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SFTP access to your N: drive is moving to winsftp.cecs.pdx.edu

SFTP users, The host used to access files in your N: drive with SFTP is changing to winsftp.cecs.pdx.edu.  (It used to be khensu.cecs.pdx.edu but we’re moving this service away from the file server.) For users who may be interested, SFTP is a mechanism that is available for remotely transferring files to and from your Windows [...]

2019-05-16T13:21:50+00:00May 16th, 2019|

DOWNTIME: Friday, 5/17/2019 – 6PM, Windows Servers – 2AM, Windows Desktops

There will be REBOOTS of all MCECS supported Windows Servers at 6pm on Friday, 5/17/2019. This work should be completed by 7:30PM. This will include the Windows Homedirs, Stashes, Printing, Networked Applications and Network Licenses.The Terminal Server downtime however, will begin earlier at 5PM and be completed by 7:30PM. This work is needed to ensure [...]

2019-05-15T16:25:36+00:00May 15th, 2019|

EMERGENCY DOWNTIME – 5/14/2019 – 7pm – User Facing Linux Systems

Patches for a critical CPU/kernel vulnerability have arrived for our Linux systems. These need to be done as soon as possible so we are planning on starting at 7pm tonight (May 14th, 2019). It will affect: ada.cs.pdx.edu (linux.cs.pdx.edu) babbage.cs.pdx.edu dbclass.cs.pdx.edu rita.cat.pdx.edu (linux.cecs.pdx.edu) mo.ece.pdx.edu walle.ece.pdx.edu CS Linux Lab systems FAB 55-17 MCECS Lab Linux systems File [...]

2019-05-14T16:02:14+00:00May 14th, 2019|

EMERGENCY DOWNTIME – 5/14/2019 – Windows 7 Computers

This evening (Tuesday, May 14th, 2019), we will be pushing out some Windows 7 related emergency patches that were released today. They address a critical vulnerability. Most CAT supported Windows 7 desktops will reboot at 2am (early Wednesday morning) to install the patches. Windows 10 desktops are not affected by the actions of tonight. (Although [...]

2019-05-14T14:29:17+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Changes to Windows Updates on CAT supported systems

Starting on May 15th, 2019, the behavior of Microsoft supplied Windows Updates will change on all CAT supported Windows systems. During “patch week”, updates will be released on Wednesday evening. From that time and throughout Thursday, desktop users may see this popup. To run the update at your convenience, visit the Software Center, go to [...]

2019-05-10T17:50:52+00:00May 10th, 2019|

FAB/EB POWERDOWN – June 19th and 20th, 2019

This is advance notification of planned power down testing in FAB/EB on these two evenings. Building power systems testing is planned to happen on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019. We don’t have the specific start/stop window for the work yet but it tends to be from 8pm to 4am. The work is mainly scheduled for Wednesday, [...]

2019-04-15T09:11:08+00:00March 11th, 2019|

Web Traffic Security change on our web servers

For people who run websites on CAT infrastructure: We are updating the configurations that try to identify and prevent certain network attacks to our web servers. We have been running this new configuration for a few weeks in “passive” mode to fix any obvious false positives. We will now be switching these changes to active [...]

2019-02-18T13:54:29+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Linux Labs now using Kerberos Authentication

On December 27th, 2018, we switched CAT managed Linux workstations in our major computer labs to use an authentication/encryption system called Kerberos when accessing your files. This change is designed to significantly enhance the security of our file servers as they interact with these workstations. While most general users of these systems should not notice [...]

2018-12-28T02:46:28+00:00December 28th, 2018|

Select Departmental Office printers now available via Web Print

Primary departmental office printers are now available through Web Print. Web Print is a web-based interface for submitting files for printing. It can be a useful service for people with Tier 3 computers who are having trouble getting printing setup to MCECS printers (or don’t want to bother). You can learn more about how to [...]

2018-12-19T01:06:53+00:00December 18th, 2018|

What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2018

Watch out for phishing spam The start of Fall term is phishing season. Avoid falling for attackers who want your login details and other personal data https://www.pdx.edu/oit/phishing-attacks Computer Labs Windows labs are now running Windows 10 version 1709. The Classic Shell start menu has been deprecated. Windows lab software list: https://cat.pdx.edu/services/software/windows-labs/ Most Ubuntu Linux-based Labs [...]

2018-10-09T00:54:45+00:00October 9th, 2018|