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Bram Daams 15 mrt 2020 12:51 (CET)
A newer version of Microsoft Windows, 10, is available on the Install network share. The license permits upgrade to this version on university computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. For privately owned computers you can order this software relatively cheap at Surfspot. The added version is: 1909.
Peter van Campen 25 feb 2020 11:31 (CET)
Newer versions of Microsoft Windows, 10, are available on the Install network share. The license permits upgrade to these version on university computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. For privately owned computers you can order this software relatively cheap at Surfspot. The added versions are: 1809 with Multilanguage Pack and 1903.
Peter van Campen 18 dec 2019 15:02 (CET)
New data storage: Ceph
Recently C&CZ presented an extra choice for data storage, next to the traditional RAID storage on individual fileservers: Ceph. The main advantages of Ceph are, that is scales almost without limits and does not have a single point of failure, but instead is "self-healing" and "self-managing". Within Ceph storage, choices can be made, the more expensive ones have no problem when a complete datacenter goes down. The Ceph storage can also be used as S3-storage. Because of the cluster setup, performance of Ceph storage can be surprising: writing is in general faster than reading, especially with many small files, Ceph can be much slower than traditional storage. If you want to try whether Ceph suits you, please contact C&CZ.
Simon Oosthoek 17 dec 2019 16:15 (CET)
New license period for Mathematica coming up
Ben Polman 26 nov 2019 12:13 (CET)
EduVPN also gives access to Science services
For quite some time, SURF EduVPN has been the standard VPN for central RU services. Now all VPN-protected Science services that are also accessible from the Science VPN services and/or from RU Eduroam, can be accessed from SURF RU EduVPN. This includes network drives, license servers, websites, protected labs, access to workplaces and special services such as telgids/ldap/kerberos.
Peter van Campen 25 oct 2019 15:57 (CEST)
Adobe Creative Cloud license prolongation
Starting Adobe Creative Cloud software (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop etc.) gives the error message that the license will expire November 29, 2019. For the C&CZ managed pc's this will be solved before that time. If you manage a Windows pc or Mac, that is owned by FNWI and has Adobe Creative Cloud software installed, please contact the C&CZ helpdesk to have the license prolonged. Checking the expiry date can be done with AdobeExpiryCheck from the Install share.
Peter van Campen 11 oct 2019 13:36 (CEST)
Mac: wait with upgrade to macOS Catalina
The brand new macOS Catalina is now available. It is **not** a good idea to upgrade with the first group of users, this will give problems. Up till now, we received reports about Adobe software not working, F-Secure Client Security not working, MestreNova not working, EndNote needing an upgrade to 9.3.1 or higher, Science VPNsec only working after reinstalling VPN. For more information what could go wrong, see Hold Off Catalina and Wait on Catalina. If the upgrade has already been done, the problems can be solved by installing an older version of macOS and restoring files with Time Machine.
Peter van Campen 10 oct 2019 14:45 (CEST)
Matlab R2019b available
The latest version of Matlab, R2019b, is available for departments that have licenses. The software and license codes can be obtained through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. All C&CZ-managed Linux machines will soon have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2019a/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will not receive a new version during the semester to prevent problems with version dependencies in current lectures.
Peter van Campen 27 sep 2019 16:27 (CEST)
Intel compilers update
Update 5 of the Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition for Linux 2019 has been installed in /vol/opt/intelcompilers and is available on a.o. clusternodes en loginservers. The older (2019u4, 2019 and 2014) versions can also be found there. To set the environment variables correctly, BASH-users must first run:
source /vol/opt/intelcompilers/intel-2019u5/composerxe/bin/compilervars.sh intel64
Peter van Campen 26 sep 2019 17:42 (CEST)
Lilo and Stitch swapped
As was announced earlier, the linux login (ssh) servers (lilo5.science.ru.nl and lilo6.science.ru.nl) have swapped their nicknames, which makes Ubuntu 18.04 the standard instead of Ubuntu 16.04. The name lilo.science.ru.nl now refers to lilo6.science.ru.nl and stitch.science.ru.nl now refers to lilo5.science.ru.nl. If you get complaints about changed finger-prints, you know why. See also the page about servers.
