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ISSUE 117 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/27/2004

Deadline for networking adjustments approaches

By Jane Dudzinski
News Editor


Friday, February 27, 2004

Students who own PCs hooked up to the St. Olaf network have exactly three days to "migrate" their computers to new software. As of March 1, Informational and Instructional Technologies (IIT) will switch its network connection and students who have not already re-configured their computers will be cut off from the network.

According to Systems Admin-istrator Tony Skalski, IIT decided to change its network set-up in order to solve problems that have occurred during the fall semester involving the frequent crashing of servers Sven and Brit.

"It if wasnt for the severe problems, we wouldnt have considered it," Skalski said. "The method we used previously related to problems with Sven and Brit; now we hope that with the new software they[the servers] will revert back to their old, reliable selves."

The switch is to a more current, up-to-date software that is pre-installed on most new computers, Skalski said. He said that normally IIT would have waited until the summer to make a change as large as this one, but they tried to introduce the migration during Interim, when many students are off-campus, and again at the beginning of the semester before midterms.

The migration affects over 2,000 students on campus, according to Student Computing and Network Consultant John Campion. He said that 82 percent of students on campus own computers and of that number about 88 percent of those computers are PCs.

So far, however, Campion said that IIT has no way of knowing how many students have made the switch.

Directions for migration are available online at www.stolaf.edu/services/iit/resnet and should only take 10-15 minutes to complete, as long as there are not any problems, said Skalski.

"Sometimes there are problems when students have not maintained their machines with updates," Cam-pion said.

This week, IIT has sent out e-mail reminders encouraging students to migrate their PCs as soon as possible. Campion also added that this Sunday there will be more IIT student workers willing to assist students during the 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. shift.





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