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Issue 33 - September 2002

Operating System Upgrade to Windows XP
Microsoft will soon cease its support on Windows 98 (Win98) and a lot of hardware and software, especially the new ones, will be better supported under Windows XP (WinXP). More importantly, the Banner 5, which is scheduled to go live in September 2002, will not run under Win98. As a result, the University is inevitably prompted to phase out Win98 shortly and to cease the support for Windows 2000 (Win2K) within the next few months...

Telephone Support Services
Starting from 1 July 2002, the support services for both IP phones and conventional PABX phones have been transferred to the Computing Services Centre (CSC). As a result, the following arrangements have been made...

What's New?

Security Management on Virus Protection
The anti-virus software (Mcafee) has been made available centrally for every PC on staff LAN. Users are regularly informed to update their anti-virus signature file (a file used by anti-virus software to detect the presence of any known viruses)...

Policy on Imposing Bandwidth Limits on Network Application Programs
As Internet is becoming the essential path for communications, both the number of applications and the data volume they generate deplete Internet bandwidth rapidly...

How Does Peer-to-Peer Affect the CityU Community?
Over the past few years, a number of "peer-to-peer (P2P)" file-sharing applications have emerged to enable sharing or swapping of files among participants of a community (or members of a network)...

Blocking of Illegal IP Addresses and Network Cards Continues
In the past few months, thanks to departments' cooperation, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has successfully completed the registration of IP addresses and network cards used on the campus network...

Consolidation of Servers
Like most of the other organisations, our University is experiencing rapid growth in the use of IT at the time when reduction of supporting manpower continues. Seeking ways to optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of the available support work force is inevitably the only solution to the problem...

Experience the New Windows XP System in Lecture Theatres and Classrooms
All the PCs in the lecture theatres and classrooms have been upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows XP. Among the advantages of Windows XP over Windows 98, better system stability and security are the most important...


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