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Issue 50 - December 2006

Future Enhancements to the CityU's Email Infrastructure
Over the last 2 decades, the CityU's Email Infrastructure has undergone several major changes. Back in the 1980s, the email system was provided as an optional service which offered assistance to staff and students to carry out their academic and administrative works...

Planned Network upgrade
The CSC (the Computing Services Centre) will conduct the 3rd major upgrade to the campus network within the coming 3 years. A tendering exercise has been started for a total network upgrade solution which included a comprehensive network upgrade plan, plus the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all the networking hardware and software required for the upgrade...

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Preparation for Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
Microsoft (MS) has formally announced the availability of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) for Windows XP SP2 and other Windows environments through the Windows Update Service. In order to let all internal service providers have time to train their staff for supporting IE7 and application developers have sufficient time to resolve any compatibility problem between IE7 and their application systems...

Improving Desktop Security with McAfee Anti-Spyware
Spyware and adware consume computing resources and seriously affect the security, performance and stability of a computer. In order to protect users from the infection of these unwanted programs, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) had included the McAfee’s Anti-Spyware module (MASE) in addition to its antivirus products...

New IPS to Boost Security, Reliability and Performance of the Campus Network
Virus, Worm or Trojan is no longer a technical jargon. They are so common and their impacts are so severe that they have appeared many times in the headlines of newspaper and media, such as CNN at Virus, Worm or Trojan is no longer a technical jargon. They are so common and their impacts are so severe that they have appeared many times in the headlines of newspaper and media, such as CNN at

Desktop and Notebook Purchase Guidelines
It is obvious that maintenance support for desktop and notebook computers can be costly if it is not managed properly. However, it is less obvious that, without a good strategy in selecting and purchasing computers with the aim of reducing the total cost of ownership, it would make not only our maintenance support inefficient and unmanageable...

Power Interruption in Data Center
There will be suspension of electricity to the Data Center (Computer Room) of the Computing Services Center (CSC), around the Lunar New Year's holiday period next year. It is a statutory requirement by the HKSAR to have all fixed electrical installations to be inspected and tested in a five-year cycle...


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