Using the Maintenance Account on Laptops for Extended Use

Through a jointly funded effort to help student connect to online materials, Students can check out laptops to take away from campus for extended periods, not more than one semester.

These laptops are configured with a basic account that logs in by default when the computer is powered on from being completely off. Once logged in, a student is free to change the “spstudent” account to a password of their choosing, connect to alternative wireless networks, install temporary items, and make other modifications as necessary for their schoolwork activities.

This guide explains the process of using the “Maintenance” account to alter the “spstudent” password, as well as how to respond to an authorization prompt. Users should only use elevated privileges sparingly, and never log on to an elevated account, like the “Maintenance” account for regular work.


Last edited on August 25, 2020