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 InfoTech 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/vpast/it.html.
Computing labs and InfoCommons
More than 400 PCs, plus printing facilities and Unix workstations, are available in Hale Library and 24 hours a day in the university computing labs. The labs may be freely used by students and employees. Labs provide access to electronic information resources and software programs, including e-mail, Internet/web access, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis, multimedia creation, and programming languages.
CNS maintains the university's fiber-optic data network that connects all K-State buildings. It links to K-State's central computer systems, many departmental computers, the university's website, and Internet and Internet2.
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 website plus personal pages), Unix accounts, administrative systems, and many other services and electronic information resources.
Electronic information resources
Information resources online at K-State include KATS for student services; the library catalogue system; the K-State Digital Library; K-State Online for web-based courses; course information at courses.ksu.edu; and an anti-virus site at antivirus.ksu.edu.
CNS provides local area network servers running Novell Netware and Microsoft NT/2000 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 technology classrooms.
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 KATS, K-State Online, and library systems.