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DOWNTIME - 9/20/2017 - 7pm - All Ubuntu Linux Systems for patching
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 18 September 2017

Most CAT supported Ubuntu Linux systems (desktops and servers) will be rebooting to catch up on kernel patches, Wednesday, September 20th, starting at 7pm. Expect sporadic outages for all CAT supported Ubuntu Linux systems and anyone using Linux-based services.

The work is scheduled to last until 11pm and will affect:


9/18/2017 - FAB 55-17 Windows Lab systems down for reloading
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 18 September 2017
All the Windows Systems in FAB 55-17 are down for reloading. The Linux workstations are still usable. Please do not tamper with any of the Windows Systems in this lab. If you need to use a Windows lab, EB 325 is available.
Windows Computer Lab Reloads - 9/11 through 9/22
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 07 September 2017

From Sep 11th through the 22nd (a two week period), the CAT will be reloading the computers in a number of MCECS computer labs. The reloads will being a newer revision of Windows 10 as well as newer versions of software as needed.

Labs targeted are:

MCECS FAB General Lab  - FAB 55-17

MCECS EB General Lab - EB 325

CEE Civil 3D Lab - EB 390

ECE Circuits Lab - FAB 60-01

ECE Capstone Lab - FAB 60-04

ETM SD Computer Lab - FAB 55-02

MME MCAE Lab - EB 420

We will be working on one lab at a time. Departmental staff will be contacted before working on departmental labs. One of the General labs will stay open during the work.

Windows 10 Starter Info for MCECS faculty and staff users
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 03 April 2017

Selected MCECS faculty and staff members are starting to receive new computers that come with CAT supplied Tier 1/2 Windows 10 loads. Transitioning from Windows 7 can pose a culture shock for some users.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our Windows 10 environment in this document:

We hope this will help you get you started.
Using OIT's Cisco AnyConnect VPN to connect to MCECS resources
Written by fester   
Thursday, 16 March 2017

Since going down to a single VPN solution in MCECS (OpenVPN), we have had a few instances where some users:

  1. Have trouble getting OpenVPN to work on their specific system

  2. Have issues using OpenVPN from some locations where OpenVPN may be blocked (such as PCC’s Willow Creek campus)

Having diverse VPN options is a good thing. While we are working on setting up a second VPN system in MCECS, we have also been working with OIT to configure their Cisco AnyConnect VPN service to access protected MCECS resources as well. You can now use this VPN to access the following MCECS resources:

  • Remote Desktop to Windows computers that you have access to

  • Access file shares/folders (on khensu, UNIX/Linux home directories, stashes)

  • Print using the msprint print server

  • SSH into computers that are on private addresses (such as ECE’s eve/walle/mo, the CS Particle lab)

Explorer Freezing on Windows 10
Written by thyme   
Monday, 03 October 2016

Recently Windows Explorer has become unresponsive and freezing on Windows 10. This causes the Start Menu, Taskbar and Desktop to become unresponsive.

We are researching the root cause. In the meantime we have a few troubleshooting steps. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 October 2016 )
CRAM - for MCECS Account Activation and Password Changes
Written by johnj   
Friday, 15 August 2014

CRAM is the CAT Remote Account Manager.  If you have an active Odin Account (because you are an active PSU Student, Faculty or Staff member), then you can use it at:

You must use your Odin ID to get into CRAM.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2015 )

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