Windows 7 end-of-life planning for computers in MCECS

If you still have any computers running Windows 7, you probably already know that Microsoft will be ending support for this operating system on January 14th, 2020. We are working to remediate the risks to MCECS/PSU from these systems after the deadline (since they will no longer have security updates). Over the past few months, [...]

2019-12-13T01:14:33+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Recycle Bin Behavior

Recycle Bin behavior on Tier 1/2 Systems We encourage users to be careful when deleting files. Due to storage being delivered from a networked file server, the Recycle Bin on CAT supported Tier 1/2 Windows systems works in the following way. If you accidentally delete a file or folder, we recommend [...]

2019-09-24T10:56:42+00:00September 24th, 2019|

Laptop Purchasing, OIT managed loads, and a September 1 deadline

[Are you an MCECS computer or laptop user with an OIT managed load? Are you thinking of getting your laptop loaded by OIT to get a managed configuration? If so, read on....] Since the CAT doesn’t have the resources to provide managed and supported laptop configurations, an increasing number MCECS users have been opting to [...]

2019-08-29T16:39:36+00:00August 29th, 2019|

Using Software Center to install/update packages

Using Software Center to install or update packages On Tier 1 and 2 systems, Software Center provides a self-service mechanism to install or update select software packages bundled by the CAT. This service is only available to systems designated as "single-user desktops".  Multi-user computers, such as those in computer labs, will not provide this [...]

2019-08-26T12:37:17+00:00August 26th, 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|

Remote Desktop using SSH Tunnel with MobaXterm

RDP through an SSH tunnel   Note: If you are trying to use Remote Desktop to log into a remote Windows box, but are unable to successfully connect to the MCECS VPN, you can use SSH tunneling to accomplish the same goal. To set up an SSH tunnel to allow you to [...]

2019-06-04T13:08:11+00:00June 4th, 2019|

VNC from Windows to Linux

Connecting using VNC from a Windows computer to a Linux server   All remote access to those hosts requires the VPN. This includes SSH and VNC connections. Read our Windows OpenVPN guide for how to connect to the VPN. VNC allows you to remotely start a desktop environment on a computer, and interact with [...]

2019-12-23T17:24:46+00:00June 4th, 2019|

Windows Terminal Server

Windows Terminal Server MCECS provides a modest Windows Terminal Server ( for remote access to many Windows applications. Built from older hardware, it is not meant to be a replacement for using the MCECS Windows labs. It mainly serves as a convenience for when you need to occasionally run something available in the labs. [...]

2019-11-01T12:37:34+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Problems with some Tier 3 installs of Microsoft Office

In the past year, we have found many instances of MCECS faculty/staff having problems trying to install the PSU licensed version of the Microsoft Office suite on their new Tier 3 (self managed) computers. The problem seems to stem from the vendor's default Windows load (OEM load) on the computer having a trial or starter [...]

2018-10-24T16:52:13+00:00October 8th, 2018|