Annual Report, Systems Manager 2016

Systems Manager Report For 2016

This past year at LION has been a very busy one. Below are a few of the highlights of what kept me occupied this past year.

We welcomed back Middlefield – Levi E. Coe Library to LION back in January. I worked with CEN to move their RLAN DSL to point to LION. We renumbered their PC’s with LION IP Addresses. We moved their domain to so we would have control of it.

Installed LAT-Stena System at Old Saybrook – LAT-Stena™ is a unique product that allows you to store virtually any number of media disks behind the circ-desk and have nearly instant access to any one of them. Installed 4 Pod’s and a Controller PC. Installed required software on the Circ PC’s.

Upgraded Wallingford Wireless with new Unifi access points.

Installed/Upgraded wifi at Meriden with Unifi access points.

Installed/Upgraded Wifi at Haddam with Unifi access points

Upgraded Wifi at Guilford with Unifi access points.

Upgraded Software on LION E-Mail Server to latest version 15.2.

Added security (Sender Policy Framework (SFP) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to e-mail server to prevent SPAM relaying and compromised accounts.

Added, and, to our e-mail server. We currently have 860 users on the LION e-mail server.

In the next few Months, the Software for the E-Mail server will be completely rewritten for a new look and feel. Added functionality will also be part of the next release. I will wait a few months after its release to let them work out any bugs that occur with new software releases. Look for it sometime in early spring.

We moved the LION Web Server behind a bridged Firewall/Filter to prevent DDOS attacks from other countries. Our server was getting constantly attacked which slowed the server response time down and even made it non responsive at times as the CPU was being used up, sometimes reaching 100%.

Separated Willoughby Wallace Library’s network from the Town. The LION and Town networks were all intertwined (against my wishes). Now they are 2 completely separate networks. Much better for troubleshooting and we have a clear idea of who fixes what when there is a problem.

Wallingford Library did a construction renovation project to build a Collaboratory Room. I set up the network between floors, connecting the Collaboratory Room and the downstairs telecomm room via Fiber Optics and VLAN Switches.

Reduced CEN Ports on their Fiber Switches to one at Wallingford, Meriden, New London, LION, RUSSELL, and East Lyme to save money using VLAN Switches. July 1st the CEN started billing for Internet via Fiber.

They are billing based on Bandwidth and Number of Ports. By reducing the number of Ports, I was able to cut the bill in half at each location.

Moved Woodbridge Town Library off CEN Fiber to Atlantic Cable + VPN.

The Fiber cost was too much for Woodbridge to absorb so they switched to the local Cable Companies Internet and a always ON VPN for LION access.

I investigated CIPA filters for libraries that are applying for E-Rate money to help cover the CEN cost for Fiber. I looked at Iboss, Sophos, Cisco, Check Point and Watchguard. I believe I have settled on Watchguard as it has the most functionality. It is currently being tested in Yalesville. This Firewall will be for PUBLIC PC’s while the CEN Iboss will be used for the Staff. This is the most economical solution I was able to find.


Meetings and Training attended this year:

-CEN Membership Meeting May 13th

-State of Connecticut CET Infrastructure Advisory Council

-CT EduRoam Meeting/Workshop June 23rd. EduRoam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.  EduRoam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

-Fiber Optic Troubleshooting Workshop – April 27th at CEN

-Juniper Switches Bootcamp June 1st. CEN is switching to Juniper Switches for new Fiber installations. This workshop was a great introduction to the OS that Juniper operates under.


I was asked to serve on the State Library Committee to choose the vendor for Fiber Installations at Libraries with DSL. 3 Vendors applied. CEN won the bid.

With 2016 behind us, I can safely say that 2017 is shaping up to be another extremely busy one. With the State Library and CEN upgrading the current DLS connections to Fiber at the 10 LION libraries that have applied for grant money starting this spring, and the CEN doing away with the DSL as of June 30th, I will be extremely busy. At the libraries that are not moving to Fiber, I will need to get them off the DSL and onto some other Internet source with a VPN connection to LION before June 30th. Just for fun we can throw in the CIPA Filtering on top of the Installations and things are shaping up to be one of the busiest ever. I look forward to the challenge and continuing to serve the LION family.


Respectfully Submitted,


Richard Widlansky, Systems Manager
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