MIT Touchstone is a single sign-on web authentication service that allows members of the MIT community to log in to participating MIT and federated web sites using their MIT credentials. When using a Touchstone-enabled application, your credentials will never be passed to the application service.
Web, Data & Servers
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Data is the most important aspect of your computer. Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed. You may be able to reinstall operating systems and applications, but your original data could be lost forever. Data backup software can help you protect and restore your data when something goes wrong. IS&T provides two service offerings at no charge to students, faculty, and staff for data backup:
- Desktops and laptops: CrashPlan PROe
- Enterprise servers: Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
win.mit.edu is an IS&T centrally-maintained Microsoft Windows domain intended for general use by all of MIT. It provides a common set of services, data, and tools. Many aspects and features within this domain are customizable by participating Departments, Labs, and Centers (DLCs) and, in certain cases, individual users.
The Data Warehouse is a stable, read-only database that combines information from separate systems into one easy-to-access location.
IS&T provides support for four administrative and academic applications: FileMaker, MySQL, Oracle, and QuickBase.
The Roles Database stores access rules (user authorizations) for applications like SAP, Data Warehouse, and the Graduate Admissions System, among others. Specially Authorized Departmental and Central Administrators use the web-based Roles Database application to view and manage user authorizations.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) assists with connectivity on and off campus. IS&T recommends and supports Cisco's AnyConnect VPN, a VPN client that works on a wide variety of operating systems and hardware configurations.
An Athena locker is a directory (aka: folder) on the Athena filesystem. IS&T creates lockers for official MIT courses, UROP projects, student living groups, ASA recognized student activities and MIT organizations (including administrative offices, academic departments, programs, and lab or research groups).
IS&T provides a number of web services for accessing enterprise data or integrating with our central systems through the MIT Developer Connection. Application developers can integrate with or consume data from these systems using a standard protocol, instead of using a custom, application-specific protocol (Moira, MITID DB), or raw SQL (Data Warehouse, RolesDB).