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Archive – July 2008

On Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 12:01 a.m., the Microsoft Windows Software Support Server (WSUS) will begin to distribute software to install the Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on all University Windows XP computers. This excludes all undergraduate student machines that will be updated later in the fall, as well as all DeSC computers which were upgraded to XP SP3 on Monday, July 14. This distribution is necessary to increase Microsoft Windows XP operating system security. The do
An important upgrade to PeopleSoft Human Resources and Student Administration launched on Tuesday, August 5. This upgrade to PeopleSoft 9 brings a new look, new features, and ease of use for students, faculty and staff. Note that PeopleSoft University Financials has not been affected by this upgrade. Members of the University community have been reading about the changes during the spring semester, and many have already taken advantage of the valuable training offered by OIT. For informat
OIT is pleased to announce the creation of an OIT Technology Consulting Services (TCS) group, to help departments match IT solutions to business and academic needs. The role of TCS is to research and recommend technology-based solutions, and act as OIT's "front-door" when departments are not sure of the appropriate technology solutions or tools to apply. The mission of OIT Technology Consulting Services is to help University departments identify the most effective informatio
The University's student e-mail service, including WebMail, will be unavailable on Saturday, July 19, from 6 a.m. to noon. Additionally, most services which require you to enter your password (Blackboard, Point, SCORE) will not be working. The campus community should expect that most other central computing services will be available during this period, but you should check the OIT Outage announcement regarding this outage for specific details. Faculty and staff e-mail servi
To resolve the problems experienced on July 9, OIT has rebuilt indexes on backend servers to speed up searching with the University's main page search function. Search speeds and LDAP authentication responses have improved and are being monitored to identify any remaining issues. Updates will be posted as additional information becomes available.
OIT is working to correct problems with the University's main web page "Search Topics & People" search function ( The slowness is caused by problems with backend servers that feed the search results. These problems are also slowing a number of other services (including SMTP, IMAP e-mail, and IMAP WebMail), and anything that requires authentication using your LDAP password.
OIT is pleased to announce that SharePoint, a web-based collaborative tool for sharing information and documents, is now available to all departments. Microsoft SharePoint is an enterprise collaboration environment that can be used for website creation, document sharing, group discussions, blogging, calendaring, and wikis. SharePoint is integrated with Microsoft Office on the Windows operating system and is therefore a good fit for Microsoft "shops" on campus with users who prim