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Thursday, December 02, 2004
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Contents
   Outlook from Off-campus: Return of the King!
   Wireless @SPU
   Personal Wireless Access Points
   Wireless @ Christmas
   New Computer Underneath the Tree?
   Microsoft Software Licensing
   Spyware and Malware: Continue Vigilance
   Christmas Blessings from CIS

CONTENTS

Outlook from Off-campus: Return of the King!
We now have a solution in place for connecting to SPU email via Outlook from off-campus. “RPC-over-HTTP" will provide full Outlook connectivity, even for people whose Internet providers block traditional Outlook pathways. (Some of you may recall that this feature was lost last year following ISP responses to the Blaster virus.) The king-client of e-mail has returned! See our detailed instructions for setting up your connectivity today! http://www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk/email/outlookRPC.asp

Please note the following requirements for RPC-over-HTTP: broadband connectivity; Windows XP with Service Pack 2; Microsoft Office 2003.


Wireless @SPU
We have big plans for wireless networking at SPU! Currently, wireless hot spots are located in several campus commons/study areas, including the SUB, Otto Miller Hall, the Science Building, Weter Hall, and the University Library. Over the winter our plans are to expand coverage to include Gwinn Commons, select classrooms, and portions of Ashton, Emerson, Hill and Moyer halls.

Wireless @SPU is not like your simple home/personal wireless access point. SPU wireless is an enterprise-class solution that requires special “Perfigo" client software. Through Perfigo, we are able to provide a highly secure connection that is limited to SPU students and employees, that reduces the threat virus propagation, and that permits roaming from access point to access point throughout campus.

To learn more about Wireless @ SPU, connect from any campus hotspots, or go to our wireless Help Pages at http://www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk/wireless/ .


Personal Wireless Access Points
Please note that personal wireless access points (APs) are not supported on campus. There are myriad security concerns surrounding these devices, and as a matter of policy we do not support or permit personal wireless networking. We also know that these access points exist and are used, particularly in campus residence halls. If you are operating a personal access point, you must follow the detailed requirements found on the wireless instruction page noted above. Should your AP be found in violation of these recommendations – or in conflict with SPU-provided wireless – you will be required to disconnect from the campus network.


Wireless @ Christmas
If you are anticipating wireless access devices under the Christmas tree, keep in mind the following:
- SPU wireless supports 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g radios, but g is preferred;
- Personal wireless access points are not supported on campus (see note above).
- CIS recommends sticking with known, reliable manufacturers like Proxim/Orinoco, D-Link, Netgear or 3Com. Other lesser-known brands are generally not as reliable. You truly get what you pay for with wireless networking devices.


New Computer Underneath the Tree?
If you find a new computer under the tree, please remember the anti-virus and patch requirements. Be sure that you have disinfected and patched your system before returning in January. We'll also have fresh stacks of anti-virus and anti-spyware CDs available for pickup at the CIS Help Desk in Lower Marston when you return.


Microsoft Software Licensing
It is illegal for you to resell the discount software that you receive as a student or employee. Beyond the $10 media (CD) charges, SPU pays in excess of $100,000 per year for these licenses. These fees are based upon student enrollment, and the software licenses are for SPU use only.


Spyware and Malware: Continue Vigilance
Over fall quarter, the CIS Help Desk has seen several personal computer systems seriously impacted because of spyware. Please remember that spyware is different from conventional computer viruses. The latter predominately spread through file or email transfers; the former come about through simple browsing of web pages. Any time you go to a web page your computer may attract some spyware. Anti-virus software alone will not prevent this from happening. Defending against spyware not only requires you keep your system operating system patches and anti-virus current, you must periodically scan your computer with tools like Adaware and SpyBot. For details see our Help Page link at http://www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk/viruses/index.asp .


Christmas Blessings from CIS
CIS staff pray that you and yours have a safe and blessed Christmas celebration. Thanks for a great fall quarter. See you in 2005!


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