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FEEDBACK NEEDED – Fall 2018 Windows Software in MCECS Computer Labs

This is our projected Fall 2018 Windows Instructional Software list. Much of this software (with a few exceptions) will be available in the load we distribute to the larger MCECS Windows computer labs. If you are an MCECS faculty member who teaches classes using these labs and/or require students to use software in these labs, [...]

2018-08-17T01:45:11+00:00 August 17th, 2018|

Slowdown in late Summer Windows Desktop Deployments

The CAT’s Wintel operation is currently neck deep in final-stretch preparations for our Computer Lab reloads that happen in September. This involves doing a lot of software upgrade testing and integration on Windows 10 version 1709. This work is impacting our ability to get new Windows desktop deployments done in a timely fashion. We’ve noticed [...]

2018-08-14T16:59:46+00:00 August 14th, 2018|

FAB/EB Power Outage Schedule – Sep 11/12/13 (2018)

Keep this in mind for September planning. Not all days guarantee power outages. The dates for electrical work that involves building-wide power outages have been set. The start times for the work haven’t been locked down yet but we are expecting a start time of around 8pm and extending into the wee hours of the [...]

2018-07-24T16:33:49+00:00 July 24th, 2018|

New Firefox requires old personal shortcuts to be recreated

The new version of the Firefox web browser (ESR 60) has been pushed out to all CAT supported Windows computers. In addition to losing support for Java enabled websites, the new Firefox may break old Personal Shortcuts you may have set up that use Firefox to bring up your favorite websites. This can be fixed [...]

2018-06-20T22:26:28+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

New Firefox Browser will no longer support Java (No Banner INB)

On June 20, 2018, we will be upgrading the version of the Firefox browser on our Windows desktops to ESR 60 (Extended Service Release) . It provides users with more usability and security enhancements. The side effect of this change is that the new Firefox will no longer support the Java plugin that is needed [...]

2018-06-14T23:22:40+00:00 June 14th, 2018|

FEEDBACK NEEDED – Requiring use of the VPN for SSH access to MCECS

If you are faculty/staff or a researcher and you either use or require your students to use SSH to access Linux systems in MCECS, we need your feedback. With a few exceptions, SSH access to most Linux resources in MCECS is currently open to the Internet. (That is, you can use SSH to login to [...]

2018-05-15T10:38:58+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Google’s Drive File Stream coming to Windows computers

We will be pushing out Google’s Drive File Stream to CAT supported Windows desktops on Thursday evening, May 10th, 2018. The new Drive File Stream client cooperates with our roaming network user profiles and will enable users to access their Google Drive storage as a mapped drive. To run it, look for “Drive File Stream” [...]

2018-05-09T16:27:46+00:00 May 9th, 2018|

End of the Maple site license at PSU is June 2018

In June 2018, the campus site license for Maplesoft’s Maple (a symbolic and numeric computing tool) ends. The last version available to PSU is Maple 17 and all copies running on MCECS systems (or Tier 3 machines using this floating license) will cease to function after this happens. The Maple site license had been handled [...]

2018-01-31T20:40:55+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Windows 7 Users – Adobe READER upgrade to Acrobat READER 2015 series

On our Windows 7 systems, the old version of Adobe READER (the program/plugin that views pdf documents) is no longer being supported. The next time we patch our Windows systems, any computers running an older version of Acrobat Reader will be upgraded to the current version of Acrobat READER (the 2015 DC version). Note that [...]

2018-01-31T16:40:41+00:00 January 31st, 2018|