Simon Oosthoek 4 sep 2019 16:33 (CEST)
New version of OriginLabPro (2019b, 9.65)
A new version (20189, 9.65) of OriginLabPro, software for scientific graphing and data analysis, can be found on the Install-disk. See the website of OriginLab for all info on the new version.The license server supports this new version. Departments that take part in the license can request installation and license info from C&CZ, also for standalone use. Installation on C&CZ managed PCs still is being planned. Departments that want to start using OriginLab should contact C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 29 aug 2019 15:14 (CEST)
SLTN new supplier servers and storage
Peter van Campen 27 aug 2019 13:08 (CEST)
Online surveys: New version of LimeSurvey
Remco Aalbers 16 aug 2019 13:49 (CEST)
C&CZ day out: Tuesday August 20
The C&CZ yearly day out is scheduled for Tuesday August 20. C&CZ can be reached in case of serious disruptions of services.
Peter van Campen 8 aug 2019 12:42 (CEST)
To make it easier to install NI LabVIEW for departments that participate in the license, the newly arrived "Spring 2019" version has been copied to the Install network share. Install media can also be borrowed. License codes can be obtained from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster.
Peter van Campen 30 jul 2019 14:54 (CEST)
Windows 7 ends January 2020: Upgrade now!
Microsoft ends the support of Windows 7 early 2020. Therefore we urge everyone to upgrade all pc's with Windows 7 to Windows 10 or another supported operating system or to replace these pcs. For C&CZ managed pcs please contact the C&CZ helpdesk for an upgrade to Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04. For other pcs, they can also offer assistance.
Wim Janssen 24 jul 2019 13:45 (CET)
Retiring Windows 2008 Terminal Server ts2
Mid july 2019 the Windows 2008 Terminal Server ts2 will be switched off. This terminal server used to be necessary for non-Windows users to use BASS or Tracelab. Please contact C&CZ if you think this might cause problems for you.
Wim Janssen 25 jun 2019 14:44 (CEST)
TeX Collection 2019
Peter van Campen 11 jun 2019 11:03 (CEST)
Intel compilers update
Update 4 of the Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition for Linux 2019 has been installed in /vol/opt/intelcompilers and is available on a.o. clusternodes en loginservers. The older (2019 and 2014) versions can also be found there. To set the environment variables correctly, BASH-users must first run:
source /vol/opt/intelcompilers/intel-2019u4/composerxe/bin/compilervars.sh intel64
Peter van Campen 28 may 2019 16:42 (CEST)
VPN with two-factor authentication for shielded lab-network
The Science VPN has a new technique, in which individual users can get access to restricted parts of the network with two-factor authentication (username/password and certificate). This has been developed on request of a department that wants to give maintenance partners access to only the equipment that they service. Departments that are interested in this access, can contact C&CZ.
Erik Visser 26 may 2019 00:10 (CET)
Secure Email: end of Squirrel webmail July 1
Erik Visser 25 may 2019 23:59 (CET)
Secure Email: SPF/STARTTLS, DANE/DMARC and DKIM
Recently, C&CZ worked on DNS based techniques that can be used to fight spam, phishing and eavesdropping of mail. Of the list of mandatory open standards of the [https://www.forumstandaardisatie.nl/open-standaarden/lijst/verplicht?f%5B0%5D=field_keywords%3A68 Pas-Toe-of-Leg-Uit] list w.r.t. email, C&CZ implemented SPF a while ago. Because strict implementation [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework#FAIL_and_forwarding breaks simple/automatic forwarding], SPF has not been implemented in a strict manner. Also STARTTLS for mail encryption has been implemented a while ago. Recently, we introduced [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS-based_Authentication_of_Named_Entities DANE] and DMARC, which makes it possible to start with DKIM.
