Abilene Christian University releases results of Y2K
For immediate release
March 15, 1999
Abilene, TX - Abilene Christian University completed its
first campus-wide, Year 2000 compliance test this past
weekend and not only validated concerns about the pending
technology issue, but also verified confidences that
problems can be remedied.
The Information Technology area (IT) of ACU conducted a
variety of date rollover tests that exercised computer
hardware and software systems. The intention was to simulate
exactly the events and tasks that would occur when the real
Dates tested during this past weekend were Sept. 8-9,
1999; Dec. 31, 1999, through Jan. 1, 2000; and Feb. 28,
2000, through March 1, 2000. Items tested included most of
the core network hardware and software, the primary campus
identification card system (Diebold Incorporated's ICAMS),
and Microsoft Corporation's Windows NT network operating
Most tests proved that processing would occur normally
through the dates exercised.
"We were very pleased that we didn't find many problems,"
said Jeff Leving, manager of ACU's systems and operations.
"It is especially gratifying that the many efforts put in by
the IT staff up to this point to correct Y2K problems seem
to have paid off."
Bob Nevill, manager of ACU's computer and network
services, indicated that all FORE Systems networking
electronic devices tested okay for Y2K compliance as well as
the campus-wide telephone switch.
Yet, along with the successes, there were some rough
spots. When several systems were advanced to 11:50 p.m. on
Dec. 31, 1999, a Windows NT clock application became
"We saw the clock shift back an hour to 10:50 p.m. after
the system was started," said April Sims, ACU's systems
This problem may have been attributed to the large jump
in the time setting itself, she added.
A significant anomaly was confirmed with Microsoft's
Windows 95 operating system. Prevalent on the ACU network,
one version of this product fails to provide "leap day"
(Feb. 29, 2000) at all.
ACU's computer support specialist Darrell Fauvel said
this was a known issue prior to the testing and plans are
being made to correct the problem in the next several
months. This can be accomplished with a software fix
provided by Microsoft. The fix has been tested and is just a
matter of getting it applied to the needed computers.
Jim Trietsch, ACU's information technology director,
indicated several more test periods will be exercised before
the end of the calendar year. There are remaining Y2K issues
with the following campus systems: long distance billing,
Internet connections, voice mail systems and the modem pool
equipment. These systems will be upgraded and tested as
vendors release the required Y2K software solutions.
Trietsch said, "Our mission includes providing reliable
technologies for the ACU community. Testing and correcting
technology components involved in the Year 2000 issues are
tasks vital to that mission during the rest of 1999 and well
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