Quarantine Network

 


What can it be used for?

The quarantine network is mainly used for research instrument equipment that requires no updates or if the version of operating software that has become end of life such as Windows XP.

What technical restrictions are there on Quarantine network?

  • Are isolated from the main Academic network
  • have no outbound internet access.
  • HTTP(S), RDP and SSH traffic is permitted into and out of the network from the Quarantine Windows Terminal Server only
  • have access to central DNS and other services (e.g. WSUS).
  • have access to license servers that have been approved (e.g. Matlab, LabVIEW, KMS, Autodesk).
  • have no outbound access to any other University networks e.g RDSF, Onedrive or Myfiles
  • Quarantine networks are isolated from each other
  • can have old operating systems or not patched e.g. windows XP

 

What functionality does the Quarantine network have?

  • Quarantine networks has no internet access
  • Remote Desktop and SSH traffic is permitted into and out of the quarantine network from the Quarantine Windows Terminal Server only:
    • Its-zaquar.cse.bris.ac.uk
    • Its-zbquar.cse.bris.ac.uk
    • Its-zcquar.cse.bris.ac.uk
    • Its-zdquar.cse.bris.ac.uk
    • Its-zequar.cse.bris.ac.uk
    • Its-zfquar.cse.bris.ac.uk
  • There is a software repository for all quarantined machines  \\its-quar-sr.cse.bris.ac.uk\installs
  • Quarantine networks has access to central DNS servers and Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
  • Quarantine networks has access to license servers (ports only) that have been approved by Change Advisor Board :
    • Mathworks Matlab
    • National Instruments LabVIEW
    • Autodesk (Zone E)
    • Key Management Services (KMS)
  • Machines in the quarantine network can be configured with:
    • A generic local user account or multiple local accounts.
    • No antivirus program (however it is advisable to have one installed).
    • No security updates, so projects can run longer without the need of interruptions.
    • Not dependent to network resources.
  • Quarantined machines are still supported by the local zonal teams, who provided help with hardware and software issues.

 

QN Overview

How to install Software from within the Quarantine network

Currently available: MATLAB, LabVIEW, WinSCP (SSH file transfer), Putty (SSH console), 7-Zip, SCEP (anti-virus), SyncFolders plus others. If you need extra software to be available from here please contact service-desk@bristol.ac.uk Enter the following command in a command prompt (Start → Run → cmd → OK or Win+r keys), replacing username with your UOB username:
  • net use "\\its-quar-sr.cse.bris.ac.uk\installs" /USER:UOB\username
Open the installs folder:
  • Start → Run → "\\its-quar-sr.cse.bris.ac.uk\installs" → OK
When you have finished installing software enter the following command in a command prompt (Start → Run → cmd → OK or win+r keys) to forget you UoB credentials.
  • net use "\\its-quar-sr.cse.bris.ac.uk\installs" /DELETE

 

Remotely control your quarantine networked PC

Please see this document: :  Remote Desktop to an Quarantine network PC

Users will need to given access to a server called its-z{a-f}quar.cse.bris.ac.uk; please contact the Service Desk to arrange this. Each zone has a dedicated server if you are in zone d then you will use its-zdquar.cse.bris.ac.uk