Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released critical patches for Windows and Office.  All users (including Macs) should check for updates.  Adobe has also released patches for Flash Players.

Changing PC background image w/stolen password leads to felony charges.

A 14 year old with a glanced password gets jail time.

Apple releases iOS 8.3

All iOS users (ipad,iphone) should update to the latest version for security updates.

Scheduled IT Maintenance for April 10, 2015

For Friday, April 10, 2015

SERVICES SUBJECT TO BEING PREEMPTED BY MAINTENANCE. The maintenance tasks listed below, to ensure that all UTC information Technology services provided to support the academic mission of the University will operate at optimal levels, will be performed during the regularly monthly scheduled Friday maintenance time beginning at 5:30pm. During this maintenance period you are welcome to use all available services, subject to interruption. You will be notified when all maintenance is complete

The following maintenance will be performed and you should expect intermittent interruption in services during the maintenance window:

1. Network DNS Server Changes
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: primary dns services will be offline for 30 minutes.
2. Network Wireless Controller Update
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: All campus wireless services will be offline for approximately 30 minutes for Wireless Controller Upgrade operations.
3. LISTSERV Upgrade
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: RAVEN LISTSERV mailing list operations will be offline for a production software upgrade.
4. Banner Student Information System Updates
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: Banner Student Information Systems including: Argos Reporting, Class Schedule, DegreeWorks, Financial Aid, Grading, Registration, and Student Account

Contact Information:
For any urgent issues and technical difficulties related to this request, please contact Reed Gregory at UTC ext. 5276 or 4551 during the regular work week.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to maintain IT services for UTC.

Next scheduled maintenance date is April 17, 2015

What in the world is the O: drive?

Many employees are aware of the purpose of the S: Drive (Departmental Share) where they can store documents on a networked storage drive. But what in the world is the O: Drive mapping?

O Drive Folder Image

Many of our employees access not only their primary departmental shared folder, but often need access to other departmental shares spread across other volumes. For example, your S: drive is mapped to your primary department let’s say on Shared3, but what if you need to access a different department shared folder on Shared2? There is no way through the S: drive to access another volume. This is where the O: drive comes into play. If you were granted permissions on the Shared2 folder, then you can access O: Drive and then click on the Shared2 folder and you will see what departmental folders are available to you on that volume. Hope that helps, and of course if you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our IT Solutions Center at 423-425-4000.

Windows Nano Server

No GUI, no Remote Desktop, no Win32.  Meant for cloud computing.

Apple releases OS 10.10.3

Apple has released an update for Yosemite that includes security fixes and the new Photos app.  Available via App Store.

The Apple Watch

The Verge reviews the newest Apple device.

TrueCrypt audit finds no back doors.

The code audit of TrueCrypt finds no installed back doors and few security problems.

Just pay for the password..

A recent study shows corporate employees will sell their passwords, cheap.