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EMERGENCY POWERDOWN - 8/27/2014 - FAB/EB - 8pm till early morning
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
The power testing for FAB/EB did not go well. Due to unresolved issues with the power switching hardware/software, they are going to try to do further testing tonight (Wednesday night) from 8pm until the wee hours of the morning.

As with yesterday, we will be shutting down labs starting at 6pm.  Please make sure you have turned off your office gear before leaving for the day.

In the event the powerdown is postponed, we will send notifications as soon as possible.

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 )
8/26/2014 - FAB/EB BUILDING POWERDOWN - 8pm to 2am
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 14 August 2014
[Note that we will begin shutting down computer labs at 6pm.]

This is a reminder that the FAB/EB powerdown has now been scheduled for Tuesday, August 26th.  During this powerdown, there will be a series of building-wide power outages hitting FAB and EB. The building management company and various vendors will be working on fixing a recurring generator problem.

The power work is scheduled to happen between 8pm and 2am (which will include periodic outages to all areas in FAB and EB that do not have backup power).  The data center and a few locations on building UPS systems are expected to survive but everything else will be hit.

We recommend that everyone turn off their computers, printers and other electronic gear before leaving for the evening.  The CAT will begin shutting down supported computer labs at 6pm and will be on site to monitor for any problems.  

Remotely accessible services run from the data center should be fine.  Just don’t expect to get any effective on-site work done for the duration of the downtime
Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 )
Office 2013 rollout will be completed in the next few weeks
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Over the last month or so, we have been gradually migrating CAT supported Windows systems to Office 2013.  All new deployments and many existing faculty and staff systems have already made the migration. We will be stepping up the pace over the next few weeks by working with the remaining department offices, faculty/research desktops and targeting the major computer labs during reloads
Beware of Spear Phishing Spam and giving out your passwords
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 30 September 2013

This is our periodic notice to warn people of dangerous e-mail spam - namely Phishing Spam.  We deal with a few waves of these at the start of term and Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a strong phishing season.  A few recent victims have been costly, leading to main PSU mail servers being blacklisted over the weekend, so please take note.

The CAT and OIT will NEVER ask for passwords via e-mail.

DO NOT follow links in your e-mail that require you to enter your login and password information.

DO NOT send out any unencrypted, sensitive information via e-mail.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 September 2013 )
Dropbox in MCECS - Usage, Security and Privacy concerns
Written by johnj   
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dropbox, an online file repository/backup service, has been gaining in popularity. Its ease of setup and use for personal systems has resulted in rapid adoption among people trying to sync and transfer data between home desktops, laptops and other mobile devices.

We are seeing increased use of this service among faculty, staff and student users. While Dropbox is a hit at home, it has had a rocky road trying to adapt to corporate and centrally driven IT environments - both at a technical and policy level. MCECS users face many of these same challenges.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

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