Workstations

November Desktop Security Updates Approved for Campus Computers

The majority of campus Windows desktops will have updates sent to them in the next day or so. For security reasons, campus computers are given an installation deadline for monthly patches. The installation deadline this month is Thursday, November 30th at 5:00 PM. On Thursday at 5:00 PM, if you have not installed this month’s patches, they will automatically begin installing, and when done, may reboot your computer. If your computer is off at the time of the deadline, updates will begin installing the next time you log in, and when done, may reboot your computer.

We highly recommend that you install the patches as soon as you are prompted to do so, before the installation deadline. This way, you can be present when the computer needs to restart and you have more control over the restart timing, allowing you to save any open work. If you ignore the update messages you run the risk of updates being applied while you are not present and potentially having your computer restart and possibly even losing unsaved work.

In addition to Microsoft updates, there may be updates for Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, and other 3rd party applications. These updates will require you to close all your browser windows. Please save any work in your browsers before doing so.

Maintenance, Wireless

Network: Switch Software Upgrades – North Campus

Maintenance Window: Friday, November 17th  4:00 – 4:30 AM
Services Impacted: All Network Services

This maintenance window is planned to allow for software upgrades to network equipment in multiple buildings. Access switch stacks serving buildings in the north part of the campus, buildings north of Big Chico Creek, will be affected. All network services (wired and wireless) will see a ~10 minute interruption in services as network elements are restarted onto the new code. Datacenter operations will not be affected.

Maintenance, Wireless

Network: Switch Software Upgrades – South Campus

Maintenance Window: Thursday, November 16th  4:00 – 4:30 AM
Services Impacted: All Network Services

This maintenance window is planned to allow for software upgrades to network equipment in multiple buildings. Access switch stacks serving buildings in the southern part of the campus, buildings south of Big Chico Creek, will be affected. All network services (wired and wireless) will see a ~10 minute interruption in services as network elements are restarted onto the new code. Datacenter operations will not be affected.

 

Maintenance, Wireless

Wireless Controller Software Update

Maintenance Window: Tuesday, November 14th  6:00 – 7:00 AM
Services Impacted: Campus Wireless

During this maintenance window, the system software for the campus wireless network will be upgraded to address potential stability issues. As part of this process, all wireless network access will see a ~5 minute interruption in service as individual access points are restarted onto the new code.

Email, Security

Extra Pay Spam

Campus accounts are receiving a large amount of spam emails today from various campus and off-campus accounts with the subject “Opening For You! Earn Extra” and “Referral to earn Extra Pay.” We are working to have compromised accounts disabled to prevent further emails. Please delete these emails and avoid opening attachments or clicking on links.

Maintenance, Telephone, Wireless

Butte Hall Electrical Maintenance

Maintenance Window: Saturday, January 6th  6:00 AM – 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Services Impacted: Multiple Campus Systems

Electrical maintenance in Butte Hall on January 6th will affect multiple campus systems. The datacenter is currently undergoing testing to determine the extent of the outage. Campus email, Box.com, and Blackboard should not be affected. The Butte Hall network and phones will be unavailable for the duration of this maintenance.