Windows XP

As of April 2014, Microsoft is no longer supporting or updating the Windows XP operating system. DECS is working with engineering faculty, grad students and staff to locate and remove XP machines from the

engineering network since they now pose a security issue. If you are currently running Windows XP and have not contacted the DECS Support Office, we urge you to do so as soon as possible at 517-353-8891 or

Remote Access

Need to use the College of Engineering’s computing resources but you aren’t in the Engineering Building? DECS offers many methods to do just that. Visit the Remote Access page to help you determine which method of remote access will work best for your needs, and to learn more about each type of access. You will need an Internet connection, a supported client and an engineering account to utilize these resources.

Information Station

Four touchscreen information stations are available for use in the Wilson Road entrance, the main lobby, the north central entrance and the Dow Wing entrance of the Engineering Building. The software used pulls feeds from the engineering website for the Maps, Events, People, and News sections. QR codes are available on the events sections and faculty/staff profile pages that give the visitor the option of visiting the event’s website on his/her phone and allow for contacting the faculty/staff member. The software can also accommodate engineering visitors in wheelchairs by shifting the center of the screen down so it can be easily reached from any height.

Windows 7

Windows 7 was recently installed in the DECS public computer labs. This operating system enhances the security and stability in these labs and brings new features, such as improved performance and start-up time and a new way to manage the desktop via Aero, into the labs.

Virtualization Servers

DECS is expanding use of its virtualization servers to include more server functions.  This allows increased server redundancy, automatic failover capability, and a significantly improved environment for developing test servers that offer new features.

Remote Building Network Upgrades

Engineering Research Complex/Jolly Road/Jolly Road Civil Infrastructure Lab-DECS will be installing new switches at the ERC, Jolly Road, and Jolly Road CIL locations. For the ERC this means more redundancy, a new router, provisions for 10 Gigabit, and faster Wi-Fi. Jolly Road and Jolly Road CIL will have a faster uplink connection and a faster Wi-Fi.

Trout Food Science and Human Nutrition Building

Engineering is housing researchers at the Trout Building located near the Engineering Building.  DECS installed Engineering switches, firewall, router, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on the third floor. The network is in a stable state and accommodating new connections as more researchers move into this location.

Engineering Network Upgrades

The Engineering Building's network was upgraded with new switches that will provide Gigabit (1000 Mbps) to the desktop, faster Wi-Fi in densely used areas, future support for a 10 Gigabit backbone, and more  modern support of upcoming necessary protocols, like IPv6. These new switches were installed in the Engineering Building's central comm room and allow for complete redundancy in the server network to avoid problems caused by single component failures. The main Engineering network router is also being replaced which will permit a redundant ring topology.  It will provide faster communication links between servers to avoid bottlenecks.

Engineering Wireless

EGR Wi-Fi uses access points (APs) supporting the 802.11a/b/g/n protocols on both 2.4 and 5 gigahertz in all engineering facilities. This means better signal, faster speeds, and the ability to use WPA2 wireless encryption for higher security. It reduces the chance of interference in some situations, especially if using a more modern wireless client that supports 5 gigahertz.

To get the maximum benefit from the new EGR Wi-Fi, contact the DECS Support Office at or 517-353-8891 to find out if your device can support 5 gigahertz using 802.11n. WPA2-Personal encryption may also be used by using the "EGR Wi-Fi WPA2" SSID and the passphrase of "engineering."

Updates to Samba Servers

DECS has completed installation for two redundant, load balanced Samba servers. The Samba servers provide file sharing access to College of Engineering computer systems. Using the engineering Virtual Private Network (VPN), these systems can be accessed anywhere on campus or off campus. The server software was upgraded to improve speed and reliability.