All MSI users must have a UMN Internet ID. If a user does not have a UMN Internet ID, the PI can get the user a Person of Interest (POI) account by working with their department’s HR representative. If the PI is not a UMN employee, and is eligible to become an MSI PI the MSI Help Desk Support staff can assist them with creating POIs. Email email@example.com and request assistance creating a POI account.
As of September 1, 2016, MSI no longer accepts sponsored accounts. Sponsored accounts and their associated Internet IDs do not meet the security requirements to be added to an MSI group. PI groups must have POI status for any external user they wish to add to their group. When a POI account is created for someone who also has a sponsored account, the person will receive a new Internet ID associated with their POI account. This new POI internet ID is the Internet ID that can be added to an MSI group, must be used to access to MSI resources, and will be used to receive all MSI-related communications.
To set up a POI account, the following information will need to be sent to either:
- Your department HR representative (if you are a UMN-affiliated PI, faculty or staff) or
- firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are a PI who is EXTERNAL to UMN and do not have a relationship with a UMN department):
- Address, this can be a business address
- Phone number, this can be a business phone
- Email address
- Your title
- Institution name
- Date of birth
Note: Departmental HR representatives may not be familiar with how to set up POI accounts. Please ask your HR representative to follow the Person of Interest instructions on the HR website. Be sure to include the full name, address, phone number, date of birth, and email of your collaborator with the information that you send to your HR representative. Also, let your HR representative know that they should use the “ESP" or "External Service Provider” POI account type. This type of POI account will give the collaborator access to UMN's VPN, provides two-factor authentication (DUO), and does not not incur a cost to the college. Once the account has been set up, ask the HR representative for the Internet ID and ID number associated with the account. The user will need these to claim and setup their account by contacting OIT.
When a POI user no longer needs access, their POI relationship will need to be deactivated. Instructions for deactivating the POI designation can be found on the Inactivating a Person of Interest / POI instruction page.