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Improving Service, Avoiding Costs, and Increasing Reliability and Security of Network Clients Via Distribution of a Computing Services Orientation CD Chuck Elliott Associate Director, Customer Services Marshall University Computing Services

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chuck elliott associate director customer services marshall university computing services

Improving Service, Avoiding Costs, and Increasing Reliability and Security of Network Clients Via Distribution of a Computing Services Orientation CD

Chuck Elliott

Associate Director, Customer Services

Marshall University Computing Services

This presentation is online at http://users.marshall.edu/~celliott/OrientationCD.ppt

overview
Overview
  • Background/History
  • Driving Forces
  • Goals
  • Project Timeline
  • Demo
  • Technology Used
  • Costs
  • Next Steps
  • Challenges Ahead
  • Q & A

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background history
Background/History
  • 70-80% of student residents bring PC to campus
  • Fall semester startups ALWAYS painful
  • University Computing Services (UCS) traditional efforts to communicate availability of services, and procedures, to new students and faculty
    • Orientation sessions and display table (some, but few, visitors)
    • Student “Guide to Computing at Marshall” Brochures
    • Presentations to UNI-101 and HON-101 classes
    • Presentations at residence halls
    • Other printed materials

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driving forces
Driving Forces
  • Student and faculty orientation – Low ROI
    • Lots of paper, too much paper
    • Little or no time for UCS to inform participants
  • Residence Hall “Move-In” (2500 students)
    • Costly to print instructions
    • Most computers need anti-virus
    • Most computers need OS updates
  • Vista 2.0 implementation
    • Broad implementation (all courses)
    • Strict requirements for browsers and plug-ins
  • Computer viruses, worms, and other malware

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Driving Forces

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Driving Forces

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Driving Forces

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Driving Forces

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Driving Forces

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goals
Goals
  • Improve and maintain a healthy IT environment
    • Improve the security and reliability of client computers on the network
      • Antivirus
      • Windows updates
  • Improve the IT “experience” for students and faculty
    • Prepare computers for the Vista learning environment
      • Browser tune-up
      • Java client
    • Assist student residents with connecting to MUNet
    • Educate and inform IT users
  • Reduce calls to the Help Desk !!!!

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project timeline
Project Timeline
  • Early Feb 2004, first development meeting
  • Feb – May 2004, feature and function development
  • May 2004, testing begins (all operating systems)
  • May 15, 2004 Super Saturday at MUGC (first CD distribution – to graduate students and faculty)
  • Early June, 2004, finalize version 1.0 and end testing
  • June 10, 2004, begin duplication (2000 CDs)
  • June 15, 2004, begin distribution to Orientation classes
  • September 2004, broad distribution to faculty/staff

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Demo

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technology used
Technology Used
  • HTML (cross-browser and platform compatibility)
    • Designed for Internet Explorer and Safari web browsers
  • Microsoft’s Security Update CD of Feb, 2004
    • Supports Windows 98 and later
    • HTML Application (HTA)
  • Javascript
  • Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 8.1
  • MUNet (Cisco) VPN Client
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0
  • Macromedia Flash Plug-in
  • MUOnline’s Browser Tuneup uses ASP via Live connection

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costs
Costs
  • Staff time
    • Stakeholder meetings/discussion (120 hours)
    • Development (180 hours)
      • Kudos to Mr. Ken Lester, student, College of Fine Arts
    • Testing (30 hours)
    • Distribution and Orientation Classes (45 hours)
  • Fixed Costs
    • Elite 2 CD/DVD Duplicator ($4990) (today = $4390)
      • http://www.discmakers.com
    • Pentium 4 (3 GHz) Computer with Win XP Pro ($2300)
    • Advanced Replacement Service ($1199 per year)
  • Variable Costs
    • Printable CD-R media ($0.41 each)
    • Ink costs ($0.11 each)
    • CD Protective Sleeves ($0.01 each)

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next steps
Next Steps
  • Next version of antivirus software
  • More interactive
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Distribution to faculty and staff (Fall ’04)

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challenges ahead
Challenges Ahead
  • Incorporating feedback
    • (all positive thus far)
  • Fixing bugs
    • Report all bugs to ucs@marshall.edu
  • Root Certificate issue for SAV 9.0
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 (available August 24)
    • Space available on the CD?
    • Security Center
    • Will “complain” if Automatic Updates disabled
    • Firewall is on by default
    • IE pop-up blocker
    • SP2 WILL create problems

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Q & A
  • How are other schools and colleges dealing with the problem?

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thank you
Thank You
  • For more information send e-mail to: celliott@marshall.edu
  • This presentation is online athttp://users.marshall.edu/~celliott/OrientationCD.ppt

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