You should bookmark this page. It has links to Office 365, PowerSchool, the DCS website, and many websites you will access frequently. You can get to this webpage from anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not need to be within our network.
Tech Help Tickets
This is where you will go to submit a ticket for almost every technology support issue. There are a variety of help topics in the drop-down menu on the ticket form. Selecting the correct help topic will ensure that your ticket is addressed as quickly as possible. You do not need to know who to contact, all you need to do is select the issue closest to yours in the help topic drop-down list.
This page may be accessed from anywhere you have internet access.
The DCS barcode is either a 5 or 6 digit number on a Property of DeSoto County Schools sticker, or written on the device in silver Sharpie. Your Fixed Asset Coordinator will be able to help you determine this as well.
DCS User Account (Computer login and more...)
All staff, teachers, teacher assistants, and 6th - 12th grade students have a DCS User / computer account.
You may use this account to log into any computer in the county. When you do so you will have access to your personal OneDrive as well as any resources deployed to you at your campus (shared folder, printers, etc.).
Everyone should log into computers as themselves for security and proper access to resources. You should not let anyone else know your password for this account as you are responsible for anything done logged
in under this account.
This account is more than just access to school computers and the number of things for which it is used continues to grow, incuding:
Securly (Internet security filter)
If you have issues using this login or need your password reset, please submit a ticket. Select "Username / Password Issues" from the Help Topic dropdown list.
Office 365 (Email and more...)
Office 365 for Email and More...
All staff, teachers, teacher assistants, and 6th - 12th grade students have an Office 365 account.
DeSoto County Schools provides you with an Office 365 account. In addition to Outlook for email, your Office 365 account includes OneDrive,
Office Web Apps, Calendar, OneNote, Teams, and several other useful applications.
How do I reset my password?
Just click the "Forgot my password" link on the login page. The password reset information will be sent to the recovery phone number you provided.
If you need to check or change the recovery phone number, you may do so here.
If you have issues resetting your password, please submit a ticket. Select
"Username / Password Issues" from the Help Topic dropdown list. You will need to provide a working alternate email address and / or mobile phone number
in order to receive your reset information since you will not be able to receive email sent to your DCS email account.
If you have never logged in to Office365, or you have received a password reset, you must first login to Office365 in a web browser and set your own
password. Only then can you use your newly set password to access your email in a mail client such as Outlook on a mobile device app.
Your Office 365 account uses modern, multi-factor authentication and requires a device to be set up to authorize login requests.
There are a few options for authenticating these requests:
Notifications through the Microsoft Authenticator App (recommended)
Text message to a mobile device
Phone call to a mobile device
Phone call to a landline phone.
These are the options you will have for recovering your account. We recommend you check at least two (2) different methods:
On this settings page you can check and / or set the mobile phone number used for recovery as well as selecting the notification
method. If you are receiving the 6-digit codes via text message and would like to change to notifications in
the app, check the box beside "Authenticator app or Token" under the "How would you like to respond?" section, then follow the instructions
below for setting up the Authenticator app.
You must use the Microsoft Outlook app for Android or iOS to get emails on your phone or tablet. The built-in mail apps in Android and iOS are no longer supported.
Here's how to get started
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Authenticator App, and Outlook
Multi-Factor Authentication simply means that more than one authentication method is required for login. When you clock in with the Kronos system you are using Multi-factor authentication. The two factors are your Kronos ID number and your fingerprint. With Office 365 you will use your password and accept an authorization message on your phone when logging in.
The default mail apps on your phone do not support the advanced security required for MFA. From this point forward, you will only be able to access your email on your mobile device by using the Microsoft Outlook App. You will then need to remove the account from other mail apps to avoid issues.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is the industry-standard and Microsoft's recommended method of protecting users' accounts from unauthorized access. When an attempt is made to log into your account from a new device, a notification will be sent to your phone which you will have to accept in order to allow the login.
We have had an increasing number of accounts being logged into by unauthorized users in foreign countries. As soon as they login, Microsoft recognizes that it is impossible for you to have traveled this distance in the amount of time since you last accessed your account here, and Microsoft disables the account for your security. This is good, but it prevents you from using your account as well and it cannot be re-enabled until that return "impossible travel distance" time has elapsed.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) ensures that when this is attempted, notification is sent to your device which you can either disallow or ignore to prevent the unauthorized login and continue using your account without interruption.
Download Microsoft Authenticator App
Download Instructions for Authenticator
Download Microsoft Outlook App
Once you have followed the steps above:
Add your school account to the Outlook App for iOS, or Android.
Select "Username / Password Issues" from the Help Topic Dropdown.
Mention that your phone number has changed and include the new phone number. Your administrator will change the phone number associated with the account.
All 6th through 12th grade students have both a DCS User account (for computer access, wifi login, permissions
grouping, and more) and an Office 365 Account for email, One Drive, Teams access, etc. The student accounts are
very similar to the faculty accounts for familiarity and interoperability.
