Yearly Archives: 2020


VPN issues after Tunnelblick 3.8.3 update

The recent Tunnelblick update to version 3.8.3 has left Mac users unable to connect to our VPN servers due to a deprecated setting in older versions of the CAT’s configuration files. A symptom of this problem is seeing the Tunnelblick connection notification window stuck in a loop with yellow text, like in the image below: [...]

2020-07-31T17:07:51+00:00July 27th, 2020|

PhpMyAdmin/phpPgAdmin going behind MCECS authentication

MySQL and Postgres users, As a security measure, we are putting the externally available web interfaces for our user based MySQL and Postgres database servers on behind MCECS authentication. This means that users who want to get to those interfaces will have to first authenticate with their MCECS credentials (login/password). For MySQL details, see: [...]

2020-07-27T01:45:15+00:00July 27th, 2020|

New Ubuntu Linux upgrade coming in September 2020 – Testers Needed

We will be migrating most user-centered Ubuntu Linux systems (login servers and Linux computer labs) to version 20.04 LTS (Focal). Our plan is to stage much of this upgrade in the early part of September 2020, from the 9th through the 11th. We need users who are willing to test out the new environment to [...]

2020-07-21T14:16:03+00:00July 21st, 2020|

Self-upgrade to version 1909 of Windows 10 before October 2020

The version of Windows 10 currently installed on CAT-supported desktops (version 1809) will be reaching end-of-life early into Fall Term 2020. If you are using one of our Windows 10 desktops in your office or other FAB/EB workspace, we would like you to self-upgrade to the latest supported version - 1909. We recommend that this [...]

2020-07-20T09:40:34+00:00July 20th, 2020|

Sharing files between computers when using Remote Desktop

A little known feature of Remote Desktop is the ability to share files between your local computer and the system you are remotely logging into. This can be very useful if you are doing some of the work on your computer at home while using software that is only available on the computer at work. [...]

2020-07-17T09:32:02+00:00July 17th, 2020|

New Version of the Edge browser coming to Windows systems

During patching this week (July 15-17), we will be pushing out a new version of Microsoft’s native Edge browser to CAT supported Windows 10 desktops. While there may not be a large community of users intentionally using Edge, it is often the default browser on Windows 10 that runs when many applications need to display [...]

2020-07-15T17:45:22+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Using OIT’s VLAB (Virtual Lab) as an MCECS User

OIT has set up a virtual Windows lab (VLAB) to mimic the environment and software they provide on their general use on campus labs, such as the labs in the Millar Library and the FMH building. It is hosted off site as a cloud-based service. The VLAB requires that you use your Odin account to [...]

2020-07-01T10:20:49+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Update your OpenVPN configuration before July 8, 2020

If you have not updated older OpenVPN configurations by July 8, 2020, your VPN connection will stop working. To make sure that you have an updated OpenVPN configuration, get instructions from the CAT website at: and follow the link to the platform you are using. Updating to the new configuration will ensure that your [...]

2020-06-29T01:47:14+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Postgres and MySQL web interfaces going behind the firewall

[For database/web developers in MCECS] While direct client access to CAT managed Postgres and MySQL database services are firewalled, the web interfaces for manipulating those databases, phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin, have been directly accessible without the need for a VPN. On Wednesday, June 17th, we will be locking down access to these web interfaces as well. [...]

2020-06-09T16:46:58+00:00June 9th, 2020|

SPSS will be removed from MCECS computers – July 1, 2020

The SPSS statistical software package, installed on many MCECS computer lab systems and on some managed desktops in offices, will no longer be available on CAT managed systems in MCECS after July 1, 2020. The shared cost of the centrally purchased site license that enabled its use is being pushed out to the schools/departments. With [...]

2020-06-02T12:55:20+00:00June 2nd, 2020|