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Windows 10 update for university-owned computers

by Eric Dover

On July 29, Microsoft will be releasing its new operating system, Windows 10. For university-owned computers, it is recommended not to upgrade to the new operating system for at least six months or until K-State can thoroughly test university systems compatibility with the new operating system.  Continue reading “Windows 10 update for university-owned computers”

DARS to undergo upgrade and provide new features Dec. 9

by Information Technology Services

K-State’s Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is undergoing an upgrade. DARS is a reporting tool that provides individualized analysis of a student’s academic progress toward a specific degree.  Continue reading “DARS to undergo upgrade and provide new features Dec. 9”

Report from Email Upgrade Committee is available online

from Rebecca Gould

The Email Upgrade Committee submitted its report to Ken Stafford, CIO, in late December. The report (PDF format) is available online for review by K-Staters. The committee decided to collect more in-depth information about calendar functionality from users. This information was used to determine if necessary and critical features were available in Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365. Committee members are in the process of comparing the functionality to both solutions and will meet with university administration soon to discuss their findings.

Email upgrade committee hosting calendar function demonstration

By Melissa Morris

The email upgrade committee will be hosting a demonstration of the calendar functions in Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365 from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Big 12 Room at the K-State Student Union.   Continue reading “Email upgrade committee hosting calendar function demonstration”

K-State email upgrade to occur Sunday morning

K-State email is being upgraded and will be unavailable from midnight-3 a.m. Sunday, July 29. No email will be lost. Any email received during this time will be queued and delivered when the upgrade is completed. Check the ITS Status page for updates.

(Editor’s note: Reprinted from the July 27, 2012, article in K-State Today.)

K-Staters seeing intermittent e-mail access from Zimbra upgrade Nov. 20

The K-State Zimbra upgrade to version 7 went smoothly in the wee hours of Sunday, Nov. 20, and central email/calendaring systems were working normally that morning. However, K-Staters began reporting intermittent access problems by 1 p.m. Sunday.  The service provider has been working to resolve the issue.  The IT Status page is the best resource for status updates.

Information Technology Services apologizes for this inconvenience.  Be assured that all email received and sent during this time is being stored; no email will be lost. Reports of access issues should be sent to the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, helpdesk@k-state.edu.

Umberger tech classroom upgrade this summer

The Umberger 105 (Williams Auditorium) classroom is undergoing a major renovation. Periodic updates will be provided throughout the summer. An October move-in date is anticipated for the new space.

Last weekend the construction crew began demolition. The technology was pulled, and chairs are being removed (see photos below).

photo of chairs being removed from Umberger 105 classroom due to summer renovation

Continue reading “Umberger tech classroom upgrade this summer”

HRIS upgrade scheduled March 11-14

K-State’s HRIS human-resource system will be upgraded and unavailable starting 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, through 8 a.m. Monday, March 14. This upgrade will provide improved navigational capabilities resembling those in iSIS (Student Information System).

An announcement will be made when the upgrade is complete and HRIS is available. For a view of the new HRIS features, see the  HRIS flier (PDF format).

Windows 2000, XP Service Pack 2 support ends July 13

Microsoft will officially end extended support for all versions of Windows 2000 and for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on July 13, meaning that they will no longer release security patches for those operating systems.  Note that:

  • XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) will continue to be supported beyond that date, so XP SP2 users can simply upgrade to XP SP3.
  • Windows 2000 users, however, will need to upgrade to a different operating system before July 13 or disconnect their computer from the campus network. This includes both server and workstation versions of Windows 2000.

Since there is no way to ensure the security of a system that is not receiving security updates, they would represent a threat to the entire campus network if allowed to connect. Therefore, starting July 13, any Windows operating system older than Windows XP SP2 will not be allowed on the K-State network. Continue reading “Windows 2000, XP Service Pack 2 support ends July 13”