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Weekly Web Updates – January 9, 2017

There was an issue in the recent WordPress 4.7 update that caused problems with our custom permissions group syncing to that system. If you are the member of a group that is sync’d to WordPress but have different permissions than most members of that group (for example: administrators of the “Classifieds” blog), your permissions to the site may have been set to the lower-level permissions if you logged in to the site over the holiday break (this was fixed by 1pm on January 3rd). If that’s the case, let us know and we’ll restore your permissions.

We have added the Inline Footnotes and BE Subpages Widget plugins to WordPress.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The server hosting the Course Catalog was updated using the Chef server configuration tool to better provide system updates and versioning. Additionally, all requests to the Catalog are now handled over HTTPS.
  • We applied a security update to the system that sends mail in WordPress which is causing issues with the email preview function in the Wysija / MailPoet plugin. The plugin author promises to have an update available shortly that will fix this.
  • Improved the Online Directory’s handling of connections to the Active Directory to ensure that system resources are properly recycled after searches are run, preventing the server from spinning out of control.
  • Increased the timeout and improved error handling for photo fetching to the Athletics History Wall to better ensure we import as many photos as possible.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • A responsive design for the Dining Menus site.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Classroom Troubleshooting Tips

Media Services has created a few videos on the most common classroom emergency calls we respond to: problems with projection from a laptop and no audio from a laptop.  There is a video that covers a few very easy troubleshooting tips you can try before you call for help.  Click on the links below to watch the video based on the type of computer you have.  If you still have trouble after trying these tips, give the Helpdesk a call at X2200 and they will send someone from Media Services over to help.

Microsoft Laptop Projection Problems 

Microsoft Laptop Audio Problems

Mac Laptop Projection Problems

Mac Laptop Audio Problems

@MiddInfoSec Phishing Alert: don’t fall for “RE: all mail-box Web App ” scam email

Be on the alert for a suspicious email purportedly sent from “Jailina.Miranda@microchip.com” with the subject line “ RE: all mail-box Web App “. This is a confirmed phishing message, designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it and do not release it. The message will be deleted from your quarantine automatically in the next few days.

 

For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phishing. For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/spam.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 Now Available

Since the release of the new Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 suite, there have been many requests to install it on college-owned computers and in the public labs for teaching.  We are pleased to let you know that it is now available.

Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2017 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues.  To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are now available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.

Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:

Windows:

  1. Review details about how to use the self service website.
  2. Login at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install CCUninstaller to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  3. This will bring you to a download history page, wait 10 minutes, check your programs list under your start menu, to see if your Adobe apps are gone.
  4. Reboot your computer.
  5. Login again at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install Adobe Photoshop (Indesign or Illustrator).  Allow at least 15 minutes for the install to begin.

Mac:

  1. Review details about how to find and use the Self Service utility.
  2. Copy the Plug-ins folder from your computer’s Application folder (e.g., /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Plug-ins/) in advance, as the upgrade process may remove existing ones.
  3. Launch the Service Service utility.
  4. In the search field (top right), type 2017, then press Return to show the new offerings.
  5. Click the Install button to run Adobe CC Uninstall – through 2017.0 to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  6. Reboot your computer.
  7. Launch Self Service once again, then search for 2017.
  8. Click Install to run the application installers you need.

Notes:  Adobe Acrobat DC will need to be re-installed if you had it before; it is available through Self Service as well.

Feel free to contact the Helpdesk during our open hours if you happen to hit any road bumps.

Weekly Web Updates – January 2, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • go/groups will not show class membership information to non-admins.
  • The Drupal Redirector content type has been enabled on www.davisfellowsforpeace.org.
  • An additional view display variant for the fellows tables on www.davisfellowsforpeace.org was created that doesn’t contain the “Area of Interest” column.
  • The new first and last name fields for student nodes in www.davisuwcscholars.org have been populated.
  • Privacy Policy links have been added to numerous footer themes within www.middlebury.edu.
  • The default image displayed in the directory and website profile content has been updated.
  • The Drupal Google Calendar content-type now properly extracts calendar ids from any Google Calender URL (embed-url, iCal url, etc) as well as allowing calendar ids to be entered directly.
  • Added documentation on email re-sending in Webforms.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

OneDrive Sharing Settings Update

For security reasons, we’ve set the default when sharing files in OneDrive to only share with specific people. You will still be able to generate a link that will work for anyone in Middlebury College if you so choose, for example if you want to make a GO link for the whole community and/or link to a particular file from a departmental website.

We are also disallowing anonymous global sharing. If you share a document with someone outside the Middlebury organization, they will need to create a Microsoft account and login to see it.

Finally, users outside the organization can no longer automatically re-share items they don’t own; they will need to request access for anyone else from the original owner.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the best experience and keep our systems functioning optimally.