DotCIO News & Announcements
Members of Rensselaer's Academic & Research Computing staff wish to remind all members of the campus community that Windows XP, which was launched on campus more than 12 years ago, has reached the total end of its support as of April 8. As a result, Microsoft no longer provides any fixes, updates or online technical assistance for the XP operating system.
Software bugs do not usually get much news coverage unless they are very significant, and the latest bug now making headlines, known as Heartbleed, is very significant indeed.
The Heartbleed bug undermines the technology used by many Internet sites to secure their transactions. Sites vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit might expose to an attacker individual user passwords or, worse, the secret encryption keys used to secure communication with the site.
Please note that, effective immediately, off-campus access to the LMS system requires use of the VPN service.
If a VPN client is not already on your system, download and install the VPN client. Once the VPN is installed, connect to the VPN, and then access LMS.
The campus voicemail system will not be available from 9:00pm on Saturday, April 12 until 9:00am on Sunday, April 13 while Information Technologies Infrastructure (ITI) performs an upgrade to improve system reliability and service.
Please note that users will not be able to receive and listen to new voicemail messages during the system outage.
If you have any questions, please contact Senior Network Engineer Colleen Morrissey.
Attention, all RPI Learning Management System (Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP12) instructors, designers, and TAs! If you are planning on having an LMS (Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP12) course site for the Summer 2014 semester, you are encouraged to request your course site now by completing an LMS course request form, providing as much detail as possible.
A couple of tips for requesting course site(s) appear below.
Those who are new to programming with LabVIEW or who are looking to improve their existing skills are invited to attend a free LabVIEW bootcamp course, which will take place Tuesday, June 3 through Thursday, June 5, from 8:00am to 4:00pm each day in the first-floor classroom of the Folsom Library. Participants will also have an opportunity to take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam, a globally recognized entry-level certification exam, free-of-charge on Friday, June 6.
From 9:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 2, in room 3112 of the Low Center for Industrial Innovation (CII), COMSOL will give a free multiphysics modeling workshop, which will feature a live demonstration of the COMSOL modeling environment and also offer participants a unique opportunity to work with fluid flow applications in a hands-on computer session. No prior experience is needed, so this is the perfect occasion to ask questions and participate in the modeling process! All attendees will also receive a free two-week trial of the software.
As of approximately 11:30am on Thursday, March 13, the maintenance update that was scheduled for Rensselaer's Learning Management System is complete, and the LMS system is once again available for use.