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CHANGE – 9/25/2020 – 6pm – R/R Studio for Windows Upgrade

On Friday evening at 6pm on 9/25/2020, we will be upgrading the default version of R and R Studio on our supported Windows systems. The major version of R will change to Version 4.x (from 3.x). During this change, there is the possibility that some R processes running on our Windows systems at the time [...]

2020-09-23T18:58:42+00:00September 23rd, 2020|

Linux Login Changes for CAT supported systems (switching to Kerberos)

Logins to most CAT supported Linux systems are moving to a different underlying authentication system (known as “kerberos”). Here are the potential side effects of that change. 1) Login using password This is the most common method used for logging in. With a few exceptions, users will not notice any change. If you are unable [...]

2020-09-09T21:33:04+00:00September 9th, 2020|

Pre-Fall DOWNTIMES WINDOWS/LINUX – September 2020

Computer lab systems in MCECS will be reloaded with newer versions of operating systems and software. Many of them are now remotely accessible due to the building closures. Large scale lab reloads may stretch across multiple days depending on problems encountered. The following is our projected schedule. WINDOWS Most of the Windows computer lab systems [...]

2020-09-25T17:06:56+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Remote Access to MCECS Computer Labs

Currently, on site access to MCECS Computer labs is disabled as FAB/EB access is restricted during the Summer term. Windows Computer Labs We have made our Windows computer labs remotely accessible using our Remote Lab interface. Normally, these single user Windows 10 systems are only available on site but, because there is no contention between [...]

2020-08-26T11:40:37+00:00August 26th, 2020|

How to get remote CAT Support in MCECS

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the onsite CAT front desk in FAB/EB is closed. We are providing remote support using a number of methods. Email with your problem or leave us a voicemail on the CAT support line (503-725-5420). Both of these methods will result in the creation of a trouble ticket that will be [...]

2020-08-12T13:21:07+00:00August 12th, 2020|

Azure Devtools for Teaching is available again

We have resolved the issue that caused the Azure Devtools for Teaching portal to not show much of its software manifest. However, you will need to change the way you set up your login to the portal. It involves using your MCECS email address to identify your affiliation with MCECS. For details, see:

2020-09-23T18:22:39+00:00August 11th, 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|