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Introduction to Agnes Chau ( Computer Centre Updated September 3, 2007 Agenda What is HKU Portal? Benefits and Highlights How to use HKU Portal Demonstration Putting services on HKU Portal Q & A What is HKU Portal?

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introduction to

Introduction to

Agnes Chau


Computer Centre

Updated September 3, 2007

  • What is HKU Portal?
  • Benefits and Highlights
  • How to use HKU Portal
  • Demonstration
  • Putting services on HKU Portal
  • Q & A
what is hku portal
What is HKU Portal?
  • Web-based and user-customizable service that allows users to access HKU electronic services with single sign-on.
  • Through the HKU Portal, you can access email services, online course materials, library resources and other online services provided by various departments.
  • Launched in January 2003.
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What is HKU Portal?
  • Accessible from the Internet at using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or above
why do we need hku portal
Why do we need HKU Portal?
  • Need to meet challenges in campus informatization
    • Explosion of online information services
    • Growing no. of different services providers
    • Heterogeneous system platforms
    • Inconsistent and unfriendly means of user access
current outcome
Current Outcome
  • Reliable, resilient and scalable portal system.
  • Deliver e-services in a better manageable way.
  • Resourceful – hosting a wide range of information and services for staff and students.
  • Well received by staff and students.
current outcome7
Current Outcome
  • High access rate among staff and students
benefits of hku portal
Benefits of HKU Portal

In the past: services were scattered

One location

for email

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Benefits of HKU Portal

In the past : services were scattered



for faculty

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Benefits of HKU Portal

Portal : single web interface for various services and information

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Benefits of HKU Portal

In the past: multiple Sign-on’s

User needs to

login to each


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Benefits of HKU Portal

Portal : no more login is needed for email and other services after entering HKU Portal

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Benefits of HKU Portal

In the past: users were given all kinds of information

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Benefits of HKU Portal

Portal : users can select which services to see

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Benefits of HKU Portal

Portal : different users can have different portals

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Benefits of HKU Portal
  • Portal : different users can have different portals
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Benefits of HKU Portal
  • Portal : users are given relevant information
    • MyLibrary, My Department, My WebCT courses
current services
Current Services
  • HKU Today’s Events and U-Notices
  • Webmail
  • WebCT
  • MyLibrary
  • My Faculty and Department
  • Student Connect or staff UIS
  • My Bookmarks of online services
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Current Services
  • Selectable services
    • 40 online services provided by Computer Centre, Office of Student Affairs, Institute of Human Performance, HKU Museum, etc.
  • Selectable HKU web sites
    • HKU News
    • HKU Departments
    • Student Societies
    • Halls and Accommodation
current services20
Current Services
  • MyUIS for staff
    • 40 services provided by Human Resources, FEO, Estates Office, Academic Services, Research Services Section
  • Student Connect for students
    • 8 services provided by Academic Services, FEO, OSA
  • Local Weather and Traffic
technical highlights
Technical Highlights
  • Server
    • SUN Enterprise v480 + 2 x Dell PE1850 + IBM OpenPower 710
    • 2 CPU, 8G RAM with SAN storage
    • Sun Solaris v8
    • Allow access from HKU Intranet initially
  • Database
    • Oracle 9i and MS SQL Server
technical highlights22
Technical Highlights
  • Open source applications
    • Portal platform : uPortal v2
    • Web server : Tomcat v4
    • Single sign-on : Central Authentication Service (CAS)
    • Repository of user accounts : Open LDAP
    • Email : IMP Webmail
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Technical Highlights
  • Self developed utilities
    • MyLinks : intuitive interface to select services in HKU Portal
    • CASEnabler : enable single sign-on CASLogout : provides single logout for all CAS-enabled applications
using hku portal
Using HKU Portal
  • Browser
    • IE v7 or v6 or v5.5 preferred
  • Visit
  • User Identification / Personal Identification No. (UID / PIN)
    • Staff : UID/PIN = HKUCC/HKUSUA account/pwd
    • Student : UID/PIN = HKUSUC/HKUSUA account/pwd
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Using HKU Portal

New ‘HKU Portal’ icon in Staff / Student Intranet

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Using HKU Portal

Single login step at

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Using HKU Portal

Presented with default services (template)

Some services are

displayed directly

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Using HKU Portal

Can navigate among tabs to select service






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Using HKU Portal

Select information / services of interest

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Using HKU Portal

Can also customize appearance of portal

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Using HKU Portal

Logout HKU Portal (will also logout all other services) when finished

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Using HKU Portal

Close your browsers

staff portal
Staff Portal

For HKU Staff

accessing uis on hku portal
Accessing UIS on HKU Portal
  • 2 authentication choices for MyUIS
    • Second login with UIS password
      • Added security protection
    • Direct access from HKU Portal
      • Convenience
student portal
Student Portal

For HKU Students

putting services on hku portal
Putting Services on HKU Portal

Develop an

online service

enable the

online service

for single sign-on

(with help of CC)




Register service

on HKU Portal

with CC

Users can choose

this service from

their HKU Portal

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Putting Services on HKU Portal
  • A service can be
    • Mandatory, Default, Optional
future possibilities
Future Possibilities
  • More services provided by different departments
  • More specialized user profiles