Marshall University Computing Services

400 Hal Greer Blvd.

Huntington, WV 25755-5320

 

A Letter from the Executive Director of Computing Services

 

To The Marshall University Community:

 

Articles concerning Y2K issues abound.  The seeming overload of Y2K information can be very confusing, and often disconcerting.  It is only natural to have some level of concern about the possible effects of Y2K on the productivity and functionality of Marshall University computing systems.

 

We have found reassuring news in our identification and research of the software packages and suites that are commonly used in University offices.  All of these identified packages were listed by their respective vendors as either “Y2K Compliant” or “Y2K compliant with minor issues”.  Thus, we believe that for the majority of users any Y2K problems that you experience will be limited to calculations with and displays of date functions.

 

We can assure you that we have given our utmost effort to ensure that by October 31, 1999, all components of mission critical and central systems will be Y2K compliant. We have already reached 95 percent of this goal. 

 

Now, it is your turn to check the computer systems residing in your office.  To assist you and your departmental technical support with this task, we have attempted, with the development of an information package and its accompanying web site, to equip you with the most up-to-date information regarding and tools for resolving Y2K issues that may affect your workstations.

 

Although we are recommending that everyone check their machine for compliancy, the users who will be most likely to experience problems are users of older equipment and those who are heavy users of software packages that contain date-dependent calculations. It is especially important that these two groups of users equip their machines with the latest patches and service packs available.

 

The webpages below will assist you in checking the firmware, operating system, and software applications residing on the machines in your area.  Users of older computer equipment should check their firmware first, as this is most likely to interfere with the function of the machine.  Next, the operating system should receive any Y2K update patches.  Campus licensed software that is on your machine should next be reviewed for Y2K compliancy.  As a final check, any internal applications or documents developed or acquired by you or your department should also be verified for Y2K compliancy. 

 

The information package in MSWord format and the accompanying web site can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/computing/y2k/. 

 

Thank you for your attention to this important task and, as always, any questions should be directed to the Computing Services Help Desk at 3200.

 

 

 

 

Arnold R. Miller

Executive Director, Computing Services