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DOWNTIME - 12/18/2014 - 6:00pm - Linux/UNIX Systems Patching
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Our apologies for the short notice. We have some patches that need to be applied to our CAT supported UNIX/Linux systems.  The work will be performed on Thursday, December 18th, starting at 6:00pm.  We expect the work, which will include rolling reboots of various systems, to be completed by midnight.

We will be taking this opportunity to reload the CS Linux Lab A (FAB 88-10 - the Penguin Lab) to prepare it for some class configurations to be used in Winter term.  There will also be some reconfiguration happening on as well.


REBOOTS: Friday, 12/19/2014 2AM, Windows Workstations
Written by johnh   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

As you may recall, we had to Cancel the Microsoft Patching last week so this is a reschedule of our Monthly patch cycle.

Supported Windows Workstations will be rebooting for patches. You can expect workstations to reboot on Friday morning 12/19/2014 at 2AM if left on or shortly after power up if they have been powered off.

We will also be providing updates to Adobe Reader, Flash & Shockwave.

You are asked to please logout of your Windows account prior to that time.

As always if you have questions please contact:

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 December 2014 )
DOWNTIME - 12/22/2014 - Web Server Upgrades
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 15 December 2014

In November, we sent out a notification that we would be changing the operating system version for two of our web servers (moving to Ubuntu 14.04 - Trusty). That change could cause some issues for websites running code written for older versions of PHP.

The switchover will happen on Monday, December 22nd, starting at 5pm.

This change will affect all websites at:

and many “project” websites that are hosted by the CAT.  


Last Updated ( Monday, 15 December 2014 )
New process for buying Additional Print Quota
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 01 December 2014

If your termly allotment for printing in the MCECS Computer Labs has run out, there is now an online process for buying additional print quota credits. The update takes effect within 5 minutes and your PSU Billing Account is charged within a week. No more visits to the cashier’s office.

To buy additional print quota, go to:

Login using your MCECS username/password and click on the “Printquota” tab.  Read the instructions and follow the outlined steps.

There is a limit of $10 per print quota add. A confirmation e-mail is sent to your address (wherever that points to) as well as an alternative e-mail address you can specify,

Changes to websites - Web servers moving to Ubuntu Trusty (14.04)
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 24 November 2014

Sometime in December, 2014, we will be transitioning our web servers to the latest long term support release of Ubuntu Linux (14.04 aka Trusty Tahr).  If you have web code or applications (especially those using PHP) on user websites hosted under:

you may be affected by some of these changes.


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 ( Monday, 18 August 2014 )

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