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Student Computing support during COVID-19

Visit our Student Computing Support During COVID-19 page regarding your Student Computing services options during the COVID-19 emergency.

Student Computing Website

Visit the Student Computing website for links to student-related applications and resources.

Harvard ID

When you were accepted, you received a HUID number. If you haven’t received your HUID number yet, contact your academic program. You must have a HUID number to set up your eCommons account.

Register Your eCommons account

All HMS faculty, staff, and students will need to register for an eCommons account with their HUID.

An eCommons account is required for access to HMS resources, including email, collaboration shares, wireless network, research cluster, and the HMS Web Portal: https://my.hms.harvard.edu

  1. Go to https://ecommons.med.harvard.edu and select the New User Registration link. Select Register Now.
  2. Enter your Last Name in Step 1 and enter your HUID in Step 2, then select Submit.

  3. Select Continue to validate your email address.
  4. Create your new password, and select Submit to complete the registration process.
  5. When prompted, register for Safecode security, a self-service feature that allows you to reset your password or unlock your account should you forget your eCommons password.
  6. Register for MessageMe to receive emergency notifications from Harvard University: https://messageme.harvard.edu/

Setup your HarvardKey

HarvardKey is Harvard University's online user credentialing, uniquely identifying you to Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) applications and services. Your HarvardKey credentials are required for accessing PeopleSoft, a tool for reporting your time, as well as many other Harvard University financial applications. HarvardKey grants you access to University Library Resources, PubMed, my.Harvard, Harvard Web Applications, Crimson Cash, and Aspire.

Review the full list of which sign in credentials grants access to which University services.

  1. Claim your HarvardKey: https://key.harvard.edu/select-user-type.
  2. Go back to https://key.harvard.edu and select the Set Up & Manage Your Two-Step Verification link.
  3. HarvardKey FAQ: https://reference.iam.harvard.edu/

Office 365 email account

You can access your HMS email through the Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface by going to https://outlook.office365.com/. Log in using your eCommons username and password.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a commonly used note-taking application that is included with your HMS Office 365 subscription. Be aware that exporting data from OneNote is challenging.

More information about exporting OneNote data is available in Knowledge base article KB0011243.

HMS Wi-Fi and VPN

You can connect to the internet by Ethernet connection (wired) or wireless connections

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows HMS and HSDM quad-based faculty, staff, and students to access HMS network resources securely over the Internet from a remote location. Request HMS VPN access through the service catalog.

Harvard University uses ️Duo, which makes the two-factor authentication (2FA) process quick and easy. Using ️Duo for Two-step verification is now required to access the HMS VPN.

HMS Information Technology recommends Pulse Secure for use with VPN connections.

HMS Home Folder

Home folders are your very own personal, private folders, for your eyes only & accessible only by you. Quotas for HOME storage are 50 GB for HMS students.

See the File Sharing page for more information.


Note – Only students who work in HMS-based research labs are eligible for HMS Dropbox.

Dropbox Business offers HMS a secure way to store, sync, and share data across platforms and the globe. It keeps your computer up to date with your working files. Even entire Labs can promote collaboration via SmartSync, which provides a platform for accessing shared data without taking up valuable space on your computers. Complete information about Dropbox at HMS can be found at dropbox.hms.harvard.edu.

Students who work in HMS-based research labs can request a Dropbox Account at Dropbox.hms.harvard.edu/join.

Once your Dropbox account has been created, request access to a team Dropbox folder from the team manager.