CHANGE – 9/25/2020 – 6pm – R/R Studio for Windows Upgrade

On Friday evening at 6pm on 9/25/2020, we will be upgrading the default version of R and R Studio on our supported Windows systems. The major version of R will change to Version 4.x (from 3.x). During this change, there is the possibility that some R processes running on our Windows systems at the time [...]

2020-09-23T18:58:42+00:00September 23rd, 2020|

Pre-Fall DOWNTIMES WINDOWS/LINUX – September 2020

Computer lab systems in MCECS will be reloaded with newer versions of operating systems and software. Many of them are now remotely accessible due to the building closures. Large scale lab reloads may stretch across multiple days depending on problems encountered. The following is our projected schedule. WINDOWS Most of the Windows computer lab systems [...]

2020-09-25T17:06:56+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Azure Devtools for Teaching is available again

We have resolved the issue that caused the Azure Devtools for Teaching portal to not show much of its software manifest. However, you will need to change the way you set up your login to the portal. It involves using your MCECS email address to identify your affiliation with MCECS. For details, see:

2020-09-23T18:22:39+00:00August 11th, 2020|

Self-upgrade to version 1909 of Windows 10 before October 2020

The version of Windows 10 currently installed on CAT-supported desktops (version 1809) will be reaching end-of-life early into Fall Term 2020. If you are using one of our Windows 10 desktops in your office or other FAB/EB workspace, we would like you to self-upgrade to the latest supported version - 1909. We recommend that this [...]

2020-07-20T09:40:34+00:00July 20th, 2020|

Sharing files between computers when using Remote Desktop

A little known feature of Remote Desktop is the ability to share files between your local computer and the system you are remotely logging into. This can be very useful if you are doing some of the work on your computer at home while using software that is only available on the computer at work. [...]

2020-07-17T09:32:02+00:00July 17th, 2020|

New Version of the Edge browser coming to Windows systems

During patching this week (July 15-17), we will be pushing out a new version of Microsoft’s native Edge browser to CAT supported Windows 10 desktops. While there may not be a large community of users intentionally using Edge, it is often the default browser on Windows 10 that runs when many applications need to display [...]

2020-07-15T17:45:22+00:00July 15th, 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|

File Sharing through RDP from Windows

File Sharing through RDP from Windows Step 1: Launch the Remote Desktop Connection application and fill out the computer and username fields, following our guide here if you would like instructions: Step 2: Click on the show options arrow in the bottom right corner of the window. Then, click on the local [...]

2020-06-11T08:00:24+00:00June 11th, 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|

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|