Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Upgrade to Faculty of Mathematics print server

What is happening? The print server for the Faculty of Mathematics will be upgraded to a newer version of Windows Server on September 4, 2020.  This is part of regular work to keep our infrastructure running on the latest versions tested and supported by MFCF.

When is this happening? September 4, 2020 between 9am and 5pm.

Friday, July 31, 2020

new www.math server

A new server is now handling www.math. This has been tested intermittently for some time. The new server supports up-to-date security protocols that recent browser versions are either warning about or requiring. If you have PHP code in your public_html web pages you need to rewrite them to use PHP 7 instead of the deprecated PHP 5. If you have architecture-specific compiled code in your public_html web pages you need to rebuild it for Linux instead of Solaris.

Friday, July 10, 2020

hpc-pr1 removal from service

The computing cluster called hpc-pr1 will be removed from production at the time of the July 24 MC power outage. It is quite old. Please use the hpc-pr2 and Mosaic clusters instead.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Power Outage Friday, July 24

Electrical power will be shut off during this time for maintenance.


Affects: MC

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What you need to do:

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Windows 10 Release 1909 upgrade availability announcement

What is happening? As part of the continuous upgrade process for Windows 10, MFCF will be advertising a managed upgrade via System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for Windows 10 workstations that are joined to Nexus.  The advertisement will allow you to select when the upgrade applies.  

The upgrade will be for on campus systems only at first.  A plan to upgrade off campus systems will be developed based on the results of upgrading on campus systems and announced when it is ready to proceed.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Utility Power Shutdown May 28, 2020

Electrical power will be shut off during this time for maintenance.


Affects: MC

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What you need to do:

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Application updates to managed Windows workstations

What is happening? The following aplications will be updated to the listed versions on Windows machines that are managed by System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Friday, February 7, 2020

ADFS (Active Directory Federated Services) outage Feb. 18-19

Subject: ADFS authenticated services (Quest, LEARN, Workday, Office 365) unavailable during scheduled maintenance

Friday, January 31, 2020

Migrating from Microsoft Office 2016 to Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus

What is happening? 

MFCF is installing Office 365 ProPlus (desktop) on Nexus joined PCs managed with SCCM to stay in step with the IST initiative to install Office 365 ProPlus on Academic Support computers.

When is this happening? 

  • Office 365 ProPlus will be available for you to install through Software Centre on January 31, 2020.  
  • Office 365 ProPlus will be installed automatically on remaining machines on February 27, 2020.

What is the impact? 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Undergraduate web server replacement

This month we will replace the undergraduate web server at www.student.math. The new server runs the latest Apache. If your site uses PHP you need to revise your code to use PHP version 7, as PHP 5 is no longer supported.

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