FAQs

How do I check to see if I have the latest critical patches for my computer?

 

For a Windows-based PC:
1. Click on the Tools menu and highlight Windows Update. A window dialog may prompt you to install a download. Click Yes if so.
2. Click the link, Scan for Updates which will analyze your machine and its operating version. It will show you if you need critical updates or recommendations.
3. Follow the directions on installing the latest critical patches for your operating...

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Who Can Use the Student Computer Facilities?

The Student computing facilities are reserved for currently registered, matriculated Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) pre-doctoral students.

Post-doctoral students of HSDM do not have access to these facilities. There are a group of computers located in the basement of HSDM for post-doctoral student use.

Exchange or visiting students (or anyone that does not have an...

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How can I connect to HMS wireless network with my laptop or mobile device?

 1.  Open the network/wireless/wifi utilty or preferences on your laptop or mobile device.

 2.  Select HMS Private and when prompted, enter your eCommons username and password.  If asked to accept a certificate, choose to Allow or Always Allow (recommended, if available).  

Alternatively, if you are unable to connec tto HMS Private, you may connect to HMS Public, which does not require credentials, but is limited in network bancwidth, and cannot connect to any internal HMS resources (such as...

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Can I connect to the HMS network from off campus? Is there a VPN?

HMS SSL Virtual Private Network Access (SSL VPN)

HMS IT provides SSL VPN access HMS students on an as-needed basis to gain access to HMS resources from home (or when traveling) and when there is not another acceptable access method. Whenever possible students should use web clients such as OWA and MyCourses to access resources. We will, however, grant VPN access to HMS students upon request. To request VPN access, please email ...

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