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IT Announcement - 11/12/2015

 

Sunday Maintenance Reminder

Every Sunday from 12am until 12pm all Systems (e-mail, Banner, wireless, etc.) will be intermittently unavailable while important maintenance and updates are performed.

 

Weekly Maintenance – Reminder            

Please log off your computer when leaving for the day every Thursday, but do not power it off.  This will allow updates to be sent down to your computer on Friday after 12:00am.  If you turn your computer off and leave it off overnight on Thursday, shortly after turning it back on, your computer will restart in order to install and apply any updates. If you leave your computer logged in Thursday night into Friday, you may lose any unsaved data you were working on when the computer restarts.

 

 

Planned System Outage – Friday November 27

On Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, the University will be closed. The Information Technology department has chosen this date to conduct some critical server maintenance because it is the least disruptive to students, faculty, and staff. The outage will take place from 6am until 3pm. Below is a list of key services that will or will not be affected by this scheduled outage.

Service     Affected by Shutdown?
Banner Yes
Outlook Exchange/E-Mail Yes
Citrix Yes
Fileshares S:\, M:\, U:\ drives Yes
Student Office 365 email No
Employee Office 365 hosted email (pilot) No
Blackboard Course Management System No
campus Telephone System No
Campus Emergency Notification System No

 

 

 

As Information Technology prepares to move all faculty and staff mailboxes to Hosted Exchange, we need to turn on “Cached Exchange” mode on.  This will provide offline access to your mailbox.  By default 6 months of email will be copied to your local hard drive as a result of this change.

 

Getting Ready for Winter and Spring

  • Prepping your course:  We have put together a Blackboard Learn “Prepping your Course” information sheet and are offering workshops.
  • Course Merges:Please keep in mind that course merges (combining of Blackboard Learn sections) should be requested before the semester begins.  Please submit your merge request for Winter and Spring terms as soon as possible.

 

Weatherproofing Your Course

Do the potential for cancellations or delays present a challenge for you?  Have no fear, Blackboard is here!  It can be used to post lectures, assignments or have a discussion during inclement weather.  Come to a session to learn how to accomplish these tasks and take advantage of snow days! 

 

Register for a workshop today!

 

Would you rather have class during weather events? You can use WebEx to host synchronous online classes.  We offer training for WebEx too!  Please email the IDTRC@ccsu.edu to schedule a training session.

 

New to Microsoft Office 2013?

We have multiple workshops available to learn the basics or to enhance your current skills on the Office family of products.  Please sign-up today to attend a workshop!

 

Hosted Exchange Email Pilot

Plans are well underway to move faculty and staff email accounts to hosted email. We are ready to begin our pilot. More information regarding hosted email can be found here.

If you would like to be considered for the pilot, please complete this short survey.

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