Erik Visser 25 may 2019 23:46 (CET)
Secure DNS (DNSSEC) introduced
As a requisite for the RU project "Introduction Safe Email Standards" project, that deals with the list of mandatory open standards of the Pas-Toe-of-Leg-Uit list, C&CZ introduced DNSSEC for all mail domains within ru.nl administered by C&CZ (science.ru.nl, cs.ru.nl, astro.ru.nl, math.ru.nl, ...).
Erik Visser 25 may 2019 23:22 (CET)
Old MFPs will be removed April 25
The old Konica Minolta MFPs will be removed from April 25. Users have had several weeks time to move over to the new system, that is much faster and more user friendly. For students: try to use up your old credit and do not top up. Can't use up all your credit? Then you can ask to get a refund at the Library of Science until June 1, 2019. For all users: EveryOnePrint will be shutdown too, this functionality can be found in the SafeQ web upload.
Peter van Campen 12 apr 2019 14:38 (CEST)
Matlab R2019a available
The latest version of Matlab, R2019a, is available for departments that have licenses. The software and license codes can be obtained through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. All C&CZ-managed Linux machines will soon have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2018b/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will not receive a new version during the semester to prevent problems with version dependencies in current lectures.
Peter van Campen 27 mrt 2019 16:39 (CET)
Maple new version: Maple2019
The latest version of Maple, Maple2019, can be found on the Install network share and has been installed on C&CZ managed Linux computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster by departments that take part in the license.
Peter van Campen 26 mar 2019 16:53 (CET)
Windows 7 ends January 2020: Upgrade now!
Microsoft ends the support of Windows 7 early 2020. Therefore we urge everyone to upgrade all pc's with Windows 7 to Windows 10 or another supported operating system or to replace these pcs. For C&CZ managed pcs please contact the C&CZ helpdesk for an upgrade to Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04/18.04. For other pcs, they can also offer assistance.
Wim Janssen 21 mar 2019 13:02 (CET)
New MFPs and printing with Science account
The new Konica Minolta MFPs that offer the RU-wide FollowMe printqueue, can also be used with the Science account. This only works if the U/S number is known at C&CZ, which can be controlled on the Do-It-Yourself website. On C&CZ managed Windows PCs one can then print to the queue "FollowMeScience", that translates the Science-account to the U/S number and forwards the job to the FollowMe queue. On C&CZ managed Linux hosts, this queue is called "FollowMe". The six year old MFPs are replaced RU-wide 1-for-1 by new ones, including options like the bookletmaker at HG00.002.
Wim Janssen 21 mar 2019 13:02 (CET)
To make it easier to install NI LabVIEW for departments that participate in the license, the newly arrived "Fall 2018" version has been copied to the Install network share. Install media can also be borrowed. License codes can be obtained from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster.
Ben Polman 12 mar 2019 16:44 (CET)
Peage and MFP's replaced in March
Konica Minolta won the European tender for multifunctionals (MFPs) again. All MFPs, associated software and the payment system will be replaced in March 2019. Every new MFP has a card reader. The campus card or another chip card, e.g. the OV chip card, can be linked to the RU account (U-, S- or E-number). Logging in on the MFP can then be done without a pin code with the linked card. For students or study associations it becomes possible to use group budgets. Students will use the Skuario app for topping up and transferring budgets. More info will be published in March.
Peter van Campen 26 feb 2019 13:01 (CET)
eLabFTW: open source electronic lab notebook en database
Recently, eLabFTW has been made available for departments in FNWI. This is a free, secure, modern and compliant open source electronic lab notebook and database, with which different teams (research groups) can efficiently track their experiments, but also manage their lab with a powerful and flexible database. Employees of departments that already use eLabFTW (within and around Molecular Biology) can register themselves at eLabFTW, new departments must first contact Postmaster in order to make a new team. See www.eLabFTW.net for more info.