The biggest diference is that the students' usernames are not firstname.lastname
Students' usernames are constructed using the following formula:
First name, first initial + Last name, first initial + last 6 digits of their lunch number.
Example: If Amy King's lunch number is 1234567, her computer/wifi username is ak234567, and her email address is [email protected]
Students who need their passwords reset or have issues logging in with these accounts should submit a help ticket just as teachers or staff do. Select "Username / Password
Issues" from the Help Topic drop-down list.
More information on these accounts can be found under their respective sections above.
One Drive and File Storage
Your computer should not be considered a safe place to store documents and data. In the event of catastrophic hard drive failure, infection from a variety of malicious software (viruses, spyware, ransomware, etc.), or a number of other possible issues, any data on the computer may be lost.
You've been provided one terabyte of cloud storage in the form of OneDrive with your Office 365 / email account. This is the appropriate place to save and access any important documents and data you may need.
This is Secure Storage for your own personal information and by default anyting saved there is accessible only by you. You may control the permissions and sharing settings on individual files and folders to allow others to access, view only, or edit items stored in your OneDrive.
Accessing Files in OneDrive
Via the Web
Manage your OneDrive through your Office365 online portal here. You can use the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Web Apps to create and edit documents from any device.
This is your best bet from a Mac.
"O" Drive on Windows machines
When you log in to your computer you should see a script window briefly as the OneDrive Mapper runs. You will be prompted to enter your DCS email address and password.
There will be a progress bar in the lower, right-hand corner of your screen to let you know it is still running.
You will have to approve this sign in on your phone.
If, after you have entered your password, another password box pops up, the password you entered is incorrect. Try to login to your Office365 in a web browser to confirm that the password is still valid. If you cannot login either place, you need to have your password reset.
The blue progress bar in the lower, right-hand corner will disappear when the mapping is complete. At this point you should have a DCS_onedrive (O:) on your computer, which is your OneDrive file storage attached to your computer.
Open your File Explorer. In the left sidebar you should see This PC. Click on this to reveal your mapped drives.
Directly in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
In the upper, right-hand corner of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is a "Sign In" link. Click it, sign in with your Office365 / Email credentials, then you can save, open, and edit your documents directly from OneDrive in your installed Microsoft Office applications.
There are also free apps from Microsoft for OneDrive in both the Apple Store and Google Play.
One Drive Tips
Rather than attaching copies of files to emails, you may send links to share documents in your OneDrive allowing multiple people access to view and or edit the same document. This has the benefit of allowing you one location to make changes to said document which would then be accessible by everyone with whom you have shared the link. Additionally, this is a way to share files which are too large to be attached to an email.
For more information on using OneDrive Microsoft has a selection of very short and concise videos:
One Drive Training
Connecting to Wi-Fi
To login to the Wifi from a personal or unmanaged wireless device (anything that doesn't automatically connect):
Select the DCS_Radius network.
Login using the username and password for your DCS User Account (computer login).
There is no simple passphrase for wifi access. You must use a username and password.
This is one reason personal printers cannot be connected to our wifi.
If you have trouble logging in to wifi, "forget" the connection in your wifi settings, then login.
This will get you connected to our Wi-Fi. However, you will still need the Securly SSL Certificate in order to access web pages where the address begins with https://
Network settings, if required (Android and Chromebook)
Security: 802.1x EAP
EAP Method: PEAP
Phase 2 Authentication: MSCHAPV2 (may be under Advanced)
CA Certificate: Don't Validate
Anonymouse Identity: Ignore / leave blank
Password: your account password
Once you have connected, if you need the Securly Certificate, you may download it directly
to your device. If you are asked for a passcode or PIN, it wants the passcode or PIN you have set up for your device.
You need to install both of the following certificates for best results at this time.
Download the certificate, select to use it for VPN and Apps, name it (Securly is fine) and click Ok.
iOS - Install Securly certificate
It is important to mention that accessing and downloading this cert from any other browser other than Safari will result in an error.
Using Safari when downloading and installing the cert will create installation prompts for the certificate.
To install the Securly SSL certificate:
Download the certificate, click on the downloaded file, and press the Install button.
You will be prompted with a warning message that says, "Installing this profile will change settings on your iPad." Press the Install Now button.
The certificate will continue to install. Once it has finished you will be presented with the following screen.
You can exit this screen by pressing the Done button in the top right-hand corner.
Next, you need to turn on SSL trust for that certificate, go to Settings > General > About > Certificate Trust Settings.
Click on the toggle next to *.securly.com
*.securly.com should be fully trusted and working. Visiting HTTPS sites like google.com will now work correctly.
Windows - Install Securly certificate
Download the Securly Security certificate using the green Download link above.
Double-click it to run.
Click install certificate.
Select Local Machine and click Next.
Select - Place all certificates in the following store.
Click Browse and select Trusted Root Certification Authorities.
Click Next, then Finish. You should get a popup that says the install was successful.
Mac OS X - Install Securly certificate
Download the Securly certificate CRT file.
Navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access
Select ‘System’ in the left-hand column.
