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Microsoft Word issues after recent Windows update Print
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 Print
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 Print
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)

Eduroam access now available to PSU faculty/staff/students Print
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 Print
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.

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