Publication Date: September 28, 2001
Author: SFA Chief Information Office (CIO)
Summary: SFA to the Internet Status Update
Posted on September 28, 2001
TO: All Destination Points
FROM: CPS/WAN Technical Support
RE: SFA to the Internet Status Update
DATE: September 28, 2001
IT'S A GO! We're excited to inform you that the "Early Adopters" have
successfully migrated to the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) and are now
transmitting data over the Internet. Now it's your turn! The migration
period begins today, September 28th. However, users who have migrated by
September 30th will have an additional chance to win an expense paid trip to
one of the 2001 Electronic Access Conferences. The second migration
deadline to win a trip is October 15, 2001.
We have posted the EDconnect Version 5.0.0 and EasyAccess Client software
products and the corresponding documentation on the Department's SFADownload
Web site (located at SFAdownload.ed.gov). Our goal is to make this
migration easier than migrations in the past. We estimate that PC users can
perform the entire process, from downloading the software and documentation
to testing your connectivity and updating your migration status on the
Enrollment Web site, in less than 60 minutes. We estimate the mainframe
and midrange users will need to set aside about 4 hours to migrate. This
includes updating your JCL/scripts.
Please complete the following steps at your earliest convenience:
1) Go to SFAdownload.ed.gov.
2) PC Users click on the Software link to the left and the "EDconnect"
Mainframe Users click on the "SAIG Host Communication Guide and
Software" link to the left.
3) Click on the "Cover Letter" link; you can select Microsoft Word or
Adobe Acrobat format.
4) Save the file by designating the target directory of your choice.
5) Open the saved file in the appropriate program (Acrobat or Word) to
view and print the document.
6) Follow the migration steps listed in the Cover Letter.
If you have any questions about the migration process, contact CPS/WAN
Technical Support at 1-800-330-5947 or via e-mail at CPSWAN@ncs.com. For
your convenience, we've added a Migration Option to the Interactive Voice
Response Unit (IVR). When prompted, simply press 3 and your call will be
routed to our migration experts.