Maintenance, Security

VPN Encryption Enhancements

Maintenance Window: 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM Wednesday, August 3rd
Services Impacted: Campus VPN
Anticipated Availability:  7:00 AM Wednesday, August 3rd

This maintenance window is being scheduled to allow configuration changes to the campus VPN service to improve connection security. No downtime is expected during this work, but when the configuration change is made, existing open VPN connections may be reset and need to reconnect.

Workstations

July 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, July 28th at 5:00pm. On Thursday at 5:00pm, 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.

Some non-Microsoft patches require web browsers to be closed, and may fail otherwise. If you have any updates fail, try closing any open browser windows and install again.