As the University of Minnesota and the Office of Information Technology prepare for our overall network upgrade (NGN), we continue to operate the network as efficiently and effectively as possible. Student and staff usage of network devices has changed over the last few years to a network that requires more Wi-fi capabilities. In order to deploy an appropriate number of ports in the NGN, OIT needs to identify those ports which have been inactive for an extended period of time and may not be utilized in the future. This will allow the network upgrade project to size the new network appropriately.
OIT is performing a network port and switch review project to identify those ports which have been unused for an extended period of time. Any network port that has not been active for the past 180 days will be deemed unused and the port will be taken out of service via software. Physical cleanup of those closets wil occur a couple months past that time.
During the port allocation stage of this project, there should not be an interruption of service as only inactive ports will be disconnected. Once the physical cleanup stage begins, only inactive ports will be touched and there should be no service impact.
Some work may occur in select closets to make the NGN work more efficient. But this should only have a minimal user impact of less than 10 minutes.