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A Time of Opportunity, a Time to Move On (from CMS)
[Note: CMS is now long gone. -- Ed.]
|Nothing Lasts Forever|
If you're one of those people who are at ease with CMS and comfortable
with its idiosyncrasies and who have no envy of your neighbor's PC, there's
no easy way to tell you. We plan to remove all individual accounts and
user services from UICVM CMS by December 31, 1999.
Nothing lasts forever. With computers, nothing even comes close. CMS has been a good friend to UIC for quite some time, extremely useful to many thousands of people. But high maintenance costs, plus the rise in the use of graphical interfaces, network computing, and personal computer software packages, forces us to make choices. In order to preserve a high level of support for the UIC community as a whole, we need to focus our efforts on desktop machines, UNIX servers, instructional technology, and the ADN network. These are all areas where CMS is not the machine of choice.
We hope that those of you who are still using CMS will view this as an opportunity to improve your computing life, a time to take stock of your work methods and find easier ways to do things. We'll try to make your transition as convenient and painless as we can, but there's no way around the fact that you'll have to make some choices and changes. You don't have to rush, but now is the time to start planning.
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|What's Our Plan?|
First, starting with fall semester 1998, we won't issue any new CMS accounts;
anyone opening a new account will open it on icarus or tigger. There is
definitely no point in starting new people out on the wrong foot.
Second, we will begin to phase out services on CMS. The first service to go will the CMS POP server; our plan is to turn it off by the end of this year (December 31, 1998). This ought to be fairly easy, because POP users shouldn't really care where their mailbox is, as long as they can read their mail in Eudora. The POP server on CMS is old and cranky and can't be used with the Eudora option that allows you to read your mail from multiple PCs. We'd like to move the CMS POP users directly to the new mail-only machines which we'll be building this summer.
The second service to go will be the CMS TACACS servers. Starting with spring semester 1999, you will no longer be able to use your CMS userid and password for the ADN dialup lines, UIC Bluestem authentication, or to login in the ADN public labs. So make sure you have a tigger or icarus account by then! Other targeted services will be announced later, when we have specific dates.
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|What Should You Do Now?|
Well, that depends on what you are doing now. Take stock of how
you use CMS and find alternatives. We will help, of course, but we won't
be able to do everything for you. We'll be putting most of our efforts
into finding general solutions for common problems, rather than highly
specialized solutions for unique problems.
We already have some idea of what you probably need, but if you have anything unusual, please let us know.
There are other concerns, some we've already thought of (files in the CMS or MVS archives, for example) and some, no doubt, that we haven't. We've brought together a group of people to help us anticipate transition issues and to suggest solutions for them. You can email them at The_Omega_Group@uic.edu.
|No Need to Panic|
There is enough lead time if you make use of it. And trust me, there is
quite a bit of work for us, behind the scenes, to make this all work smoothly.
While you can count on us for help, don't assume we'll be able to give
you lots of individual attention at the last minute. Look for further announcements,
and we'll have more details on conversion suggestions in later editions
of the ADN Connection. Truth be told, CMS usage has been dropping
for several years. There are many former CMS users walking around campus,
and most of them are smiling. Soon, we'll all be former CMS users, and
you can be smiling, too.
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