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Assignments 2.3.x


Getting Started

If you are not yet an authorized Assignments user, you'll first need to request an Assignments account. To request access, please contact the central computing organization for your school or center (if applicable), or ISC's Provider Desk.

A PennKey is also required to access Assignments.

Before installing the Assignments client, you should read these release notes which document some issues you may encounter with the Assignments 2.3.x client.

To install the Assignments client, follow the instructions below for your operating system. You should first obtain Kerberos tickets using your ticket manager before running the client. On MacOS X, the Kerberos Login Server will automatically prompt you to get your tickets if you need them.

After you've logged in you can use the Help menu to obtain further information about the Assignments client, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions. At the bottom of many windows you'll find a message bar that can also help guide you in using the program.

In addition to the on-line help within the Assignments client, the following documentation is available:

Release Notes

Release Notes for Microsoft Windows

  • If you destroy your Kerberos Tickets while the Assignments 2.3.x client is running, you may need to restart the Assignments client if it needs to reauthenticate to the Assignments server. This is true even if you get new tickets after destroying them. However, you don't need to restart the client until you get an error message that says:
    Assignments can't read your Kerberos tickets. You will need to restart Assignments to correct this error.
  • Assignments may crash when you use the scroll wheel on your mouse in the Miscellaneous Tables window.

Release Notes for MacOS X

  • The Assignments client for MacOS X may exhibit some user interface anomalies. This table describes some issues you may encounter and what you should do if they happen:
    Problem Solution
    Mouse cursor gets stuck as a watch. You don't need to fix the mouse to continue your work, but if you want, you can try moving the mouse over another part of the window, or switch to another application then back to Assignments. This usually fixes the mouse cursor.
    A dialog box is missing its "OK" button. The button is there, but it didn't draw itself. Pressing 'return', or clicking where the button should be will invoke it.
    A button looks disabled ("grey-ed out") when it shouldn't be. The button will be active if it should be. Try clicking on it.
    Large queries return with "Memory error" Due to a bug in OS X large queries are not possible. Modify your query into parts to obtain the requested information.
    Scroll bar doesn't work on search results window (scroll wheel on mouse does) This bug is being investigated. A workaround is to select another window, then go back to the result window. The scroll bar will then be enabled.


For Microsoft Windows

  • System Requirements:

  • Installation Instructions:

    1. Download the Assignments installer for Windows.
    2. Run the installer program and follow the on screen instructions to complete the installation.

    For MacOS X

    System Requirements:

    • Intel Macintosh running MacOS X 10.5 or later. An older, PowerPC version of the client is also available.
    • Kerberos Ticket Manager
    • 800x600 (or higher) display resolution

    Installation Instructions:

    Download Assignments for MacOS X (10.5 and later, Intel only) or download Assignments for MacOS X (10.4-10.6, PowerPC version)

    For Alternative Operation Systems

    Please contact: assignments-help@isc

    Revision History

    Assignments 2.0.0 (12 December, 1999)
    • Initial release.
    Assignments 2.0.1 (5 March, 2000)
    • Fixed a rare bug in the window for creating contact lists.
    • Relaxed the syntax checks that prohibited underscore characters (_) in order to accommodate the DNS records used for Active Directory in Microsoft Windows 2000. Assignments users who intend to manage records for Active Directory should upgrade from version 2.0.0 to 2.0.1.
    • Added a new program, Active Directory Assistant, to the Assignments distribution for Microsoft Windows. This program can be used to simplify the process of creating Active Directory records for Windows 2000.
    Assignments 2.1.0 (01 May, 2003)
    • Added Kerberos authentication.
    Assignments 2.2.0 (20 September, 2004)
    • Added support for AAAA and TXT record types.
    Assignments 2.2.1 (21 November, 2004)
    • Fixed a bug which prevented Bulk Record operations from working.
    • Fixed IPv6 record handling in Active Directory Assistant.
    Assignments 2.2.2 (31 January, 2005) (Windows only release)
    • Fixed several bugs in Active Directory Assistant.
    Assignments 2.3 (30 August, 2005)
    • Support for Budget Code/Account IDs added
    • Support for billing users added
    • Support for search by billing part added
    Assignments 2.3.1 (26 January, 2006)
    • Support for "1927" budget

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