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Getting your first computing accounts at IU

If your situation is one of those listed below, you can create your first Indiana University computing accounts:

  • A student who has been admitted to the university and to the appropriate school within the university

    Note: As an admitted student, you cannot create your accounts until the system has processed you appropriately; this typically is one day after receiving notice of your admittance.

  • A faculty or staff member whose paperwork has been processed by IU Human Resources (HR)

  • A sponsored IU affiliate

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Create your accounts

Note: For the AMS, use a web browser capable of making a secure connection (one that supports SSL), such as the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari, and be sure you are able to accept cookies.

Allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes to complete the account creation process. Your Account Management Service (AMS) session will time out if left inactive for more than five consecutive minutes; subsequently, you will need to log in and begin the process again.

Note: You will need to know your 10-digit University ID number to create your initial accounts.

  1. Go to the Account Management Service.

  2. Click Create my first IU computing accounts.

  3. Enter your last name, date of birth, and University ID number in the fields provided. Click Continue.

  4. The AMS will display the Guidelines for Appropriate Usage, which are rules and policies for IT account use at IU. After you have read the Guidelines, enter Yes to agree to these policies, and then click Continue.

  5. If you have multiple roles at IU (e.g., if you are both a student and a staff member), you will have to select one role to be your primary affiliation at IU. Select the role you want, and then click Continue.

  6. From the available options, select where you want to receive your IU email. Faculty and staff should usually choose Create Microsoft Exchange account. Students can choose either an Imail account (Microsoft) or a Umail account (Google).

    Click Continue.

  7. Enter the passphrase you want to use in both fields. For information on selecting a valid and secure passphrase, see Passwords and passphrases.

  8. Next, you will enroll in the Passphrase Self-Service Reset System. If you forget your passphrase, this system will allow you to reset it yourself without having to visit a Support Center walk-in location in person.

    Either select a question from the drop-down list, or enter your own question. Type and re-type the correct answer in the fields provided. Click Continue to enter further questions, to a maximum of ten.

    Once you have entered at least three questions and answers, you will have the option of clicking Done to complete your enrollment.

  9. Click Print page if you want to print a copy of your account information. To end your AMS session and close your browser, click Exit.

Important: Your accounts should be active within 20 minutes. Since the information must propagate through IU systems, however, it may take up to 24 hours before you can log into some services.

If you encounter a problem with the account creation process or the Account Management Service (AMS), copy the full text of any error message and contact the UITS Support Center.

Verify your accounts

Allow the system 20 minutes to process before continuing:

  1. Go to the AMS, and click Manage my IU computing accounts.

  2. If you are prompted to log into the Central Authentication Service (CAS), enter your username and passphrase. If not, skip to the next step.

  3. Click view your accounts. The following accounts should be listed as "Created":

    • Active Directory Service
    • The email account(s) you created (Imail, Umail)

    If these are not listed, contact your campus Support Center.