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

We will be shutting down our old PPTP VPN service for good on June 22, 2017.We have run this service since the mid-2000s but there are inherent security problems with PPTP which makes it no longer suitable as a safe VPN choice.

 VPN users, please make sure that you have transitioned over to our OpenVPN service by then.

Information on our OpenVPN offering can be found at:

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

Bulk Scanning Facilities for MCECS users Print
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 Print
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 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.


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)


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