Technews update

Computer Lab Renovations Scheduled for Summer

The summer months are typically a time of change and upgrades to the campus computer rooms, and this summer is no different. Lab Management will take advantage of the smaller numbers of students to close and renovate several of the campus labs. "This is the only opportunity," says Peter Blando, manager of campus computer labs and classrooms, "to do any major changes without impacting academic functions." During Summer 2000, Lab Management intends to conduct a major renovation of one facility and minor renovations to six facilities. In addition, some software upgrades are scheduled.

Classrooms Receive Facelift this Summer

Summer is the time for building and renovation at university campuses. Here at UC Davis, several upgrades are underway, thanks to the Classroom Development Project, the Instructional Space Advisory Group, and a slick device called a SmartPanel.

Win2K Recommendations and Seminars

The Windows 2000 Project Team, comprised of representatives from IT and the campus technical community, is developing a set of recommendations regarding Windows 2000 migration on campus. These recommendations are a result of a five-month analysis of the impact of deploying Windows 2000 in campus departments. The analysis has resulted in specific recommendations for both current and future adopters about practices necessary to ensure compatibility with campus systems and long-term benefit to the campus as a whole. The project team recommends waiting to migrate servers from Windows NT to Windows 2000 until the impacts of migration are fully tested and understood. The desktop version of Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, is compliant with UC Davis administrative systems and, therefore, can be installed on Windows PC desktops. To ensure success, follow the installation instructions posted at http://win2k.ucdavis.edu/win2kforwin98.html. The full set of recommendations will be available at http://win2k.ucdavis.edu/ in mid-June. Smooth transition to Windows 2000 requires training for technical professionals and users alike. The IT-Desktop Systems unit, UC Davis's Microsoft-certified provider of Windows recharge services, arranged for Microsoft to offer campus departments a three-day "Windows 2000 Bootcamp" in Sacramento, May 17-19. Participants were given a project management overview for migrating to Windows 2000. In addition, IT will be hosting a presentation for users and departmental business managers, as well as an on-site UC Davis-specific technical seminar this summer. If you are interested in attending, keep an eye on the Windows 2000 Web site (http://win2k.ucdavis.edu/) for the time, location, and registration information. The training information will be posted as soon as it is available. Finally, IT is developing courses for Windows 2000 users. These courses should be available in the fall.

Five-Year Administrative Unit Review of IT

IT AUR Progress Report (June 5, 2000) IT Response (July 8, 1999) Final Report (April 29, 1999)

MyUCDavis: Your New Online Swiss Army

The Swiss Army knife is an engineering marvel. Encapsulated within its small frame lies all the bare essentials you need to survive. I have one in my pocket right now, and I can't begin to tell you just how useful it has been for all those times I've needed something cut, opened, unscrewed, filed, or punctured. But when it comes to being online, I'm perpetually disappointed. There are few such all-in-one tools at my disposal. Wouldn't it be sheer bliss if the Swiss Army knife had a digital equivalent, a Web site that had the tools necessary for online survival in one place?

Going to the Library at Home

So you're in that history class you need for your general education requirements and once again have to do research and check out books from the library. If you're like me, squeezing in library time during the day is pretty tough. Believe it or not, there are even some of us who have never set foot in the library. So what are you gonna do, especially since the library isn't open at 3 a.m. (your regular study time)?

Web Site Highlights Campuswide Role

There's a new strand in the UC Davis Web. On May 1, the Office of the Vice Provost-Information and Educational Technology unveiled its new Web site. Located at http://vpiet.ucdavis.edu/, this site is part of a broader effort to inform campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students about the Office's structure and functions.

Move Over, Godzilla

A recent overhaul of the UC Davis computing account management Web site has made for a much improved user experience and includes several new features designed to provide quicker access to computer account information for the campus community.

Results of Windows 2000 Professional Tests

As the Windows 2000 Project Team and Technology Support Coordinators continue to test and discuss Windows 2000 Professional (Win2k Pro) and Server (Win2k Server), they are making discoveries that may be of interest to the campus at large. The most useful information surrounds the Win2k Pro operating system, the operating system which most departments running Windows 95, 98, or NT will eventually run on their systems. For the last two months, the team has focused on testing the compatibility of Windows 2000 Professional with major campus administrative computing systems, such as Banner SIS, DaFis, and PPS. "We are confident that Windows 2000 Professional will work in our existing infrastructure," says Martha Cornejo, IT-Desktop. "However, there is still some work for us to do with integration issues, and steps each user should take before migrating to Windows 2000 Professional."

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