NMBU platform and news

Things to do before implementing the NMBU platform on your computer:

Link to download survey form

1) Software

Most applications and software in NMBU are installed the “Application Catalog”. In short, Application Catalog is a program that lets you install preapproved software to your NMBU computer all by yourself. To make the software appear in the catalog, IT has to know what programs are in demand. As the process of making software available in the catalog is time consuming, it is important that software and applications that are in demand are reported to it@nmbu.no as soon as possible.

To see already available applications in the catalog, please log in on Remote Office and open the address https://sccm01.nmbu.no/CMApplicationCatalog . If you cannot find your required applications, please report what you need to the aforementioned address; it@nmbu.no. If you have your own software, please keep your installations files (CDs, DVDs, memory sticks or downloaded files) and license information at hand on your computer’s migration day.

2) Secure your data

As the migration process involves wiping your hard drive, all user and system data saved locally will be erased. To prevent data loss, it is imperative that you save your files to a network disk (Z:). To help you remember all your files, remember to have a look at the following locations and copy the files you wish to keep to Z:\.

3) Other IT needs

If you need a bigger hard drive, more memory, a new monitor, or there is something else that needs attention regarding your IT equipment, do not hesitate to tell us. We will try to accommodate your needs.

News in NMBU:

Lync (also known as Skype for Business)

In time, all telephones are to be replaced with Lync. Lync is a software based telephone installed on your NMBU PC. Unlike a regular phone, Lync also supports video conferencing, Lync meetings, sharing the screen and presentations as well as instant messaging. Lync works as long as you have internet access. This means you can take your “office phone” and all other features of Lync anywhere in the world. With Lync, you can easily set up call forwarding to other phones. Furthermore, Lync also reads your calendar status from Microsoft Outlook.

For more information see:
https://products.office.com/EN/skype-for-business/benefits
https://support.nmbu.no/it-documentation/telephonelync/

DirectAccess (a new and better VPN)

VPN has been replaced with a new technology called Direct Access. With DirectAccess, all you need to connect to NMBU’s network is an internet connection. All NMBU services are available from your computer and firewalls are no longer an issue. All data is encrypted and you get full-fledged IT support. DirectAccess is available for all PCs meeting the requirements of IS-104, more information can be found in the Safety paragraph below.

Folder Redirection

“Folder Redirection” is a synchronization feature in Windows that automatically copies your data to your home. By default, the “Folder Redirection” is configured for “Documents” and “Favorites” folders on all NMBU clients you use.

When your computer is connected to NMBU network, and you save files to these folders, the file is saved directly on the NMBU server. In addition, a local copy is created in “Documents” or “Favorites”. The same applies when you are not on NMBU, but have internet connection. If you work with files when you are offline, these are stored locally and then synchronized with the NMBU servers when the computer is connected to the internet or the next time you connect to NMBU’s network. When synchronizing, the system always gives the newest version of your file priority. ATTENTION, if you have chosen to not have a standard NMBU pc, your files will not be synchronized until you are connected to the NMBU network. For more information see:
https://support.nmbu.no/it-documentation/folder-redirection-2/

Application Catalog (Programkiosk)

In NMBU you will have access to all NMBU programs directly from your pc. (This only applies if more than five users are using the software, rare and uncommon software will not be available in the Application Catalog. Please contact IT support to install this kind of software.) You do no longer need to handle CD’s, codes, get admin access etc., the IT department handles this. All you need to do is find the program in the program kiosk and press “install”, and let the computer do the installation. Using Direct Access the program kiosk is available from anywhere in the world. For more information see:
https://support.nmbu.no/it-documentation/software-employee/

Remote Office

Agresso is available through Remote Office; a shortcut is already in place on your NMBU computer’s desktop. You have access the Remote Office anywhere in the world, all you need to do is double clicking on the icon. For more information see:
https://support.nmbu.no/it-documentation/remote-office-windows-en/

Archive System

In NMBU the Public360 is archiving system. Public360 is available from all Office products on your NMBU computer. This access you have from anywhere in the world. For more information see the Public360 pages:
https://support.nmbu.no/arkiv/ (unfortunately in Norwegian)

Windows 8.1

By default, your computer comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1. New features in Windows 8.1: faster startup, better support for new devices, better support for Direct Access, Hyper-V support (support for virtual PCs) and optimized user interface.

Safety

In NMBU there is only one password and this we use to everything from login on your PC to Eduroam.

In NMBU there is a greater emphasis on security than previously. Information security policies in accordance with Norwegian laws and regulations are in place. For more information on how this may affect you, see:
https://support.nmbu.no/it-dokumentasjon/informasjonssikkerhetspolicy-for-nmbu/ (english version currently unavailable)

The ICT regulations for NMBU can be found here:
https://support.nmbu.no/it-documentation/ict-regulations-for-nmbu/

Important information regarding the transition from NVH to NMBU client:

  • The work is well underway and it is already possible to do the steps listed in sections 1 through 3. It is particularly important to complete section 1 in good time before you need the application.
  • We will contact you before your computer is migrated into NMBU. Be sure to be prepare, word on the street is that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.