Computing and Network Services
Harvard Townsend, Director
146 Foundation Center
CNS provides the computing and networking infrastructure for the K-State community, as well as other information technology resources. For detailed information about services, visit the CNS website. Questions about using information technology resources should go to the IT help desk in Hale Library, 785-532-7722, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All K-State students and employees have a free K-State computing ID on the central computer system. It allows access to e-mail, the Internet, the World Wide Web, file space for classwork and projects, and a personal webpage.
Passwords on computing IDs must be changed each fall and spring semester; use the www.ksu.edu/password webpage.
All K-Staters are expected to be ethical and courteous in their use of computing resources. Use of a K-State computing ID constitutes acceptance of the university's information technology policies, posted at www.ksu.edu/uauc/docs/policy.html.
More than 100 PCs, plus printing facilities and Unix workstations, are available 24 hours a day in the university computing labs. The labs may be freely used by students and employees. Labs provide access to many programming languages and software programs, including e-mail, Internet/web access, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis, file transfer, and multimedia creation.
CNS maintains the university's fiber-optic data network that connects all K-State buildings. It provides quick access to K-State's central computer systems, many departmental computers, the university's website, and Internet and Internet2. These networks allow K-Staters to communicate worldwide, collaborate on projects, and access information at other educational and research institutions.
Central computer systems
CNS maintains K-State's central computer systems, including an IBM S/390 and a network of Unix servers. The central systems provide e-mail, web space (official site plus personal pages), Unix accounts, the library catalogue system, administrative systems, and many other services.
CNS provides local area network servers running Novell Netware and Microsoft NT for the university computing labs, numerous administrative units, and some academic units.
Technology Service Center
This CNS center provides local, cost-effective technology repair services for campus offices and departments at cost-recovery rates. It builds, repairs, and upgrades computer systems; installs and configures software; and provides installation and maintenance of technology in K-State's multimedia classrooms.
World Wide Web site
CNS maintains K-State's central website at www.ksu.edu. It includes academic resources, news and events, calendars, directories, policies, publications, and more. It provides links to college and departmental web servers, and to IT resources such as the KATS student-access system and library systems.