MUniversity of Minnesota

September 02, 2004

How do I give a departmental Internet ID access to UThink?

I've gotten a fair number of emails concerning this topic so I thought I should write more about it: How do you give departmental Internet IDs or email addresses access to UThink? First of all, there is a good reason why you might want to do this. If you've used UThink before you'll note that the initial directory given to your blog is always your Internet ID. If you can login to UThink with a departmental Internet ID, though, the initial directory would be the department's Internet ID.

However, If you've tried to log into UThink using a departmental Internet ID you've probably noticed that you are denied access. The University Libraries have a unique method of accessing Internet ID credentials through the Central Authentication Hub. Essentially, when a person tries to login to any library database, index, or system we check to make sure that person has the proper "library flags" in his or her x.500 record. Unfortunately, departmental Internet IDs are not given any library flags.

There is a way to get around this. All you need to do is attach your departmental Internet ID to an existing blog, and then retry logging in using that departmental Internet ID. Here are some step by step instructions:

  1. Log into UThink using your own Internet ID and password.
  2. If you haven't done so already, create a blog.
  3. Return to the main Menu of Movable Type (link at the top of the page) and click on "Authors" under "System Shortcuts."
  4. Enter your departmental Internet ID under "Create an Author" and check a blog to attach it to.
  5. Click "Save" and logout of the system (this is important since you have to clear your personal Internet ID's credentials).
  6. Log back into UThink, but this time use your departmental Internet ID and password.
  7. Once you are in "Create a New Blog" and your department's Internet ID will be the first directory.

As you might have already guessed, this method will work for any Internet ID, including Internet IDs from U of M coordinate campuses. So, give it a try and let me know if you run into any problems!

Posted by snackeru at September 2, 2004 02:27 PM