Tag Archives: Helpdesk Alert

Many accounts require password reset due to recent phishing attack

Almost 100 people fell victim to a “phishing” email purporting to announce an “Important Meeting”. In order to protect the rest of the Middlebury account holders, the accounts which were compromised were disabled, and will need a password reset. If you have trouble logging in to your Middlebury account, it is likely that you are one of the victims of this attack. Please visit go.middlebury.edu/activate and reset your network password. This is an important warning to all that we should be extremely cautious about clicking on a link in an email. Although these phishing emails are well disguised, there are clues that they are not valid, so please think twice before clicking on any link in an email. More helpful hints on how to protect yourself can be found here:
http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/infosec/education

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.

Error with Webmail attachments

Hi everyone,

Several people have reported errors when trying to attach a file to an email. These issues are related to new options for attachments. Specifically, the ‘attach file’ dialog now includes OneDrive as the default data source – see below:

Webmail will use OneDrive as the default location for attachments.

Webmail will use OneDrive as the default location for attachments.

This is fine unless, like some folks, you haven’t yet logged into OneDrive. You’ll need to do so once at http://go.middlebury.edu/onedrive in order to finalize your account. Otherwise, you’ll get an error message when Webmail tries to access your OneDrive.

To attach files from your computer, select the “Computer” category on the left. But we do recommend you explore the options OneDrive opens up for collaboration. Rather than e-mailing separate drafts of a document to each other, possibly resulting in multiple versions and confusion, you can now share documents via a link in OneDrive so you’re all editing the same file.

Again, to clear the error, just login to OneDrive once – but we do want you do use it (or Google Drive) for your file storage going forward. For more information about the benefits of cloud storage and our current initiatives, go to http://go.middlebury.edu/cloud and select “Home Directories”. And as always, you can contact the Helpdesk with any questions.

Sincerely,

~Zach Schuetz

QuickTime for Windows Removal

ITS is relaying to our campus customers an Alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team about Quicktime on Windows.

Apple has “deprecated” the Quicktime program and is calling for computer users to uninstall the program.  Since this is a security risk, ITS has removed Quicktime on campus computers and replaced it with the VLC program which has been identified as a proper replacement.  Many computers on campus already have VLC installed.  Adobe is working on some patching of their products which may still depend on Quicktime.  Please let us know if you run into any troubles with programs you use here on campus, by contacting the helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu) or creating a helpdesk ticket.

Thank you for your part in keeping our campus safe and secure.

Issue with access to Middlebury Google Services – August 5, 2016

09:30 AM
We’re investigating reports of an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. We will provide more information shortly.

11:00 AM Update
We are working on resolving an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. We will provide more information shortly. Thank you for your patience.

2:40 PM Update
We are now working with Google Support to resolve an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. Thank you for your patience.

5:15 PM Update
We are continuing to work with Google Support to try to resolve an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. Updates will follow.

8/6/2016 4:30 PM Update
The authentication issue with Middlebury Google has been resolved.

Banner Outage

Update:
Both BannerWeb and Banner INB are back up and running.
Thanks again for your patience.
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We are currently experiencing a unplanned outage affecting both BannerWeb and Banner INB.

We are in contact with the Ellucian Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and they have mobilized their response staff to address this issue.

We regret any inconvenience this service interruption is having on your day, and will have this issue resolved as soon as possible.

Please check the System status page for updates.

MIIS & Middlebury Drupal sites have a known issue

All Clear:  the latest content has been restore, sites current as of approximately 9:00 EST this morning, sites operating normally.

Update:  It was necessary to restore the supporting database for our primary Middlebury and MIIS drupal web sites.  The sites are now responsive, however we currently are restoring more current versions of the database, while this is taking place, there will be some older content displayed.

There is an issue that is causing the MIIS and Middlebury drupal sites to be unresponsive or slow. ITS is working on the issue and expect to resolve it this morning.