Latest News in Administrative Systems

February 14, 2007 - Administrative Systems Readiness for Early Daylight Savings Time

Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Savings Time will begin three weeks earlier than in the past this year (March 11), and end one week later (November 4). This change may potentially affect many computer systems and applications.

Administrative Systems is preparing for the change through a comprehensive review of all our systems and services (Oracle, PeopleSoft, Kronos, Reporting, Registries, etc.), and working with vendors to ensure that all applications are ready to handle the time shift. Testing, patching, and validation are proceeding on schedule, with the goal of avoiding any system difficulties when the time change occurs on March 11. The change should be seamless, both for users and for automatic batch processes.


February 13, 2007 - Users Encouraged to DELAY Vista Upgrade

On January 30 Microsoft released its long-anticipated Windows Vista operating system. Currently Stanford's enterprise application vendors have not yet certified their software to be Vista-compatible. Administrative Systems is in the process of testing all of its applications (including those accessed via the Axess portal) with Vista. Pending completion of this testing and/or certification by our vendors, Administrative Systems is recommending that users of the administrative applications (Oracle, PeopleSoft, Kronos, ReportMart, etc.) do not upgrade to Vista. While some applications may continue to run without difficulty, AS cannot guarantee that they will; thus, users who choose to upgrade at this time do so at their own risk.

ITS has published the following web page providing detailed information and recommendations regarding Windows Vista at Stanford: http://www.stanford.edu/services/helpsu/vista/

Questions regarding Vista may be submitted via HelpSU.


February 9, 2007 - Kronos Requires Iinstallation of Java JRE 1.5.0_10 for Windows Users

A system patch was installed on February 3 to address a recent security update with the Java software used to run Kronos. As a result of this patch, Windows users are required to install a new version of Java, JRE 1.5.0_10, when they next login to Kronos.

The JRE 1.5.0_10 download and detailed installation instructions are available at http://co.stanford.edu/payroll_manual/kronos/employeeinfo.html.

Aside from the need to install an updated version of Java, Kronos will appear unchanged to users. User entry screens will be the same and saved user settings, such as hyperfind queries, will be retained.


November 27, 2006 - Internet Explorer 7.0 Not Yet Certified for Administrative Applications

Microsoft released version 7 of its Internet Explorer web browser for Windows in early October. Administrative Systems is currently testing the compatibility of all of its applications (including those accessed via the Axess portal) with IE 7.

Pending completion of this verification, Administrative Systems is recommending that users do not upgrade to Internet Explorer 7. Instructions for uninstalling IE 7 (for those who have already upgraded) and returning to IE 6 may be found online at http://www.stanford.edu/services/ess/adminapps/ie7_removal.html

This recommendation has been posted on the Browser Recommendations for Administrative Applications page. The page will be updated once IE 7 testing is completed and Administrative Systems has verified that all applications function normally with the new version.

Further questions regarding IE 7 may be submitted via HelpSU.