Simon Oosthoek 26 feb 2019 10:43 (CEST)
Linux login server lilo4 decommissioned
The support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ends on April 25th, 2019. Therefore we will turn off lilo4 with this version of Ubuntu on May 1st, 2019. The default login server (lilo.science.ru.nl) will be redirected to lilo6 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS after the summer break. The current default loginserver lilo5.science.ru.nl with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will remains available until support for this version ends in 2021. The signatures of the C&CZ loginservers can be checked.
Simon Oosthoek 25 feb 2019 18:08 (CEST)
Ubuntu 18.04 for computer labs and individual workstations
During the summer break all computer labs will be (re)installed with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Since months ago, one can test course software using the Ubuntu 18.04 loginserver lilo6. All PC's in HG00.075 and HG00.761 will be replaced by new ones, (All-in-One, dual boot with Windows10 and Ubuntu 18.04 Linux). After this replacement, al PC's in the computer labs have fast SSD disks.
If you are using Linux PC's in computer labs as well as a C&CZ managed Linux PC in your office, we advise you to consider upgrading your office PC to Ubuntu 18.04 as well. Running Ubuntu 16.04 in your office on a managed PC and using an Ubuntu 18.04 PC in the computer labs will result in problems.
Wim Janssen 25 feb 2019 18:00 (CET)
Maintenance eduroam: Monday Feb 25, 23:00-03:00 hours
Monday evening February 25 between 23:00-03:00 hours, there will be maintenance on the wireless network of the RU. Eduroam will be temporarily unavailable. Please think which processes depend on wireless connectivity and prepare for this outage if necessary.
Marcel Kuppens 13 feb 2019 12:23 (CET)
SURFnet network maintenance: Tuesday Feb 12, 05:00-07:00 hours
Tuesday morning February 12, there will be maintenance on the internet links between RU and SURFnet. Outage of the internet connection is not likely, however cannot be excluded completely. Please think which processes depend on connectivity and prepare for this possible outage if necessary.
Marcel Kuppens 6 feb 2019 08:40 (CET)
Computer labs: login to locked pc
From now on, it is possible to login to a PC in the computer labs, the library and study landscape when another user has locked the PC. The hope is that this contributes somewhat to reducing the shortage of workplaces. When these PCs were running Windows7, after 15 minutes of inactivity the logged-in user could be logged out without restarting the PC, but this software no longer works with Windows10. To login as another user, click on "Switch User" in the the bottom left corner of the lock screen.
Wim Janssen 1 feb 2019 12:28 (CET)
Intel compilers new version
C&CZ has bought together with TCM and Theoretical Chemistry two licenses for the concurrent use of the most recent version of the Intel Parallel Studio XE for Linux. This has been installed in /vol/opt/intelcompilers and is available on a.o. clusternodes en loginservers. The old (2014) version can also be found there. To set the environment variables correctly, BASH-users must first run:
source /vol/opt/intelcompilers/intel-2019/composerxe/bin/compilervars.sh intel64
Peter van Campen 18 dec 2018 15:20 (CET)
New prices MS Visio and Project
As of January, 2016, using Microsoft Visio Pro and Microsoft Project has to be paid per pc per year. Most other Microsoft products for which RU has licenses, can be used freely on RU pcs. As of January 2019, prices for Viso and Project have changed considerably, see below. Please contact C&CZ if you use or want to start using Visio or Project.
|Microsoft Visio Pro (Employees, group license)||€ 3,55||€ 29,45|
|Microsoft Project Professional (with 1 Project Server CAL) (Employees, group license)||€ 3,97||€ 34,08|
|Microsoft Project Server, Server licentie (Group license)||€ 396,98||€ 0,00|
Peter van Campen 7 dec 2018 11:29 (CET)
Temporarily free Stata licence on RU pc's
Together with Radboudumc, Radboud University has signed a campus license for Stata. Stata is statistical software that is in use at a number of faculties - especially at FSW and FM. The costs for the use of Stata have been relatively high up to now. Because now there is a campus license, it has become much cheaper for new users: until November 2019 it can be used free of charge on pc's owned by Radboud University. After that it will cost a maximum of € 150 per user per year, depending on the number of users.
