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Morgan gets new computer server

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

The Morgan County Commission agreed Tuesday to buy a new main server for its computer system.

Data Processing Manager David Hannah said the server is the anchor of the entire electronic system.

"This server controls all IP addresses and determines who logs on," Hannah explained.

"It controls the telephone system and the main frame. It is the backbone of our network."

Hannah said the e-mail server as well as other servers are under the control of the main server. He said the county needs the new server because the current one is six years old. The old server will stay in use.

'Lot more space'

"We would like to reformat the old one and start hosting our own Web pages here, instead of paying HiWAAY to do it," Hannah said. "We'll also have a lot more space to use."

The server costs $97,842.

The commission also approved an emergency purchase of antennas that link the 911 facility and the courthouse for operation of the Computer Aided Dispatch system.

Hannah said the reason for that purchase is that the old antennas wore out. The antennas allow operators of the CAD system to verify addresses and see locations of sheriff's deputypatrol cars; and make it possible for them to communicate with officers, Hannah said.

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