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Headlines for the Week of February 6, 2006

A message from the CLC department:

To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling (312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones)
or sending an email to helpdesk@kentlaw.edu. We are located in suite 540 if you would like to stop by our offices.



Instructions and Help Links


CLC Policies - Students are required to show C-K photo ID card for loaner computer equipment

Help Desk Policy! The CLC has implemented a procedure that requires all students to present their Chicago-Kent ID card for service..

The CLC Help Desk does provide the service of temporarily loaning laptops to students. This service is restricted to those who have purchased their own laptop and the laptop has been serviced by a technician at the CLC Help Desk. Once the technician has determined that the laptop needs to be sent to the manufacturer for repairs or is inoperable a student will be loaned a laptop.  The laptop loans are for a one (1) week period only.  In addition, the CLC Help Desk does not loan power adaptors or any other laptop accessories for laptops. In order for this service to benefit everyone, this policy must be strictly adhered to.

Once a user returns a laptop, that same user cannot have another laptop loaned to him/her for at least two (2) consecutive weeks.

The Help Desk will make a photocopy of student's ID when loaner computer equipment is requested. The procedure was implemented to best serve the needs of all Chicago-Kent student's.

We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this policy.

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Chicago-Kent's Wireless Network

Chicago-Kent's wireless infrastructure provides complete connectivity and access to all law school network resources (e.g. email, printing, and home directory) in the following areas of the building:

  • Concourse - general open seating area by the Bookstore
  • First Floor - general open seating area in the Front Lobby, Courtroom, and Classroom 155
  • Second Floor - general open seating area by the Registrar Office, and Cafeteria
  • Third Floor - Classroom 345
  • Fifth Floor - Classrooms 570, 580, 581, 583, and Student Lounge
  • Library - 6th floor, 7th floor, 8th floor, 9th floor, & 10th floor

The configuration of laptop computers and wireless cards will be automatic. The configuration process will be seamless and will happen during the normal client login to the network through the wired Ethernet connection. The wireless system at the law school uses the same username/password that Faculty\Staff\Students use to access email and other network resources.

If you do not have built-in wireless, the recommended wireless adapters shown below are available in the bookstore located on the concourse.

Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g Wireless CardBus Adapter
Manufacturer PartNumber: AIR-CB21AG-A-K

Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A&G Notebook Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number: WPC55AG

Please contact the CLC Help Desk at x65300 or at helpdesk@kentlaw.edu if you have questions or concerns regarding wireless access.

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Windows Update

It is critical to update your Windows operating system and Internet Explorer software regularly. Just as it is important to update the virus definitions of your antivirus software, it is equally important to update the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer software on your computer. Just like virus definitions, Windows and Internet Explorer should be updated weekly. Fortunately, Microsoft makes this process fast and easy with their "Windows Update" web site.

Please click on the link listed below under instructions to print out the full documentation on how to update windows.

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Remove Unnecessary Files on the Network

The Center for Law and Computers provides access to the Network for Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and staff in support of the educational mission of the university. In recent months we have noticed an increase in the amount of personal storage space being consumed on our network. As we continue to maintain and scan the network drives we are noticing numerous occurrences of non-educational types of materials (i.e., MP3, .wav, .mov, .avi). We understand that there are occasions when storing these types of files on the network for educational use is legitimate.

As you may well be aware, court decisions potentially makes us liable if members of our community engage in infringing activity. As a reminder to all students, a portion of the IIT Computer Use Policy states, "Network users must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws, and may not make copies of or make available on the network copyrighted material, unless permitted by a license. Network users must not perform acts which are deliberately wasteful of computing resources or which unfairly monopolize resources to the exclusion of others..." The complete Computer User Policy can be found at:

http://ots.iit.edu/policies/acceptable_use.php

When you save and store large music, image, video, or other types of non-educational related material on the network it increases the time it takes for system backups and virus scanning; the large downloads also consume unnecessary bandwidth. Please be considerate of your colleagues and remove or transfer to your laptop ALL files in violation. If files are not removed, the Center for Law and Computers is authorized by the administration to permanently remove them for you.

We ask that you purge all unnecessary messages and files as often as possible from your network and email accounts to help us preserve space on the C-K server. As a reminder, in Outlook mail, you must delete messages from your "Deleted Messages" folder for them to be permanently removed from the mail server. It is also a good maintenance procedure to delete any unneeded messages in the "Sent" folder.

