Trouble signing into CU-Community on a MacBook?

If you are having trouble signing into CU-Community on your Apple Device then you may need to forget the network and re-join it.

Start by opening Network Preferences. Select the Wi-Fi icon at the top right of your screen and select Open Network Preferences

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Select Wi-Fi from the list on the left, Turn Wi-Fi off, and then select the Advance button at the bottom right.


Find CU-Community in the list of Preferred Networks and select the – symbol below the list to remove it. You will also want to search for CU-Guest and CU-ClassroomDevices. Remove them if you see them in the list.


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Select Apply at the bottom right and after a moment you should be able to select Turn Wi-Fi on at the top right. Select CU-Community in the list of Available Networks and authenticate with your current Portal username and password.

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If you have any questions please let us know. We are located in Stafford room 164 and are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Trouble logging in? Try clearing your history.

If you are having trouble logging in, then you may need to clear your browsing history. Some browsers get grumpy, and like to hold onto bad temporary internet files.

Below are instructions to clean up each browser.

Clear browsing history:

If you have a “virus” of sorts, you can also reset Firefox to its defaults. This will remove any add-ons you have, clear all temporary internet files, and reset your homepage.

Clear browsing history:

Similar to Firefox, there is a reset for Chrome to reset it back to defaults to get rid of any browser hijacks.


Internet Explorer:


If you continue to have any trouble you can reset your password by selecting the “Forgot password” link below the password field on the Portal login page. You can also call IT at (802) 468 1221 or email us at

Thank you!

Connect to the Wireless Network

Castleton University has wireless throughout campus. There are multiple networks throughout campus that a smart device will see. Here is a walk through to which one you should connect to


All current VSC students, faculty, and staff, can connect to CU-Community using their current Portal username and password.

Macintosh Laptops, iPhones, and iPads:

Connect using your Portal username and password. If your iPhone or iPad prompts you that our certificate is not trusted, you can select Trust at the top right. Your MacBook will prompt you to accept the certificate. Select Connect, and then enter your current MacBook password.

Mac OS Example:

iPhone / iPad Example:

Trust the certificate:

Android & Chromebook:

Most Android and Chromebook models do not detect the following settings automatically. Please enter the following information:

EAP Method: PEAP

Phase 2 Authentication: MSCHAP V2

CA Certificate: “Unspecified”, or select “Do Not Validate” if that is an option

Identity: Portal Username

Anonymous Identity: Leave blank

Password: Current Portal Password






Castleton University offers temporary access to Guests of the campus. After connecting to the CU-Guest network, you should be directed to our network registration server or you can launch a browser and go to – look for the link regarding guest access. Entering a valid email address will provide access for one day. If you need to extend it to two weeks, follow the link that is sent to the email address you provided.

Note: The email you entered will not be shared with any other service.

Dealing with the fallout from IDM induced undeliverable emails

Many of you have contacted us recently with problems replying or sending email to certain people. I will attempt to briefly explain the problem, who it affected, and then hopefully provide some instructions as to how to get around the problem. Over break we implemented a new IDM system. The system was designed to automatically assign the proper email addresses to new students and employees. Unfortunately, something went wrong and it replaced any email address that used a nickname (i.e. with the person’s legal name (i.e. During the time in question, Joe sent messages with his “new” legal-name email address. When the problem was discovered, we reverted to a backup of the “correct” nickname email addresses – but in the process dumped the legal one that had been assigned. So now, as people reply to those messages, they get an undeliverable (i.e. joseph.schmoe does not exist, blah, blah, blah…).

This will take some time to work itself out, but if you’ve had problems sending to a particular person, you can start a new message (or reply to one they sent you), delete out the name showing, retype part of their name and then select them from the directory. If using the Outlook client, use the “Check Names” button on the button bar. This will pull the current, correct address. Here is an example using Jeff Weld. I start to type a message to Jeff and it autofills – but if you’ll notice, his address is incorrect and it will come back undeliverable:

However, if I click “Search Directory”, this comes up:

It’s confusing, but I now know to pick the entry with “Jeff.Weld@castleton…”. I can also click his name to show the properties to be sure:

This example used Outlook web, but it’s a similar process using the Outlook client. Type the name partially and then look for the check names button:

When you click that, the name will turn solid and it should go. I can’t say it enough, it will take awhile for this problem to flush out. Thank you for your patience.

