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  1. Technology Update TSAG Meeting 2/12/04

  2. Networking Updates • Welcome Matt Brown! • CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) • 4CNET is being phased out. (our current Backbone Connection) • Coming up real soon… • Transfer will be performed during working hours. • Reminder: IPX and Appletalk being phased out Friday June 4 2004 (Last day of academic year)

  3. Desktops Related Activities • TSAG Desktop Standards Committee • Minimum Hardware Configuration • Next Steps… • Minimum Software Requirements: • Antivirus, MS Office suite, etc. • Minimum OS System Configuration • Patch management, etc.

  4. Patch Management • New Patch Needed for MS platforms • Caution: The vulnerability is huge without the patch!! • ITR activities: • patches applied to all Enterprise Servers (Tuesday) • desktop patches tested for one day • deployed patches, via SUS, on desktops

  5. Architectures for SUS • ITR has deployed a hierarchal enterprise-Level SUS • Individual Units may either: • Join Hierarchal SUS • Install Local SUS • Use live update • COBAE, Library, and SBS have local SUS-es • Need registry tweak or Active Directory GPO • POC: Barry W. or Dave A. MSUS (Untested Patches) PSUS(Tested Patches) SSUS(Untested Patches)

  6. Active Directory • Current Deployments: • Comp 100 (three/four Labs) • COBAE Lab (one Lab) • Library (several machines) • ITR (~40%) • Learning Experiences • Account-Account • Authorization Defaults (All -> None) • Fresh Installs sometimes needed(NT Kernel and GPOs conflicts) • UID versus Mail Address Logins • Documentation Online • POC: Dave Aragon

  7. Security Activities • AntiVirus Software: • ? Should we obtain a campus-wide license • ? Should we require antivirus on all desktops • Password Expiration: • 90 days TSAG and ITR (currently) • 180 days A&F • Feb 16 - Mar 15: first e-mail warning sent • Feb 26 - Mar 25: passwords start expiring • 180 Peoplesoft Users (minus faculty) • Mar 8 - Apr 5: first e-mail warning sent • Mar 8 - Apr 15: passwords start expiring • FTP/Telnet phase out: Date? (was 1/1/04)

  8. Spam: An ever growing problem! • Steps in progress: • Updating anti-spam tagging (SpamAssassin) • Incorporating Black Lists (https://www.csun.edu/~itrsec) • SBL - Spamhaus Block List • CBL - Composite Blocking List • NJABL - Not Just Another Bogus List • Need to be concerned about False Positives • Bottom line: • Users must decide what is spam and what is not! • Local Tech support is needed to help users to • Setup filters via Webmail • Utilize antispam features of e-mail clients

  9. ProposalBlocking Administrative Lists • We have three types of lists • -l@csun.edu: Department/Official Lists • -c@csun.edu: Class Lists • -g@csun.edu: General Purpose Lists • Goal: to prevent spam on “Administrative” lists • Tested with tsag-l@csun.edu(thanks Peter!) • Ramification: • Only individuals with a campus accounts can send e-mail to Administrative Lists • Home users: use Webmail or configure e-mail client to use SMTP.csun.edu • But “whatif” I don’t want my list blocked! • Transform your list to a -g list (e.g.) • Set up your list to “Reply-to” the owner

  10. Email Quotas are being Applied • Enforcement is underway for: • Over quota == No E-mail! • Faculty/Staff maximum email storage limits: • 300 MB by Feb 15, 2004 • 200 MB by March 15, 2004 • 100 MB by April 15, 2004 • Yearly review of quotas by ATC is underway

  11. Universal Drive • Udrive Available to all User • Released to TSAG summer ‘03 • Released to ECS fall ‘03 • Formal Announcement Coming • Allows users to use “Drag and Drop” for web page publishing • Active Directory GPO to automatically map for all users • MS users: \\udrive\<uid>, e.g., \\udrive\tsag • Mac users: smb://smb.csun.edu/tsag

  12. Campus IT Status Page http://www.csun.edu/services • Summary information from Big Brother, MRTG, Spectrum, etc. • Provides: • Summary status of Enterprise systems • Pending Maintenance Announcement (if any) • Black Lists: • Spammers E-mail messages blocked • “Irresponsible” ISP or Host Internet connectivity blocked • “Compromised” Computers (ports disabled) Network connectivity blocked • Consult as part of IT diagnosis process

  13. Sunset SIMS/R • Peoplesoft conversion in mop-up stage • SIMSR is being retired • General steps: • SIMS becomes read-only database • Eliminate all general access to SIMS(only users perform data validation (e.g.) will have access.) • Production Hours reduced: M-F 6am-6pm (?)

  14. Registry of Computer Labs • ATC requested Campus-wide Lab Schedule • Intent: To allow students to more easy locate IT resources • Information Needed: • Location of Lab Purpose of the Lab • Provided Equipment (e.g., 24 Windows XP, …) • Supported Users (e.g., only COMP 100 students) • Hours of Operation • Restricted Access • Open Access • Contact point for more info (e.g., URL) • We need you to provide the information

  15. CATS Update