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Network Management

Computing and Network Services is defined as all the organizational units including Administrative Computing (AC), Help Desk / Support Services (CHD), Systems & Operations (SO), Corporate Customer Services and Training (CST) and the Senior Administrative unit.

Computing & Network Services provide the enabling computational technology, personnel of all of the operating units of the University and supports the computing and networking systems and services that are necessary for their efficient operations.

CNS is an information and communication technology service provider that is recognized for the technical skills of its team, for the optimal application of available resources and for the ability to partner with users to create and deliver high-quality services in concert with the mission of the university. These services are delivered through an infrastructure that is comprehensive, up-to-date, responsive, reliable, available, and intuitive.

Mission and Vision

The mission and vision of Computing and Network Services is to support the integration of information technology into the academic programs and administrative offices throughout the University Campus as well as outside corporate potential customers. Information technology encompasses the use of information in all of its forms. Support is provided in the form of guidance in proper application of technology, user assistance and training as well as software and hardware maintenance and support, and research of existing and expected technologies.

We provide value to our partner departments through leadership in the development and delivery of innovative computing and information technology solutions to support the teaching, learning, research and administration goals of the university.

Focus Areas

Computing & Network Services (CNS) department provides access to the network and computing systems at the CIIT Abbottabad. Use of the labs is restricted to scholarly activities related to student’s instruction, research and faculty research and service, and to other activities directly related to the mission of the CIIT.

Wired Ethernet–based, Local Area Network (LAN) of the campus is one of the largest in the country covering an area of about 350 Kanals of land. The campus network facilities continue to grow at an increasing pace.

Wireless LAN based on 802.11g is also functional and covers the entire campus. Eighteen omni–directional antennas and nineteen directional antennas with thirty-six APS with growing demand are being used to implement WLAN in the campus. The campus now uses over 1150 computers (desktops computers + laptops), which are attached to the campus network. Labs are open from 08:00 AM to 3:00 A.M. with 24 hours Internet connectivity.

Practical Implementations at CNS

CNS is dedicated to providing technology services to the university in support of its academic and research missions. As knowledge and technology continue to become strategic tools in teaching, research and administration of the university, it is important that knowledge development and technology implementation and support be effective, timely, and cost-efficient.

CNS is responsible for providing the computing and network services and support to CIIT campus.

Campus Wide Wired Network

COMSATS Abbottabad has one of the largest Wired Local Area Network Infrastructure in a confined campus with more then 1000 connected node covering an area of 350 kanals of land. The wired network is still in process on expansion with more and more development work going on.

CNS is dedicated to providing technology services to the university in support of its academic and research missions. As knowledge and technology continue to become strategic tools in teaching, research and administration of the university, it is important that knowledge development and technology implementation and support be effective, timely, and cost-efficient.

Computing and Network Services (CNS) has the responsibility of managing this huge infrastructure in both expansion and maintenance levels.

LAN Servers

One of the core responsibilities given to CNS is the Management and Administration of the Server Room. The department if fully equipped with latest Hardware and software specifications as well as the technical expertise required.

Name of Server Operating System
1 Primary Domain Controller (PDC) CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
2 Backup Domain Controller (BDC) CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
3 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Debian, Kernal 2.6
4 W-File Server, X-File Server, Y-File Server, Z-File Server CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
5 Database Server Window 2003 Server
6 SAN (Soft House) Intel Entry Storage System SS4000-E
7 Install Linux Server (Debian & Fedora) Debian, Kernal 2.6
8 Print Server Window 2003 Server
9 Radius Server (Students) CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
10 Radius Server (Faculty) CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
11 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol(DHCP) Faculty. CentOS 5.2, Kernal 2.6
12 VOIP Server Windows 2003 Server

LAN Specification

Equipment Description
LAN Type 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet 100 Mbps + Back Bones@1000 Mbps
Topology Star-Bus supported VLANs
Cable UTP Cat5 + UTP Cat 6 + Fiber
Switches Cisco Router 2800 Series
Total Nodes on LAN PCs For Students

Wireless Network

Faculty Wireless Networks

COMSATS Abbottabad Campus has been one of the very first universities to take initiative and implements wireless technology. CNS has taken the task and now based on 802.11g technologies the whole campus is wireless enabled to meet the professional needs of Faculty.

All Faculty of COMSATS enjoys this facility in their offices as well as in the open spaces. With constant service of Internet they can easily interact amongst themselves and with the students as well.

A considerable amount of work is still being done on Wireless Network due to development work being done.

Eighteen omni–directional antennas and nineteen directional antennas with thirty-six APs are being used to implement WLAN in the campus.

Student Wireless Network

COMSATS Abbottabad Campus has been one of the very first universities to take initiative and implements wireless technology. CNS has taken the task and now based on 802.11g technologies the campus is wireless enabled to meet the academics and research needs of Students.

COMSATS students enjoy this facility at selected hotspots, which have been specially created for them. With constant service of Internet they can easily interact amongst themselves and with the faculty members as well.

A considerable amount of work is still being done on new hotspots due to increase in the student numbers.

Saadat Iqbal (HoD IT Center/Assistant Professor)

Job Assignment:
Managing COMSATS IT Center
Qualification:
MS in Computer Science
Area of Expertise:
Theoretical Computer Science and Management Information Systems (MIS)

Sumera Ibrahim (System Administrator)

Job Assignment:
Network Installation/Management and Security
Campus LAN services based on open source servers
Computer Labs Administration
CCTV Surveillance
Electronic Attendance
IT Procurement
Qualification:
Masters in IT
Area of Expertise:
Network Installation/Management and Security
Solais/Linux/Windows based Network Services
Electronic Attendance
CCTV Surveillance
IT Procurement
Project and technical team leadership and motivation

Saghir Ahmed (Assistant System Administrator)

Job Assignment:
Configuring and maintaining Cisco 3750 (Layer 3), 2960 (Layer 2) switches with inter VLAN routing. Build & managing PDC, BDC, DNS, DHCP, WINS, FTP, NFS, File Servers, TFTP, SQL, Proxy, Print, & IIS 7 Web Servers for LAN. Managing university’s Microsoft Lab and delivering lectures to MCTS, MCITP students Investigating new technologies, software, patches and security packages which will improve system performance and systems administration procedures. Analyzing Network Monitoring servers MRTG, PRTG & NAGIOS to manage network traffic. Maintenance of LAN connecting more than 10 different buildings and 10 Computer labs Qualification:
Master, CCNA, MCITP
Area of Expertise:
Windows and Linux Servers Installation
Troubleshooting
Planning
Configuring and troubleshooting the Network.

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