This news item has been superceded by news item N0426. Effective 9/26/2005, the DNS name "news.ufl.edu" no longer points to any USENET news server. Users wishing to connect to a USENET news server should use "
The remainder of this document is being left unchanged, for historical purposes.
17 May 2004
CNS is retiring the the "USENET News" server name "usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu", effective 10 August 2004. If you have newsreaders (or e-mail programs with a built-in news-reading facility) which have been using the old "usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu" server, you should make sure your configuration is set to read from the server "news.ufl.edu".
The USENET service "news.ufl.edu" is physically identical with "usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu". However, as we decommission all of the old NERDC names, "usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu" is slated to be one of the first to be discontinued.
The pine e-mail/news-reader on NERSP has already been reconfigured so that it reads from "news.ufl.edu" by default, so if you are using pine on NERSP, this change has already been made for you. However, if you use another program (such as Outlook Express, Netscape, Forte Agent, etc.) to read USENET newsgroups from usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu, you will need to make sure your configuration points to "news.ufl.edu".
Note that there are USENET servers operated by various departments around UF, and this change does NOT affect those; only "usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu" is being affected by this change.
This is the third message in this series; to see previous messages, go
to the CNS home page (
and click the yellow "
Additional details can be found on the "NERDC -to- CNS DNS Name Change
Quick-Reference" page at
The old USENET server name (usenet.nerdc.ufl.edu) will be removed Tuesday, 10 August 2004.
If you have any questions or need assistance in changing your newsreader
configuration, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk at 392-HELP, e-mail
News articles, CNS documents, and related information can be accessed
on-line through DOCWEB, CNS's WWW-based documentation system, at
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