Katz IT Services has a fleet of loaner laptops and other equipment available for checkout.
Traveling overseas? There are also additional resources available from CSSD available at:
Microsoft Azure Dev Tools
Students have access to over 25 Microsoft product family subscriptions, such as Project, Visio and Visual Studio Enterprise.
Select Software to view the list of available titles.
Note: Azure Dev Tools for Teaching uses a Microsoft sign-in prompt and Pitt Passport single sign-on service for multifactor authentication.
Graduating? Be sure to check out information about your account and software access:
Microsoft Teams is the preferred collaborative and file sharing application for Pitt Business.
A Team can be built for each department/ office/ committee. Please contact Katz IT for having a team created or for learning more about Teams.
Teams can be accessed through the Teams client on your computer, through your Office 365 Apps or by installing the Teams app on your smartphone.
The Teams client should already be present on any Windows 10 computer. Installer downloads for Windows 7 and Mac OS can be found here.
Zoom is the preferred video conferencing system used throughout Pitt Business.
Login to Zoom
Students and Faculty will be prompted to login with Pitt credentials through Single Sign-on.
Faculty/Staff can request to have their account upgraded from a free basic account to a Pro account (you must login at least once before an account can be upgraded).
Pitt Business also has a webinar license for Zoom Webinar that can leveraged on an as-needed basis.
Microsoft Teams Phones
How do I know if I have Microsoft Teams installed on my computer?
You can type in Teams in the Windows search bar. Teams should be loaded on every Pitt Business-issued laptop over the last 2 years. If not, you can download and install it.
What will happen to my existing physical/desk phone?
It will be removed by IT when you are switched over to MS Teams
Can I dial a 5-digit campus extension like I do today?
Yes and no. The system will automatically complete the on campus number / extension you are dialing from the Directory.
What about Skype for Business?
We will no longer use Skype for Business for instant messaging, meetings or online presence – Teams will now serve in those roles.
Microsoft OneDrive for Business is a cloud storage solution where you can update, store, share, and sync your files from anywhere and is the preferred cloud storage space of Pitt Business.
With OneDrive, files are backed up regularly to the Microsoft cloud and your file space is conveniently configured as the default save destination for all of your Office 365 applications, including Word and Excel. Additionally, you can delegate access to other users for collaboration.
Quota: 5 TB (terabytes)
Individual file size limit: 15 GB
Skype for Business
Skype for Business (SFB) provides online presence information as well as chat and video conferencing capabilities for all University faculty, staff and students.
To configure for the first time:
- In the Windows Search bar type Skype for Business
- At the login screen, enter your Pitt email address (@pitt.edu). If prompted for your password, enter that too.
- SFB will automatically display your status based on your Outlook calendar – you can also manually set your status
- You can add co-workers to Groups
- When invited to a SFB video conference you should just need to click on the meeting link and when prompted select open in SFB
Pulse VPN should be installed on all Faculty/Staff-issued laptop computers.
Instructions for connecting to the Pulse VPN can be found here:
The following applications are licensed for Pitt faculty, students and staff:
Box is an enterprise cloud-based system with unlimited storage. Like OneDrive you can store, access, edit, comment, and share files in real time, from any device–including your smartphone.
This software makes administering many paper-based assessments much easier for instructors, while simultaneously providing students with quicker and more meaningful feedback on their work.
Pulse in the VPN (Virtual Private Network) that creates a secure connection to the wired campus network, allowing users to connect to campus resources such as databases, printers and more.