SPRING BREAK DOWNTIMES – 3/27 and 3/28 – Linux and Windows

Wednesday 3/27/2019 6pm - Windows Server Reboots Short duration (maybe a half-hour tops). Affects all CAT supported Windows Desktops in offices and labs. Windows home directories. Department shares. 6pm - Linux/UNIX File Server Patching (will affect some Windows users also) Long duration. The focus is file servers that provide Linux home directories and most of [...]

2019-03-14T10:47:23+00:00March 14th, 2019|

FAB/EB POWERDOWN – June 19th and 20th, 2019

This is advance notification of planned power down testing in FAB/EB on these two evenings. Building power systems testing is planned to happen on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019. We don’t have the specific start/stop window for the work yet but it tends to be from 8pm to 4am. The work is mainly scheduled for Wednesday, [...]

2019-03-11T01:10:54+00:00March 11th, 2019|

Web Traffic Security change on our web servers

For people who run websites on CAT infrastructure: We are updating the configurations that try to identify and prevent certain network attacks to our web servers. We have been running this new configuration for a few weeks in “passive” mode to fix any obvious false positives. We will now be switching these changes to active [...]

2019-02-18T13:54:29+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Linux Labs now using Kerberos Authentication

On December 27th, 2018, we switched CAT managed Linux workstations in our major computer labs to use an authentication/encryption system called Kerberos when accessing your files. This change is designed to significantly enhance the security of our file servers as they interact with these workstations. While most general users of these systems should not notice [...]

2018-12-28T02:46:28+00:00December 28th, 2018|

What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2018

Watch out for phishing spam The start of Fall term is phishing season. Avoid falling for attackers who want your login details and other personal data Computer Labs Windows labs are now running Windows 10 version 1709. The Classic Shell start menu has been deprecated. Windows lab software list: Most Ubuntu Linux-based Labs [...]

2018-10-09T00:54:45+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Web-based Remote Desktop App (Spark View) now available

We have a web-based Remote Desktop Client available for users who need to remotely access Windows systems in MCECS. This method does not require the use of a VPN and may benefit people who are having problems getting their VPN connection to work. The web client is not as robust as a native RDP app, [...]

2018-10-08T16:31:06+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Microsoft Office for student/faculty/staff personal computers

OIT has negotiated a licensing program to deliver the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) to all PSU students, faculty, and staff. This is targeted at use on personal devices (laptops and home computers) and is available for both Windows and Mac. Your PSU Odin account is used to download the software through an [...]

2018-09-05T11:14:56+00:00September 5th, 2018|

New User Sheet

New User Sheet The New User Sheet is a trifold brochure we give out to incoming members of MCECS. It contains: A map of the PSU campus with EB, FAB and other important locations highlighted A table detailing which students get access to which labs Answers to basic new user questions like how [...]

2019-01-08T15:02:53+00:00June 20th, 2017|

Front Desk Hours

Front Desk Hours Our front desk hours are: Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday 12pm - 5pm The CAT attempts to cover these hours to the best of its ability. If we are unavailable due to our team being occupied elsewhere, please contact us via email or IRC.  

2017-09-18T12:19:57+00:00June 20th, 2017|