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MCECS Chromebook Loaner Program

If you are finding yourself without an adequate computer to do your classwork in Spring 2020 (when all classes are being taught remotely), take a look at the MCECS Chromebook Loaner Program. Faculty members who use Chromebooks for classroom instruction have generously made their collections available for loan during this term. Get more details on [...]

2020-04-02T14:26:34+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

Running Graphical Linux Applications (X applications) Remotely

Graphical Linux applications are called X applications as they use the X Windows protocol to communicate with the display. Unlike the simple terminal (shell) interface for logging into Linux (using an SSH client), running graphical Linux programs remotely requires some setup and consideration. Running a single X application If all you need to run and [...]

2020-03-30T01:21:53+00:00March 30th, 2020|

Spring 2020 – Changes to MCECS IT Services

As the University switches to remote teaching for the duration of Spring 2020, we have made a number of changes to enhance your access to remote computing. Due to the fast moving situation, many of these changes were rushed into production. Based on how our services handle the load, we may be making adjustments as [...]

2020-04-01T01:15:48+00:00March 30th, 2020|

Using OIT’s VLAB (Virtual Lab) as an MCECS User

OIT has set up a virtual Windows lab (VLAB) to mimic the environment and software they provide on their general use on campus labs, such as the labs in the Millar Library and the FMH building. It is hosted off site as a cloud-based service. Instructions on how to log in to the VLAB: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ITKB/pages/885653584/Virtual+Computer+Lab+VLAB [...]

2020-03-30T00:35:49+00:00March 30th, 2020|

MCECS Windows Terminal Server (ts.cecs.pdx.edu) has been upgraded

We have upgraded the operating system of ts.cecs.pdx.edu to a more modern version of Windows Server. As before, the resources on the terminal server are still rather limited (moving from old repurposed hardware to two virtual machines). It was designed as an alternative for students who may not have been able to come onsite to [...]

2020-04-08T20:00:11+00:00March 29th, 2020|

Remote Access to Windows Computer Labs during Spring Term 2020

As a temporary measure during the Covid-19 driven closure of our computer labs, we have made the Windows computers in the larger MCECS computer labs available for remote access. (This is usually not possible when the labs are open for students because Windows 10 is a single user operating system.) We have built a web [...]

2020-04-01T00:37:47+00:00March 29th, 2020|

How to get remote CAT Support in MCECS during Spring Term 2020

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the CAT front desk will be closed during Spring Term 2020. We will be 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 [...]

2020-03-29T23:16:05+00:00March 29th, 2020|

CAT facilities status through the break, and start of Spring term 2020

(Updated 3/27/2020) Physical access to all Maseeh College computer labs has been disabled. We are in the process of setting up a mechanism for accessing these labs remotely, especially the Windows computers (single user systems) which have never been remotely accessible before. All remotely accessible systems in MCECS will be available as usual. The CAT [...]

2020-03-29T11:50:42+00:00March 13th, 2020|

Windows 7 end-of-life planning for computers in MCECS

If you still have any computers running Windows 7, you probably already know that Microsoft will be ending support for this operating system on January 14th, 2020. We are working to remediate the risks to MCECS/PSU from these systems after the deadline (since they will no longer have security updates). Over the past few months, [...]

2019-12-13T01:14:33+00:00December 13th, 2019|