Security note: Please use the this table to choose the right location for the data you need to store.

Your NetID is used to access most IT services and s in the form of 1 letter, 2 numbers, 1 letter, 3 numbers.  (Example: a12b786)  Your supervisor should be able to tell you your NetID after your account is set up. Employees must fill out a request form to obtain an account (which includes email). HR will give you the form when getting all your employment paperwork.

You can also find out your NetID and set your password on the Password Reset Portal page.

Your NetID is used to access:

  • Campus computers
  • Brightspace
  • Email
  • MyInfo
  • MSUN Secure Wireless Network
  • Microsoft Office Software - Find out more...
  • VPN
  • WebEx

In response to ever-present cybersecurity threats, Montana State University has implemented Duo, an easy-to-use, two-factor authentication platform. Duo authentication is required to access MSU online resources such as MyInfo, Degreeworks, Chrome River, DocuSign, Banner Forms, and other services that use MSU Single Sign On (SSO) authentication.   More information...

Email accounts - Employee email accounts are in Office 365 and come with 99GB of storage. Outlook is the supported email client on campus. There is also a web client for Outlook Web Access (OWA) that can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. Smart phones can be configured for access using the Microsoft Outlook app. Enter your (*not* your email address) and your NetID password when using OWA and/or the Outlook app on your phone.

Banner Accounts - Employees who need to work within Banner (BannerINF) can request an account after completing Banner training and then going to Banner Training is coordinated through the Business Services office.

MyInfo gives you access to personal information, time cards, pay information, time off balances, etc.  

Banner 9 is used by administrative users who have taken appropriate training and been granted access for job requirements. Banner 9 is best accessed with the Google Chrome web browser.

Chrome River is the management system for purchase cards and travel for all four MSU campuses.  NetID login is required to access the following links:

MSU-Northern has around 200 computers that are considered lab or open use computers. These computers are located at various locations across the campus.

Find out more about the locations of the labs and software installed in them...

We also have over 30 Technology Enhanced Classroom that contain equipment ranging from PCs and projectors to full video conference systems.

Find out more about the locations of Technology Enhanced Classrooms...

MSU-Northern uses KnowBe4 for employee cybersecurity awareness training, simulated phishing tests, interactive learning modules, and awareness content to help protect against social engineering, spear phishing, and ransomware attacks.   Learn more & log in

From retrieving a single electronic signature to managing the on-time delivery of a form requiring five e-signatures — see how DocuSign can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.

Security note: Please use the this table to choose the right location for the data you need to store.

Network Storage - This is what is known as a "Z drive": The Z drive is automatically mapped when you log onto any campus computer. Faculty and Staff Z drives have 10GB of storage.

Network storage is provided for all files related to University work and course work. It is not for storing personal audio, image or video files. All Z drives are backed up by ITS, however: audio, image and video files are not backed up.

Cloud Storage - OneDrive and SharePoint are MSU-Northern's cloud file storage and collaboration tools. (see Office 365 below)

MSUN owned data should not be stored on any other storage than the options listed above.

MSU-Northern has a site license agreement with Microsoft. The agreement covers all University owned computers: faculty, staff, and all open access computer lab machines. It gives us access to a wide complement of Microsoft® software, including the most current versions of licensed software for:

  • Microsoft® Windows
  • Microsoft® Office Professional Plus (includes: Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, and OneNote)
  • Microsoft® Project Professional
  • Microsoft® Publisher
  • Visio Professional

This agreement also gives you free access to Microsoft Office 365 which includes Office software that you can download and install on up to 5 personal devices for as long as you are employed at MSU-Northern.

Find out more...

MSU-Northern has access to Qualtrics, courtesy of the MSU-Bozeman library. Qualtrics is cloud-based platform for creating and distributing web-based surveys.

Find out more. Use your NetID and password to log on.

Information Technology Services provides voice services and maintenance and installation of telephone lines, phones, and other related equipment for the faculty and staff of MSU-Northern.

Find out more about Voice Services...
Find out more about Voice Mail...

MSU-Northern's Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows users to to securely access resources that are on the campus network from remote locations.  

Find out more about the VPN...

WebEx is a cloud-based Web conferencing system where participants can meet remotely and collaborate sharing screens, files and video. Our WebEx service includes unlimited integrated VoIP (audio) at no cost to the University. WebEx integrated telephony is also available.

A few of the features include: a software plug-in for Microsoft Outlook calendar integration, support for mobile devices, screen sharing, online chat, recording capabilities and much more.

A few examples of how faculty and staff can use WebEx: to bring guest speakers into classrooms; hold virtual office hours; provide one-on-one or group tutorials; participate in committee work.

WebEx sessions you host will have a maximum capacity of 500 to 1000 attendees, depending on the type of meeting.

WebEx accounts are not set up by default, you can request an account by emailing the Help Desk.  After an account is set up, you use your NetID and password to sign in.

Find out more...

"Northern" is MSUN's secure encrypted wireless network available on campus. It must be used if you want to access campus resources such as Z: network drives from your wireless device. It requires your NetID and password to access.

"Northern_Guest" is an unsecured wireless network available for guests on campus, and students in the residence halls. It does not require authentication to access.