Network Services Procedures

 

Because of maintenance upkeep, the University may have scheduled power outages. To insure the continual and proper function of the network, Information Networks may have to interrupt Network services during these scheduled power outages.

If you would like to be notified of these outages through the Audix broadcast messaging system, please contact Information Networks at extension 2-6418, and make a request. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Information and Media Networks have set forth specific procedures for specific situations. Click on a link below to learn more about each procedure.

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Power Outage Procedures

Weather Threat Procedures

 

Power Outage Procedures

YOUR COMPUTER CAN BE DAMAGED IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Power Outages & your Computer Equipment
It is risky to leave your computer equipment plugged in. It should be completely disconnected from the power supply. This includes all hardware associated with your computer, such as audio speakers, modems, doves, terminals, monitors, etc. Listed below are several helpful tips on protecting your equipment:

  • PC AND MONITOR [follow proper procedures in shutting down your PC software such as exiting Windows, getting to the c: prompt, then]
    • Turn off your PC and monitor
    • If your PC/ monitor is plugged into a power strip, turn off the power strip
    • If your PC/ monitor is plugged into the wall, unplug the power connector from the wall
    • If your PC is on the campus network, unplug the data connector that runs from the PC to the wall. Do not unplug a computer from its Ethernet connection!
  • TERMINALS
    • Please turn off the power switch
    • Unplug the data connector that runs from the terminal to the wall. It is like a telephone connector. Lift the small catch and gently remove the connector. Remember where it goes so you can plug it in when necessary.
  • MODEMS
    • Turn off power switch
    • Unplug telephone from wall
  • DOVES
    • Turn off power strip or unplug power supply from the wall
  • PRINTERS, FAXES, AUDIO SPEAKERS, etc.
    • Turn off power switch

 

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Weather Threat Procedures

As you know, the possibility of very severe weather conditions is nothing new for this part of the country; however, it may be new for your computer equipment and software. Please follow the steps listed below to help protect your computing equipment if UL Lafayette suspends operation due to severe weather conditions.

  1. If you have not already completed a backup of your system programs and data ... this is a good time. Storing the backup floppies or tape with the computer system is not a good idea. At home, or in the office of a friend in another building on campus is a better place to store your backup. Use a "Zip-Lock" bag to store media and protect it from water, dust, etc.
  2. Turn off, then unplug all equipment from the wall outlets.
  3. Disconnect the OUINET line (if present) from the PC or terminal (use the wall jack disconnect, its like a telephone plug). If you need help call Information Networks at (337) 482-6418.
  4. Windows may break. If equipment is located near the windows consider relocation to a less exposed position. Call Information Networks at (337) 482-6418 if you need help. Close curtains and blinds if present.
  5. Cover the equipment with plastic such as heavy-duty garbage bags. Arrange the plastic so water can runoff and does not puddle. You must be certain that the equipment is unplugged before covering, otherwise you may prevent ventilation of the equipment and in the extreme case start a fire.

Thanks for your help in protecting University resources.

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