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DOWNTIME: Friday, 4/16/2021 – 6PM, Windows Servers – 2AM, Windows Desktops

There will be REBOOTS of all MCECS supported Windows Servers at 6pm on Friday, April 16th, 2021. This work should be completed by 7:30PM. This will include the Windows Homedirs, Stashes, Printing, Networked Applications and Network Licenses. Downtime for the Terminal Server will begin earlier at 5PM and is expected to be completed by 7:30PM [...]

2021-04-14T16:05:28-08:00April 14th, 2021|

Lab Reservation Calendars not working on website

During a significant software update on the CAT website, the Lab Reservation Calendars were rendered non-functional. We will be working on getting this fixed. This will not be a high priority item since there are no lab reservations in place in CAT supported computer labs.

2021-01-26T16:25:37-08:00January 26th, 2021|

Watch out for new email phishing campaigns

In recent weeks, we have had reports of these newer phishing variants landing in MCECS users’ mailboxes. 1) The “I want to talk to you about a student” query The email appears to come from another university and the sender usually has an email address that doesn’t match the originating university. It asks to schedule [...]

2021-01-25T18:27:23-08:00January 25th, 2021|

myfiles.pdx.edu has been decomissioned

OIT has decommissioned myfiles.pdx.edu, the web-based access mechanism to their file server resources. If you are trying to access the file server resources tied to your campus-wide Odin account, you will need to connect to the VPN and use operating system dependent file access methods. From Windows: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44717005 From Mac: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44716965 Another option to access [...]

2021-01-21T23:28:07-08:00January 21st, 2021|

Remote Access to MCECS Computer Labs

MCECS Computer Labs (both Windows and Linux) are available for remote access during Spring 2021. 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 between onsite and remote users, [...]

2021-04-07T08:54:26-08:00January 12th, 2021|

New round of Phishing Spam aimed at web site content

Recently, web site maintainers in MCECS have been receiving phishing emails disguised as complaints about the misuse of copyrighted images on their sites. The emails are often submitted through a contact form or to published contact email addresses. They often have a title that looks like: You have no legal rights to use my images [...]

2020-12-17T01:13:40-08:00December 17th, 2020|

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 [...]

2020-11-09T13:40:45-08:00November 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 [...]

2020-10-08T08:38:41-08:00October 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 [...]

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

2020-11-23T18:39:17-08:00September 9th, 2020|
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