News archive - May 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mattermost site license expiring - September 17

REMINDER (Sept 12): The site license for Mattermost expires on Tuesday, September 17 and will not be renewed.
 
What if Mattermost is a requirement of my job? IST will maintain a small number of licenses for use for another 12 months. Requests to retain a license must be submitted via Request Tracker (RT), https://rt.uwaterloo.ca/SelfService/Forms/IST-General/.
 
Preparing for this change: The following changes will be made to existing Mattermost accounts:  
  • The Mattermost self-registration feature will be disabled.
  • User accounts that meet any of the following criteria below will be removed. There may be a second review of accounts in the future if the number of user accounts exceeds the license limit; a follow-up communication will be sent out in this case.
    • The account is already marked as “inactive” within Mattermost.
    • The account is not a member of any team (i.e. Individual signed up for a Mattermost account, but did not join any channels).
    • The account has not been active in the past 120 days.
Note: This work will not impact groups/individuals who have already submitted a request to maintain access.
 
When is this happening? Account removal will begin on Friday, September 13 and continue on Monday, September 16.
 
Looking for an alternative to Mattermost? Members of the University community are encouraged to use the robust and fully supported suite of tools provided through Microsoft Office 365, specifically, Microsoft Teams, which offers an excellent solution for communication and collaboration needs, https://uwaterloo.ca/microsoft-teams.
 
Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Personal MySharePoint sites are being phased out - Oct 1

What is happening? MySharePoint will no longer be supported as of October 1. 

  • Current MySharePoint users will be contacted about the phased deletion of their mysharepoint.uwaterloo.ca site. 
    •  On July 17 MySharePoint sites will be read only
    • Users will have until October 1 to transfer any files they wish to keep
  • The function to create new MySharePoint sites has been disabled.
  • More details will be provided in follow-up communications.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Update to Maple license server and change in supported versions - May 23

What is happening? IST has received new Maple 2019 activation codes and server license files. The most recent three versions (2019, 2018, 2017) are officially supported by Maplesoft. The IST license server will allow use of the six most recent versions of Maple including 2016, 2015 and 18. Maple versions 17 and 16 will no longer work.
 
When is this happening? The Maple license server will be updated on Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Test of the campus emergency communication system - May 21

What is happening? We will be testing the University’s campus-wide emergency communication system. 

When is this happening? Tuesday, May 21 at 10:45 a.m.                       

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New guest Wi-Fi service launching - June 1

What is happening? The Net-ID service used for guest Wi-Fi access is being shut down. 
 
When is this happening? Starting Saturday, June 1, Net-ID will no longer be available. 
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