ECS Events and Alerts
May 26, 2014 - 7:30am to 5:00pm
The Windows file server will be down intermittently for maintenance beginning at 7:30am on Monday, 26 May 2014. If you are working on home directory or share files on 5/26, save your work often and be prepared to be interrupted from time to time. Normal service should be restored in the afternoon.
May 16, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
ECS will take the engineering web server down for maintenance beginning at 5:30pm on Friday, 16 May. For the first couple hours of the maintenance window you will be able to view web pages. After that and until the web server is back up, there will be no access to engineering web pages.
If you have questions or concerns about this down time, please contact the Engineering Help Desk, 1253 SC, 319-335-5055.
May 13, 2014 - 8:45am
The new 29.0.1 version of Firefox fixes the problem with PDF pages that got printed as blank pages. If your machine is administered and Firefox was not running last night, you have the update. To update on your own, close Firefox and go to the Symantec Management Agent in the system tray. On the Software Deliver tab, you'll see that Mozilla Firefox 29.0.1 is Not compliant... Highlight Mozilla FIrefox 29.0.1, which makes it show up as the Application Task in the left column. Click on that Firefox link and version 29.0.1 will be installed.
May 27, 2014 - 12:00am to May 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
ICON will be offline on Tuesday, May 27th, and Wednesday, May 28th, while the system is upgraded to the next version.
The next version of ICON includes many new features and enhancements, including:
1. A new ICON Dashboard, and a new modern interface throughout the system.
2. A redesigned Content tool. Students can read Content files in their browser without downloading them, and instructors can drag and drop files to upload files to Content.
3. More email and text message notification options for students.
April 30, 2014 - 5:00pm
Microsoft announced a zero day exploit for Internet Explorer versions 6-11 that takes advantage of a Flash vulnerability. ECS has modified Windows so that if you close and re-open IE after 11:30am 4/30/14, you will be protected from that exploit. To ensure that all managed computers are protected, ECS will close all open IE sessions at 5pm on Wednesday, 4/30/14. Please close IE before that time.
For personally administered Windows computers, run Windows update because Microsoft put out a patch for the IE exploit on 5/1/14.
May 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
If you are running Firefox 29 and PDF pages are printing as blanks, go to Options | Applications (illustration on left below) and find Portable Document Format (PDF). Change the action from Preview in Firefox to Use Adobe Acrobat (illustration on right below).
May 3, 2014 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Turnitin has a scheduled maintenance window on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The service may be unavailable for brief periods of time during this window.
Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates to occur either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.
Files uploaded to ICON drop boxes that use the Turnitin integration while Turnitin is unavailable will be queued and processed after the Turnitin service is back online.
April 14, 2014 - 11:00am
NoMachine was removed from lab computers on 4/10/14 because of the OpenSSL exploit. Use FastX for the same functionality.
April 11, 2014 - 4:30pm
Now that the OpenSSL exploit has been discovered and you may be changing passwords in many places, consider using a password manager for that task. Here are 4 recommended by the ECS sysadmins. All products have products for several platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux).
April 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Following on the IT Security Office email about IT security advisory: password change recommendations, ECS recommends that you change your engineering account password using password.engineering.uiowa.edu or change your password from your local machine.