Peter van Campen 27 nov 2018 14:26 (CET)
C&CZ transfers telephony management to ISC
With the move to IPT, telephony has become a network application. Telephony management has become much less time consuming. Therefore, as of January 1, 2019, C&CZ will transfer the management of FNWI telephony to the RU central telephony management at the ISC. For networking at FNWI, you can still contact C&CZ.
Bjorn Bellink 27 nov 2018 11:22 (CET)
RU network maintenance: Monday evening/night November 26 to 27 22:00-03:00 hours
Monday evening November 26, there will be maintenance on central RU network equipment: some routers will get a software upgrade. From 22:00 hours, parts of the RU network and central RU-services will not be available. Within Huygens and other FNWI buildings the internet and wireless network will not be available from 23:30-00:30 hours. Please think which processes depend on connectivity and prepare for this possible outage if necessary. Future maintenance windows can be seen on the ISC website.
Marcel Kuppens 22 nov 2018 15:04 (CET)
Endnote X9 available
Endnote version X9 is available for MS-Windows and Mac OS X. It can be found on the install network disk. The license permits use by employees and students, also at home. Within short notice it will also be available in the Software Center of the C&CZ managed pc with Windows 10.
Peter van Campen 6 nov 2018 11:41 (CET)
Research data: storage and backup on C&CZ fileservers
With the lower prices for network discs and backup, several departments have started the move from locally managed discs to backupped fileservers of C&CZ. In general this has big advantages for reliability, backup and access rights that can be mananaged by the department itself. Biggest disadvantage is that network discs that have to be backed up, have to be divided in projects or other chunks of max. ca. 400 GB. Departments interested in moving their data to C&CZ fileservers should contact postmaster. The current setup is based on individual NAS-fileservers, C&CZ is investigating a new setup based on Ceph.
Peter van Campen 23 okt 2018 13:40 (CET)
Departmental computers to Windows10
New departmental computers can be installed with Windows10 by C&CZ. Also existing pc's can get an upgrade from Windows7 to Windows10. You can make an appointment for this with the C&CZ helpdesk. After that, users can install software themselves with the catalogue of the Software Center. N.B.: the Outlook2016 installed with Windows10 doesn't work well with the Science IMAP mailserver. Alternatives: mailclients like Roundcube and Thunderbird or a different mailserver like the RU Exchange mail and calendar service.
Stefan Reijgwart 23 oct 2018 11:12 (CET)
Instructions to install the most recent version of Microsoft Office, 2019, are available on the Install network share. There is a new installation method, with the Office Deployment Tool. The MAK license code is known to the C&CZ helpdesk. They can share the screen of your PC and then enter the code. They only do that if the PC is owned by FNWI. For privately owned computers you can order this software relatively cheap at Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 12 oct 2018 15:21 (CET)
RU network maintenance: Monday evening/night October 1 to 2 22:00-03:00 hours
Monday evening October 1, there will be maintenance on central RU network equipment: all routers get a software upgrade. From 22:00 hours, parts of the RU network will not be available, a.o. wireless and Internet access. The network in Huygens and other FNWI buildings will not be available from 01:00-02:00 hours. Also C&CZ services will be disrupted. Please think which processes depend on connectivity to RU central services and prepare for this possible outage if necessary. Future maintenance windows can be seen on the ISC website.
Marcel Kuppens 25 sep 2018 10:23 (CET)
Matlab R2018b available
The latest version of Matlab, R2018b, is available for departments that have licenses. The software and license codes can be obtained through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. All C&CZ-managed Linux machines will soon have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2018a/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will not receive a new version during the semester to prevent problems with version dependencies in current lectures.
Peter van Campen 19 sep 2018 17:49 (CEST)