Official University of Texas COVID-19 Resources

For all official University of Texas information and guidance concerning the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19, please see this page.

In addition, faculty and TAs may wish to check out this page for instructional resources.  Expect that page to change as more resources are made available.

Students, please use this Online Class Pre-Check to be sure you have everything you need for distance learning.

UTCS-Specific Information

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The following links and guides may be helpful if you are working from home.

SSH Keys

If you need to connect to a linux lab machine on campus, you will need to set up ssh keys. Instructions for setting those up can be found here. If you aren't able to get your public ssh key in place yourself, please email and we will assist you.


Here are some guides to set up common email clients to check your UTCS email:

If you are using a different email client, you can configure the settings for that software using these values. If you are unable to get it set up, please email and let us know what operating system and what email client you are attempting to configure.


NOTE: If you are not connected to the CS network or the UT wireless network (for instance, at home), you will need to connect to the UT VPN before you can use the mainframe software. Please follow those instructions after downloading and installing the mainframe software.

Click here and log in with your UT EID. Choose the appropriate link, depending on whether you need to run the mainframe software on a Windows machine or a Mac, and either right-click on it and select Download, or click the "..." button on the right side and select Download.

Double-click the zip file that you have downloaded, and run the file that is extracted (QWS3270Setup.msi for Windows, Zoc7-UT Mainframe Configuration.pkg for Mac). Follow the instructions to install the software. You should now be able to run zoc7 from Programs on Windows or from Applications on a Mac.

On a Mac, simply run the zoc7 app and it will automatically connect to the mainframe. 

On Windows machines, upon running the QWS3270 software, you will be prompted with a New Session Wizard. At the first screen click Next and then follow the instructions below:

  1. Enter in the first box (which is asking for a hostname) and leave the second box blank, then click Next.
  2. Next to the box labeled "Select a port number:" enter the number 32705 and click Next.
  3. Select any of the resolution sizes you prefer and click Next.
  4. Select a name you wish to name your connection session and click Next.
  5. On the finalization screen, click Finish

A connection window will then pop up.  Verify that the "Session Name" field is the same as what you typed when naming the session in the New Session Wizard.  Click the button labeled "Edit". A Session Options window will open, select Security from the list of options on the left. On the security screen, under the section labeled "SSL/TLS Protocol Version" select TLSv1, and click Apply then Ok. Now click the button labeled "Connect" on the bottom of the connect screen to connect to the mainframe.


Click here and log in with your UT EID. There will be a button to download Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for whatever operating system you are currently using. Click that button to download the VPN software, and then run the installer that it downloads.

On a Mac, the installer may bring up an Attention Required window referencing a blocked extension. Follow the instructions given there: click the Open Preferences button, then click the Allow button to enable the Cisco system extension.

You should now have a Cisco folder inside of Applications or Programs, which should contain the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. 

Run the Cisco AnyAccount Secure Mobility Client software. It will bring up a window that says "VPN: Ready to connect." and has a text entry box. Type in that box and click Connect. This will bring up a dialog box with fields for Username, Password, and Second Password. Enter your UT EID as the Username, your UT EID password for the Password, and type in push for Second Password. That will cause Duo to send a push notification to your registered mobile device. If you normally use a different method for your dual-factor authentication, there are instructions in the text box presented that explain what you should type in the Second Password field instead.

Once you are connected to the UT VPN, a Cisco icon with a lock should appear on your task bar or time/date bar. 

When you are done, you will want to click on that Cisco icon and select Disconnect.


The university has now rolled out a campus-wide Zoom at  Please see for more information.

Zoom integration with Canvas will require an account via

If you already have an account through our departmental Zoom, and you do not require integration with Canvas for your work, then feel free to continue to use that account.  When the campus is ready to migrate our departmental licenses to the University's zoom we'll post more information.

The University provides some excellent resources on Zoom:

Instructional Continuity

To read about the resources available to provide course instruction and materials online please reference the following links: