DotCIO News & Announcements
A Banner Production Finance system upgrade is scheduled to begin at 11:00pm on Friday, June 19 and last through 8:30am on Monday, June 22.
Although the Banner Production system will be available during this time, users are requested to avoid accessing any Finance-related Banner forms and processes/reports, such as forms or processes that begin with an ‘F’ ; for example, FGIBDST.
Users should note that communication to/from Banner and OSCAR will be unavailable during this upgrade.
The campus remote-access VPN server, vpn.net.rpi.edu, will be unavailable from 9:00pm until 10:00pm on Wednesday, June 17, as upgrades are performed. During this time, any existing connections may be dropped and new connections unsuccessful. Connectivity to the following remote sites will also be impacted:
Due to a scheduled software upgrade, the Banner Production database will be unavailable starting at 11pm on Friday, June 5 through 8:30am on Monday, June 8. Although some systems may be available during this outage, communications to/from the Banner PROD database will be unavailable to other systems, including UC4, OSCAR, EARS, SIS, Nolij, and BossCars.
UC4 will also be unavailable during this time, so users are advised to please not request any jobs to run after 11pm on Friday, June 5. All "future" requested jobs will be deleted.
The Division of the Chief Information Officer (DotCIO) plans to upgrade the LMS to Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 Release for the Fall 2015 semester. This new system provides numerous improvements over the current Blackboard LMS, including instructors' ability to:
Older versions of Lenovo's System Update, which is pre-installed on most Lenovo systems, are vulnerable to malicious software that can allow malware to run with elevated privileges.
As a result of this vulnerability, it is recommended that users update this application; the easiest method is to launch the program, which by default will look for a newer -- and, in this case, patched -- version and will automatically install. Patched versions of System Update are 5.06.0034 or later.
As of April 2015, Google has confirmed their intention to drop support for Java and several other NPAPI base plugins. Chrome versions and updates are also implementing the announced changes, and as a result Java users are strongly encouraged to consider browser alternatives to Chrome as soon as possible.
Please refer to the Java website for a more complete announcement and steps for configuring Chrome to enable NPAPI plugins.
On Wednesday, March 11, from 9:30am to 3:30pm in Room 3112 of the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, COMSOL, Inc. speaker Peter Lyu will present a free workshop focusing on the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.0 and its new features, including the newly released Application Builder.
The Rensselaer Learning Management System (Blackboard LMS) experienced
a database corruption early Wednesday morning which forced a temporary
service shutdown. Consequently, the LMS system was unstable, and only
intermittently available, from about 3:00AM on December 10 until
service was restored at about 9:30PM on December 11.