As a first step to improve the security of our campus computers, as well as the campus network, we will be instituting a new policy to ensure that Macs on campus are up to date with all the latest security updates from Apple. This will bring our Mac computing experience more in line with our Windows computing experience.
Effective Monday, February 22, university-owned Mac computers will automatically be prompted to download and install critical operating system updates. If the download requires a restart, you will have the ability to postpone this restart up to two times. For the third time, the restart will proceed after you click okay.
Please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Most Puget Sound technology systems including, but not limited to, Cascade, PeopleSoft, Moodle, Mahara, Webmail, and the university’s blog server were not affected by Heartbleed, the serious vulnerability in OpenSSL that has been in the news over recent days.
Technology Services has applied updates to wireless controllers and the university’s web server to address the few areas possibly affected by Heartbleed. We are only recommending a change of Puget Sound password for those users of the university’s content management system (CMS) who have logged into the web server from an Internet connection outside the university’s network. All other users do not need to change their passwords unless they feel inclined to do so as an added precaution.
For questions or assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning at 6:00 p.m on Monday, July 27, 2009, Technology Services will deploy Microsoft Office 2007 to opt-in faculty and all staff computers. Office 2007 will be installed on all campus labs and e-classroom computers for the 2009-2010 academic year.
To facilitate a successful installation, staff and faculty opting in to the deployment should “Restart” their computers when leaving work on July 27. PCs should be left on and at the “CTRL+ALT+DEL” login screen. For more information on the deployment, including training and what to expect after deployment, visit our Office 2007 Web pages.
[Update 3/24/09 6:00 AM] The bandwidth upgrade on the ResNet Internet connection is complete. ResNet now has a 100 Mbps connection to the Internet. Enjoy!
On Tuesday morning, 3/24/09, from 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM the Internet connection for the college’s residential network will be upgraded from 45 Mbps to 100 Mbps (a two-fold increase). The Resnet Internet connection will be unavailable during this time.
The upgraded connection will feature not only a 100 Mbps bandwidth, but also a new traffic shaping model, based on bandwidth, rather than type of traffic. This should reduce many of the application problems we have seen over the past few years.
A major fiber feed for Integra has been broken. A pole damaged along route 167 has broken the fiber feed for the state of Washington. This feed cannot be repaired until later this afternoon when 167 can be shutdown to restring the fiber across the highway. There is no estimated time of repair.
We have deployed wireless throughout Jones Hall. It is currently active and available to users.
The University’s VPN concentrator is now configured to allow connections from PPTP, L2TP, or L2TP/IPSec clients. Because of this reconfiguration, the Microsoft VPN client can now be used to connect to the University’s VPN. Encryption will be required when using these protocols.
Because of IPSec’s superior encryption methods, the use of an IPSec VPN client is still the recommended way to connect.
We have now deployed wireless coverage throughout the entire building at McIntyre Hall. We believe we have good coverage to all rooms and auditoriums within the building.
The Aruba wireless controller, which currently provides wireless service to access points in Harned Hall, was upgraded to ArubaOS 3.1 from version 2.5.3. The upgrade was performed at 10:00, and took approximately 10 minutes to complete.