Yearly Archives: 2022


POWERDOWN – 6pm – 12/19/2022 – FAB/EB power testing again

This power down is to allow PSU facilities and their contractors to perform some fine tuning of the new FAB/EB power control system that was installed in September. The night of Monday, December 19th, is the primary outage period. It may last from 6pm on Monday evening all the way until 6am on the following [...]

2022-12-01T02:31:02-08:00November 30th, 2022|

Phishing campaigns hitting PSU

It looks like the Fall term phishing campaigns against PSU users (particularly faculty and staff) have really picked up in recent weeks. The scammers have been seen trying waves of the following: Payroll problems based message that leads you to a fake PSU credentials site that tries to capture Duo authentication Google drive or One [...]

2022-11-16T12:05:58-08:00November 16th, 2022|

Run cpu/memory/disk intensive assignments on babbage

CS Users! Please run resource heavy programs on  - not ada ( Some clarification of the lore about ada and babbage, the two primary multi-user Linux systems available to CS students. (aka Used as a general workhorse.  Designed to handle users going through the edit - compile - execute cycles of general [...]

2022-10-10T22:54:16-08:00October 10th, 2022|

News for new and returning MCECS computer users in Fall 2022

The CAT has been busy preparing the computing infrastructure at MCECS for both onsite and remote users for the new academic year. Here are some of the highlights: The front page of the CAT website includes a “Back to Campus Toolkit” and updated “New (Attend Anywhere) Students” section, where you will find links to the [...]

2022-09-27T23:50:48-08:00September 27th, 2022|

Fall 2022 Remote Windows Lab Access

New to Fall 2022 is our MCECS Windows Remote Lab (currently numbering 27 systems and soon to grow to 37 systems). These systems are dedicated to remote use and do not reduce the seat count of our onsite computer labs. We are hoping that this remotely accessible service provides sufficient capacity for remote Windows lab [...]

2022-09-26T16:22:20-08:00September 26th, 2022|


As of 9/9/2022, after some significant breakthroughs during the night's work, the contractors and PGE were able to verify to their (and PSU’s) satisfaction that the new electrical control system is working as designed. Nightly power down testing is over. Unless some unforeseen problems crop up, we should be done with powerdown testing until our [...]

2022-09-09T05:26:07-08:00September 9th, 2022|

phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin moving to Adminer

If you are a user of the web interfaces to the database services provided by the CAT, be advised that we are moving from the old phpPgAdmin and phpMyadmin to a new interface called Adminer (formerly known as phpMinAdmin). The functionality of the old interfaces will still be provided, although the graphical layout will be [...]

2022-08-25T16:18:29-08:00August 25th, 2022|

Self-upgrade to version 21H2 of Windows 10

For MCECS faculty, staff, and grad students using a CAT supported Windows desktop in offices or research labs: The version of Windows 10 currently installed on CAT-supported desktops (version 20H2) will be reaching end-of-life in Spring Term 2023.  If you are using one of our Windows 10 desktops in your office or in other FAB/EB [...]

2022-08-03T21:53:33-08:00August 3rd, 2022|

EB 325 Remote Lab Closing Down

We will be disabling the EB 325 remote lab computers. This is to make way for some system upgrades that are taking place in EB 325. For the time being, use the FAB 55-17 remote lab computers (also available through our remote lab page) for off-site access to MCECS Windows systems. The rest of the [...]

2022-07-13T16:40:02-08:00July 13th, 2022|

4/18/2022 – Adding MCECS single sign-on to

Starting Monday, April 18th, we will be testing the placement of MCECS single sign-on authentication "in front of" the web-based Remote Desktop application that some users access at This move is to provide an additional security layer since this service allows direct logins to many of our Windows systems from off campus. It does mean [...]

2022-04-19T13:04:34-08:00April 15th, 2022|
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