The University of Maine System issues self-signed certificates for use with some of the applications and websites that we use and host. No certificate lasts forever, including those of Certificate Authorities. Our own old (CA1) certificate will expire March 19th, 2010–which is fast approaching. Read the rest of this entry »
Today UMS ITS shut down the mainframe. After many long hours of work by many people the time has come.
We thank Alvah and Peter for their dutiful and conscientious work and wish them the best in the new year.
Many thanks also go out to all of those who sat the long quiet hours of the night with only the drone of the machines to keep them company.
Tonight the mainframe sits in its final sleep alone.
May all have a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
ITS will be shutting down the University of Maine System mainframe as of December 31st, 2009.
Please check the Mainframe End of Service Announcement Page for more information.
Mainframe Shutdown: Update for Student Financials, Student Records, Financial Aid, Admissions, Financials, and Human Resources
Everyone who is or has been a mainframe user needs to mark November 1 on the calendar. (You are or have been a mainframe user if you’ve ever used ISIS, CICS, HRIS, Financier, or Natural, or if you have connected using Hummingbird software or tn3270.) All users of the mainframe should be off by November 1 (except Financial Aid offices, which have additional time).
If you or colleagues have used the mainframe in the past to maintain data sets or statistical programs for research purposes, make sure you are aware of this timeline, and that your data, programs, tapes, or disks are off and converted into a usable format by November 1.
On October 19, 2009, messages will appear at logon to CMS, CICS, and WebDSIS announcing that ISIS services (including WebDSIS, CICS, and VSE Batch) will be taken down or will be generally unavailable on November 1.
By November 1, 2009, the interface between Mas90 and MaineStreet GL will be ready.
On November 1, 2009, WebDSIS will be taken down. CICS ISIS (CICS1) and VSE batch ISIS libraries will be generally unavailable. Permission may be granted to select campus users to access CICS on a case-by-case basis. Emergency runs of ISIS batch programs may be possible with intervention of ITS staff. HRIS will remain in read-only mode until December 31. WebFAST is unaffected by the mainframe shutdown, and data from 2000-2005 will continue to be available.
Until mid-December 2009, Natural access to all ISIS and Financier data will remain available.
On December 31, 2009, the mainframe will be turned off and all mainframe services cease.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of November 1st, 2009, WebDSIS will no longer be available. The new way for working with the information which used to be accessed there is via MaineStreet.
After December 15th users attempting to access WebDSIS will automatically be redirected to a page noting the move to MaineStreet for approximately six months. Simplified URLs used to get to WebDSIS such as http://www.maine.edu/dsis will also end up at this page.
Information Technology Services in the University of Maine System now offers an integrated web presence. Unveiled on October 5th, the new site offers easily accessible information about the many services provided by UMS ITS.
Links to policies and guidelines, help and support, campus IT offices, and tools and technologies supported by ITS are all available on the new site.
At the conclusion of the spring 2009 semester, faculty, advising staff, and students identified 13 top priority issues for improvement in the Student and Faculty Centers in MaineStreet’s Campus Solutions. During the summer, all 13 of these issues were addressed and these improvements have now been added to MaineStreet. The changes will be in place at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester.
Improvements such as these will be regularly implemented as the University of Maine System continues to move forward using MaineStreet. These are the first steps in an ongoing process of response to campus end-user needs.
MaineStreet Financials was upgraded to 9.0 on April 13. Users note some “look and feel” changes in the appearance of screens. No underlying business processes have been changed.
MaineStreet Financials was initially implemented in July 2005.