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Update for Self Service App on College-owned Macs

Does your college-owned Mac have the latest and greatest version of the Self Service application?  It’s easy to tell…  just launch Self Service located in the Utilities folder.  If you see the Middlebury logo in a dark blue band across the top — you’ve got the new version which offers not only our latest installers, but also access to many installers from off-campus.

If you don’t have the updated version, you’ll only see one featured piece of software to install — the new Self Service utility.  We encourage you to install this update as soon as possible so you’ll be able to install updated software, printers, and drivers when you need them.  Here’s how to proceed:

Important! If your computer is running macOS 10.9 or older, please update the OS to 10.12 (or newer) before attempting to update Self Service.  10.12 (“Sierra”) is available in the old Self Service to computers that are eligible.

  1. The Mac needs to be connected to Ethernet on the Middlebury campus network to update Self Service.
  2. Open Self Service, then look for ”’JAMF Cloud”’. This is a “featured” install, so it should appear on the main screen.
  3. Read the installation instructions before proceeding.
  4. When the installation has completed it may report a ”’failure”’ — this is normal — just close then re-open Self Service.
  5.  There should be a visual difference (as well as a new version number) to Self Service.  You are done – except…
    • for macOS 10.13.2 or higher, re-opening Self Service will prompt you to ”’Approve”’ the MDM profile in System Preferences.  Please follow the link then click the ”’Approve”’ button.  This helps enable various security & conveniences for your computer, including pre-approval of third-party kernel extensions for common software (ex. Sophos or Google Drive File Stream).

Ready to Learn about Technology? Your tutor never sleeps!

lynda_logo_72x72 Did you know that Middlebury College offers self-paced learning 24/7?  Our fabulous online learning resource,, uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills and is available to all academic year faculty, staff, and students, both here and at Monterey.

Interested?  Drop by the Open House at Davis Family Library on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 3-5:00 pm and check it out first-hand.  Too excited to wait that long?  Visit http://go/lyndainfo/ and get started right now!

For more details about other learning opportunities, visit http://go/itslearn/.

ISSUE – Middlebury Shared Email Accounts

We are experiencing an issue with shared email accounts.  Access is denied to individuals or groups who previously had access.  We are currently working with impacted individuals to restore permissions as swiftly as possible.  We will provide an update as soon as we know more.

We apologize for this disruption. Thank you for your patience.

ITS Helpdesk

RESOLVED – Middlebury Email Send/Receive Errors

We are pleased to report that email service is restored.  An Office 365 licensing issue impacted roughly one-fifth of the community for approximately 2-3 hours.  During this time email could not be sent from or received by these accounts.  Anyone who sent email to an impacted account received an “undeliverable” error.

The licensing issue has been fixed and email is now flowing properly.  Any messages for which you received “undeliverable” responses will need to be re-sent.

If your computer is still not sending or receiving email please do the following:

Outlook on Mac: Click the button labeled Send & Receive in the top right corner of the toolbar. When prompted, click Go Online.

For Outlook on a PC: please restart your computer.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to resolve matters.  Again, we apologize for the disruption.  Please contact the Helpdesk if you have any outstanding issues or questions.

ITS Help Desk

ISSUE – Middlebury Email Send/Receive Errors

We are experiencing an issue with Middlebury’s email accounts.  Some accounts are not able to send or receive messages; other accounts are functioning but receive errors when trying to email other Middlebury accounts.  We are working to resolve matters as swiftly as possible but we do not currently have an estimated repair time.  We will provide an update as soon as we know more.

We apologize for this disruption. Thank you for your patience.

Wireless Issue Continues — Temporary WiFi Network Created

We continue to experience issues with our wireless networks.  To provide network access while we work on a long-term solution we have created a new, temporary wireless network that will provide the same service as before:

Temporary network name:  MiddleburyBackup

Temporary password:  panthers (all lowercase, no punctuation, no spaces)

The temporary network will be removed from use once MiddleburyCollege service has been restored and is stable.  We will provide an update at that time.

Remember, you may connect successfully to our network using an Ethernet cable as our wired network is fully functional.

We are very sorry for this disruption in service and any inconvenience.  Thank you once again for your patience.

MiddleburyCollege Wireless Issue

We are experiencing an issue with the MiddleburyCollege wireless network and are working actively with our vendor to resolve matters as swiftly as possible.  We do not currently have an estimated repair time. You may connect successfully to our network using an Ethernet cable as our wired network is fully functional.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Attention, Supervisors! Upcoming ITS Tech Service Overview Sessions for New Hires

Do you have any new staff members joining your team in the coming months?  Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with new hires in mind called “ITS & You:  Technology Services Overview.”

We introduce services and resources provided by ITS to all Middlebury campus employees, including: email, file storage, account security, online learning, and how to obtain computing help.  The workshop format is presentation-style with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions.  Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.

Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend — with the ever-changing world of technology, even not-so-new staff might surprise themselves with an “aha” moment or two.  Please ask employees to sign up using our online form, or you can complete the form on their behalf.