Information Technology Blog

Students: Filr Launch, Used Computer Sale, Server Maintenance, Easter Computer Lab Hours

April 16th, 2014

Novell Filr - Easy Access to Network Drives

Now there is an easier way for you to access files stored on network drives (H: S: T:) from a personal computer or mobile device. Read more about Filr installation and usage instructions. Note: if you continue to use the web-based My Files/NetStorage method to access your network files, IT recommends using Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.

Used Computer Sale – Priority Access until 4/26

Low-cost, used University computers with 22″ monitors are available for purchase. Students have priority access through Saturday, 4/26/14. View current inventory, specs, pricing and warranty information. Starting Monday 5/5/14, the computer sale will be opened up to other interested purchasers.

CedarNet Maintenance – 4/17 and 4/22

Thursday, 4/17/14 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. IT will perform important maintenance on a server that controls access to CedarNet software applications. This will affect people trying to log in on a University-owned system for the first time (on that particular system) or trying to run a CedarNet software package for the first time on that system. People using a University-owned system and software that they have accessed previously this semester should not encounter any problems. Access to web-based resources like CedarInfo, Internet, etc. should not be affected. Student-owned systems should not be affected.

Tuesday, 4/22/14 from 5:30-7:00 a.m. Monthly Windows server maintenance is scheduled at this time. You may notice a brief outage with the main web server, as well as intermittent access to the Google mail login page. For your planning purposes, the next scheduled Windows maintenance is May 27, 2014.

Computer Labs – closing for Easter holiday

The open-access computer labs (CBTS 111 and ENS 251) will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 for the Easter holiday. Campus Safety determines the availability of the SSC 103 computer lab according to holiday building hours. The computer labs will reopen on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 according to the academic year schedule.

FacStaff: Filr Launch, Used Computer Sale, Server Maintenance

April 16th, 2014

Novell Filr - EZ Access to Network Drives

Now there is an easier way for you to access files stored on network drives (H: S: T:) from a personal computer or mobile device. Read more about Filr installation and usage instructions. Note: if you continue to use the web-based My Files/NetStorage method to access your network files, IT recommends using the Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.

Used Computer Sale - Starting 5/5/14 for FacStaff

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to purchase a low-cost, used University computer with a 22″ monitor beginning 5/5/14. View current inventory, specs, pricing, and warranty information. Note: Inventory numbers will increase before each new sale date.

CedarNet Maintenance – 4/17 and 4/22

Thursday, 4/17/14 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. IT will perform important maintenance on a server that controls access to CedarNet software applications. This will affect people trying to log in on a University-owned system for the first time (on that particular system) or trying to run a CedarNet software package for the first time on that system. People using a University-owned system and software that they have accessed previously this semester should not encounter any problems. Access to web-based resources like CedarInfo, Internet, etc. should not be affected. Student-owned systems should not be affected.

Tuesday, 4/22/14 from 5:30-7:00 a.m. Monthly Windows server maintenance is scheduled at this time. You may notice a brief outage with the main web server, as well as intermittent access to the Google mail login page. For your planning purposes, the next scheduled Windows maintenance is May 27, 2014.

Campus Phone Problems (Incoming Calls from Off-Campus)

April 11th, 2014

Information technology has confirmed that campus phones are currently not receiving incoming phone calls originating from off-campus callers. It is an issue that our phone vendor will need to trouble-shoot. Information technology is working with University service center staff and phone vendor staff to resolve this problem.

Heartbleed Security Vulnerability

April 11th, 2014

As you may know, there has been considerable news coverage this week for a security vulnerability called Heartbleed. This vulnerability affects certain versions of security software called OpenSSL. OpenSSL is used by some sites for providing secure web pages.

CedarNet Password

The networking team has checked all of the CU servers that are running OpenSSL. None of them are running versions of OpenSSL that are vulnerable. So, you do not need to worry that your CedarNet password might have been compromised because of this vulnerability. Since your CedarNet password is also your University email password, your University Google account is safe as well.

Other Passwords  - Action Recommended

What should you do about other sites like Facebook, Twitter, banking, personal Google accounts, etc.? Information technology recommends that you check out this site for a current list of major services and their vulnerability:  Heartbleed Websites Affected . If a site has had a known vulnerability and you have significant personal information stored on that site, it would be wise to change your password on that site.

General Password Advice

  • Use strong passwords (longer, with a combination of letters/numbers/special characters) on those sites that would put you at significant risk in the event of a security problem.
  • IT recommends that you use different passwords for different sites, and never use your CedarNet password as a password on another site.

Students: Used Computer Sale Details, IT Student Employment

March 28th, 2014

Used Computer Sale – Students

Students interested in purchasing a used computer system from the University (includes a 22-inch flat screen monitor) will have the opportunity to reserve a system using an online transaction. Monitors will not be sold separately, and purchases are limited to one system per student. The used computer sale website provides system specifications, pricing and warranty information.

Students may use the following link to reserve a used computer system beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014: cedarville.edu/UsedComputers

Payment by cash, check or credit card is due at the time of pickup. Information technology cannot charge your student account for the purchase. Computer pickup is available Wednesday through Friday of final exam week as well as select dates in the summer (shipping is not available).

Student Employment – 2014

Information technology is now accepting applications for summer and fall student workers. Interested students should review the IT student worker job descriptions and position availability for summer and fall 2014.

Please complete a summer or fall 2014 student employment profile through the financial aid employment system. Make sure to list your applicable experience with specific hardware and software as well as soft skills like customer service, leadership, etc.

