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The CS SSH Gateway, ssh.cs.brown.edu, has been updated to include generation of kerberos credentials. 

Impact to users: Users can continue to connect to the ssh gateway using existing ssh key pairs. Upon initial connection to the updated gateway you will be prompted to enter your Brown University password to generate your kerberos ...

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TStaff has migrated all print functions from the old print host to a new and improved print host to alleviate and resolve the many print issues that existed on the old print server. Due to some driver changes and a newer version of CUPS some user intervention may be needed. Users experiencing issues with printing ...

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The Technical Staff has several new members.  Paul Vars joined tstaff back in June as Senior Hardware Technician.  Shaun Wallace became Senior Systems Programmer last month, and David Serpa takes on the role of Lead Systems Administrator today.  With David's arrival, the technical staff has a full roster for the first time since 2016 ...

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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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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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CS Joins Brown Events Calendar

The Computer Science Department event calendar is now hosted on Brown's campus-wide event calendar system.  The "topical area" of Computer Science is where you will find our events both past and future.  The CS website still displays upcoming events on the home page and on the events page using an ical feed from university ...

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email.jpg Early this morning we migrated from using physical hardware to virtualized machines to handle internal mail delivery. We expect there to be no impact on our users, but are letting everyone know in case you notice some change in behavior. These servers are responsible for all delivery of email to problem, our issue tracking system ...

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network-2400px.png We rolled out some changes over lunch today that affect how our departmental workstations reach the rest of the Brown campus and the internet. While we don't expect there to be any issues, we wanted to let everyone know in case they experienced connectivity issues.

For those interested in the network details, read on ...

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owncloud.png This past weekend, Tstaff upgraded our ownCloud instance to version 8.1.3, the latest stable release. To the best of our knowledge, everything is working as expected, but please email problem@cs.brown.edu if you are experiencing any issues.

What is ownCloud you might ask? It's a departmentally hosted file syncronization system ...