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OUTAGE - 3/29/2017 - FAB 115/100 network outage due to failed equipment
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

We have a malfunction in one of the switches that drives networking to the FAB plaza level in the Suite 115 and Suite 100 areas. Wired networking is currently out for all users in those suites.

We are in the process of replacing the device with a spare and reconfiguring/checking on all the data jacks. We expect the work to be finished by this evening but service may not be restored to everyone before 5pm.

Other parts of the FAB plaza level should not be affected by this outage.

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.

DOWNTIME - 3/29/2017 - 6pm till midnight - Linux and Networking Patching
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 27 March 2017

Starting at 6pm on Wednesday, March 29th, we will be applying a number of updates to most of our Linux/Solaris systems and networking switches. Our rough schedule is:

6pm to 8pm - Linux home directories, stashes and some services (Windows users will notice outages to the U:/S: drives and stashes)

8pm to 9pm - Networking throughout FAB/EB for MCECS (including wifi) - all users impacted

9pm to midnight - Linux labs, Linux login servers, other Linux-based services

Due to the large number of systems involved, expect rolling outages during the downtime window. While CAT supported Windows systems will not be involved in this downtime, they will be periodically affected by the network patching and reboots of some Linux services (such as OpenVPN, stash/U: drive servers, printing).
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)

PCC Wifi and OpenVPN Problems
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017

We have discovered that Portland Community College’s Wifi networks will not allow communications with the MCECS OpenVPN service. We are working on trying to craft a solution.

If you are at PCC (especially at Willow Creek) and trying to access firewalled services in MCECS, please use the old PPTP VPN Service. We don’t recommend its regular use but it will work as a stopgap measure until we get around PCC’s wifi block on our OpenVPN service.


MacOS: (the info is old but the basic data should work)

Eduroam access now available to PSU faculty/staff/students
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 02 February 2017

PSU (via the Office of Information Technologies) has joined Eduroam. If you travel to other campuses, this means that your Odin ID login credentials can be used to get on the Internet by using the wifi at cooperating academic/research institutions. This includes local universities, such as OSU and UO, as well as a large list of US-based institutions:

and international locations:


Time to switch to our new OpenVPN server
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

 If you are a current OpenVPN user, we would like you to move to this new server as soon as you can. If you have not downloaded a new configuration from the CAT website in the last month or so, you will need to update your OpenVPN settings. Please visit:

and go through the section that is appropriate for your computer. We would like to decommission the old OpenVPN server soon.

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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