CLUG Notes May 4, 2006
Attendees: Amy Shigley, Anthony Lewis, Brandon Zimmerman, David Wilkinson, David Winney, Elmo Hunter, Gisela Dicklin, Jessica Wallace, Judy Forth, Julie Jackson, Mike Yocom, Misty Cline, Paul Bladek
Sandbox Progress – What is it?
- The sandbox is a network space will be used by some CIS, CPMSC, and CEN classes to give students a chance to experience real world technology activities that are too high risk to be done on the ACS or Admin networks. Only certain labs will access this space.
- Mustafa Rashid has taken the lead on the project
- Mustafa will spend this quarter gathering information to create a formal proposal
- Beth Nichols is looking for grant funding
Domain Bridge – What is it and what does it mean to you?
- E-mail to come out shortly from Kevin McKay: In 2004, in response to new Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) statewide audit requirements, Edmonds Community College put together a multi-year IT Strategic Plan. That plan is now almost complete, with the last step being a reconfiguration of the two network domains (academic and administrative). Because information/resources on the administrative domain has different security requirements than resources located on the Academic domain, they needed to be separated from each other and configured differently than before. IT has taken extra time on this last piece of the IT Strategic Plan in order to roll these changes out in a way that minimized impact to faculty. We are now ready to "flip the switch" on this configuration change, and are scheduling it to take place during the break between summer and fall quarters, 2006.
- How does this impact you? If you only ever log onto the R230_admin domain: You will notice no difference. These changes do not impact you.
- If you log onto both the ACS and R230_admin domains (if you have/use both an ACS and an R230 account): When teaching in a Mediated Classroom (a regular classroom that has only one computer that is for use by the instructor) you will only be able to log onto the R230_admin domain. When teaching in the computer labs, you will still be able to log onto both the ACS and R230_admin domains, but access to resources on the R230_admin domain will be limited. When logged on to the R230 domain in the computer labs, you will need to use Citrix in order to access the U drive, R drive, the "My Documents" folder that you access in your office, or to print in the computer labs.
- A major long term benefit we will eventually see from sharing resources is the elimination of the need for two separate accounts for people who log onto both the Administrative and Academic domains. We are still working to realize this benefit, but we are getting closer.
- Ongoing training in the use of Citrix will be available, and drop-in one-on-one support is available through the TRC (Lynnwood 207). If you have questions or feel you have a unique need that this change will impact, please contact the Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org or x1234) and we will have an IT staff member respond to your questions or concerns.
New MS Office and MS Windows due out in 2007 – What are impacts?
- We will be discussing these products at all upcoming CLUG meetings until the products have actually been rolled out to campus
- MS Vista (new MS Windows) to be released late this year or early next year
- Many of the existing computers supported by ACS do not meet the hardware requirements to run MS Vista. All computers purchased from now on will be able to run MS Vista. (The recently purchased computers for the ESL lab in SNO 119 will run MS Vista.)
- When might MS Vista be needed for classes?
- MS Office 2007 should be released in the second half of 2007
- Video of new user interface available at: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/ui/demo.mspx.
- When might MS Office 2007 be needed for classes?
- The actual roll out date of MS Vista and MS Office 2007 to the labs depends on several
- The actual release date of the product - The release dates always do seem to change.
- When instructors would like to start using the new products and when publishers make instructional material available - Many companies and institutions do wait a period of time before adopting the new products. There is risk associated with moving to the products before they're been thoroughly tested. The EdCC IT division usually ends up being guinea pigs.
- When the big quarter breaks fall - Due to the complexity and testing (both by ACS and faculty) involved in moving to a new operating system, we need to move to the new version of Windows during the break between summer and fall quarter if at all possible. The roll out of a new version of Office is slightly less complicated, so we could roll it out during the break between summer and fall or the break between fall and winter if necessary.
EdCC-provided Student e-mail
- Very few students use this, primarily BSTEC students who use this for class
- In BSTEC classes, do students need to use EdCC-provided e-mail to send e-mail outside of the ACS network? Outside of the campus?
ACS one-week service outage 8/21 – 8/25
- • This will be during the break between summer and fall quarters when we normally don’t provide services.
- We will be doing work in our server room and will be taking all servers off-line at one time or another.
Turning Off Computers and Projectors in Snohomish
- Please encourage students to turn of computers and please turn off the projectors in Snohomish Hall after class, especially if there is no class in the room for a few hours. This will help keep the temperature under control in those rooms and make it more bearable for classes later in the day.
Locking Doors, Closing Windows – Theft
- Please lock and shut doors and close windows when leaving labs in Snohomish Hall if there is no class immediately after your class ends.
- We have experienced theft in that building. We have also received reports that someone is targeting labs and stealing RAM. (We’ve had RAM and hard drives stolen out of machines in other places. It can be done in a matter of minutes.)
- If you forget your EdPass, you can give Security a call and they can lock the door for you.
Closure on 5/5 for Building Community Day
- ACS will be closed on Friday, May 5th for the non-instructional day and Building Community Day.
- As part of Building Community Day, the EdCC Game Developers Club will be hosting a LAN event from 1:00 PM to about 4:30 PM in ALD 103. We are all invited to attend. They will be playing Counter-Strike, Castle Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, and several other games.