Google Apps Extended to Faculty and Staff

POSTED: AUGUST 6, 2012

Google Apps for University of Kentucky has now been extended to UK faculty and staff. Google Apps accounts, which are optional for faculty and staff, provide access to Google Sites, Talk, Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Blogger, Reader, Voice, Code, Picasa and Webmaster Tools. Others may be enabled in the future.

"Big Data" Discussion with IT Futurist Thorton May

POSTED: JUNE 25, 2012

UKIT invites you to a “Big Data” discussion with IT futurist Thornton May on July 17, 2012 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Student Center Worsham Theater.

Unsurprisingly, the IT industry has created another buzzword: Big Data. This session will separate hype from reality regarding big data systems and will dig deeper into the real-world issues and solutions. Attendees should leave with an understanding of the term, “Big Data,” what UK is doing currently with big data analytics and how UK might implement future “big data” solutions.

UK Awards Supercomputer Contract

POSTED: JULY 25, 2012

The University of Kentucky has awarded a contract to Dell Inc for a new supercomputer cluster to replace our Lipscomb High Performance Computing Cluster, also known as the DLX. The University put out an RFP on March 29 and received five responses. After a thorough assessment by an evaluation committee of faculty and IT administrators, Dell's proposal was chosen as the best fit for our needs, within our budget, and the most flexible proposal overall.

UKIT Announces New Mobile Grading App

POSTED: JULY, 2012

UKIT is pleased to announce the release of a new mobile grading application which provides faculty and staff the convenience of grading courses from their mobile devices. This currently available app is supported on iPads, iPhones and Android phones and tablets. More information and instructions can be found at http://wiki.uky.edu/UKMobile/

New Feature for Requesting Changes on UKIT/CNS

POSTED: JULY, 2012

For users of the UKIT / CNS (Communications and Network Systems) service request web application, we want you to be aware of a new feature for requesting changes to telephone options. The web page linked below contains an instructional video and a quick reference guide illustrating how to navigate the form and some of the changes that may be requested through this update. Please direct any questions to (859) 218-HELP.

www.uky.edu/ukat/cns/service

UK’s InCommon Membership

POSTED: JULY 25, 2012

For several months now, UK has been a member of InCommon: a coalition of US education and research communities supporting a common federated identity management framework. This framework permits UK faculty and researchers to log in to certain information resources without having to obtain a user ID and password for each resource. Instead, they log in using their LinkBlue account and password.

As a result, UK faculty and researchers can access the following websites and resources and authenticate using their UK LinkBlue account and password:

Apple and Adobe Conduct Training on UK’s Campus

POSTED: JULY, 25 2012

UKIT sponsored two vendor visits to campus during the spring. Presentations were made to full houses, including standing room only, for Apple iBooks Author and ePubs as well as for a preview of Adobe’s Creative Suite.

e-Signature Regulations Coming Soon

POSTED: JULY 25, 2012

The e-Signatures Workgroup Committee developed a new Administrative Regulation and new Business Procedure on electronic signatures. The university may require that members of the university community use electronic signatures to conduct certain transactions that previously required handwritten signatures and approvals on paper documents. Increasing, improved efficiency of internal transactions that require authorization is a desired outcome. These proposed regulations establish the policies and procedures by which the university:

International Calling Cards Update

POSTED: JULY 25, 2012

On October 1, 2011, UKIT Communications and Network Systems (CNS) distributed calling cards that were required to be used to place international phone calls from UK telephones.

UKIT CNS is now developing a direct dial solution that will enable departments with VoIP phones to place international calls without the need of a calling card. This solution will be available for VoIP users beginning in August 2013. VoIP users will still need to use the International Calling cards until this date.

Transitioning from Public to Private IP Addresses

POSTED: JUNE 25, 2012

As the University of Kentucky’s networks grow at a rapid rate, the university is quickly running into scalability and security issues with devices being on public IP addresses. To solve this problem, UKIT will migrate as many devices as possible off the public IP address ranges.

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