March 15, 2007
At the close of the work day, Thursday March 15th, the requirements
for AUTHSERV (EDIR) passwords were modified. Prior to the 15th, AUTHSERV
passwords (8 or more characters in length) had to contain at least one
each of the following character sets:
Examples: abcdefg1; 1234567a
As of the close of work on the 15th, AUTHSERV now requires that
passwords contain two out of three of the following character sets:
Examples: Same as above; absdefgH; ABCDEFGh; abcdefg%; ABCDEFG%; abcdefG%, abcdF%1, etc.
- upper alpha
- lower alpha
- numeric/special (disallowed are quote, apostrophe and plus symbol)
Passwords allowed by AUTHSERV under the old rules continue to be acceptable.
The old AUTHSERV rules allowed use of special characters (except quotes and
apostrophes). The plus symbol is excluded.
This change in password requirements makes it possible for concerned
users to establish more complex passwords than previously allowed.
this link for a detailed explanation of AUTHSERV password requirements.
October 29th, 2006
On or after Sunday, November 5th, support for optional presentation
styles will be implemented in the EDIR and AUTHSERV web gateways.
In addition to the optional style support, changes have been made
to the basic layout of AUTHSERV authentication pages.
Support for the optional presentation styles was implemented at the
request of MAUs desiring their users interact with pages representative
of their institutions. The page layout changes were made in response to
The default presentation style for EDIR/AUTHSERV has been updated;
the header has changed as has the basic color scheme. When called with
a non-default presentation style, EDIR/AUTHSERV page headers, footers and
color scheme are representative of a specific institution.
No matter how they appear, official EDIR/AUTHSERV pages will always
be associated with the following URLs:
If ever in doubt about authenticity, use your browser to check the
certificate for the page.
August 9th, 2006
On Sunday, August 6th, the Enterprise Directory and it's web gateways
(EDIR and AUTHSERV) were migrated to new hardware and more current release
of the SunOne Directory (iPlanet). The new hardware is behind a
load balancer which provides the following benefits:
As part of the migration, access to student records was more tightly restricted.
The scope of the enhanced restrictions include records of students electing privacy
under FERPA and non-directory data on any student record. Until it is
determined what class of user is entitled to see FERPA protected student records
or non-directory student data, access to those records and that data
requires the EDIRrole "ABIDEBYFERPA". A visible indication of that change is the
absence of the student program pick list previously displayed to all credentialed users
in the EDIR "people" search page. Now that pick list is displayed only to users having
the ABIDEBYFERPA EDIRrole.
- multiple instancees of directory and web gateways
- better performance as use of EDIR and AUTHSERV increases
- ability to apply upgrades and perform monthly server reboots without interrupting service
The EDIR ABIDEBYFERPA role is requested via normal administrative security channels
(same procedure as for requesting Banner access).
May 12th 2005
Modified header of output generated when the Email List check box
is checked. The header now specifies emailList.csv as file name.
This change made in support of browsers that do not correctly
interpret the embedded MIME type of text/csv and those for which
MIME type to application mapping is not supported.
May 11th 2005
Announcments page modified to use EDIR stylesheet.
March 29th 2005
UAF University Relations plans to produce the UAF phonebook this
year from the information stored in EDIR and will be asking UAF
employees to update their personal and departmental phonebook
Over the course of three weeks between March 28th and April 15th,
over 3000 UAF employee EDIR accounts will be activated. The
associated activation message requests that users log in to EDIR
and change their passwords when they receive the message. Doing
so helps distribute the load on your campus Help Desk should
assistance be needed.
March 25th 2005
A new version of the EDIR web gateway was migrated to production
on Friday, March 25th, 2005. The new gateway has the following
The process of cleaning up the HTML of the EDIR gateway is
ongoing. The goal is that EDIR will look and work as expected
in most web browsers. If you encounter problems using EDIR,
please send us an email and let us know the following:
- new account activation form (with associated changes to reset and lock forms)
- forms sized to fit better in lower resolution screens
- background color added to better define form boundaries
- employee locator update form now includes building pick list
- building pick list management form for phonebook production staff
How can we reach you (email address or phone number)?
What browser were you using (product and version)?
What EDIR page were you using?
What was the problem you encountered?
We can be reached by mailto:EDIR@alaska.edu