SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 181
September 24, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Date Set for Virginia's PEN Upgrade|
The Department of Education, as you are aware, plans to upgrade Virginia's Public Education Network (VA.PEN) making it fully Web-based and compatible with current hardware and software. Department staff members and school division personnel are testing a beta version of the new system. Monday, November 22, 1999, is the date established for the new system to be fully operational. We are scheduling conversion to the new system for the weekend prior to November 22 to minimize disruption of service to Virginia's education community. Accordingly, plan on VaPEN services not being available Friday, November 19, through Sunday, November 21. We expect all systems to be functioning normally on Monday morning, November 22. To access this new system, your hardware and software will need to be capable of Internet access and running a "browser" (e.g. Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.). Your "log in ID" name and password will remain unchanged. Information on recommended minimum hardware configurations is attached. Additional information may be found on the VA.PEN website (www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/MIS/PEN/pen.html) and we will provide additional information about this upgrade in a future communication. Should you have any questions, please contact Jerry Mathews, at 804-225-2950, or via E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) PDS/mm Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. VA.PEN Recommended Minimum Hardware Configurations Recommended PC Minimum Hardware/Software Requirements for New VA.PEN System, effective November 22, 1999: - Intel 80486/33 processor - SVGA video adapter capable of displaying graphics in 800 x 600 resolution - SVGA color monitor - 16 MB RAM - 500 MB hard disk drive - Windows 95 Operating System - 28.8 bps modem - Netscape 4.0x Recommended Macintosh Minimum Hardware/Software Requirements for New VA.PEN System, effective November 22, 1999: - 68040 processor - Quadra - Centris - LC 575 - LC 580 - Performa (except 200, 250, 250, 400, 405, 410, 430, 450, 460, 466, 467, 520, 550, 600, 600CD) - Video adapter capable of displaying graphics in 832 x 624 resolution - SVGA color monitor - 16 MB RAM - 500 MB hard disk drive - 7.1x * Operating System - Open Transport ver. 1.1.1 - Open Transport/PPP ver. 1.0 ** - 28.8 bps modem - Netscape 3.0 * See Apple technical information article on which versions of Open Transport are compatible with which operating systems at: http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n30526 ** See Apple technical information article on system requirements for Open Transport/PPP at: http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n20628 While this article discusses Apple Remote Access (ARA), VA.PEN connections via ARA are not supported.