April 2014 Computing and Technology Update

After a short hiatus, here is the Computing and Technology update for April 2014.

Windows 7 (and the demise of Windows XP)

Updates from Microsoft for Windows XP will end this week. If for some reason you are continuing to use a Windows XP workstation, please ensure you apply all the updates that are available using Windows Update. Also, be extremely cautious when web-surfing and receiving attachments or links in email. These are where malware generally comes from. If you have not done so already, please contact the Helpdesk immediately to determine how to upgrade your system to Windows 7. If your workstation cannot be upgraded we will be looking for you (or your department head) to have a plan to do so in the immediate future.

Short Version: Apply all WindowsXP updates! Be actively planning upgrade or replacement!

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Posted by on April 8th, 2014 Read More Comments Off

January 2014 Computing and Technology Update

Welcome to the spring semester! I’ll keep the introduction short and get right to the updates on projects and plans within Information and Technology this month.

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December 2013 Computing and Technology Update

Our big topic of the month is the end of Novell file and print services at USM. We have used Novell for the past 20+ years and have some good and bad memories from along the way. We hope you are as excited as we are in the move to a more modern infrastructure that will support your work into the future.
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Posted by on December 11th, 2013 Read More Comments Off

Update on Novell-Microsoft Migration Work

Earlier this month you received the monthly Technology Update that included information about the Novell-Microsoft migration work that has been underway. Today we are beginning the widespread removal of all Novell NetWare “client” software from managed Windows workstations. You will see a pop-up when you log in and may require restarting your workstation when it completes.

We are nearly complete with this process and beginning to evaluate GroupWise as our email client. The next monthly update, scheduled for sometime the second week of December, will include information on this and other things in the works.

Short Version: Novell client removal in-progress, expect a pop-up when logging in.

Posted by on November 26th, 2013 Read More Comments Off

November 2013 Information and Technology Update

This month in Information and Technology we have several projects that are moving close to completion and a few that are beginning to pick up steam. As the term settles into its groove we are working behind the scenes to plan out our work for the Spring. Yes we are already thinking about spring and we haven’t even had snow yet. Please read on for more on what we are working on for you.
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Posted by on November 6th, 2013 Read More Comments Off

September 2013 Computing and Technology Update

The semester has started and we have been quite busy in Information and Technology since our last update. This month we have several projects to report on and a few new ones on the horizon. None are as fun as the HuskyFest, Parking Garage Movie Night, or the Taste of Portland but we’re trying.
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Posted by on September 5th, 2013 Read More Comments Off

Novell to Microsoft Migration on Your Workstation

During the past few months we have been sending information to you about the ongoing migration from Novell NetWare to Microsoft services. This week is a pivotal one in the process as the vast majority of workstations across the University will begin their automated migrations.

When you log on to your University workstation after this Wednesday (July 31, 2013) you will be prompted to begin this migration. Workstations are scheduled in batches so you may not see this migration message until next Monday (August 5, 2013). The migration process should take between 5-10 minutes on most workstations.
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Posted by on July 29th, 2013 Read More Comments Off

July 2013 Computing and Technology Update

The following is our July update on computing and technology happenings at USM. We have several ongoing projects that will affect nearly all USM faculty and staff at one point or another.
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Late June 2013 Computing and Technology Update

Here are a few brief updates from Information Technology that we thought you should get before our next regular update in July.

Office Closures
Friday July 5th the Portland Computer Lab and Campus Computer Store will be closed while we have the lab and office carpets cleaned. The helpdesk will still be taking calls, answering email, and resolving tickets. We are unsure if walk-in service will be able to be accommodated. There will be student access computers available on the Portland campus in the 2nd floor classrooms in Luther Bonney and in the Glickman Library.
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June 2013 Computing and Technology Update

The following is an update on computing and technology changes over the summer. Several of these you may already be aware of as they are updates from previous months. Herein you will also find the return of the “short version” that tries to cut to the chase of what’s happening.

Posted by on June 7th, 2013 Read More Comments Off