Category Archives: Miscellaneous

VPN Update

Last week we updated on-campus, on-domain PCs to use the new VPN server. Notably, the new VPN server supports Windows 10 and OSX Yosemite.

On  September 22 at 6 AM, we are going to switch everyone over to using the new VPN. From that point forward, you will be using the new hardware when you go to vpn.mtu.edu.

Documentation on installation and usage of the new VPN client is available at www.it.mtu.edu/vpn.

If you have any issues, please contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or 906-487-1111.


Scheduled Power Outage

Facilities Management has planned a power outage for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 and Thursday, May 7, 2015.  In order to protect IT network resources and computers, IT will be shutting down computers, networks, and phones in the following buildings beginning at 5 PM.

Please plan to log out and exit the buildings prior to 5:00 PM.  We also recommend you turn off copiers and printers.

The following buildings are affected by this outage both Wednesday and Thursday nights:

  • Rekhi
  • Fisher
  • Hamar House
  • Dillman
  • Forestry
  • M&M (UG and GR sides)
  • ME-EM
  • ROTC
  • Academic Office Building
  • Alumni House

The following buildings have a scheduled outage for Thursday only:

  • EERC
  • Wadsworth
  • Rozsa
  • Walker
  • McNair

If you have any questions, please contact IT Help: it-help@mtu.edu or 906-487-1111.


New Digital Signage Software Training

Information Technology Services is implementing a new digital sign content manager by Four Winds Interactive (FWi), a versatile and full-featured system for creating, deploying and managing digital signage content across networks. The system is currently being used on the new screens in the Library and will soon be available across campus.

IT will be coordinating a remote training session on November 15, from 11am-1pm. If your department is interested in setting up a new sign/kiosk or a potential sign in the future and would like to participate in the session, please contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or 487-1111.


IT Student Workforce is Hiring!

Are you a student looking for part-time work on campus? IT is looking for students who are available for on-demand/ad hoc assignments to join its team of temporary student workers. Type of work includes:

  • Moving equipment/furniture
  • Setting up/breaking down computer equipment
  • Pulling wire/Physical Plant work
  • Maintenance of computing areas
  • Propaganda placement (posters and labeling)
  • Special events

Ideal candidates will meet the following standards:

  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Possess a good understanding of computer/network/video hardware
  • Are self-motivated and can follow instructions

Does this sound like you? If so, visit the IT Student Workforce Web Site at https://sites.google.com/a/mtu.edu/it-student-workforce/ for more information and how to apply.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.


Interns wanted!

We’re looking for a few good interns. Are you one of them?

The IT group at Michigan Tech has openings for students who are interested in internships with our department. Applications are being accepted for the following areas:

  • Database Administration
  • Information Security & Compliance
  • Media Systems
  • Telecommunications

Term of employment lasts for up to one year. After this period, successful interns may be promoted to full-time employment with the University. The expected graduation date of the applicants must fall within the academic year following the selection process. Applicants must also have a current, cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a major GPA of 3.0. Some eligibility requirements may be waived for candidates with special experience or circumstances.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. For more information, visit it.mtu.edu/internships.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.


Linked In Compromised: Time to change passwords

On Tuesday, June 6th, LinkedIn confirmed that a Russian website had
posted what appears to be the passwords for 6.5 million LinkedIn
accounts.  While LinkedIn has not been able to identify the source of the
compromise, they have confirmed that at least some of the passwords do
match their accounts.

As many faculty, staff, and students have LinkedIn accounts it is
important that they take the time to review the following steps that
should be taken to protect their credentials:

– Users should change their LinkedIn password to a unique, temporary
password.  A temporary password is recommended as the source of the
compromise has not been discovered so even new passwords may be at
risk.  Once that LinkedIn has identified the source and closed the
vulnerability users should change their passwords again.

– If a user used their LinkedIn password, or a similar password as any
of their Michigan Tech passwords, they should change them immediately
to a new, unique password.  Your ISO password used for most services,
including email, can be changed by visiting https://www.login.mtu.edu
and clicking on the “Change Your MTU ISO Password” link in the
upper-left hand corner.  For information on changing other Michigan
Tech passwords, please contact it-help@mtu.edu.

– Any other accounts that the user has that had the same password or
similar password to their LinkedIn password should also be changed to
a new, unique password.  This is especially important where financial
services are concerned.

Users should be using unique passwords for each account that they have
as many credentials are compromised due to the reuse of passwords on
vulnerable services.  There are many programs or services available to
help people keep track of their passwords for various sites.  The
website https://lastpass.com has a very robust, free service this integrates
with most browsers.  For users who are interested in a non-web based
solution, the programs “Password Safe” for Windows and “Password
Gorilla” for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, have been recommended by
the security community.

LinkedIn will be sending a few emails to users whose accounts have
been verified as having been compromised.  More information on the
steps that they are asking their compromised users to take can be
found at:

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/06/linkedin-member-passwords-compromised/


Computer equipment recycling on for 9/16

Information Technology and Facilities Management have teamed with Apple Inc. in a free program to dispose of old computer equipment that is no longer needed but often contains hazardous materials that can’t be disposed of in landfills.

Apple offers to recycle any manufacturer’s computers, monitors and printers at no cost to educational institutions. Apple also ensures the hardware is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, and all hardware is processed domestically in the US. Typically departments disposing of this equipment pay a per-pound charge.

All brands of the following Michigan Tech-owned equipment will be accepted: computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, desktop-size copy machines, CD drives, TVs, VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables, keyboards, and mice. All equipment must have property tags removed and reported to Properties by Tuesday, Sept. 20th.  Please note that not all equipment can be disposed of. Properties will let you know if something cannot be included.

Large collection boxes will be placed at the loading docks on Friday, September 16th and will be available until noon on Tuesday, September 20th.  If you have a large quantity of items to dispose of, please email it-help@mtu.edu to schedule a pick up by Friday, September 16th.

As always, it is against Michigan Tech policy to improperly dispose of storage media such as hard drives and other memory devices. Hard drives should be removed from all equipment prior to drop off. The official media destruction policy is available at www.security.mtu.edu.

For more information, please email it-help@mtu.edu or call 487-1111.