The general access lab in Marano Campus Center (MCC) room 207 will be closed Wednesday, April 13 from 8am-5pm while new computers are installed. During this time, the computer lab in MCC room 206 (across the hall from 207) will be available for general access use. Penfield Library will also be available. All thirty-one Dell Optiplex 990 PCs in room 207 will be replaced with brand new Dell Optiplex 7020 computers. They will have faster processors and additional memory to help create a better user experience. New keyboards and mice will also be installed.
Over the winter break, CTS replaced computers in a few locations.
The Mahar 210 PC (Windows) lab machines were replaced with brand new Dell Optiplex 7010 computers. This lab had some of our oldest machines on campus. You should see some performance improvements logging in and then using software that requires more processing than a standard web browser application. It has the same number of machines as before, twenty-five including the instructor machine. This room is used during the day as a teaching classroom and then becomes an open access lab starting at 6pm.
The Penfield Library 24 Hour Room also had machines replaced. It previously had (19) Windows computers and (3) SunRay machines for Computer Science. The Windows computers have been replaced with new Dell Optiplex 7010 computers. The (3) SunRay computers were no longer needed and in its place are (3) iMacs to give the facility some diversity especially during the early morning hours.
The Penfield Library general access lab in room 100A had its (10) iMacs upgraded to newer ones. They have the same set of software as before.
In addition to the above replacements, many machines were cleaned over break. This included keyboard, mice and monitors in many of the labs on campus as well as the kiosk machines in the Campus Center.
Thanks to CTS professional staff and to our student workers for the work required to make these improvements.
In order to better serve you, Campus Technology Services will be scheduling maintenance of the Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) during Winter Break. An ATC is considered to be any classroom equipped with a computer and projector.
CTS will start maintenance December 15th, 2014 through January 26th, 2015. If you have saved data to any classroom computer, we ask that you back it up prior to this timeframe as it will be erased during the maintenance.
During the maintenance time, CTS will complete the following items:
Test devices such as computers, video cameras, speakers, microphones and volume, projectors, etc.
Update/upgrade various software.
Clean device hardware such as monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Again, please back up any data you might have saved to a classroom computer prior to December 15.
Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!
SUNY Oswego has committed to a three year expansion of the campus wifi with the first locations being completed by mid-September.
Year 1 of the three year plan includes wifi expansion to Mahar, Rich, Lanigan second floor, Lee/Shineman Quad, Sheldon Ballroom and Culkin.
By the start of the semester, all spaces in Rich Hall, including classrooms, all offices, conference rooms, lounges, public gathering spaces, will have complete wifi coverage. In addition, the classrooms on the second floor of Lanigan will be covered. By mid-September, all locations in Mahar will be covered.
The wifi expansion does not just include coverage in areas that did not have any. It also includes capacity sizing to ensure users receive sufficient coverage in heavy use areas. Sean Moriarty, SUNY Oswego’s CTO explains, “We have planned on improving the wireless capabilities on campus in two ways. First, areas with no previous wireless will now have it. Second, we have increased the capacity of the classrooms to accommodate all the students having devices to access multi-media on the Internet. We have vastly improved the infrastructure to support more technology use in the classroom.”
For the fall and spring semester, CTS will be working on sizing and installing access points for the remaining Year 1 locations.
Last fall, the Shineman Center opened with one general access quick print station in room 188. Once the station was fully operational, we quickly heard that one station was not enough. We are happy to announce that CTS and Auxiliary Services have jointly identified space near the Fusion Cafe area of Shineman for two quick print stations.
The existing print station that was in room 188 has been moved near the stairwell behind the Fusion Cafe. We have identified this print station with the name of “Beaker.” The other print station is also in this same area. Its name is “Bunsen.”
You can see the new locations in the floor plan below. The “You are here” marker designates the previous room 188 location.
Each station has a computer and printer. The “Beaker” station also includes a phone in case there are any issues that need to be called in to the Help Desk (x3456).
We’d like to also remind you that printing to many campus printers from your own device is available. Print drivers can be downloaded from the “CTS Personal Printing” page.
Welcome back to the Spring semester. As we are only in early February, “Spring” semester seems to be a misnomer, but I am sure that warmer weather is not far away.
Winter break allowed CTS to accomplish quite a few items to prepare for the start of school. Here are a few highlights:
Park Hall was completed and opened for classes on January 27. Ten new Advanced Technology Classrooms and wireless access throughout the building were added, along with some technically advanced meeting and conference rooms.
Hewitt Union was updated with new technology in three classrooms and also had extensive wireless network access added. Faculty from C&I moved into the building in preparation for construction in Wilber tower. In total, 36 wireless access points were added to the classroom and office areas on the first and second floor.
Wireless upgrades were made to Johnson and Funnelle in known dead areas. Additionally, two wireless access points were added to Lake Effects Cafe in Penfield Library to handle the large amount of technology use in this area.
Winter breakout was a success with record attendance. Many of the participants participated virtually, with the campus’s Panopto lecture capture application, helping people who could not be on campus still reap the benefits of the presentations.
One other highlight was the announcement of the TIP grant awards at the December CTAB meeting. Four awards were made from ten applicants – the full story is available on the CTAB Tip Grant page. One of the awards was for all campus members – faculty, staff and students – to have access to Lynda.com. The grant application was the first ever to come from a faculty member from all four colleges and Penfield Library. Lynda.com will replace the campuses former app, Skillport. Lynda.com has tremendous potential for advancing the technical skills of everyone on campus. Over 500 people on campus had logged in to the system by early February. More information on Oswego State’s implimentation of Lynda.com is available at http://www.oswego.edu/lynda.
Lynda.com will be highlighted at the CTAB meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the Campus Center Room 114 at 8:00 am. Attendance is open to all campus members, so please feel free to join us.
Chief Technology Officer, Campus Technology Services
Campus Technology Services will be applying system updates and performing routine maintenance to our campus servers on Sunday, February 9, 2014. This work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to be completed by 10:00 a.m.
The following services will be unavailable during this maintenance period:
The SUNY Oswego web site
Editing of personal web pages that are not hosted via LakerApps
One of the CTS server storage arrays had an issue over the weekend. We have the issue mostly resolved but if faculty or staff have issues connecting to shared network ‘Z’ drives (not Google Drive), please try rebooting your computer first. If you continue to experience problems, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456.