Google Apps Presentation at Staff Development Session, October 22

Ben Beachy led an Information Systems presentation at an EMU Staff Development session on Tuesday, October 22, which described the implementation plan being developed to convert EMU’s email and calendar systems to Google Apps for Education.  The session began with a short set of slides which began with the statement “Microsoft fits EMU today but Google....

Google positions us for the future

Information Systems recommends that EMU migrate to Google Apps for Education for email, calendar and collaboration services. President’s Cabinet and the Information Systems Planning Committee endorse this recommendation. Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are industry leaders that set users’ expectations for email, calendar and collaboration software. Both Google and Microsoft offer free versions of....

Collaboration: why we outsource email and calendar

Information Systems recommends that EMU outsource email and calendar systems to either Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 for Education. Both systems provide more space, more capabilities and more opportunities for collaboration. We’re interested in faculty, staff and students’ opinions on this recommendation and on the choice of Google or Microsoft.

Sophos Anti-Virus: issues from false virus detection

Update 21 Sept 3:30pm: We have released a modified version of Sophos’ clean-up utility for students and home users: Sophos Fix . You do not need to run this on EMU-owned computers. Download the file and unzip it then right-click ‘Sophos Fix.cmd’ and ‘Run as Administrator’. Please send questions or comments to the Information Systems Helpdesk....

Phishing: Another Reminder – NEVER Give Away Your EMU Password!

With several EMU email accounts having recently been compromised because the EMU mailbox owners were tricked into giving away their passwords, I feel I need to, again, remind the campus community that you should never, never, never give away your EMU password.  Did I mention NEVER? Email messages are being sent to @emu.edu email addresses....

Broadcast Email Messages: Effective Tool or Spamming Ourselves?

Broadcast email messages are those sent to everyone, all-students and non-students @emu.edu. Any EMU employee can send to these email addresses. Info Systems receives unsolicited feedback periodically from the campus community that is often critical of the number and kinds of broadcast messages sent. I offer the following comments for the campus community to consider: SGA....

Internet Bandwidth: A Costly Resource – Please Use Wisely

EMU relies heavily on its Internet connection for a wide spectrum of resources and functionality.  As of December 2011, the campus uses a 45mbps metropolitan Ethernet connection which costs about $50,000 each year.  This is a relatively low amount of bandwidth for an institution our size because, for a number of reasons, Internet bandwidth in....

Status Update – Microsoft Migration Project

In 1995 EMU implemented its first campus-wide network using the Novell networking system.  At the time it was the most popular networking system in operation, particularly on college campuses.  Over time, Microsoft networking systems improved and by 2000 Microsoft became the predominant system used in commercial environments and colleges and universities also began migrating to....

Moving employee Z-drive data to Microsoft Royals domain

On Friday evening (08/19/2011), Information Systems will be moving files currently located on the Faculty/Staff Novell server (FS) to our Microsoft Royals domain servers.  This will change what happens when employees log into the network during and after the moving is performed.  We want to make EMU employees aware of the following details: Date/time for....