds of courses offered by the University. To obtain a Black Board account go to the electronic web form.
Administrative System (UISAP, formerly Hydra)
Most central administrative administrative applications are run from the server called Hydra/Banner. A login account on Hydra allows you to connect to the main administrative server called Hydra (via SSH2 telnet), and/or Banner (via GUI or web interface). Once connected and with the appropriate permissions, you may wish to access student, finance and human resources records, and run reports. (see Banner Administrative Applications below)
Apply for a Hydra/Banner Account or Gecko Account using the electronic web forms. located at Administrative Web Forms. Contact the Administrative Computing x4444 for more information.
Test Administrative System (TISAP, formerly Gecko)
WWU employees that are required to test administrative applications for use on the production machine (Hydra) may need a Gecko account to access TRNG, SEED or PPRD databases. However, for most users a Banner/Hydra account will be sufficient. In the near future Gecko accounts will be created automatically when a Hydra/Banner account is requested - Gecko access will not require a separate Gecko Account Form.
Banner Administrative Applications (UISAP and TISAP)
The custodian of the data for each area is responsible for providing access. For access complete the forms at the right; at the top of the form are the respective data custodians.
The Data Warehouse is an end-user query/reporting front end tool that copies data from the Banner database and loads it into the data warehouse server. Users are able to write their own adhoc reports or select from a set of prewritten reports. A Hydra/Banner login and access the Novell application launcher are required for access, as well as permission to the data. Access to appropriate data should be granted to new employees automatically by applying for "Banner Administrative Applications" access (see above).
Administrative Banner Web4U for Students, Faculty, and Staff
WWU employees utilize this web interface to view benefits, pay information, leave balances and to complete their time card through the web. WWU students may check their registration status, add or drop classes, display grades, apply for financial aid and more. Access is via the Western ID and PIN. These are established automatically for all new employees through the WWU Human Resources department. If you are faculty or staff, questions regarding your WWU number or pin may be directed to ADMCS x4444. If you are a student, please contact the Registrar's Office at x3430.
PC access to Unix Samba (on Ra)
Samba provides PC users direct access to Unix files from their PC. On WWU's primary web server Ra, the Samba shares (drives) are designed to give departments direct PC access to their departmental web pages. Some PC setup work is required before Samba will work on your PC. The department share owner needs to submit an account request on behalf of those requesting Samba Account. Click here to learn more about how to set up your PC to run Samba.