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 upgrading core network equipment in Culkin Hall this Sunday, January 12 from 6:00am to 10:00am. These upgrades will allow the necessary expansion and flexibility for future infrastructure planning.
The following campus services will be unavailable during this timeframe:
Internet and Internet 2 access (wired or wireless)
Basic internal voice services will still function. During the outage timeframe, University Police can be reached at (315) 343-0904.
CTS has made it easier for guests of the College to use the WiFi network while visiting campus.
This semester, individual guests of the College can now register for WiFi access with their campus departmental sponsor. The sponsor can then create a username and password to be used on the “Oswego-Guest” wireless network. It is recommended that guests do not use this network for sensitive transactions as it is an insecure network intended to provide primary access to web-based Internet resources.
CTS will provide this as an interim solution while we continue to improve WiFi access for all faculty, staff, students and guests. This includes capacity planning to introduce WiFi in all academic and residential spaces as well as improving ease of use, while still securing campus resources.
Yesterday afternoon, Apple released Mac OS X Mavericks, a free upgrade available via the Apple Store.
Often, it takes some time for 3rd party developers to make their products fully compatible with new OS releases. Early Mavericks adopters at numerous universities have discovered the Cisco NAC Agent is not yet compatible.
If you have not yet upgraded to Mavericks, please refrain from doing so at this time. If you have already upgraded, you will be unable to authenticate via the Cisco NAC Agent, and should contact the Help Desk for assistance.
Yesterday Apple released the new iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad. If you’re already upgraded, you may have noticed that you had to “Accept” a new certificate after connecting to “Oswego-Secure”. This is intended and necessary in order for your iDevice to work on the network. CTS has tested and approved iOS7 for the campus network, and it is considered supported software. Please reach out to the TSC if you have issues connecting to WiFi on the system. For full instructions, see our new documentation here. Cheers.