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OpenVPN change – Disabling IPv6 routing

If you actively make use of IPv6 routing over the MCECS OpenVPN, this may affect you. Otherwise, please ignore. On Thursday, November 12, 2020, our OpenVPN servers will stop setting IPv6 addresses and advertising IPv6 routes. We are making this change due to issues some users have experienced with unusual IPv6 conditions on their home [...]

2020-11-09T13:40:45+00:00November 9th, 2020|

End of Flash for Windows

At long last, Adobe is ending support for the old Flash web browser plugin. This means that the Flash plugin will soon be removed from web browsers on CAT supported systems. After the plugin is gone, any websites you visit that still use Flash will no longer render properly on the affected web browser. Adobe’s [...]

2020-10-08T08:38:41+00:00October 8th, 2020|

What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2020

Greetings from the Computer Action Team! Fall 2020 is going to be a remotely-accessed experience for most MCECS users. Whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff, you can learn more about your MCECS account by following this link: https://cat.pdx.edu/users/getting-help/ We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34+00:00October 1st, 2020|

Upgrade your tech skills! Join the CAT!

If you’re passionate about computers and working with others, come join the CAT! In addition to being a fully-fledged IT organization, the CAT is also a hub for student learning, collaboration, and discovery. It is run by experts in the field who pass on their knowledge and experience to student volunteers in an apprentice-style training program [...]

2020-11-23T17:35:43+00:00September 21st, 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 [...]

2020-11-23T18:39:17+00:00September 9th, 2020|

Remote Access to MCECS Computer Labs

Currently, on site access to MCECS Computer labs is disabled as FAB/EB access is severely restricted during the Fall 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 [...]

2020-10-01T22:59:46+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 support@cat.pdx.edu 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|

VPN issues after Tunnelblick 3.8.3 update

The recent Tunnelblick update to version 3.8.3 has left Mac users unable to connect to our VPN servers due to a deprecated setting in older versions of the CAT’s configuration files. A symptom of this problem is seeing the Tunnelblick connection notification window stuck in a loop with yellow text, like in the image below: [...]

2020-07-31T17:07:51+00:00July 27th, 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 db.cecs.pdx.edu 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|

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|