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Archive – August 2008

The 2008-09 edition of the policies governing appropriate use of University information technology resources and Internet access has been posted online. Since these policies appear only on the Web, the site also offers a printer-friendly version in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. See for the Guidelines document online. This companion document to Rights, Rules, Responsibilities is a core policy document, which applies to all members of the Univer
On Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 12:01 a.m., the Microsoft Windows Software Support Server (WSUS) will begin to distribute software to install Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) on all University Windows Vista computers. (This excludes all undergraduate student machines that will be updated later in the fall, as well as all DeSC computers which were upgraded to Vista SP1 on Monday, August 18.) Distribution and installation takes approximately 45 minutes and requires two or three reboots. OIT recom
An electrical power outage is required at one of the University data centers to carry out service upgrades. This work will improve reliability and increase capacity for central computing services. OIT has worked to find a time that will cause as little disruption as possible. The work has been scheduled for Saturday, August 23, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The following services will not be available during the outage: Student e-mail on IMAP1/mailserver3 Digital Student Suitcase
The University's recommended SSH client has changed to a collection of OpenSource SSH clients called PuTTY. The software is freely licensed for download from under the MIT License. Distribution to University departmental DeSC computers will be announced at a later date. The PuTTY clients are simple to install and very stable. PuTTY is popular in the Linux community, which is likely to be the largest group of users on campus. For those who want a secure graphical FTP
OIT has been working to put more options in place for departmental Macintosh users. If there are Intel Macintosh users in your department who would like to take advantage of a centrally managed computing environment -- similar to that of DeSC for Windows computers -- the information below will be of interest. The Managed Macintosh Environment (MME) went into production Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Though MME has many of the same policies as DeSC (for example, no administrative access, cent