IT Weekly Announcement - October 17, 2013
Current & Scheduled Outages/System Updates
Sunday Maintenance – Reminder
Every Sunday, between 12:00am – 12:00pm, all systems will be intermittently unavailable while important maintenance and updates are performed.
New Maintenance Window for Desktops – Every Thursday Night
Information Technology Services needs to make sure all Windows computers are patched and restarted on a regular basis in order to ensure security updates are properly applied. Due to the amount of patches that need to be applied for Microsoft, Adobe, McAfee and more; there is a need to do this on a weekly basis as opposed to the monthly schedule we are currently under. Please log off your computer when leaving for the day every Thursday, but do not power it off. This will allow the patches to be sent down to your computer on Friday after 12:00am. If you turn your computer off and leave it off over night on Thursday, shortly after turning it back on, your computer will restart in order to install and apply any updates. If you leave your computer logged in Thursday night into Friday, you may lose any unsaved data you were working on when the computer restarts.
New BlueNet Account Password Guidelines
We are changing our BlueNet Account Password guidelines based on feedback we have received. The new policy will be put in place the evening of Monday, October 21st. You do not need to do anything. The next time your password expires after this date, the new policy will be applied. Here are the password guidelines under the new policy:
A history of the last 5 passwords is kept and those cannot be reused.
Password must be 8 characters long. It must include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number or symbol.
Password will expire after 120 days.
Password will lock out after 12 invalid log in attempts. After 10 minutes the password will unlock automatically.
New! Remote Access Opt-in Policy
Accessing CCSU systems and information from off-campus creates a security threat to confidential information and resources. In order to protect confidential information from off-campus, we are adopting a remote-access opt-in policy for these resources:
- Banner INB (Not WebCentral)
- Hyperion Web Reporting
- Remote desktop access to your campus/office computer
If you need access to any of these resources from off-campus, please complete the Remote Access Opt-in Form. Your access to. By completing the request form, you will be granted off-campus access to the requested services using the Remote Application Server (also known as Citrix) at https://apps.ccsu.edu. For instructions on configuring and using the Remote Application Server, click here. The access will be granted for a period of one year and will need to be renewed annually. The Remote Access Opt-in Policy will take effect on October 31st.
Adobe Home Use Program
CCSU has a site license for the Adobe Creative Suite products. This license allows for actively employed faculty and staff to purchase the software and a license code to install the software on one personally-owned computer. The software download and license code are purchased through a 3rd party software distributor, Kivuto. The cost ranges from $9.75 - $14.70 depending on your purchase. The license code you purchase is good for one year, expiring in September 2014, however you may renew this license code each year (for a fee) for the term of our agreement with Adobe (currently three years, expiring in September of 2016). For instructions on purchasing an Adobe Home Use license, click here.
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