DOWNTIME – 7/7/2020 – 8pm – Linux home directories

Starting at 8pm on Tuesday, July 7th, home directories of MCECS Linux users will become unavailable. Linux home directories will be moved to a new file server. We expect the work to last up to two hours. This will affect ALL Linux users. After the work is done, there may also be reboots that are [...]

2020-07-01T12:27:48+00:00July 1st, 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. The VLAB requires that you use your Odin account to [...]

2020-07-01T10:20:49+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Update your OpenVPN configuration before July 8, 2020

If you have not updated older OpenVPN configurations by July 8, 2020, your VPN connection will stop working. To make sure that you have an updated OpenVPN configuration, get instructions from the CAT website at: and follow the link to the platform you are using. Updating to the new configuration will ensure that your [...]

2020-06-29T01:47:14+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Card Access and Lockers in MCECS

Card Access and Lockers in MCECS In the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, more commonly referred to as MCECS, most of the physical facilities, including computer labs, are concentrated in two buildings. These are the Engineering Building, referred to as EB, and the Fourth Avenue Building, referred to as FAB. Inside [...]

2020-07-06T08:34:28+00:00June 16th, 2020|

Intro to MCECS Computing

Intro to MCECS Computing If you are an Engineering or Computer Science student at PSU, you will need to get an MCECS account before you can use many specialized computing resources for your coursework. MCECS, which stands for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, has its own information technology organization to [...]

2020-07-06T08:29:47+00:00June 16th, 2020|

Postgres and MySQL web interfaces going behind the firewall

[For database/web developers in MCECS] While direct client access to CAT managed Postgres and MySQL database services are firewalled, the web interfaces for manipulating those databases, phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin, have been directly accessible without the need for a VPN. On Wednesday, June 17th, we will be locking down access to these web interfaces as well. [...]

2020-06-09T16:46:58+00:00June 9th, 2020|

SPSS will be removed from MCECS computers – July 1, 2020

The SPSS statistical software package, installed on many MCECS computer lab systems and on some managed desktops in offices, will no longer be available on CAT managed systems in MCECS after July 1, 2020. The shared cost of the centrally purchased site license that enabled its use is being pushed out to the schools/departments. With [...]

2020-06-02T12:55:20+00:00June 2nd, 2020|

Zoom update required before May 30

On May 30, Zoom is switching to a new encryption scheme. Any older Zoom clients (Zoom applications) prior to version 5.0 will not be able to connect after that happens. For most users, Zoom may have already automatically updated your software. However, we recommend you verify that you are up to date. Run the "check for [...]

2020-05-22T08:58:16+00:00May 22nd, 2020|

Problems using Chrome to login to Windows systems

We have noticed a few users having problems when trying to connect to systems through our Remote Lab page when they are using Google Chrome as their web browser. The symptom is that, after typing in your login/password, Chrome gives you a blank page after clicking on the Connect button to log into the selected [...]

2020-05-08T12:44:00+00:00May 8th, 2020|

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|