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Title: Within Campus Windows Infrastructure Planning Team ..


1
ITCC CougarNet Briefing
  • Dennis Fouty, Ph.D.
  • Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Houston
    System
  • Associate Vice President, University of Houston
  • Mary Dickerson, MCSE
  • CougarNet Project Manager
  • February 28, 2003

2
Agenda
  • Overview
  • UH Windows Environment
  • CougarNet
  • Project Status

3
What is CougarNet?
  • Name for UH Active Directory domain
  • Formerly Windows 2000 Project, Active Directory
    Project
  • Project name change to CougarNet
  • Active Directory Infrastructure architecture by
    Microsoft for enterprise environments

4
What is CougarNet?
  • A campus infrastructure for Windows resources
    based on Active Directory
  • User accounts
  • Computers and servers
  • Expansion enhancement of Windows services
    currently provided by IT
  • File and print services
  • Account management
  • An opportunity for collaboration among campus
    computing groups
  • Infrastructure planning

5
CougarNet Goals
  • Collaboration vs. control
  • Better managed environment
  • More resource control at the local level
  • Leveraging of campus resources
  • Increased security

6
Critical Success Factors
  • UH Colleges Divisions Involved in CougarNet
    Design Implementation
  • Implementation of MOUs between IT-CTS and
    participating colleges/divisions
  • Comprehensive campus communications plan
  • AD training provided by IT
  • Integration of official UH data feed into account
    management process
  • Integration of CougarNet project other IT
    initiatives

7
CougarNet A Well Planned Effort
  • Within IT
  • Representatives from all departments
  • Dedicated test lab environment
  • Within Campus Windows Infrastructure Planning
    Team
  • Appointed representatives-Colleges Divisions
  • Communication plans for campus
  • Among Enterprise Vendors
  • Microsoft
  • HP/Compaq
  • Quest Software
  • Lucent Consulting
  • Project Recognized by Microsoft
  • Presentation by Chuck Shomper at MS Higher Ed CIO
    Summit, Redmond WA
  • Presentations by Project Team at multiple MS
    Workshops

8
Project Milestones
  • 1998
  • Domain restructuring project - cancelled
  • 1999
  • November IT Win2K Project Team Formed
  • 2000
  • February Windows 2000 AD software available
  • April Executive Briefing for IT Management
  • May Test Lab Established in Computing Center
  • November Campus Workshops by Project Team

9
Project Milestones
  • 2001
  • February Project Team expanded to include
    College/Division representatives
  • April First meeting of campus-wide Windows
    Infrastructure Planning Team
  • 2002
  • January Implementation of CougarNet AD
  • March Project timeline defined with campus
    reps.
  • June UH System AD issues defined for CIOs
  • September CougarNet MOU draft reviewed with
    campus representatives
  • November CougarNet MOU distributed for
    signature
  • October December Meetings w/campus groups re
    CougarNet

10
Project Milestones
  • 2003
  • January - February
  • Continued meetings w/campus groups re CougarNet
  • Implementation of Account Management System
  • OU Administrator training held this week
  • June Target project completion date

11
UH Windows Infrastructure
  • Current Windows NT environment
  • Why Active Directory?
  • AD Implementation at UH
  • Project Lifecycle
  • CougarNet Infrastructure
  • ER.UH.EDU (Empty Root Domain)
  • Cougarnet.UH.EDU (Account Domain)
  • Top-level OUs Colleges/Divisions

12
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13
Characteristics
Current Windows Infrastructure
  • Multiple domains/different administrators
  • High support costs
  • Security issues
  • Inability to sub-divide administration
  • Current NT limitation
  • Required separate domains
  • Multiple trust relationships
  • Managed by many administrators
  • Adds considerable complexity
  • Not campus-inclusive
  • No Windows backbone for everyone
  • Does not scale campus-wide

14
Why Active Directory?
Windows Infrastructure Solution
  • Ability for distributed management
  • Resource administration closer to user
  • Simplification of current environment
  • Domain consolidation
  • Decreased support costs
  • Interoperability w/ non-Microsoft services
  • Increased security and auditing

15
Windows 2000 Security
  • Security of OS is much improved over Windows NT
  • AD provides opportunity for local support staff
    to configure resources with tighter security
  • UH implementation allows for tight security on
    CougarNet domain controllers improvement over
    current NT domain controllers
  • Account Management process increases account
    security and provides audit capabilities

16
AD Implementation at UH
  • IT Windows 2000 Project Team
  • Identified key deployment issues
  • IT Executive Briefingdecision to implement AD
  • Provided foundation for support communications
  • Representatives appointed by colleges/divisions
  • Representative profile created
  • Infrastructure Requirements
  • Interoperability with existing network services
  • Collaboration with PeopleSoft implementation
  • Use of existing staff and resources

17
From Chaos.
18
To CougarNet !
19
CougarNet Infrastructure
20
CougarNet Infrastructure
21
Example 1 College Implementation
  • Pharmacy Division OU - PHA
  • No sub-OUs
  • All computers and groups managed by same support
    staff

22
Example 2 IT Implementation
  • One IT Division OU
  • Delegated Sub-OUs for each IT Dept. ES, CTS,
    TSS, SDR, VC-VPIT
  • MOUs for each Department designating sub-OU
    contacts

23
CougarNet MOU
  • Originally - Service Level Agreement
  • Goal 1 Define services provided by CTS
  • Goal 2 Define college/division contacts
  • Only addresses Windows issues for participants
  • Does not involve non-MS clients
  • Does not involve MS clients not participating
  • Does not address Exchange issues

24
College/Division Options
  • Option 1
  • Decision to participate in CougarNet
  • College/Division signs MOU with CTS
  • OU Structure defined by College/Division
  • Migration priorities/concerns defined by
    College/Division
  • Migration of users/resources
  • Clean-up/redeployment of NT resources

25
College/Division Options
  • Option 2
  • Decision not to participate in CougarNet
  • If currently independent, nothing further to do
  • If currently utilizing an IT domain, planning
    must occur to migrate users/resources to new
    domain maintained by college/division
  • Note Decision not to participate in CougarNet
    may impact future access to some enterprise
    resources

26
Benefits of CougarNet
  • Single user account for access to most Windows
    Enterprise resources campus-wide
  • PeopleSoft is in the CougarNet AD
  • Delegated administration for local support staff
  • Ability for colleges/divisions to sub-divide
    administration of local resources
  • User management is handled through Remedy by
    Local units and TSS staff
  • Automated account management system with official
    UH data feed
  • Increased security
  • Dedicated home directory space for each user
    Faculty/Staff 200 MB, Students 50 MB

27
Drawbacks of CougarNet
  • Remedy license required for user account
    management (1 license provided by CTS)
  • All user accounts created through Remedy
  • Inherently, Enterprise AD administrators have
    ability to take ownership of AD resources.
    Procedure is defined in CougarNet MOU.

28
Current Project Status
  • Production environment in place since Jan. 2002
  • Signed MOUs or verbal commitments received from
    18 of 27 top-level OUs.
  • NT account migrations in progress
  • Individual college/division issues being addressed

29
Windows 2000 Project - CougarNet
Web Site http//www.uh.edu/cougarnet Email
Address Cougarnet_at_uh.edu Project Team
Leader Mary Dickerson, MCSE Email
MDickerson_at_uh.edu
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