WMU News

WMUnet gets major upgrade during next five days

Aug. 18, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- A slight chance of interrupted service during the early morning hours of Aug. 19-23 may be the only price University computer users pay for a system upgrade that will increase the speed of the University's core computing facilities by a factor of 10.

The Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the Cisco equipment at the core of WMUnet, the campuswide computing network. This is the first of two upgrades scheduled for the coming months. Each is designed to provide the system with the best current technology as well as support a number of new network features over the next few years.

This major upgrade will be spread over five days, with the work that could affect users scheduled to take place between 3 and 5 a.m. on each of those mornings. The work may result in some brief network outages during those hours, which means few users will notice any effects of the work. Those trying to browse the Web or use their e-mail during the scheduled network upgrade hours may experience short connectivity outages.

Users may want to take the precaution of shutting down their desktop computers each evening during the five days. If users experience any problems at the beginning of the workday that they suspect may be related to the upgrade work, they should contact their regular support persons for a quick correction. The OIT Help Desk at 616 387-5161 can also provide information or arrange for required support to correct any problems.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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