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Tstaff is working closely with CIS on an ongoing issue course group membership reporting that is affecting tools/scripts that depend on commands like id and groups. (This issue is directly affecting the handin script.)

Unfortunately, the problem is not consistent.  If you experience an issue where you seem to not be in a group ...

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Course Quality Assurance (Test) Accounts

Faculty and HTAs can now contact CAP@brown.edu directly for access to their course's quality assurance account. (a.k.a Course Test Account.)  If you're in the HTA group for a course that needs a Quality Assurance account, please coordinate with the other members of your group and email CAP@brown.edu ...

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Common SSH Issues/Fixes

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On August 24th, the ssh.cs.brown.edu gateway servers were upgraded to stretch and bound to the CIS OIM domain, ad.brown.edu.  The sunlab and mlab ssh client systems were also upgrade on that day and bound to ad.brown.edu.  As of version 7.0, the openssh server has disabled support for ...

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For several days in the past week email messages sent to some CS users were forwarded to an incorrect address, causing them to "bounce."  Those messages were not delivered, and the senders were informed that the intended recipient's account does not exist.  This was due to an error on our part that has been ...

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This Thursday, August 24th, your CS login password will change.  From that day forward, to log into a CS Linux system, you will use your Brown University login credentials.  For those of us whose "short id" (e.g. jbazik) is different from our CS logname (e.g. jsb), we will thenceforth use our short id ...

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***We're looking for early adopters who are interested in beta testing a Desktop installation of Debian Stretch on their office machine(s).***

If you use a Tstaff managed desktop in your office and are willing to help us dig out the bugs for this roll-out, please email problem@cs.brown.edu.  We'll coordinate ...

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CIS Networking Group is performing maintenance on the CS edge switches tomorrow, July 11th, between 5:30am to 6:30am.  Please expect network connectivity issues between the maintenance windows.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Laura Dark <laura_dark@brown.edu>
Date: Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Subject: CIS Planned Maintenance: Network Connectivity within ...

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Linux Security Reboot Rescheduled for this Thursday

The department-wide reboot of Linux desktop machines has now been rescheduled for Thursday, June 29th at 5am. That's tomorrow morning as of this writing.

The reboot had been originally been slated for this morning (Wednesday), but we canceled that after learning of a different set of problems that the kernel update would have introduced ...

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Linux Security Reboot This Wednesday (UPDATE: Canceled)

Tstaff will be rebooting most desktop machines on Wednesday of next week, June 28th, at 5am, in order to apply patches to both the Linux kernel and libc. (Note that we will not be upgrading the operating system from Debian 8 to Debian 9 at this time - that will come later.)

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