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August 2009


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Division of Information Technology
P.O. Box 6888
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5173
Fax: (540) 831-6217

IT Sustainability
Set your monitor to go "blank." Since screen savers actually force the computer to use energy to run them, you can save energy by setting the monitor to blank out after a specified period. Pull down the "Screen Savers" list and choose "Blank Screen." Set the "Wait" time for the period you choose.

Security Tip
Don't open files from strangers. E-mail and instant messaging (IM) can spread viruses and worms. Most e-mail viruses are spread by people who are tricked into opening an infected file.

IT Tip
To quickly free up space in your mailbox, click Tools -> Mailbox Cleanup. Find messages over 250K and look for large messages you can remove.

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Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Radford University

New Young Hall Classrooms Feature Advanced Learning Technologies and Design

CrestronThe opening of Young Hall this fall will feature new classrooms that will be "technology showcases," highlighting advanced learning technologies that are state-of-the-art now and will remain so for years.

Find out more about this exciting new facility and the technology within: >>MORE

Campus Phone System Update

Radford University and DoIT began moving faculty and staff telephone lines to a campus-managed VoIP system from the existing Verizon system. Read more about the process by which DoIT is upgrading RU's phone system: >>MORE

Cisco VPN Connectivity, Clean Access Improves Network Security

To ensure security for the data stored within the Banner system, users with access to Internet Native Banner (INB), Cognos reporting and the Operational Data Store (ODS) are required to utilize the Cisco VPN.

Find out how to harden your link to the Banner system and ensure safe transmission of data: >>MORE

Internet Native Banner Browser Recommendations

SunGard and Oracle support recommends use of certain browsers for optimum performance with Internet Native Banner. For the list of recommended browsers: >>MORE

Banner Update: Admissions To Go Live Soon

As the August Banner implementation for Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions approaches, the project teams recently conducted additional mock "go-live" sessions to test all processes for the admissions areas and validate the accuracy of data conversion from the legacy system.

Read this information on the latest Banner progress: >>MORE

DWR Team to Host Cognos Workshops

Banner and ODS users can learn how to create and run adhoc reports using the Cognos reporting tool for Banner and ODS at the Cognos Reporting Workshops in August. For information on these valuable sessions: >>MORE

Efficient and Enhanced Services Result From DoIT Restructuring and Additions

DoIT welcomes the staff in several areas formerly housed in the division of Finance and Administration and looks forward to new partnerships that will enable DoIT to better serve the University community. Learn more about the changes in the DoIT organization: >>MORE

Exchange 2007 Mailbox Migrations To Occur Soon

On Wednesday, August 5, DoIT will begin migrating user mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. Groups of mailboxes will be moved each night until the migration process is complete. Find out how your email viewing experience will be enhanced: >>MORE

Meet the DoIT Staff

James PerkinsRU's DoIT staff is eager to serve the RU community by answering your questions and helping make your use of technology more effective. Each month, we will introduce you to a DoIT staff member who can facilitate your use of these amazing technologies.

This month, it is our pleasure to introduce James Perkins, manager of Auxiliary Services. Meet James Perkins: >>MORE