Supported & Unsupported WIFI devices on Castleton University Wireless network

Many devices that easily work on a home wireless network will not connect to the enterprise wireless system that Castleton and most universities use. This is because the manufacturers of these devices try to save money by not including support for a network that requires both a username and a password, they typically only support a shared password network. We require a username and password for advanced network security to protect your data. Here is an incomplete list of devices that will NOT work on the CU-Community WIFI network:

Amazon Echo and similar
Roku with WIFI only
Xbox, Playstation, Wii & most other game consoles
Wireless Printers

The good news is Xbox and PS both include a wired ethernet port and will work on the wired network – you will need to register the mac address of the wired ethernet card, but this connection is preferable for latency purposes, anyway. There is a Roku model (The “Premiere+”, retail approx. $55) that has a wired ethernet port – this is what we recommend for that type of device. Apple TV also includes a wired ethernet port. The Wii can use a USB-Ethernet adapter to connect to the wired network. However, we recommend you contact us BEFORE you purchase because not all USB-Ethernet devices are supported. Manual registration of game consoles and other devices that do not have a browser can be done at the link

If you’re wondering about a device not listed, check the documentation to see if it supports 802.1x authentication, also known as “WPA2 Enterprise”. As always, you can contact IT Services at 802-468-1221 for help in determining whether the device will work on our network, preferably before you purchase.

Installing Office 2016 from O365

Castleton students, faculty and staff are eligible to install Office on up to five computers or mobile devices free of charge. The process is easy.

  1. If you currently have a trial version of Office on your computer, uninstall it first.
  1. Login to your Castleton portal at
  1. Click on the “Castleton Email Access” link.

Portal Screenshot

  1. Once you’re in your Office 365 email, click on the Office 365 button in the upper left corner of your page.

O365 Button

  1. If your computer is running an operating system compatible with Office 2016, you’ll get a screen titled “Install Office 2016 on your Mac/PC”. If your operating system isn’t compatible, you’ll see an option on the page to install an older version of office – 2011 for Mac or 2013 for PC. Click the “Install now” button.

Office Install Page

  1. When prompted, click to save the installer file. The way this appears on your screen will depend on the OS and browser you are using. It may be a pop-up or it may appear as a banner at the bottom of your browser window.

Save File Screenshot

  1. Click or double-click the file to run it. The file may appear in your “Downloads” folder or at the bottom of your browser. Follow the installation instructions on your screen.
  1. Once installed, launch one of the Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc). You will be asked to activate Office with an email and password. Use your Castleton email address in this format: (i.e. and your password. You will only need to do this once.

If you have any questions or run into any problems, please contact us at or at (802) 468-1221.

Changing Reply Settings in Outlook Web Access

Seeing the occasional unintentional “Reply-All” makes me think this subject deserves an explanation along with a warning – especially since the default for replying to messages has changed to “Reply-All” within the web version of Outlook.  Here’s how “Reply-all” works; someone sends a message to a group of people, you being a member of that group. If you wish to reply to the sender only, that is a simple “reply”. If you choose “reply-all”, it will go to the sender and also EVERYONE included in the original group. You can see how not paying attention to this detail has created some embarrassment. For some reason (probably because of end-user demand), Microsoft has decided it is more likely people WANT to do a “Reply-all” and have therefore made it the default when replying to a message. The arrow next to that text gives the option for a simple “reply”. Pay attention to this detail when replying and also look at who is in your TO: prompt before hitting “send”.

All that said, there is a way to change the default to a simple “Reply” rather than “Reply-all”. It can’t be done globally, but the individual can make this change on their own. Here’s how:

First off, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and choose “Options”:

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Next, look for your reply settings under the Mail tab – choose the radio button for “reply” rather than “reply-all” and make sure to click “Save” when done:

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Clutter feature added to Office 365

Many of you have received messages about the “Clutter” feature in Office 365. Microsoft is often adding new features, but some can create confusion and make it appear messages are being lost. In reality, it’s making decisions about what could be considered unimportant – decisions that are often wrong. If you dislike the Clutter feature, here’s how to disable it.

First off, you will need to be in the web browser version of Office 365. Simply login to the Portal and click the link for email access on the left. Once your email loads look for the gear in the upper right-hand corner and click on that,and then click on Mail link at the bottom.

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Once in Options, expand the Mail settings and look for the clutter tab – select the appropriate radio button to turn it off. That’s all there is too it!

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