IT info to get you up and running at MSU

The IT accounts and services listed below are key to being able to get up and running at MSU from day one.

Start at the beginning

The NetID is an identifier made up of 2 alpha and 5 numeric characters using the conventionaNNaNNN (example: a12e345).

To Claim your NetID:

  1. Go to Claim/Recover Your NetID and follow the prompts to retrieve your NetID.

To set your NetID password:

  1. Go to
  2. Read instructions to set up new user profile in Self-Service Password Portal.
  3. Proceed to Password Portal to set NetID password.

What do I use my NetID for?

Your NetID is used to access most services at MSU.  For a complete list of services visit the IDs and Services page and/or IT Services for Faculty and Staff.

MyInfo is part of MSU's administration information system and is the online location where employees go to enter and receive payroll information, update personal information, select insurance, get class info, etc.  

To log into MyInfo: 

  1. Go to and click the Log into MyInfo link. You can always find the link by going to and clicking the Faculty & Staff link on the top banner.
  2. Enter your NetID and password.
  3. If you do not know your NetID, click Claim/Reclaim NetID.
  4. Follow prompts to set security ID verification profile and then set password.
  5. Click the Personal Information tab -> View IDs
    Your MSU ID and NetID will be listed here.

All MSU faculty and staff members are automatically provisioned an Office 365 mailbox.  Email addresses are in the form of [email protected] More information about Office 365 email...

Outlook is the supported email client on campus. There is also a web client referred to as Outlook Web or OWA that can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection.

To log into Office 365 Outlook Web:

  1. Go to  and click the blue login button.
  2. Enter your [email protected] for username and NetID password (as set in step II above).
  3. Set language and time. 
  4. Send a test email to your supervisor. 

Safe Computing

Hackers and cyber evil-doers target individual computers to use as entry points to the university network. A compromised network puts all of MSU's research and the personal identification information of students, faculty and staff at risk. Keeping your computer safe is the first line of defense to protect everyone.

For more information visit

Be a good data steward

Understand MSU's different data classifications and store your data in the appropriate location. Refer to the Data Storage Security Grid for more information.

Emergency Alerts

Enroll in the MSU Alert notification system to receive critical information in the event of an emergency.  


Services available to MSU employees

Visit the IT Services for Faculty and Staff page to familiarize yourself with additional resources including Office 365, Box Cloud Storage, Webex, and more.

Find Support

UIT Service Desk

The UIT Service Desk provides IT and computer-related support and assistance to all MSU constituents and are available weekdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

(406) 994-1777 | [email protected]  |MSU Library Commons   

Teaching & Learning Technologies 

UIT's Instructional Technology Support team maintains the Registrar-controlled Smart Classrooms/Podiums on campus.

Location and Contact Information Can Be Found at this URL

Brightspace Learning Environment

Brightspace Learning Environment is commonly known as Brightspace, Brightspace LE, or D2L.

Brightspace Learning Environment is a complete web-based suite of teaching and learning tools for course development, delivery, and management.

Brightspace is accessed through a password, maintaining a secure environment for course content and instructor/learner information.

Location and Contact Information Can Be Found at this URL

Departmental IT Help 

gold triangle point to the right.If your department or unit has a dedicated IT staff person(s),  contact them first when looking for IT help.   They know your environment best and with the bonus of proximity, often can provide answers/resolutions in the most efficient manner. 

Departmental IT Contact page

Training Resources

Free IT-related training resources for faculty and staff at MSU.

MSU Employee Training Registration - MSU training sessions

Banner Training - Log in with your NetID and password

Library Workshops (Microsoft Office software, Zotero, Mendeley and more)

LinkedIn Learning (formerly - online software tutorials for business, software, technology, etc.

Safari Tech Books Online - great technology ebooks on programming, IT, project management...