Web Servers moving to Ubuntu Bionic – Test your User Websites

In early Summer 2019, we will be transitioning our web servers to the latest long term support release of Ubuntu Linux (18.04 aka Bionic Beaver).  If you have web code or applications (especially those using PHP) on “user” websites hosted under: you may be affected by some of these changes. We have set up [...]

2019-06-03T08:56:07+00:00June 3rd, 2019|

New round of phishing scams hitting PSU users

With the Memorial Day weekend under way, many PSU users seem to be the targets of a recent series of phishing scams. Users claiming to be people you know at PSU may be approaching you with emergency solicitations for money or other resources. As always, be careful about responding to suspicious emails, even from people [...]

2019-05-25T14:28:00+00:00May 25th, 2019|

SFTP access to your N: drive is moving to

SFTP users, The host used to access files in your N: drive with SFTP is changing to  (It used to be 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|

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|

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 Computer Labs Windows labs are now running Windows 10 version 1709. The Classic Shell start menu has been deprecated. Windows lab software list: Most Ubuntu Linux-based Labs [...]

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

Tighter scrutiny of externally accessible Tier 3 systems

Externally accessible systems at PSU are those that present services to the open Internet that can be reached without the use of a VPN. There have been some recent lapses in security among externally accessible Tier 3 (self-managed) systems as well as a push by OIT to better secure PSU's network border. This has put [...]

2018-10-09T00:33:23+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Problems with some Tier 3 installs of Microsoft Office

In the past year, we have found many instances of MCECS faculty/staff having problems trying to install the PSU licensed version of the Microsoft Office suite on their new Tier 3 (self managed) computers. The problem seems to stem from the vendor's default Windows load (OEM load) on the computer having a trial or starter [...]

2018-10-24T16:52:13+00:00October 8th, 2018|