Network Registration Process

Every computer, printer, PDA, or any other device that connects to the UT network must be registered in order to access the network. The first time you try to access the UTHSC network you will have to go through an initial registration process. Then, there will be an annual revalidation process just to update any information that may have changed. This process allows us to better protect our network, and keep our information current.

Because of ongoing improvements in our network security system, the registration process now differs depending on whether you are connected to our system via a hardwired ethernet connection, or utilizing the UTHSC wireless system. Registration instructions for each connection type can be found below.

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Wired Connections to the UTHSC Network

Cisco Clean Access Agent

In order to streamline our network registration process and provide stronger security, UTHSC began implementing the Cisco Network Access Control (or NAC) network security system. It provides a more secure and clean network environment, preventing infected and vulnerable machines from joining the University's network.

For details and instructions, see our Network Access Control page.

*** NOTE: If you have a device - such as a laptop - that has a wireless card as well as a wired card, then you will have to go through the process for wireless registration as well. That process is explained in the section on the right hand side of this page.

Wireless Connections to the Network

All devices connected to our wireless network must go through a separate registration process. Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 computers will also run the UT Security Tool. This security tool will make sure your McAfee VirusScan is up to date, and it will also install some of the more important Windows operating system patches. After running this tool, there is another step in the process. You must then register the computer, by giving the demographics of the device and owner.


FAQs about registration

If you have any questions about this process, please call the Helpdesk at 448-2222. You should only register machines for which you are responsible.