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We added 3000 network licenses for the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2016 to our network license server.   The new licenses are for Autodesk Maya 2016, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder 2016, Mudbox 2016, ReCap 2016, and Softimage 2016.  The network licenses are only availablle inside the department or through the CS vpn connection. 

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Starting at 7am on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, we will be performing rolling upgrades of the GPFS grid nfs cluster.  Each grid nfs server upgrade can potentially cause a brief 90 second NFS blip for compute grid machines.  The upgrades will not affect nfs access from managed linux desktops.  We expect the maintenance to be completed ...

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We are aware of a problem with the SSH gateway where X11 forwarded connections are failing with a notice regarding an "unknown RSA Host Key".  As we are working on discovering the root of this problem a workaround, when X11 sessions are not needed,  seems to be to disable x11 forwarding for that instance of ...

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As part of the efforts to clean out the cruft that inevitably is left behind from semester to semester, Tstaff has closed out the course lists from previous semesters that were part of what is called a "family" in Sympa.  There are still some course lists left to be cleared out, but the majority of ...

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Due to the improper application of the permissions for "other" while trying to repair a file set that was in a bad state, there was a 15 minute outage of access to the /home directory.  This error has been corrected and access to /home should be restored for all users.

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Responding to the increasing preference for Apple products among the CS community, the mslab this summer gained 24 MacIntosh Minis.  Replacing the Windows machines for which the lab is named, each shares a seat - monitor, keyboard, mouse - with a standard CS Department-issued Linux machine.  Students taking Introduction to Computer Animation (CS125) will be among the ...

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ssh.png Tstaff is in the process of virtualizing all of our servers onto CIS managed vSphere instances. Over the next 10 months, you will be hearing about progress we are making and services that have been moved. Our initial focus will be on easier to move services and those that will most benefit from the move ...

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One of our five LDAP slave servers is experiencing issues. We've pulled it out of the cluster and will further investigate tomorrow. While it was misbehaving, you may well have experienced intermittent authentication errors for any applications backed by LDAP auth, including: the web, ownCloud, email lists, etc. This misbehaving node also managed to ...

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