Not-For-Profit -Network and IT Support

Students installed a touch screen computer which will allow the users to check in and out through the use of a database created in Filemaker. In order to set up the database it was important for the students to understand how the network is set up. The client’s network is made up of 2VLANS, one office network and one public network, 1AT&T 2 wire modem, 1 switch, 1 WAP, 1 network multifunction printer, clients computers that were running Windows XP Service Pack 3, and a Dell Dimension 3000 that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003. Upon understand how IYG’s network was configured, the students then chose to host the Filemaker database on the server. That being said the students were then responsible for selecting a touch screen computer to purchase for the not-for-profit. In the end they decided on a Dell Inspiron One 2305, and the students were able to use the computer’s terminal to access the “check-in” program that is stored on the server.
Students also spent time this semester troubleshooting any IT issues that occurred. One of these issues was to update the QuickBooks software that is installed on the end user machines. Within QuickBooks pro there is a server side and a client side. The server side is responsible for hosting the data that the clients connect to, and then the client side connects all of the data sources and allows them to connect to the data on the server. In order to update the software on the end user machines software patches and updates were installed on both the server and the clients. Aside from Quickbooks, the students also installed and updated Filemaker Pro, LogMeIn, and IPcop.

Student Team Members:  Aaron Hook, Eugene Gephart

Network Log Monitoring

The project was to find a way to manage logs that the computer creates for different events. The requirements for the project were that the log manager needed to be used in both Linux and Windows environments, alerted when the local admin logged into the server, and provide viewable log events when someone logged into the server remotely or locally.

The log managment tool that was used was Splunk. This is a free tool that can log up to 500mb of data per day. It stores the logs in one area which can then run searches, and view when the peak hours of data were occuring.  It also reports when abnormal amounts of logs are created, i.e. at 2:00 a.m. and you are having repeated log in attempts fail.

Student Team Members:  Nick Barnett, Samuel Jacobs

University Department Website

In this project, students create, maintain, and update the university department website as a student webmaster.  Work that has already been completed includes implementing a backup system, and a simple way to migrate from a dev environment to a production environment. We hope to accomplish a project management solution that will allow students to login and manage their projects including but not limited to:

  • Conversations with other members of the project
  • Uploading tool to submit project files
  • Progress meter for current project objective
  • To do list for upcoming parts of projects
  • Issue tracker for problems one or all project members have
  • Ability to add more projects as they come in

These things will all be available within the website so it will be a one stop shop for all projects related to the university department. It will also serve to making projects easier in the future since new classes or new students on a project will be able to see previous work, issues, fixes, and conversations from other students on the projects.

Student Webmaster:  Ed Roesch

Vulnerability Management

The goal of this project is to find free software that can monitor the labs that are used by students and a university department.  This software needs to be able to monitor the network by detecting devices that are connected and disconnected from the network, alert the appropriate person when unauthorized software has been added to a device, and scan for vulnerabilities.  Currently the team is working on implementing Spiceworks and Nessus as software solutions.

Student Team Members:  Hazam Alsehli, Lindsey Hamstra, Matt Smerdel

Tomcat Server Replacement

The Tomcat Server on campus is used to allow students access to MySQL and phpMyAdmin for the purpose of learning and expanding the students knowledge about web design and development. This project dealt with replacing the current web server with an updated Linux OS to allow for updates down the road in both security and features. Another task assigned on the project was to add scripts that could be used by instructors to add and remove students as necessary. The documentation required to complete this task has been thoroughly detailed and will allow for quicker replacements in the future as required.

Project Student:  Zach Cothron

Not-For-Profit Website

The not-for-profit website project is a new website that will highlight their operations and ongoing work.  Work completed to date includes the general layout of the site and a complete front page, which was used by the not-for-profit in a presentation in the Summer of 2013. The site is being built using WordPress, which gives students the opportunity to become familiar with WordPress layouts and functions.

Project Student:  Matt Klene

Wireless Network Installation

The goal of the wireless network installation project is to extend a not-for-profit’s current network, available only in their offices, to a wireless network that is accessible anywhere on their grounds. The wireless network is composed of a private network that is wireless and accessible by Ethernet and a public wireless network. The two newly created networks will be logically separated from one another.  This project gives students first hand experience working with many of the networking devices that they will encounter after graduation.

Student Team Members:  Eugene Gephart, Matt Klene


Tech Camp Computer Images

Tech Camp is put on by a university department to help local teachers learn how to better incorporate computer technology into their classroom curriculum. In order to allow the Instructors of this Tech Camp to teach, Living Lab students were assigned this project to make a computer build suited for two labs.  These images were to be a Windows 7 and Windows 8 image with a particular set of programs and software installed on them. After installing all the software on a machine, students were required to image these and deploy them to multiple computers to quickly get the computers ready for the Tech Camp.

Project Student:  Tanner Andrew

Network Port Auditing

Nmap is an open source program that stands for Network mapping and it’s used for Device discovery and Security Auditing. This program would allow you to know the ports status, therefore knowing which ports are being used.  The project goal was to use Nmap to generate scan reports that can be used through an Nmap report database to track hourly scan reports of the machines in two labs. These reports would allow administrators to know which machines are being used and which are not being used. 

Student Team Members:  Abdul Banjar, Tanner Andrew, David Bryant