Distributed Computing Services

The Office of Information Technology provides provides a variety of technical services in support of distributed and workgroup computing for academic and administrative units throughout campus.

Client support

Primary client support for distributed computing is provided at the unit level by colleges and departments. Information technology technical staff may* provide additional levels of expertise and serve as backups to the departmental administrators. *subject to billing at a rate of $75 per hour.


The LAN managers’ group is comprised of departmental computing administrators from throughout the WMU community that meets to exchange ideas and plan for university-wide distributed computing initiatives. Information technology hosts the LAN Managers’ group monthly.

Media disposal

For small quantity (one or two drives) disposal needs, contact production/operations at (269) 387-6080. For larger quantities, media disposal companies such as Ship'N'Shred are suggested.

Microsoft Active Directory

Microsoft Active Directory is supported by OIT in the form of a centralized, unified directory, providing both authentication and authorization to Microsoft Windows-based services. The campus-wide active directory domain is commonly known as WADE. User IDs within WADE are the Bronco NetIDs issued to all WMU students, faculty and staff.

Novell eDirectory (NetWare/OES2)

Information technology provides maintenance support for Novell NetWare, OES2, and a campus-wide eDirectory, however no new development or expansion is anticipated for the Novell environment. The target date for replacement of Novell services is June 30, 2014. Current Novell administrators are encouraged to contact information technology for recommendations on migration strategies.

Server hosting

Information Technology provides hosting support for departmental servers within the Computing Center machine room. OIT also offers a virtual machine service that provides the benefits of a stand-alone system, at a greatly reduced cost. 

See also server management. See charges.

Storage services

Departments in need of reliable networked storage without the overhead or cost of a server can benefit from IT’s centralized disk storage service. The IT storage service is offered in 100 gigabyte increments, and includes off-site backups.

See charges.