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April 9, 2009

Changes to wireless access for campus guests

Campus guests now can use wireless Internet service by logging on to the “UofM Guest” SSID. Guests can use any existing e-mail address to log in to this network.

Campus guests now can use wireless Internet service by logging on to the “UofM Guest” SSID. Guests can use any existing e-mail address to log in to this network.

This service is "best effort," offering no encryption and is limited in bandwidth and capacity. Therefore, presenters, conference attendees, and other official University guests still should use one of the other options for accessing the wireless network on campus. Additional information about other guest access options is at www.umn.edu/wireless/information/access/index.html.

In addition, customers with Service Gateway access may create and manage Guest accounts at no charge. Also, OIT has discontinued the service by which guests can sponsor themselves by purchasing a wireless account with a credit card. Guests should either use the “UofM Guest” SSID or use one of the additional options.

University students, faculty, and staff are reminded that they should log in to the “UofM Secure” network with their Internet ID (X.500) and password to take full advantage of the wireless network. The “UofM Guest” SSID is not designed to support University affiliates.

For additional assistance, call 1-HELP at (612) 301-4357.

Conficker C worm threat

Windows operating system users who haven't kept up with Microsoft’s security updates might find themselves infected with the Conficker C worm.

Windows operating system users who haven't kept up with Microsoft’s security updates might find themselves infected with the Conficker C worm.

Conficker, also known as Kido or Downadup, cropped up in November, and exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patched in October. The worm threat, triggered on April 1, attempts to download files from a list of addresses, redirects DNS requests to certain sites (it doesn’t want you finding a fix for it!) and stops some Windows services and processes.

You can easily check to see if you're already infected by visiting Microsoft's Web site and security sites such as Symantec or McAfee. If you can surf those sites, you're probably fine. If you can't you're probably infected. Find more information on Conficker, including ways in which to remove it, from Web sites such as Symantec or ZDNet.

Telephone feature sets, layout standardization planned

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is standardizing telephone feature sets and button layouts on all multi-line telephones throughout the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is standardizing telephone feature sets and button layouts on all multi-line telephones throughout the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

The work is being done to prepare for an online self-help process that will allow authorized users to manage voice services on their telephones. It will allow OIT to create significant savings in human resource overhead, to automate the order process, and to improve the accuracy of our databases. In addition, this change will introduce a universal, familiar feature set to each University phone.

No fixed features will be removed from telephones, but some features will be accessed with the use of keypad buttons instead of fixed programmed buttons on the telephones. For example, the “Last Number Redial” feature will be accessed by using “#9.”

All ITE12 and ITE30 telephones will be converted to the new telephone feature sets within the next year. Cutovers will be done building-by-building, starting with the St. Paul campus, followed by East Bank and West Bank, respectively. Posters indicating "Telephone Standardization in Progress" will be displayed in buildings while cutovers are happening.

For more information, go to www.oit.umn.edu/telephones and click on “Campus Implementation,” or send e-mail to ntsphones@umn.edu.

April 8, 2009

IP cutover in Walter

Today, NTS along with Tonu Mikk sliced and diced the network to give the DMC its own VLAN giving them rights to manage their own IP addresses rather than the Libraries.

Today, NTS along with Tonu Mikk sliced and diced the network to give the DMC its own VLAN giving them rights to manage their own IP addresses rather than the Libraries.

Printing might be affected for those in the Walter Library DMC offices and other OIT offices in Walter Library.

OIT goes green

OIT will no longer print any documents. Documents will now be shared by using portable document readers similar to the Sony model.

OIT will no longer print any documents. Documents will now be shared by using portable document readers similar to the Sony model.

This is a hoax. This is really just Keith testing the system.