DOWNTIME: Friday, 8/16/2019 – 6PM, Windows Servers – 2AM, Windows Desktops

There will be REBOOTS of all MCECS supported Windows Servers at 6pm on Friday, 8/16/2019. 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 be also completed by 7:30PM. This work is needed [...]

2019-08-14T16:26:08+00:00August 14th, 2019|

FAB/EB POWERDOWN – August 20/21 – 8pm-4am

The new date for FAB/EB power systems testing will be Tuesday, August 20th, 2019. The work will begin at 8pm and could last as long as 4am. In case problems crop up during the procedures, they have reserved Wednesday night (August 21st) as well. If they decide to do further tests on Wednesday night, we [...]

2019-08-05T16:56:06+00:00August 5th, 2019|

Getting rid of Oracle Java for Windows – Aug 1, 2019

On August 1st, we will be removing the default Oracle Java install on CAT supported Windows desktops. We are taking this action in order to maintain the security of CAT supported desktop Windows systems. Due to recent changes to licensing from Oracle, we are no longer able to freely install newer, patched versions of the [...]

2019-07-19T09:29:01+00:00July 19th, 2019|

SERVER CHANGE – 7/12/2019 – Windows Application Server

During the Windows Server downtime on Friday night (7/12/2019), the server that provides some minor Windows applications to desktops will be migrated to new hardware. Users on CAT supported Tier 1/2 systems should not notice any changes. If you have made any manual mappings to a server called \\FROST, you will need to update them [...]

2019-07-10T17:37:50+00:00July 10th, 2019|

Changes to lab printing charges for MCECS users

Starting in Summer Term 2019, the subsidized print quota and rates for buying additional capacity are changing for printers in MCECS student labs. This is driven by a need to reduce paper/media consumption and better reflect our actual costs for providing the service. The new rates are: BW single sided - $0.08 BW double sided [...]

2019-06-24T10:35:18+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Urgent Firefox Security Patch Released – Please Restart Firefox

A “highly critical” ranked security patch has been released for Mozilla Firefox. We are releasing this patch to CAT supported Tier 1/2 systems. Since this patch does not reboot your system, please make sure that you have restarted Firefox as soon as possible so that the patch is installed. We recommend that Tier 3 users [...]

2019-06-20T16:56:16+00:00June 20th, 2019|

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|