September 27, 2011

ASAUDIT meeting at Richard’s Bay Campus

Spring Meeting of ASAUDIT at Richard’s Bay Campus

The spring meeting of the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT) was held last week during 21-23 September at the University’s Richard’s Bay campus. Read more on ASAUDIT meeting at Richard’s Bay Campus

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June 10, 2010

SANReN is here…and old news

There haven’t been any blog updates so far this year — a lot of things have been keeping us pretty busy, with the new Richard’s Bay CBD campus and all.

However, the University has switched from TelkomInternet to a dark fibre connection to SANReN from the start of February 2010.  This has been a huge improvement — our Telkom Internet connection was 2Mbps, of which 1.5Mbps was guaranteed for overseas traffic.

Well, since SANReN has gone live, our daytime peak traffic is 40-60Mbps, with 25-30Mbps of International bandwidth being used on our SEACOM partition.  This is a clear indication of how bad things were before — we’re using 20-to-30 times our previous capacity.  This can only mean that we’re using the Internet for things that we just couldn’t previously do.

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June 17, 2009

Internet - TENET, SEACOM, SANReN & all that stuff…

South African universities have been hampered in their attempts to use the Internet for research and teaching by inadequate capacity.  Demand for Internet bandwidth has vastly exceeded supply, resulting in congested connections, unresponsive or sluggish web browsing, and limited ability to access larger content, be it software, scanned manuscripts, or streaming audio/video.  Overseas, campus internet connections are typically two orders of magnitude faster than the 2Mbps access circuits we have been using at Unizulu. Internet research and collaboration tools that make use of these high-speed connections, such as desktop videoconferencing, are becoming ever more common.  More and more websites have interactive content that does not function effectively on our congested Internet access, and even “recreational” sites such as YouTube are being used for real academic/teaching purposes such as for “podcasting” lectures or instructional videos.

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April 21, 2009

New Phone System — closer and closer

On thursday, 23 April 2009, the equipment for the new Mitel phone system is arriving.

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March 17, 2009

Request for comments - Minimum hardware specs

The following’s a pre-draft of some proposed standardized hardware for use on campus. It’s basically what we support now with some added info. We don’t yet have anything like this cast in stone. The post is just to get some internal comments before going to draft stage. So, please comment so that there’s a basis for setting and/or modifying this…

The University of Zululand, through its ICT department, is in the process of standardizing hardware on campus. This is required to improve and streamline the deployment and support of desktop and laptop PCs. Having a standard specification allows for imaging new PCs with standard operating system and applications in 1-2 hours per standard machine compared to 2-3 days for a custom installation on non-standard hardware.

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November 27, 2008

Identity Manager Saga 2

12h51 27/11/2008

The IDM system has been reaired & Upgraded to Version 3.5.1

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November 21, 2008

Identity Manager

After recovering from the Novell NDS Replica crash, The Staff & Student Import on IDM 2.01 failed.

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October 1, 2008

Internet Bandwidth - Strategy in Pictures

Stage 1) Now: UZ Internet Connectivity today (Oct 1, 2008)

UZ Internet Today

Our main campus and Richard’s Bay campuses both have separate 2Mbps connection to the Internet.  The main campus link is heavily congested while the Richard’s Bay link is hardly used at all.

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August 29, 2008

Neotel is coming…and SANReN too!

I recently represented Unizulu at a meeting between KZN-region IT directors, TENET, SANReN (SA National Research and Education Network) and Neotel at Neotel’s Durban offices.

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Wireless solution for more Internet access capacity

In order to alleviate the “bandwidth crunch” we have been experiencing since the start of 2008, we are ordering the following services from Zululand Wireless Networks in Richard’s Bay:

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