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:







Michigan Tech IT Hours—Fall 2018

Starting today, Michigan Tech IT will begin observing regular university hours of Monday–Friday from 8:00 am–5:00pm. During the first few weeks of the semester, we will also add the following additional support:

  • Weekend Help Desk
    • August 26 (9:00 am–1:00 pm)
    • September 1 & 2 (10 am–4:00 pm)
    • September 8 & 9 (10 am–4:00 pm)
  • Wireless, HuskyCard, Software and Printing Help Stations in the Library
    • (September 4-7 from 8:00 am–5:00 pm)
  • Residential Network (ResNet) Assistance Desk in Wadsworth

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

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.