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March 2002

Network Authentication
As explained in last month's (Classroom Authentication Coming), additional classrooms will be added to the authenticated network during the next few weeks. Our goal is to have all of the network jacks in the classrooms attached to the authenticated network by the end of the semester break. This will require a change in the startup process for those of you using network connections in classroom areas. The web documentation for the affected classrooms will be updated to include instructions on authenticating, which basically involve starting a web browser, going to "net" (or, and authenticating with your UMD user name and password.

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 Univeristy 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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