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After September 19, 2019,, the user pages web server, will be running Ubuntu Linux 18.04 (Bionic). This affects web pages accessed through the URL scheme of: The PHP version that comes with this release is the 7.2.x series.  

2019-09-18T00:27:55+00:00September 18th, 2019|

DOWNTIME – 9/19/2019 – Database and Web Services

On Thursday, September 19th, there will be downtimes/upgrades of the following Linux services: Down for at 6pm for about an hour. During this time, it will be migrated to a new virtual server. This will include updating the version of postgres running on it to Version 11. The operating system running on this [...]

2019-09-18T00:18:19+00:00September 18th, 2019|

Pre-Fall 2019 Computer Lab Reload Schedule

The CAT will be reloading many of the large computer labs in MCECS next week. Our reload reservation schedule follows. During the lab reloads, the computers will be down or in a state of flux. Please do not power cycle or reboot any computers until we have removed our signage. The number of reserved days [...]

2019-09-13T01:08:58+00:00September 13th, 2019|

Windows File Server Migration is complete

User home directories (N: drive) and department shares (Z: drive) have been transferred over to the new file server (thoth). When you log into you a CAT supported Windows desktop, your N: drive and User profile will point to this new server. Since we still have the old server (khensu) up in “read only” mode, [...]

2019-09-08T13:08:19+00:00September 8th, 2019|

Laptop Purchasing, OIT managed loads, and a September 1 deadline

[Are you an MCECS computer or laptop user with an OIT managed load? Are you thinking of getting your laptop loaded by OIT to get a managed configuration? If so, read on....] Since the CAT doesn’t have the resources to provide managed and supported laptop configurations, an increasing number MCECS users have been opting to [...]

2019-08-29T16:39:36+00:00August 29th, 2019|

EB & FAB building hours are changing

MCECS, CPSO and PSU have worked together to enhance security and safety in EB and FAB without sacrificing accessibility. To this end the exterior door hours are changing. The changes below will go into effect on Monday September 16, 2019. New hours for exterior doors: Harrison Street Doors (east and west) 24/7 card access only [...]

2019-08-28T08:20:18+00:00August 28th, 2019|

Eve/Walle (Red Hat Linux 5) Final Shutdown – August 30, 2019

On Friday, August 30, we will be decommissioning the old Centos 5 systems used by many ECE students in the last 6+ years. These were equivalent to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Centos/RHEL 5 has been out of active operating system support for many years. ECE Linux tools are migrating to hosts running a newer [...]

2019-08-28T01:08:04+00:00August 28th, 2019|

Getting rid of Oracle Java for Windows – Aug 1, 2019

On August 1st, we will be removing the default Oracle Java install on CAT supported Windows desktops. We are taking this action in order to maintain the security of CAT supported desktop Windows systems. Due to recent changes to licensing from Oracle, we are no longer able to freely install newer, patched versions of the [...]

2019-07-19T09:29:01+00:00July 19th, 2019|

SERVER CHANGE – 7/12/2019 – Windows Application Server

During the Windows Server downtime on Friday night (7/12/2019), the server that provides some minor Windows applications to desktops will be migrated to new hardware. Users on CAT supported Tier 1/2 systems should not notice any changes. If you have made any manual mappings to a server called \\FROST, you will need to update them [...]

2019-07-10T17:37:50+00:00July 10th, 2019|

Changes to lab printing charges for MCECS users

Starting in Summer Term 2019, the subsidized print quota and rates for buying additional capacity are changing for printers in MCECS student labs. This is driven by a need to reduce paper/media consumption and better reflect our actual costs for providing the service. The new rates are: BW single sided - $0.08 BW double sided [...]

2019-06-24T10:35:18+00:00June 24th, 2019|