IT IS News
New Identity and Access Management System goes live
Information Services, working with Salford Software and Ask-4 Solutions have developed a new identity and access management system as a replacement for the aging username creation system – USREG. In addition, a new process for the management for associate access will be introduced.
The new Identity and Access Management system will be going live during the week beginning 12 July 2010 and will take the whole of that week to implement. Access to the new Associates Process and identity and access management system will be provided to IS Staff, School Managers and IT Reps on the afternoon of the 19 July.
As this new Identity and Access Management system will be replacing the current USREG system, access to the USREG system will be removed from Friday 9th July, to ensure a static USREG system during the switch over from USREG to the new solution.
As a consequence, no new usernames will be created from 8am on the 9 July. It is strongly advised that all usernames for new starters due to begin their employment at the University between 9 - 19 July have their username created before the 8 July. If you need any help with creating these usernames please contact the Staff IT Helpline or your local IT Support Team.
For further information visit the Identity and Access Management Service pages.
If you do have any questions or queries contact your local IT Support Team.
Attix –backup solution for locally stored data
Information Services is able to offer a solution for the backup of important locally stored research data. The solution - Attix is now available for the PC and Macintosh platforms with Linux support available by the end of July.
University staff are encouraged to use networked filestore (Z: as personal storage and typically G: , M: drives for shared storage ) as their default location for their University data - as these are backed up nightly and centrally by IS.
However, some research scenarios may require data to be stored on drives that are local to the computer workstation. This may be due to such reasons as:
mobility (a laptop is your only University computer)
performance needs of an application
the need to process large amounts of data without network bandwidth implications
the need to work on very large raw data sets in the short term.
Where data is being held on drives local to the computer workstation without backup there is a greater risk of data loss. If a local data backup solution is in place this still may take extra management and possibly additional hardware to maintain. Attix encrypts and compresses data and backs up locally stored data to central storage servers. This greatly improves security and also the storage capacity available.
Please pass on this message to any colleagues you think may benefit from this service. More information can be obtained by contacting the Helpline or your local IT Support Team.
Portal Team become Web Technologies Team
The Portal Team has officially changed name to the Web Technologies Team.
The name change is a better reflection of the role and remit of the team in Information Services providing web-related technical design, development and support to the University.
The helpline is staffed between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and between 10am and 4pm Saturdays excluding Bank Holidays and University closure days.