All posts by Brian Hutzler

Don’t be tricked by gift card scammers

Michigan Tech and other universities have seen an increase in gift card scamming. These scams have become more and more common on campus.

What the scam sequence might look like:
1. You receive a message that appears to be from a coworker or associate
2. The message asks if you are available to do something for the sender
3. By replying, you will likely receive a second message
4. This one will claim that the sender is busy and can only be contacted by email
5. The sender (scammer) will ask you to do something for them
(this often includes purchasing gift cards or initiating a wire transfer for the scammer).

As with phishing, you are your best advocate; be diligent and protect yourself. Make sure to look at the sender’s email address. If it seems suspicious, it probably is. When in doubt, reach out to Michigan Tech IT.

We can help. If you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.

PatcherD: Tool for Applying Linux Updates

Updating Campus Linux Systems: PatcherD

Michigan Tech IT has developed a new tool (PatcherD) for updating Linux systems on campus. PatcherD will detect when updates become available and notify you when they will be installed.

Occasionally, restarting the system is needed in order to fully apply updates. When a reboot is required, PatcherD will show a notification. You can reboot at your convenience or wait for it to happen automatically at the date and time shown in the notification.

Updates will be applied two weeks after the first pop-up, and reboots will need to be performed within five days of the initial prompt.

For those who primarily interact with Linux machines via the terminal, wall messages containing similar information will also appear.

We can help. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 7-1111.

Examples of Notifications:







System Maintenance on August 5, 2018

There will be a Banner-related production system maintenance window on Sunday, August 5, 2018. From 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, the following Banner 8 and Banner 9 related production services will be affected: 

  • Aspire
  • Banner 8
  • Banner 9
  • Cumulus
  • Fischer
  • Footprints
  • MyMichiganTech
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • Papercut Printing (color)
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • Pinnacle
  • Sunapsis
  • UC4/Appworx
  • WebFocus

You can follow the updates on Banner-related services on this status page.

Additionally, Michigan Tech logins with the page below will be unavailable between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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These production services will be affected:

  • Alma
  • Cambridge Press
  • Campus Clarity
  • Campus Labs
  • Canvas / Course Tools
  • EduRoam
  • Handshake / Husky Jobs
  • HBO Go
  • Housing Apartments WaitList
  • IET Digital Library
  • Mac Self Service
  • MaxGo
  • Maxient
  • Microsoft Academy
  • MyUnidays
  • OrCID
  • OU Campus CMS
  • Panopto
  • People Grove
  • Primo
  • ProQuest
  • Rave
  • Reach
  • Sidewalk Pro
  • Springy
  • Team Dynamix
  • Telecom Utilities
  • ViaTRM
  • Zix
  • Zoom

You can follow the updates on the above production services on this status page.