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Stennis Gets a Technology Makeover

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050725-17
Release Date: 7/25/2005 7:36:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Nick Flabi, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) Automated Data Processing (ADP) upgraded the Stennis network operating system and all desktop computers and monitors June 23.

ADP will upgrade the ship’s operating system from Windows NT to Windows 2000. ADP’s Chief Information Systems Technician (SW) Jeff Drinkard said the reason for the change is because the maker of Windows NT, as well as third-party companies, no longer support the program.

“The new operating system provides better network security and reliability, and it supports a host of new user applications that are not currently supported under Windows NT,” said Drinkard. “One example is the USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports on your computers. They will now operate to support portable devices.”

The use of USB ports will allow crew members to connect personal data assistants (PDA), palm pilots and other portable devices to share information.

Drinkard said the SIPRnet (Secure Internet Protocol Router network) servers are scheduled to be upgraded June 23-26, affecting about 150 users, mostly ship’s leadership. NIPRnet (Non-secure Internet Protocol Router network) servers will be upgraded July 1-4, affecting all users.

The SIPRnet is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) secure Internet domain used for the transfer of classified materials. The NIPRnet is used for the transfer of unclassified materials and serves as the military’s gateway to the World Wide Web.

“During the server upgrades, all network servers on that network will be unavailable,” said Drinkard. "There will be no access to Web browsing, off-ship e-mail, no shared resources like the public drives or network printers, and no access to personal storage drives on the network. All software application programs that reside on or connect through the network servers will be inaccessible.”

Drinkard said all desktop computers will still operate during the server upgrade, just without access to the network. The crew can still work on local documents stored on their computers’ “C” drives.

According to Drinkard, after the server upgrades are complete, ADP will be exchanging older desktop computers around the ship with new computers pre-installed with the Windows 2000 operating system. He also said older tube-type monitors will be replaced with new flat-paneled monitors.

ADP Division Officer Ens. Scott Parker said all new computers would include keyboards with ports that will allow Sailors to insert their identification cards to log into the network. He said both the operating system upgrade and the new log-on system will be more secure and convenient and will provide faster service.

Drinkard said the best way to prepare for the exchange is to “clean up your hard drives. Get rid of old documents, image files, e-mails and folders you no longer need. Your personal data on the desktop computer in your workspace is not at risk, but it is always a good idea to back up important documents or exceptionally large files to CD-ROM.”

Combat Information Systems Officer Lt. Chris Wlaschin said the computer upgrades would benefit Stennis by providing additional security and accessibility to new, better software programs. He also mentioned the network won’t go offline nearly as often.


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