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Quick Tech Tips
Tech Tips for a smooth start:
If you have issues logging in to your computer, let your tech know the exact message you get when you try to login. This will help them to identify the issue most quickly.
If you need to reset the password for your your DCS Microsoft / Office 365 account you may do so at Office.com. Enter your email address, click Next, then click the Forgot Password link beneath the password field. Follow the directions to reset your password.
DCS Office 365 account
This account is used for Microsoft Single Sign On and is used to login to your school computer as well as access a growing number of sites and services. Once your password is changed in Office 365 it has been updated for computer login as well as all of these Single Sign On services.
Linewize Web Filter
If you are on a personal device you will need to connect to DCS_RADIUS using your short username (email address without the @dcsms.org). If you are on a personal device (or any non-Windows device) You will also need to sign in to the web filter at my.linewize.net to be able to access most websites.
You will need to sign in to the filter each day
If you get this page
click the link which will take you to the login page.
If you find that you are connceted to the DCS_RADIUS Wi-Fi, but cannot access a lot of web pages, check your status at my.linewize.net to verify that you are authenticated with the filter.
How easy is it for a hacker to get your password?
Strong passwords help prevent unauthorized people from accessing files, programs, and other resources, and should be difficult to guess or crack. A good password:
- Is at least eight characters long
- Doesn't contain your user name, real name, or company name
- Doesn't contain a complete word
- Is significantly different from previous passwords
- Contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
This interesting chart shows how long it will take for a hacker to get your password. Stay out of the purple and red at least.
If you would like to speak to a Technology Staff Member between the hours of 8:00-4:00 Mon-Fri, please call (662) 449-7121.
Your Office 365 account is your primary user account. It is the most widely used account in regards to the amount of resources to which it gives you access. It is synchronized with your computer login and is used for Single-Sign on with a growing list of sites and servicesDCS Office 365 Account Basics
One Drive is included with your Office 365 account. It provides up to 1GB of Cloud Storage for files and is the recommended location for safe storage for all of your files.One Drive Basics
Links to Office 365, Schoology, and most commonly accessed websites can be found in the blue sidebar to the left.
Check out My Apps for quick links to all of your applications available with Office 365 Single-Sign On.
Student usernames follow the format 'firstname.lastname@example.org' - 2 letters and 6 numbers. The 2 letters are the initials of their first and last names and the 6 numbers are the last six digits of their lunch number for a total of 8 characters.
Example: If Amy King's lunch number is 1234567, her computer / Email / Schoology username is email@example.com.
Student passwords are the school mascot plus their 6-digit birthdate in the format MMDDYY.
|Center Hill Mustangs||Lake Cormorant Gators|
|DeSoto Central Jaguars||Lewisburg Patriots|
|Hernando Tigers||Olive Branch Quistors|
|Horn Lake Eagles||Southaven Chargers|
In most cases you should use the entire email address (with @dcsms.org) as the username.
Students should log in to Office 365 / Email at DCS Email first to ensure they are properly identified by all systems. This authentication determines access for One Drive documents in Schoology, Youtube access, and much more whether you are on a personal or school-owned device.
Do not go to www.schoology.com to get to your Schoology classes.
Go to https://desotoms.schoology.com, access DeSoto County Schools Schoology here, or click the Schoology link in the sidebar.More information:
All DeSoto County Schools Middle and High School Students and DCS Employees have access to up to 5 free installations of Microsoft Office for their personal devices.
When you have logged in to your DCS Office365 account in your web browser, go to your Office365 Home Page
In the upper, right-hand corner, click "Install Office," then select "Office 365 apps" from the drop-down.
This should immediately begin the download.
You do not need a license key. Once you run any of the Office apps, click "Sign In" in the upper, right-hand corner of the application and sign in with your DCS Office365 account.
There are also free apps for mobile devices.