Welcome to the Architecture, Planning and Landscape IT Department for CADC at Auburn University. On this site, you will find various tutorials, tips, and current news about information technology within APLA.



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APLA is now on the Auburn Domain

What does that mean for you?


AU Logins – Accessing the network resources on the new CADC servers will require that you use your Auburn University credentials (AU email username and password).


CADCShare – A network file server for Faculty and Students. This is where shared folders, such as Class folders, Supplemental References, and Student Organizations, will live. It can be accessed from any computer by going to \\CADCShare (Windows) or smb://CADCShare (Mac).


CADCPrint – A centralized print server that will house all network printers and copiers in the college. It can be accessed by going to \\CADCPrint (Windows).


Class folders – As mentioned above the Class folders for APLA, BSCI, SIGD, ENVD, and INDC will now be located on CADCShare. In addition to this, Class folders WILL NOT be automatically created. Faculty who would like a Class folder must put in a request. Requests can be made to the UTM in your department AND/OR the IT Coordinator (beckujl@auburn.edu).


Computer Lab – Beginning at the start of the Fall 2016 Semester, the 419 computer lab will be disassembled. All APLA provided software and resources will be accessed via VDI (or Cloud) services.


Workstations – Workstations can now be accessed from any device by simply logging on to the APLA Cloud and "checking out" a workstation.


Software – APLA provided software can now be used cross platform (Mac, PC, etc).








Changing your Auburn University Password

APLA-IT recommends changing your password each semester.


Computer Maintenance Tips

Learn the basics of keeping your computer in top shape.


Getting Rid of Spam

Learn how to automatically move spam to your junk mail file.


File Mover

If you need to share large files, the Auburn Website has a useful tool, called "File Mover," where you can upload and share any files.


Accessing Class Folders

Learn how to access your class folders from your laptop.

Windows PC      Macs

Personal Laptops

Laptop Specifications

The school of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture has a laptop policy requiring all students to own personal laptop computers.


Connecting to the Wireless Internet

This is one of the most important tutorials on this site!


Using the VPN Client

Accessing files from home will allow you to work anywhere you want. Get VPN to gain extra flexibility in how you work!


Accessing Your OneDrive for Business Library

Learn how to access your OneDrive for Business library.


Accessing Your Box Account

Learn how to access your free Box account.


Adding a Printer to Your Laptop

This is a must know for working in Dudley Hall!



Using PaperCut to Release Print Jobs

Follow these quick and easy steps!


Optimizing PDF Files to Print

Large PDF files will not print on the printers. Optimizing your file will reduce its size without losing quality.

Printing on the Plotters

Learn how to submit your file to print on the plotters.


Feeding Custom Paper on Plotters

Learn how to feed custom paper into the plotters for printing.


Loading the Plotters

Plotter out of paper? Check out this tutorial for a quick run down of how to load a new roll of paper onto the plotter!



Microsoft Security Essentials (PC Only)

This free antivirus software is the same antivirus software used to protect all of the APLA computers from viruses, spyware and other malicious software.


Image Editing


This free photo editing software is an excellent alternative to using Adobe Photoshop.


This vector graphic editing software is an excellent alternative to using Adobe Illustrator.


Document Processing

Open Office Suite

This software suite is similar to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) It can open and save most file formats.


3D Modeling and Drafting


This BIM software is a great substitute for AutoCAD that will allow you to draw, model, and display your building designs with ease.



This software suite is a must-have for any design professional that allows you to develop high quality projects with programs ranging from AutoCAD to Revit.


Google SketchUP

This BIM software functions similarly to ArchiCAD and Revit, and has many of the same features as SketchUP Pro.



This 3D modeling software is very easy to use and very similar to Rhino.

Other Software

Google Earth

This virtual globe program provides detailed maps and images of the world.


Cisco VPN and Antivirus

Auburn University provides free antivirus software for students, as well as, the Cisco VPN client needed to access the file and print server from off campus.




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