Saturday, October 22, 2016

Scheduled Power Outage of MC, Saturday October 22

Update, 8:30 pm October 22:

All machines are running again. Two network switches on the sixth floor have failed so there are areas of the sixth floor with no wired network service. IST has been informed.

Update, 4:00 pm October 22:

Regular building power came back on shortly after 3:00 pm, but high voltage power to the server room remains off.  Most services are still unavailable.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Move from MFCFADS to Nexus complete

All MFCF services have been moved from MFCFADS authentication to Nexus authentication, and the windows.math environment is available.  The depts.math server is available; but, the files.math\depts server permissions rebuild will take a few hours longer.  Please report any issues to (x36323).

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Active Directory (AD) changes are coming

Active Directory (AD) is a central store for managing users, computers, and security groups. The Faculty of Mathematics has maintained its own AD called MFCFADS for many years.  The campus AD is called Nexus and uses the same credentials as WatIAM thereby providing access to many campus systems with a single set of credentials.  Faculty of Mathematics users have two sets of credentials for accessing systems, MFCFADS\UWUserID for research and administrative resources like printing and network shared drives, and Nexus\UWUserID (same as WatIAM) for teaching and campus resources. MFCF has been engaged in a transition to Nexus.

Users will notice some changes in their computing experience.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Off-campus SSH access to Unix/Linux servers will be blocked

Many Unix/Linux servers operated by MFCF are under constant attack from off-campus sites trying to log in with root (super-user) privilege. To prevent a break-in by such attempts, and to reduce load on central authentication servers, MFCF is disabling remote SSH access to these machines. Use the campus VPN if you need to log in to these machines remotely.  Affected machines include all the linux.math servers.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Suspicious email identified

Today, some members of the campus community received a suspicious email from a McMaster email account. If you received this email, please ignore and delete the message - do not click on the link within the message.

Sender: Cyril Levitt

Subject: Admin update !!

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