University of California, Riverside

Information Technology



January 2009 Meeting


Academic Information Systems Group

Banner Financial Aid -UCR has signed contracts agreeing to purchase a new Financial Aid system from Sungard. The system will use Oracle on Solaris systems, linking to the existing IBM mainframe SIS Plus Student Information System via uploads and web services. The package includes an Operational Data Store (data warehouse) with built-in reports and an ad hoc reporting tool.

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Instructional Technology Group

Inventory of Service Offerings - Computing Support Services is reviewing and updating the list of service offerings to various campus constituencies with an end goal of shedding unnecessary services, automating manual services and maximizing the impact all service offerings.

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Enterprise Computing Group

Campus Portals - New and improved student (R'Web) and staff (R'Space) portals to replace iViews for single sign-on authenticated applications and communication tools for all campus enterprise applications are in production pilot.

UCR Financial Systems Update - C&C has deployed the Expiring Funds Notification System (consisting of email notifications, dashboard, and optional portlet), an enhancement to the current into UCR Financial System, into production testing.

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Computing Infrastructure and Security

Identity Management - Secure Computing's (now owned by McAfee) authentication tokens can now be used to authenticate with CAS, which means faculty and staff can authenticate to all applications that use CAS with the two-factor tokens. The tokens are two-factor in that they generate a one-time password key, to which users add a personal identification number. Since tokens are not widely distributed, the use of tokens is optional, and the CAS setup currently will accept either a password string generated by a token or a users LDAP password.

Other recent CAS upgrades include the ability to use Kerberos to authenticate to web applications. This means that users can get an initial ticket-granting ticket from Kerberos (e.g. using kinit), then they will be able to go directly to applications that use CAS without first going to the CAS web page. Currently this works just with Firefox on various flavors of Unix. Future plans include integrating Kerberos with Active Directory so campus Windows users will have a seamless authentication experience.

Identity Engines Dataway, Inc. - (http://www.dataway.com) contacted ID Engines customers and will assume support of the Ignition Server software and hardware. Negotiations have not completed, but Dataway's estimate of costs is $.75 - $.50 on the dollar for customers that had support with ID Engines. The AutoConnect product will be supported by Cloudpath Networks (http://www.cloudpath.net) separately, though Dataway offered to act as an intermediary and relay customer support issues to Cloudpath.

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Network Services Group

High Speed Wireless (801.11n) Pilot - Within the C&C building, Network Services is currently testing the newest wireless standard, High Speed Wireless (802.11n). 802.11n supplies high clock rates, generally increased data throughput and extended range in specific installations. The 802.11n has added the MIMO (multi input/multi output) technology which provides for a more predictable wireless RF space. The primary benefit this standard would provide for the campus is, increased wireless service predictability and a more stable user experience over a broader physical area.

Infoblox DHCP Update - In late May 2008, C&C purchased five Infoblox appliances. These devices are currently installed, and C&C is in the process of migrating services to them. This model can serve more than 225 DHCP leases per second. With the preliminary testing and pilot phases completed, C&C is using DHCP in all new buildings and encouraging the migration to DHCP in existing locations, as organizations are able to make the change. At present, 10% of campus has been converted to DHCP services and expect that a full and committed campus migration would take at least a year to complete. Static addressing requirements for devices like servers, printers, and security card readers will continue to be met through DHCP services applying a fixed address allocation scheme.

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Database Applications Group

Sun Box Testing - The Database Applications group is currently testing the performance of new, cheaper Sun boxes in order to save money on maintenance, power and hardware.

Certificate Consolidation - The Database Applications group is currently consolidating certificates on the F5 in order to reduce SSL certificate costs.

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