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Planned Campus Phone Outage - 6/28/2017 - 10pm to 3am
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Due to electrical work being performed on the telecom room in Cramer Hall, the campus phone system will experience an outage on Wednesday night, June 28th, from 10pm to 3am.

 

During this time:

 

- Most of campus will experience an outage on wired phones

- Voicemail will not be accessible

- Blue light phones will not be operational

- There is a slight possibility of wifi issues on parts of campus

 

Campus Public Safety will still be accessible through the usual numbers:

 

Emergency: 503-735-4404

Non-Emergency: 503-725-4407

PPTP VPN service will shutdown for good on 6/22/2017
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Before we switched to OpenVPN some years back, MCECS had an old VPN (dating back to 2003). This old VPN service has been on life support for the past few years and will be finally decommissioned on June 22. The underlying technology it uses (PPTP) has been proven to be insecure and many new operating systems no longer support it.

 

If you are a current MCECS OpenVPN user, you have nothing to worry about.

 

On the other hand, if you have some computers that are still configured to use the old VPN but only connect occasionally, please set them up to use OpenVPN. We have sent targeted warnings to recent users of the old VPN but we may not have seen you if you haven’t connected in the last two months.  

 

Instructions on how to setup OpenVPN for MCECS can be found here:

 

http://cat.pdx.edu/network/vpn-services-in-mcecs-2.html


Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 June 2017 )
Bulk Scanning Facilities for MCECS users
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 10 April 2017

MCECS students now have a bulk scanning station in the FAB 55-17 MCECS General Lab. The device (an HP Digital Sender Flow Station) has an automatic sheet feeder. Students who need to scan multiple sheets of well behaved paper (for homework assignments or projects) can do so to e-mail or a USB thumbdrive. Less well behaved paper can be scanned on the flatbed of the scanner.


The scanner is directly on the network so no host computer access is needed. Controls are through a touch screen and keyboard located on the machine.


An MCECS computer account (for logging into the scanner) and access to MCECS General Computer Labs (to get into the room) are needed to use the scanner.


Learn how to use it here:


https://cat.pdx.edu/faculty-staff/scanner-sender-2.html

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 April 2017 )
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:


https://goo.gl/2jNFk4


We hope this will help you get you started.
Microsoft Word issues after recent Windows update
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 27 March 2017

We have had a few isolated reports from users running into problems while viewing equations in Microsoft Word documents. The problems seem to have emerged after the most recent batch of security updates from Microsoft.


We have not seen any new updates from Microsoft regarding this problem. If you feel you are experiencing this issue, please contact the CAT with details about what you are running into.


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)


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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 )
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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: 

https://intranet.cecs.pdx.edu/cram/


You must use your Odin ID to get into CRAM.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2015 )
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