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msprint - Switching to new Windows Print Server
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 05 December 2016

We are in the process of transitioning to “msprint”, a new Windows Print Server, that will be serving all the Windows print queues in MCECS. This new print server addresses some problems we were running into with specific printer drivers and is better suited to support printing from Windows 10 (which is running in all the MCECS computer labs).

We expect to shut down the old print server, “hela”, in mid-to-late December.

We encourage all our Windows users to switch their printing to using “msprint” as soon as possible by deleting their existing references to MCECS printers and then re-adding them to use “msprint”.

Instructions on adding printers can be found at:

Logins to "" ending - use "" instead
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 17 November 2016

To all MCECS web users managing their public_html directories via SSH/SFTP...

Starting early next week, people who use SSH/SFTP to access their web directories will need to log in to:

instead of

An old hack we had in place that enabled to act as separate destinations for web and ssh/sftp users has become unstable due to new hardware/software configurations. Your web files in your public_html directories will continue to be viewable at:

Accessing your web directories via direct file server access (S: drive, I: drive, \\unix\username..., etc) is not affected.

General Logins vs. Resource Intensive work in CS
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 10 October 2016

CS users have two main choices when it comes to remote hosts for login sessions. (They run on the same physical hardware and run Ubuntu Linux.)


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 )
Chandra and cepheus final shut down is on 10/7/2016
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Friday, 30 September 2016

We will be finally pulling the plug on the last two Solaris Sparc systems in CS - chandra and cepheus. They are pretty old (7+ years) and no longer have any supported user environments on them since everyone moved to Linux. We will do the shutdown in the afternoon of Friday, October 7, at about 3pm.


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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