Open ‘File > Import Items’ and import the ‘securly_SHA-256.crt’ files into the ‘System’ keychain.
The certificate should now show with a red X. That means it is untrusted. To provide trust, double-click the *.securly.com certificate. Under "Trust", change the setting at the top (When using this certificate) to "Always Trust".
Firefox - Import Securly certificate
Download the certificate above.
Click the hamburger menu at the top-right of the screen and select "Options"
Select "Privacy & Security"
Scroll to the bottom of the page under "Security" and "Certificates" and select "View Certificates"
In the "Certificate Manager" popup window, ensure the "Authorities" section is selected. Then, click "Import".
This will bring up a file selector where you can select the certificate you downloaded previously. Select the certificate and click "Open"
Click Open and you should get a successful message.
Chromebook - Install Securly certificate
1. Download the certificate.
2. On the chrome://settings page scroll down to ‘Advanced’.
3. Under ‘Privacy and Security’ click ‘Manage Certificates’.
4. On the popup that is launched, select the ‘Trusted Root Certification Authorities’ tab and then click ‘Import’.
5. A certificate import wizard is launched. Select the file downloaded in step 1 and finish the wizard.
6. The installed certificate will be displayed under the ‘Trusted Root Certification Authorities’ tab.
Password Complexity Requirements
There are minimum requirements for password complexity which must be met when creating passwords. These are requirements for most systems, including DCS User Account (computer login) and Office365 (email). They are as follows:
Minimum of 8 characters
Must have 3 of the 4:
WITHIN THE FIRST 8 CHARACTERS
For example, Password1 will not work, because the numeral is the ninth character.
Cannot contain part of your username
Cannot be any of your previous 3 passwords
DeSoto County Schools provides printers and copiers through an exclusive contract with
Logista. The provided printers and copiers are owned by Logista and they are responsible
for the maintenance of these devices. If you have issues with the copiers or printers,
please use the phone number or email address on the Logista label on the printer to submit
a work order to have a Logista technician sent out.
How to set your default printer
Most printers are assigned to users and specific computers by your administrator. You should
have access to the printers assigned to you when you log in to any DCS PC at any campus.
Follow the steps below on Windows 10 computers.
Click the start button - bottom left on the desktop
Locate and open "Printers and Scanners"
Scroll to the bottom of page:
Uncheck "Let Windows Manage my default printer"
Scroll up and under "Printer and Scanners" click on the printer you'd like make the default.
After locating the printer you'd like to make default, click on Manage.
Choose "Set as Default"
The selected printer should now show up as the default choice in print dialogs. (Note: some applications allow
for overriding this choice.)
Managing Print Jobs
Printing has long been one of our highest expenditures. We have systems in place to help mitigate those expenses and be as efficient as possible with supplies.
One such system is the print management currently implemented through Print Audit. Print jobs from your PC are sent to a print server and queued for printing on your available devices. The job is not printed until you go to the copier and release it using your PIN (Your PIN is the same as your Kronos ID you use at the time clock).
Once you send your print job to a copier, you may release the print job on any copier. It does not have to be the machine to which you sent it. If there are 3 copiers in a workroom and you send a print job to copier #1, you may release it on copier #1, #2, or #3. In fact, it does not have to be a copier in that room. Any copier on our network can be used to releasae a print job sent to any other copier. If you have a copier installed for your school, but are at a different school, you can send the print job to the one you have installed and release it from the copier at your current location.
These features are not yet available from Mac OS X. We are working on covering them as well.
There are various benefits to this system including:
Secure printing - Your print job does not print until you are there to retrieve it. Printed documents do not sit
in the output and cannot be viewed or moved by anyone else.
Reduced waste - Documents are not printed until you are physically there to retrieve them. No more stacks of hundreds of sheets of
printouts sitting on the device which will never be picked up.
Consolidated printing - If you need to print multiple different documents you can do so from your computer and then relese them all at once. Additionally, if you decide you do not need one or more of those print jobs, you can simply elect to not release it. This can save paper and the unreleased print job will simply be removed from memory afer a few days.
Redundant options - Let's say you have 3 copiers in a workroom and you print your job to copier #1. You get to the workroom and see that
copier #1 is not working. No problem. You can then elect to release the print job from any other copier in that room.
Accountability - These printing and duplication devices are provided for you to help you get your job done. Nonetheless, there may be times these
resources are abused. Administrators can review unusual usage patterns and address issues with specific users. This helps to prevent blanket restrictions on everyone due to the actions of one or a few.
Printers not provided by DeSoto County Schools through Logista are not officially supported.
The printing system provided through Logista allows us to save money on printing costs, materials,
supplies, and maintenance time. One way this is achieved is in time saved by computer techs not having to troubleshoot
a wide variety of consumer-grade printers. These home / consumer-grade printers often have no
serviceable parts anyway. Your computer tech may install the printer drivers for you at their
convenience. Other issues which computer techs must address will take precidence over personal
Personal printers may not be connected to our network. They must be connected to your computer
via USB. Not all printers come with a USB cable, so you may need to purchase a cable in order
to use the device.