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  1. Introduction to Agnes Chau ( Computer Centre Updated September 3, 2007

  2. Agenda • What is HKU Portal? • Benefits and Highlights • How to use HKU Portal • Demonstration • Putting services on HKU Portal • Q & A

  3. What is HKU Portal? • Web-based and user-customizable service that allows users to access HKU electronic services with single sign-on. • Through the HKU Portal, you can access email services, online course materials, library resources and other online services provided by various departments. • Launched in January 2003.

  4. What is HKU Portal? • Accessible from the Internet at using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or above

  5. Why do we need HKU Portal? • Need to meet challenges in campus informatization • Explosion of online information services • Growing no. of different services providers • Heterogeneous system platforms • Inconsistent and unfriendly means of user access

  6. Current Outcome • Reliable, resilient and scalable portal system. • Deliver e-services in a better manageable way. • Resourceful – hosting a wide range of information and services for staff and students. • Well received by staff and students.

  7. Current Outcome • High access rate among staff and students

  8. Benefits of HKU Portal In the past: services were scattered One location for email

  9. Benefits of HKU Portal In the past : services were scattered Another location for faculty

  10. Benefits of HKU Portal Portal : single web interface for various services and information

  11. Benefits of HKU Portal In the past: multiple Sign-on’s User needs to login to each service

  12. Benefits of HKU Portal Portal : no more login is needed for email and other services after entering HKU Portal

  13. Benefits of HKU Portal In the past: users were given all kinds of information

  14. Benefits of HKU Portal Portal : users can select which services to see

  15. Benefits of HKU Portal Portal : different users can have different portals

  16. Benefits of HKU Portal • Portal : different users can have different portals

  17. Benefits of HKU Portal • Portal : users are given relevant information • MyLibrary, My Department, My WebCT courses

  18. Current Services • HKU Today’s Events and U-Notices • Webmail • WebCT • MyLibrary • My Faculty and Department • Student Connect or staff UIS • My Bookmarks of online services

  19. Current Services • Selectable services • 40 online services provided by Computer Centre, Office of Student Affairs, Institute of Human Performance, HKU Museum, etc. • Selectable HKU web sites • HKU News • HKU Departments • Student Societies • Halls and Accommodation

  20. Current Services • MyUIS for staff • 40 services provided by Human Resources, FEO, Estates Office, Academic Services, Research Services Section • Student Connect for students • 8 services provided by Academic Services, FEO, OSA • Local Weather and Traffic

  21. Technical Highlights • Server • SUN Enterprise v480 + 2 x Dell PE1850 + IBM OpenPower 710 • 2 CPU, 8G RAM with SAN storage • Sun Solaris v8 • Allow access from HKU Intranet initially • Database • Oracle 9i and MS SQL Server

  22. Technical Highlights • Open source applications • Portal platform : uPortal v2 • Web server : Tomcat v4 • Single sign-on : Central Authentication Service (CAS) • Repository of user accounts : Open LDAP • Email : IMP Webmail

  23. Technical Highlights • Self developed utilities • MyLinks : intuitive interface to select services in HKU Portal • CASEnabler : enable single sign-on CASLogout : provides single logout for all CAS-enabled applications

  24. Using HKU Portal • Browser • IE v7 or v6 or v5.5 preferred • Visit • User Identification / Personal Identification No. (UID / PIN) • Staff : UID/PIN = HKUCC/HKUSUA account/pwd • Student : UID/PIN = HKUSUC/HKUSUA account/pwd

  25. Using HKU Portal New ‘HKU Portal’ icon in Staff / Student Intranet

  26. Using HKU Portal Single login step at

  27. Using HKU Portal Presented with default services (template) Some services are displayed directly

  28. Using HKU Portal Can navigate among tabs to select service Navigate among tabs Select service

  29. Using HKU Portal Select information / services of interest

  30. Using HKU Portal Can also customize appearance of portal

  31. Using HKU Portal Logout HKU Portal (will also logout all other services) when finished

  32. Using HKU Portal Close your browsers

  33. Staff Portal For HKU Staff

  34. Accessing UIS on HKU Portal • 2 authentication choices for MyUIS • Second login with UIS password • Added security protection • Direct access from HKU Portal • Convenience

  35. Student Portal For HKU Students

  36. Demonstration

  37. Putting Services on HKU Portal Develop an online service enable the online service for single sign-on (with help of CC) Yes Authenticate? No Register service on HKU Portal with CC Users can choose this service from their HKU Portal

  38. Putting Services on HKU Portal • A service can be • Mandatory, Default, Optional

  39. Future Possibilities • More services provided by different departments • More specialized user profiles

  40. Q & A

  41. Thank You!