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NETWORK DOWNTIME - 7/8/2015 - 7pm - All FAB/EB MCECS networks
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015
Starting at 7pm on Wednesday evening, July 8th, all network gear in MCECS will be getting a software update and a reboot. We are allocating a two-hour window for this work (although we hope to get it done much faster).

During the work, all wired MCECS networking in FAB/EB will experience a short network outage (including hosts in the CAT datacenter area). If you left yourself logged in overnight during the outage, it will be best to logout and log back in before starting work.

Wifi will also experience short outages in most of FAB/EB.
khensu is up and fully functional
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Khensu, the Windows File Server is now fully operational. All N: drives and user profiles have been restored from backup tape. Windows users should be fully functional. You may need to reboot your workstation to ensure everything is cleared up.

Old Department Share is now operational again


The department share from backup tape has been restored to its usual location. (Many users map their Z: drive to this.) The temporary restore we did of the department share (to the server "frost") has been made read-only so that users don't accidentally start creating/modifying files in two similar locations. If you modified or created new files in the frost (temporary) location in the past two days, you will need to move them to their "proper" place on khensu. Contact us if you have questions.

What were we able to restore


Since khensu crashed when backups were running (backups run late at night), the state of the files we restored will be from the previous night for most users. This means that files created or modifications made on June 30 may not be available.

Network Recycle Bin


We are having problems setting up a hack we used to enable N: drive recycle bins. This means that now, if you delete something on your N: drive, it will be deleted permanently. (This is the Windows server default.) You will be able to use our 3-4 hour snapshot facility (known as shadow copy) to recover a file you accidentally deleted. For details, see:
Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 July 2015 )
Independence Day Closure - July 3/4
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 29 June 2015

PSU will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. The CAT front desk in FAB 82 will be closed on both Friday (July 3rd) and Saturday (July 4th). It will re-open as usual on Monday (July 6th).



Last Updated ( Monday, 29 June 2015 )
We need your input on revamping the CAT website
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 11 June 2015
During the Summer, we will be working on upgrading the aging CAT
website ( to a new technology. Our goal is to
update much of the information from the existing website while adding
new topics and features. While we periodically receive suggestions
from MCECS users about the website, this is your chance to give us
some feedback that could directly drive this re-design.

If you have a few minutes to spare, please take the short Qualtrics
survey at the following link.

Please make sure that you DO NOT enter any login/password information
while taking the survey.

We appreciate your input. If you have any questions, please contact:
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,

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 ( Tuesday, 17 February 2015 )

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