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January 2017

World Famous ‘3 Corners’ Monument Resurveyed 

On November 3, 2016, BLM Utah, Arizona, and Nevada met in the field with the representatives from the 3 states’ professional land surveyor associations to resurvey the lines of the State boundaries in preparation to rehabilitate and remonument the common state corner.

This winter, the 1901 AZ-NV-UT State corner will be replaced with a new monument provided by the Professional Land Surveyor Societies. The Team used survey grade GPS equipment which gives sub-centimeter accuracy. The measurements and descriptions will become a new PLSS plat and field record for land managers and the public to use in the future. Check out photos from the event.

Discontinuation of Cisco 7900 IP Phones

View DTS Technical Bulletin TB 450. Cisco has announced the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7915, 7942 and 7962. The last day to order the affected product(s) was February 1, 2016. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers’ service contract.

Because State agencies are responsible for purchasing phones, it is imperative that affected agencies are notified/informed about Cisco’s End-of-Sale and End-of-Life announcement for Cisco’s 7915, 7942 and 7962 IP phones.

 Affected agencies should contact their Department of Technology Services (DTS) Voice Solution Engineer  to discuss replacement of their 7900 IP phones.

End of SW Maintenance Releases: The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes is 11/1/2017. Thereafter, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain or test the product software of IP Phones 7915, 7942 and 7962.

Last Date of Support: The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product (IP Phones 7915, 7942 and 7962) as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions is 1/31/2021. Thereafter, all support services for the product (IP Phones 7915, 7942 and 7962) are unavailable; the product becomes obsolete. This does not mean that State agencies have until 1/31/2021 to replace their 7915, 7942 and 7962 IP Phones. Rather, it means that releases for the Department of Technology Services Cisco Call Manager will be designed with the 7900 IP Phones in mind until 1/31/2021. However, if there is an issue or bug with such releases, then there will be no support after 11/1/2017. Thereafter, if Call Manager releases have bugs that impact Cisco 7900 IP phones, then DTS will implement such releases to stay current with, e.g., security enhancements even if by doing so, Cisco 7900 IP phones are negatively impacted (become unsupportable).

The urgency is great that State agencies replace their Cisco 7915, 7942 and 7962 IP phones ideally before 11/1/2017. Thereafter, agencies risk non-support of their 7900 IP phones.

 

Product Migration Options

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco IP Phone 7800 or 8800 Series depending on their specific use case. Information about these products can be found at the following URLs:

Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/collaboration-endpoints/unified-ip-phone-7800-series/data-sheet-c78-729488.html.

Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/collaboration-endpoints/unified-ip-phone-8800-series/datasheet-c78-731637.html.

 

POP/IMAP Disabled January 31, 2017

The Post Office Protocol (POP) and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) have been in use since the 1980’s to facilitate the retrieval of email. Today, there are other protocols, i.e. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), Exchange ActiveSync, or Google Sync, that are more secure.

The Department of Technology Services (DTS) disabled the use of POP and IMAP for all users not using POP or IMAP on March 11, 2016. Since then, we have been working on disabling the remaining users and migrating them to more secure methods of accessing email.

Recently we had asked IT directors to either 1) Give permission to disable the remaining users or 2) Have the agency fill out and sign a Risk Acceptance form for the remaining users. Note: System email accounts either need to be disabled from using POP/IMAP or sign a risk acceptance form. 

ALL remaining accounts that do NOT have a signed Risk Acceptance form will be disabled from using POP/IMAP on January 31, 2017.

The POP/ IMAP Audit Report is updated every Monday night.

Users that wish to continue to access email, other than by the web, will need to change the sync protocol. For help please contact the DTS Help Desk at dts.utah.gov and click on ‘Get Help’.

2017-2020 Strategic Plan

The 2017-2020 State of Utah DTS Strategic Plan is now available. The plan was developed to help government leaders evaluate and prioritize the technology innovations that enable them to achieve their business and service delivery objectives. Each agency should carefully consider how the strategic goals outlined in this plan align with agency objectives. The plan presents technology trends DTS leaders identified as relevant, and describes how these trends will affect the direction for information technology management statewide. 

 

Technology allows agencies to perform more efficiently and fulfill citizen needs. It will continue to provide a vehicle for innovative solutions. DTS must ensure that IT initiatives align with agency priorities, both current and future. DTS and agencies must adapt planning and governance processes to the emerging world of 24/7 access to government to meet the needs of the mobile citizenry. Utah is well poised to meet the goals in this plan.

Maps on the Hill is January 25, 2017

Maps on the Hill, an event held at the State Capitol during the Utah Legislative Session, is supported by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC. The event highlights interesting maps and mapping technology with elected officials, fellow practitioners and the public. Students and professionals present on a broad range of topics to show the diversity of mapping resources in Utah, and to demonstrate how mapping technology can be used to support decision makers. Please join us for the event January 25, 2017.