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How to Install and use VPN  

Click on the following links depending on the device you want to use:
For Windows, for Macs, for Linux, for ipones and ipads, for androids.

How to Reset your NetID Password

This article guides you through changing your UA NetID password, as well as updating it on all the devices and software that it is used. If you do not know your current password, see Reseat Expired or Forgotten NetID Password.

How to connect to UA WiFi 

This article shows you step by step how to connect to UAWiFi for different devices such as phones, laptops, ipads


How to connect to UA Guest and EDUROAM

This article shows you how to connect to UA Guest (insecure network reserved for visitors with no NetID) as well as Eduroam for visiting scholars.


IDL Software License

Steward Observatory has a 50-seat Departmental license for IDL. Access as well as client installation is granted after request from the Computing Support Group. If you would like to use the IDL module on the HPC you would need to be added by the CSG to a privileged group. To accommodate newer IDL versions, update to the licensing server will occur on Dec 7th, 2023. Please contact the CSG for updates.


My MAC address is entered into the DHCP and I still can’t connect. What gives?

On June 15th, 2021, UITS implemented the 802.1x authentication protocol. This requires all computers to be registered to an individual's NETID for it to be allowed on the network. If you are receiving an IP address similar to “10.252.x.x”, you have not authenticated and must do so. Instructions for authenticating can be found here for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Please submit a ticket to should you experience any issues getting online.

Please note: this does not bypass Steward Observatory’s DHCP server. All MAC addresses must still be registered with CSG. See item below.
How do I connect to the network?
Steward Observatory does not utilize the DHCP service offered by UITS. In order to make use of the network jacks in the building, users must first register their device with the Research Infrastructure Support Group. Please submit the following information to our ticketing system at
MAC Address (aka Physical Address)
User's name
Host name
Current operating system(s)
Whether a public/private IP is needed

How do I get started with Zoom?

Zoom has excellent training material available for free on their website. Click here to view instructional videos, register for live webinars with Zoom experts, or just peruse their FAQ sections.


How do I dial-in to an international Zoom meeting?

Users wishing to dial-in to an international meeting but have not been provided a phone number may find a complete list of all available countries' phone numbers here. You will need to have the meeting ID and your Zoom User ID handy, as you will be promted to enter them into the phone. NOTE: toll charges applied based on user's phone provider plan.


What equipment is available to borrow?

Please submit such inquires to


What equipment is available to use in the conference rooms?

Steward Observatory has four conference rooms available for use. To view room availability, click here. Below is a list of the equipment provided for use:

  • N205A
    • 70" monitor
    • Meeting Owl 360-degree conferencing camera as well as one for loan
    • NUC connected Windows-based computer (Zoom, Powerpoint, Adobe Pro)
    • Apple TV
    • VGA & HDMI input for using personal computer with the monitor
    • USB to USBC adapters
    • Internal WiFi
  • N305
    • Epson projector 1920x1080
    • NUC connected Windows-based computer (Zoom, Powerpoint, Adobe Pro)
    • Logitech conference equipment (microphone, camera, speaker)
    • HDMI and VGA input for using personal computer
    • Internal N305WiFi
    • 70" Visio monitor on portable cart(web cam, HDMI and USB to USBC adapter)
    • HDMI, USB, USBC apater for Apple computers)
    • Logitech wireless presenter laser pointer
  • 450
    • BENQ projector 1920x1080 (HDMI input)
    • LG 65" television w/HDMI input
    • NUC connected Windows-based computer (Zoom, Powerpoint, Adobe Pro)
    • Logitech conference equipment(microphone, camera, speaker)
    • HDMI and VGA input for using personal computer
    • VGA to USBC Apple adapter, and VGA/HDMI/DVI to mini display port
  • 550
    • LG 86" monitor w/HDMI input
    • NUC connected Windows-based computer (Zoom, Powerpoint, Adobe Pro)
    • Logitech conference equipment(microphone, camera, speaker)
    • HDMI to USBC adapter

To reserve a room, please email


How do I sync my computer's time?

UITS blocks the ports which are used to communicate with Microsoft's NTP servers but maintains internal NTP servers and You could also set your OS to sync its time with either


Can I request an SSL certificate?

Submit certificate requests to We will issue the appropriate certificate according to your specific needs.


How do I setup email forwarding in Outlook?

To forward emails sent to your University email address, please follow this Microsoft guide.

How do I set up email on my phone?

It is recommended that you use the Microsoft Outlook mobile app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). If you wish to use a third-party email client, please follow this UITS guide on how to do so. Please note: you will need to generate an app password for use with your third-party application. Instructions to do so can be found here.


What printers are available to use?

Steward Observatory has one publicly available printer. It is located on the third floor, near the stairwell in the faculty wing. The printer is on the internal Steward network with IP address It can be accessed from a computer connected to the Steward wired networks as well as from UAWiFi. without the need of VPN. The printer model is HP LaserJet 500 color M551 located at the top of the straircase by room 301.


I have a lot of data to store. What's my best option?

UITS has a very large storage array available for rent. For further details, please head to


For the public
For Public

Public events include our Monday Night Lecture Series, world-reknowned Astronomy Camp and Mt Lemmon Sky Center.

For Students

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For Scientists
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