Author: Brian Hutzler

Upcoming Upgrades–Microsoft Office 2019 and Windows 10

Michigan Tech will be upgrading on-domain systems to Microsoft 2019 this year. The first necessary phase is to get all systems on Office 2016 so that the transition to Office 2019 will be less disruptive.

Please keep in mind that Office 2019 is not compatible with Windows 7. The campus is currently transitioning to Windows 10; we are happy to assist with a Windows 10 upgrade.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 24, 2019—Upgrade all on-domain systems to Office 2016
  • June 2019 (after commencement)—Upgrade all on-domain systems to Office 2019
  • December 31, 2019—Finish upgrading the remaining campus systems to Windows 10

Note: Systems cannot be upgraded to Office 2019 without first being upgraded to Windows 10. There is an ongoing effort to work with departments to get their systems upgraded to Windows 10 by the end of the calendar year (2019).

Don’t be tricked by gift card scammers

Michigan Tech and other universities have seen an increase in gift card scams. 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: