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April 2002

Network Authentication

Our plan to implement authentication for all non-office ethernet connections has been delayed, but we do intend to move forward as time and circumstances permit. Authentication means that users will need to enter their UMD username and password before they will be granted access to the campus network. This is how we will comply with UofM network security policy, which requires that only authorized people (UMD faculty, staff, and students) have access to our network.

Network authentication has been implemented for all wireless network connections on campus, and will be implemented gradually in classrooms, beginning with the SBE classrooms in early April. Authentication will be implemented in the remaining classrooms during the summer.

We will keep you informed via documentation placed on the web and at the ethernet jack in the affected classroom as rooms are brought into the authentication mode.

This will not affect using PowerPoint presentations, etc., that you bring in on your computer or zip disk. It only affects using Netscape, Internet Explorer, or applications that require connecting to a server.

ITSS is looking to expand the scope of the authenticated network in several areas.

1. In addition to the classroom jacks we are looking at attaching all the 'open jacks' on campus to the authenticated network. Open jacks are in several places, most notably in the Library. The open jacks are not connected to specific equipment, but are available for use with laptops. The conversion of the open jacks to the authenticated network will be done by Fall 2002.

2. We are exploring what would be needed to require network authentication in the full service lab areas and in the basic access areas. Note that SunRays already require authentication, so the changes would affect Windows or Macintosh computers in the basic and full access areas. A possible target date for this is Fall 2002.

3. We are exploring registration and authentication of residence hall jacks for Fall 2002.

Our goal is to arrive at compliance with the various University policies, yet make access easy for those who are authorized. Please feel free to contact Dan Burrows ( or ext. 8846) if you have any questions or comments.

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