CedarNet Password Strength Policy Enabled

March 19th, 2014

Password Strength Policy

The new CedarNet password strength policy was implemented yesterday as planned. The next time you either choose to change your CedarNet password or are prompted to change your password, it will need to meet the following requirements:

  • 8 characters or more
  • contain at least 1 letter and 1 number
  • uppercase letters and special characters are optional
  • passwords are now case-sensitive

Password Expiration Policy – Update

The password expiration policy will be phased in over the next few weeks. Student passwords do not expire (with just a few exceptions). You will receive a notice that your CedarNet password is about to expire. You will have 10 grace log ins using your old password before you are required to change your CedarNet password to meet the above requirements. Once you change your password, an expiration date will be set according to the following policy:

  • Most faculty, staff and department passwords will expire 360 days from last password change
  • Information technology, business office and financial aid staff and department passwords will expire 180 days from last password change
  • Passwords of students who work for either information technology or financial aid will expire in 180 days from last password change.

Tuesday Early Morning Maintenance (Moodle & Windows), Used Computer Sale

March 17th, 2014

Moodle Maintenance - Tuesday 5:30 a.m.

Scheduled maintenance for the Moodle course server is planned between 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18. You will still be able to log in, but faculty and students may find that courses are briefly unavailable during this time.

Monthly CedarNet Maintenance

Information Technology will be performing monthly Windows maintenance on the servers Tuesday, March 18, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Maintenance should be completed by 7:00 a.m.

During this time, you may notice a brief outage with the main web server, as well as intermittent access to the Google mail log in page. For your planning purposes, the next scheduled Windows maintenance is April 22, 2014.

Used Computer Sale - Details Coming Soon!

Students interested in purchasing a used computer system (includes a 22-inch flat screen monitor) from the University will have the opportunity to reserve a system online starting April 1. Payment is due at the time of pickup. Computer pickup is available Wednesday through Friday of final exam week as well as select dates in the summer (shipping is not available).

Faculty and staff interested in purchasing a used computer system (desktop computers include a 22-inch flat screen monitor) from the University will have the opportunity to reserve a system online beginning May 5. Payment is due at the time of pickup. Computer pickup is available on select dates throughout the summer.

FacStaff: Password Strength and Expiration Policies, Used Computer Sale

February 26th, 2014

Stronger CedarNet Password Requirements

On March 18, information technology will implement new password requirements to increase CedarNet account security.

Password Strength
New CedarNet passwords will be case-sensitive. In addition, your new CedarNet password must contain:

  • A minimum of 8 characters
  • At least one alphabetical and one numeric character
  • Optional: may include upper case letters and special characters

Password Expiration
Also beginning March 18, CedarNet password expiration policies will go into effect. All faculty and staff must change their CedarNet password through CedarInfo before April 21, 2014. Your new CedarNet password must adhere to the password strength requirements listed above.

  • Faculty and staff CedarNet passwords will expire 360 days from your last password change.
  • CedarNet passwords for information technology and business office staff will expire 180 days from your last password change.

Used Computer Sale – FacStaff

Faculty and staff interested in purchasing a used computer system (desktop computers include a 22-inch flat screen monitor) from the University will have the opportunity to reserve a system online beginning May 5.

Payment is due at the time of pickup. Computer pickup is available on select dates throughout the summer. Please view your University email for system specifications, pricing and warranty information.

Students: Stronger Passwords, Used Computer Sale, Computer Labs Closing for Spring Break

February 26th, 2014

Stronger Passwords

On March 18, information technology will implement new password requirements to increase CedarNet account security. New CedarNet passwords will be case-sensitive. In addition, your new password must contain:

  • A minimum of 8 characters
  • At least one alphabetical and one numeric character
  • Optional: may include upper case letters and special characters

The next time you change your password through CedarInfo, your new password will need to adhere to the password strength requirements  listed above. Password expiration is not in force for most students; however, students who work for information technology will be required to change their CedarNet password every 180 days.

Used Computer Sale – Students

Students interested in purchasing a used computer system (includes a 22-inch flat screen monitor) from the University will have the opportunity to reserve a system online starting April 1. Payment is due at the time of pickup. Computer pickup is available Wednesday through Friday of final exam week as well as select dates in the summer (shipping is not available). Please check your University email to view system specifications, pricing and warranty information.

Computer Labs closing for Spring break

The open-access computer labs in CBTS 111 and ENS 251 will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28 for spring break. The SSC 103 computer lab and the Rinnova Internet Café are open during holiday building hours. Please contact campus safety for more information about holiday building hours.

The CBTS 111 computer lab will reopen Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. The ENS 251 computer lab will resume normal academic hours on Monday, March 10.

CedarNet Maintenance, Emergency Notifications, Computer Classes

February 24th, 2014

University Text Message

The University emergency notification system is being modified to deliver messages more efficiently. On either March 3 or 4 of spring break, you will receive a text message from 23177. No action is required if you want to continue to receive text alerts from the University emergency notification system.

CedarNet Maintenance – Spring Break

An upgrade of the University wireless network is planned for Monday, March 3 between 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. Users will experience intermittent access to the wireless network during this time. In addition, several CedarNet maintenance projects are scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. We anticipate that all technology services will be unavailable during the 7:00-8:00 p.m. hour including: CedarNet, University email, network drives, Internet, Colleague, Moodle and wireless access. Starting at 8:00 p.m., access will be restored to individual services as the evening progresses. We anticipate that all services will be operational by midnight.

We apologize for any inconvenience the network maintenance may cause, and appreciate your patience as we work to improve the Cedarville network and associated services.

Computer Classes – Faculty and Staff Only

Computer classes are available covering the Microsoft Office 2013 software changes as well as other technology topics. Classes begin this week, and preregistration is necessary. Please follow the registration link to view computer class dates, times and specific topics.