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CLC Monthly Network Maintenance Schedule

The Center for Law and Computers will conduct regular monthly maintenance windows on the first Tuesday of every month (5a.m. - 7a.m. in the morning) for "Patch and\or Update" management on systems that need to be rebooted.

Remember too that there may be "emergency" times when manufacturers release "critical" update patches that need to be installed immediately. The CLC will make every attempt to send out an announcement in advance when the "critical" updates need to be installed and systems rebooted (however, we cannot always guarantee advance notice since certain patches/updates need to be applied ASAP before a breach is made).

All network services including Internet access, email, webmail, network drives, and network printing will be down during the above scheduled time.

Maintenance will be conducted on the following days:
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Chicago-Kent's Internet Service Provider (Illinois Century Network) backbone maintenance window is on Fridays from 2:00am - 7:00am. During this maintenance window it is possible that the Downtown Campus building may experience intrmittent Internet connectivity.

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Latest McAfee DAT file as of 2/6/2006 is sdat4688

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CLC Contact Information and Office Hours

Technical Support Help Desk Hours of Operation - Office 540
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Email: helpdesk@kentlaw.edu

Phone: (312) 906-5300
Fax: (312) 906-5165

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Email and Network Accounts

A Chicago-Kent email account is setup for you. Your username will be your first initial and last name, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. Jane Student = jstudent) and your initial password will be the last six digits of your Social Security Number, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. 999999).

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Security/Shutdown of Lab Computers

In order to secure your login name and password, it is important to log out completely. Prior to leaving any of the computer labs, logout and close all programs to do this---click START (located on the tool bar on the bottom left corner of the screen) Logoff. A box will appear confirming your logoff. If the system is successful, the next individual who sits at the lab computer will be prompted to enter his or her own login name and password.

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Access Webmail and Changing Your Password

To select a new password:

Access Webmail (http://webmail.kentlaw.edu) from your Internet browser, (i.e. Internet Explorer). Login to webmail. Click on the "Options" tab on lower left window pane. Scroll down to the option to change password.

Select the option CHANGE PASSWORD

When prompted, enter your username, password and desired new password when successfully completed, you will receive the message PASSWORD SUCCESSFULLY CHANGED

Your new password takes effect immediately and will give you access to your email account and network files.

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Obtaining Microsoft Office 2000/2002

The Center for Law and Computers has MS Office 2000/2002 Professional Edition and FrontPage available for purchase at a discounted educational use rate. The disks can be purchased at the Help Desk in Room 540. Each student is allowed to purchase only one copy for the price of $25.50. Please bring your student or other photo ID with you to purchase a set.

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A Word About MS Windows XP

The Microsoft operating system comes in two distinct editions: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Please be aware that while Windows XP Home Edition can connect to the Internet, it can not in any way be made to connect to corporate networks such as the Chicago-Kent LAN. A computer running the Home Edition of Windows XP will not be able to access network printers, network drives such as H: home directories, and e-mail via Microsoft Outlook.

It is for these reasons that the Center for Law and Computers recommends that anyone purchasing a new machine positively confirm the operating system with their vendor. Computers that are available only with Windows XP pre-installed should only be purchased if it is Windows XP Professional, NOT Windows XP Home Edition.

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Professional continue to be fully compatible with the Chicago-Kent network.

As always, please feel free to contact the CLC Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns

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Email Stations

The Email stations located throughout the building are intended to allow students convenient and quick access to Email and the Record. Please be considerate to your fellow students when using these stations. If you want to compose many or long messages, or browse the Internet at length, please use one of the 3 computer labs in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Computer Labs

Lab 900 is on the ninth floor of the library at the west end of the building and has 12 computers. Turn left when you enter the library through the ninth floor entrance. The printer for the ninth floor lab is in Room 986, in the corner of the area.

Lab 700, the large, glass-walled room on the seventh floor of the library, is the largest lab, with 30 computers. This lab is sometimes used for larger research classes and it is always used for exams. LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW representatives conduct office hours in Lab 700. The schedule of their office hours will be posted weekly in the Record. They can help you with online research questions.

Lab 760, also on the seventh floor of the library, is equipped with 20 computers. It is often used for research classes.

From time to time, the law school schedules classes or exams in the labs. When this occurs, a sign will be posted outside the door of the lab. Please be considerate and use one of the other labs during these scheduled activities.

If you have any problems getting onto KENTNET from any computer, call the CLC at extension 6-5300 from any black house phone located between the public telephones on every floor.

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