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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|

COMPUTER LAB DOWNTIME – EB 325 EAST – 6/14 and 6/15

On the last two days of Finals Week (June 14th and 15th), the East side of EB 325 will be out of service as we reload all the machines in there. The West side of the lab will still be open for use. The reload is hoped to solve some of the occasional very-slow logins [...]

2018-06-07T10:01:42+00:00 June 7th, 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|

User (public_html) web page server changes are now live

We have now switched over to the new methodology for serving up user web pages (web files served from your public_html directories).  If you are running into issues, check this post: If you need help in fixing issues, please contact us.  

2018-01-22T01:55:30+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

1/20/2018 weekend – User Web Page Serving Changes

During the weekend of January 20th, 2018, the user web pages served from public_html directories will undergo a significant transformation. If you host pages at URLs like: on our systems, you could be affected. We have sent email notifications to users who have pages that could be affected by these changes. Details about what [...]

2018-01-08T02:52:30+00:00 January 8th, 2018|

New for Winter 2018

While most things remain the same, there are a few changes: MATLAB 2017B - The version of Matlab in the MCECS Windows Labs has moved to Matlab 2017B. While we usually do not like to make version changes during an academic year, there was demand from some faculty to make this happen to get around [...]

2018-01-08T13:14:13+00:00 January 8th, 2018|

12/27/2017 – Special Projects Webserver Transition

The web server that drives a number of special project websites in MCECS will be moving to our currently supported version of Ubuntu Linux (16.04 - Xenial). This involves a new version of PHP (Version 7) which has permanently gotten rid of some deprecated features. The change will occur sometime during the day on Wednesday, [...]

2017-12-14T14:51:02+00:00 December 14th, 2017|