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Systems Maintenance this Thursday, March 30th

During our regular maintenance window this Thursday, March 30th from 5 am – 7:30 am EST we have the following activities scheduled:


  • The DNS/DHCP appliance will have a new reporting server installed into the grid. No service outage is anticipated.
  • The physical interfaces connecting to the DMZ network will be reconfigured. There is a potential for a brief service outage of the Library Millennium server and the ADFS servers (SSO), up to 1 minute.
  • The CommVault backup service will be upgraded. No customer impact.
  • Continuing to work with campus fiber maintenance, there will be a brief network outage for Hadley, Milliken, Kelly, Lang, and Ross Halls, as well as faculty housing on Blinn Ln. Outage will be up to 5 minutes.
  • On-premise Exchange servers will be upgraded to the next patch level. This work will continue on Sunday. No service impact is anticipated.
  • The border firewalls in VT will be upgraded to the next point release. Leveraging the highly available configuration of these devices, no service outage is anticipated.


We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.





Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Frank Winkler receives award from NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute and Australian National University (ANU). This project, titled N103B: A Type Ia Remnant with Circumstellar Interaction…Kepler’s Older Cousin?, entails observations from NASA’s orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, together with analysis of ground-based data recently obtained from the Wide-Field Spectrograph instrument on ANU’s 2.3m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. These ground-based observations also include other supernova remnants in the Small Magellanic Cloud, and integrating this information with other data will help to achieve a more complete understanding of supernovae and the interstellar medium.

Workshop Offering: Streamlined Productivity with Porter Knight

Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 9:00 am -12:00 pm in Kirk

~Light refreshments will be provided~

Click here to register by Thursday, April 6th – Spaces are limited!

Workshop Overview:

The hours in a day are finite, yet the demands on your time seem limitless. How can you effectively get your work done when you are pulled in so many different directions? This workshop will put you back in charge of your day so you can get organized, be effective, and focus on what’s important.

You will learn:

  • Time management tricks
  • Strategies to stay on top of email
  • Ways to communicate your tasks and priorities to others

You will leave with tools you can put in place immediately to get more done with less stress. All participants receive bound note-taking guides to use as a lasting resource.

(This is an incredibly popular program that Porter has presented on our Vermont campus in various forms for over a decade. If you’ve heard Porter present before, you can sign up for a refresher, or tell your colleagues about this opportunity!)

If you have questions please contact Sheila Cameron

Colleagues on our MIIS campus – Porter Knight is a Vermont-based consultant.  If this topic is of interest to you, please contact Melissa Sorenson and we will explore possibilities.

Spring 2017 Zotero Workshops

Your friendly Middlebury librarians Ryan Clement & Wendy Shook will be holding a series of Zotero workshops for both faculty and students in mid April – two in Davis Family Library and two in Armstrong Library. Sign up here: Dates and times:

  • 11am-12pm, Tuesday, 04/11 in LIB 145 (first floor Davis Family Library conference room)
  • 3-4pm, Tuesday, 04/11 in MBH 161 (Armstrong Library Computer Lab)
  • 10-11am, Friday, 04/14 in MBH 161 (Armstrong Library Computer Lab)
  • 3-4pm, Tuesday, 04/18 in LIB 145 (first floor Davis Family Library conference room)

Zotero is a free, easy, and powerful citation management tool that can help scholars and researchers collect, organize, and annotate resources as well as creating citations and bibliographies using thousands of styles. Available to both Mac and PC users, with plugins available for most modern web browsers as well as Microsoft Word and Libre Office.

Please reach out to Ryan and Wendy with any questions at

Reflection Friday with Amanda Reinhardt April 7th

On select Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters, the Social Entrepreneurship Program hosts reflective conversations between members of the Middlebury community. On Friday, April 7th, Amanda Reinhardt, Associate Director of Orientation, will discuss the question, “What matters to me, and why?” Come to the Grille Conference Room behind Crossroads at 12:30pm for lunch from Grapevine Grille and a chance to get to know this staff and community member.

New Library Water Fountain Helps the Environment and Those with Disabilities

In case you are wondering what that noise is on the main floor of the Davis Family Library today, it is the installation of a new ADA-compliant water fountain that is designed to fill water bottles too.  The Library Space Team successfully applied for an Environmental Council grant to cover the cost for one.  The fountain will count the number of times a water bottle / glass is filled.  Next time you are thinking of buying bottled water, think instead about using a refillable container (and thus avoid landfill waste or the energy and financial costs of recycling).  It will also be the only ADA-compliant fountain in the Library, so if someone in a wheelchair needs a water fountain, be sure to direct them to this one, which is just opposite the print copy room on the main level.


Weekly Web Updates – March 27, 2017

We upgraded the server that runs This server is now using the Chef server configuration tool to manage settings so that we can ensure proper change management over its setup.

The WordPress project is conducting a poll about the editor you use when writing posts:

We’ve upgraded the Google Custom Search engine used on our Drupal sites to version 2 of their API, now that version 1 is no longer supported. A few styles were cleaned up, including removal of the double underlines for links in search results, but there should be no major changes with this upgrade. Please let us know if you experience issues with search on our Drupal sites.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Removed the field labels for the caption and subtitle fields on the Davis UWC profiles.
  • The “simple HTML” text format in the Middlebury Drupal site, used for event blurbs, now allows setting text styles, such as “fine print”.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our  CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).