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POSSIBLE REBOOTS - 10/27/2016 - Critical Flash Patches
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 27 October 2016

There is a critical Flash patch that we will be releasing tonight. It will be installed on all CAT supported Windows desktops. This Flash plugin patch will affect Firefox and Internet Explorer (and Edge, if you have Windows 10). Google has not released a new version of their Flash plugin yet.

There will be the possibility of a reboot on some systems as this patch is installed.

If you are a Tier 3 computer user in MCECS or manage personal or home systems, we strongly encourage you to update Flash immediately from a reputable source.

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.)


“” is no longer a login destination
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 10 October 2016

After the shutdown of chandra, “” is no longer a destination that users can log into. If you have instructions for students that refer to this destination for getting to a login shell or to access files, please notify them to use:

instead. It will take them to the current CS dept workhorse.


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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