Fall 2022 Remote Windows Lab Access

New to Fall 2022 is our MCECS Windows Remote Lab (currently numbering 27 systems and soon to grow to 37 systems). These systems are dedicated to remote use and do not reduce the seat count of our onsite computer labs. We are hoping that this remotely accessible service provides sufficient capacity for remote Windows lab [...]

2022-09-26T16:22:20-08:00September 26th, 2022|

phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin moving to Adminer

If you are a user of the web interfaces to the database services provided by the CAT, be advised that we are moving from the old phpPgAdmin and phpMyadmin to a new interface called Adminer (formerly known as phpMinAdmin). The functionality of the old interfaces will still be provided, although the graphical layout will be [...]

2022-08-25T16:18:29-08:00August 25th, 2022|

Accessing Matlab Remotely

Matlab can be remotely accessed from our Linux systems through VNC or X forwarding, and from Windows through the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). However, RDP can only support a single user per computer. To ensure that you can access MATLAB in a reliable fashion, we recommend using VNC or X forwarding where possible. If you [...]

2021-11-02T12:37:40-08:00October 27th, 2021|

Solidworks for Students currently unavailable

The Solidworks for Students offering is currently unavailable for new activations (or renewals). The vendor has changed their licensing scheme and we are working on departmental guidance for how this product may be provided to MCECS students in the future. If you need to use Solidworks, the production version is available in many of our [...]

2021-06-07T13:13:01-08:00June 7th, 2021|

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: We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34-08:00October 1st, 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: [...]

2020-07-31T17:07:51-08:00July 27th, 2020|

Microsoft Software for Students

Microsoft  Software for Students What is it? MCECS subscribes to a service called Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly called Microsoft Imagine). It provides MCECS students with access to many software products from Microsoft including the Windows operating system, Visual Studio, Visio and Microsoft Project. Note that the main Microsoft Office products (Excel, [...]

2023-01-31T17:33:20-08:00August 21st, 2019|


Abaqus Students and Faculty in the College of Engineering can download Abaqus with our license. Please visit our Abaqus intranet page to download the Student Edition. Note: TheCAT does not provide Media or Support for the Student version of the software. For help with downloading, installation and support, please see the Abaqus help [...]

2019-01-02T13:41:32-08:00September 22nd, 2017|

Creating a Digital Signature in Acrobat

Creating a Digital Signature in Acrobat Please note, we are unable to support password retrieval or troubleshooting past the initial creation of your digital signature. Please make sure that you have saved alternate copies of your digital signature file in alternate locations, such as a thumb drive and/or home directory on the server. [...]

2017-09-15T21:59:44-08:00September 15th, 2017|

Disabling Java in your Browser

Disabling Java in your Browser Java In Browsers Most Browsers today do not support Java, as its a software with many vulnerabilities.  Most websites are currently moving away from Java and moving to HTML5.  Internet Explorer is the only browser that comes with java pre-installed. Disabling Java In Internet Explorer [...]

2017-09-17T14:17:42-08:00September 10th, 2017|
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