PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is now up and running after its shut down of the Local Area Network (LAN) Aug. 3 to switch from Windows NT to Windows 2000.
Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) mandated that all computers fleetwide be updated with Windows 2000. Since the first shipment of computers Aug. 10, Automated Data Processing (ADP) has been dispatching their Information System Technicians (IT) into the field to get the LAN up.
The new system provides users with more security, universal service bus (USB) ports and newer software.
“It is more up to date, so we have more functions that the civilian sector has and the capability to automate things more, making everyone’s job easier,” said Leading Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Jeffery Sexton.
One new feature that will require the curiosity of a cat, because of its many links to explore, is the Distance Support icon on the desktop. It allows users to access Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), Janes Fighting Ships, CIA World Fact Book and other information without the Internet. Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Timothy Hoover, work center supervisor of ADP, explained in addition to the new software, the new work stations have a larger storage capacity allowing the user more space in their inbox.
“Our customers were able to store too much on our servers, which did not have the capacity, and they would crash,” said Hoover. “Now we can lock down the C Drive, but you can still store whatever you need on your E Drive.”
ADP met their goal to have the LAN accessible to the entire ship by the end of August. Approximately 620 computers were brought aboard preloaded with the software. After they arrived, an inventory label was placed on them with the space location.
They were then sorted by groups and the prospective Information System Security Officer (ISSO) from each department was notified. With the new computer placed in the space, the old computer will not face retirement but will be used for other purposes.
“We are storing old computers to determine if the hardware is sufficient with the new software or can be used for parts,” said Sexton.
With the new system installed, Hoover explained that dealing with trouble calls will be different.
“Along with the upgrade, we also have a couple tools that will help us troubleshoot problems quicker,” said Hoover. “Say one of our switches went down. It will give us an alarm and we could look at our list to see who is connected to that (switch) and take care of the problem as soon as possible.”
Users can still use their old user name and password to access their account.
“All their emails they had before the server upgrade, all the things they had stored on the network are still there, it’s just the look and the feel of what they see (on the desktop) when they log in,” said Sexton.
ADP will still be servicing clients with any problems, such as software issues, resetting passwords and printer installation.
Truman is in the last several months of its DPIA (dry-docked planned incremental availability) period and is expected to return to sea this fall.
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