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DOWNTIME : Friday, 02/17/2017 6PM, Windows Servers
Written by johnh   
Thursday, 16 February 2017

There will be Reboots of all MCECS supported Windows Servers on Friday, 02/17/2017 at 6PM. This work should be completed by 7:30PM. This will include the Windows Homedirs, Stashes, Printing, Networked Applications and Network Licenses as well as the MCECS VPN and Terminal Server.

This work is needed to provide Windows Updates on our Servers. You are asked to please logout of your Windows account prior to that time.

Supported Windows Workstations will also be rebooting for patches as

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2017 )
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.

Redhat Linux Systems are firewalled
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 16 January 2017

As of late December, 2016, all our CAT supported RedHat systems are firewalled from the Internet. This is to prepare us for end-of-support for RedHat 5 as well as the slower distribution of patches. Systems affected are:

If you are accessing these systems remotely for the purposes of ssh/VNC/X, you will need to ensure that you are on the VPN. To learn about OpenVPN access to the MCECS network, start here:


Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2017 )
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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