Information Services Employee Blog

  • PC Admin Rights

    September 17, 2019, 09:00 AM by Evan Martinez

    As IS Staff's laptops are refreshed, admin rights will not be automatically granted.  The Special Access Request form (found here) will need to be submitted for review by Information Security.  Admin rights will be approved by Information Security on a case by case basis.

    Thanks to Frank Valiulis for providing the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.

  • Persistent Outlook/O365 Credential Pop-Up Workaround

    June 17, 2019, 14:46 PM by Darwin VanDyke

    To apply the Outlook/Office 365 credential pop-up workaround, please close Outlook, and Skype, use your file explorer to navigate to the address below, double click on clear credential manager.bat and then Autodiscover.reg.

    \\utmb-applic-nts\licensed\Outlook Credential Pop-up

    1. Run credential manager.bat

    2. Run autodisvoer.reg

    Thanks to Lee Daquial for providing the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.

  • IS Business Card Template

    March 7, 2019, 08:16 AM by Evan Martinez
    The Business Card Template that has been created for use within Information Systems is attached below.  Please see one of the Administrative Support Staff members for the business card paper and printing assistance (if needed).  The template is also be available in the IS department share: Departments/is/Business Card Template.

    IS Business Card Template
    Thanks to Desi McGahey for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.
  • Edit Distribution Lists in Office 365

    February 22, 2019, 08:20 AM by Evan Martinez

    Use the ‘Find Users, Contacts and Groups’ tool to allow group modification

    For domain connected computers it is possible to run the following command to fire up the built in ‘Find Users, Contacts and Groups’ tool;

    %systemroot%\system32\rundll32.exe dsquery.dll,OpenQueryWindow

    This will allow an on premise Active Directory group to be searched for and modified by an end user which will in turn be synchronized back up to the Azure Active Directory via DirSync.


    No changes required to the Exchange/Office 365 configuration

    The source of authority for all directory information remains on premise


    Only works from domain connected machines
    Represents a change to the existing manner in which distribution group objects are currently modified using the Outlook Address Book interface.

    Thanks to Michael Hammer for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke, Matt Havard or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.

  • This is IS- Owen Huett

    January 24, 2019, 13:49 PM by Evan Martinez

    This is IS—Owen Huett
    • One word that best describes how you work and why?
    - Structured-chaos.  There is a structure for everything that we do in Clinical IS but we live in a constant state of change.  Our structure makes us successful and the chaos reminds us that, although structured, we must be flexible.

    • Current mobile device?
    - iPhone 6s, the latest and greatest (Laughs).

    • How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
    - Four years and some change.  I was the Director of IS at the Angleton Danbury Medical Center when we merged with UTMB in August 2014.  For some reason that I’m sure he still regrets, Todd decided to keep me after that transition. (Laughs)

    • What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
    - I use the Quora app to improve my knowledge on a variety of topics basis, LinkedIn to stay updated on industry news and connect with collogues, and the messaging app Allo to text my oldest son who is currently stationed in Kuwait.

    • What is your favorite food or meal?
    - The Texas “trinity” - brisket, ribs, and sausage.  I like mine with potato salad and beans.  I’d like to give a shout-out to Killen’s BBQ in Houston, and Snow’s BBQ (Best BBQ in Tx).  Outside of Texas, the best BBQ I have had has been at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS and Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, AL.

    • What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
    - Sleep less…that’ll give you more time in the day to get things done.  I need less sleep than others so it allows me to have more time in my day.

    • What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
    - Reading - specifically speed reading.  I took a speed reading class in high school and found I was really good at it.  Being a fast reader has definitely helped me in my career.

    • What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
    - If I listen to anything it’s podcasts.  Ivisibilia, Jocko Podcast, Serial, Joe Rogan Experience, or Tim Ferris.  I’m a huge fan of podcasts.

    • What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
    - I’m an early riser.  I average a little over 5 hours sleep per night.  So I go to bed around 11pm and I’m usually up by 4:30-4:45am.

    • Who is your role model?
    - When I was young, I was really close to my Papaw.  I admired his work ethic.  He was a Master Sergeant who spent 30 years in the Army and the only person in our family (at the time) to graduate high school.  He was also really good with people and had a natural charisma that made everyone love him.  Now that I’m older, my Dad is the person I go to for advice when I need it.

    • What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?
    - I’m not very detail oriented.  For example, when going to grocery store, why can’t we just go to the grocery store and pickup things we need along the way?  Why must there be lists?  I tend to primarily focus on the big picture.  Thankfully my wife is extremely detailed and balances me out.

    • How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?  What’s your ideal weekend look like?
    - I’m a pretty simple person.  I love to hangout in the backyard with some sort of meat being cooked over fire along with spending time with a few close friends and my family.

    • What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?
    - I love to read!  I’m currently reading “Dichotomy of Leadership” by Jocko Willink but I have many book recommendations.  I would recommend everyone read “Extreme Ownership”, also by Jocko Willink.  For fun, everyone should read “Around the world in 80 days” by Jules Verne.  My favorite children’s book is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.

    • You were nominated by Desiree McGahey.  She wanted to ask you—What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when transitioning from ADMC to UTMB? (And do you really wish Desi was never born?)
    - There was a big difference in the culture at UTMB because it is so much larger than ADMC.  The IS Department at UTMB had more employees than the entire ADMC hospital. And since we were so much smaller, there were less rules and things could get done much more quickly.  UTMB has a lot more layers of approvals that are needed and sometimes I still struggle with that.
    - For the record…no, I do not wish that Desi was never born.  (Well, maybe sometimes)

    - I’d love to see Christopher Jenogan answer these same questions as well as the following question:  With your experience in the grocery industry, what made you have an interest in IT, and how is it different?

    • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
    - “Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is cash in hand”
      Special thanks to Owen for his participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.