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Ceph data storage expanded
Since the end of 2019, C&CZ offers Ceph as a choice for data storage, next to the traditional RAID storage on individual fileservers. Because demand for Ceph storage is rising, the Ceph storage has been upgraded from 1.8 PiB to 2.8 PiB gross. With this upgrade, storage servers have been placed in a central RU datacenter, so the Ceph storage is now distributed over three datacenters. If you want to try whether Ceph suits you, please contact C&CZ.
Wim Janssen 23 nov 2021 14:06 (CET)
BitTorrent traffic will be blocked
Because BitTorrent is considered to be a security risk (malware/reputation damage) and the traffic primarily consists of illegal downloads, the RU Security Operations Center (SOC) proposed to block this type of traffic from the RU network. Should this cause problems for research or education, we would like to hear from you, so we can notify the SOC and perhaps request an exception.
Simon Oosthoek 11 nov 2021 09:59 (CET)
Donation to free and open source software: Mozilla
For the majority of the services C&CZ uses free software and open source software. Therefore, some time ago the idea emerged that the C&CZ employees would vote each year which projects would receive a donation from C&CZ. This year the Mozilla Foundation was chosen. Many people will know the Mozilla Firefox webbrowser and the mailclient Mozilla Thunderbird and maybe use it hours a day. But the Mozilla Foundation does a lot more to try to ensure the internet remains a public resource that is open and accessible to us all.
Peter van Campen 5 nov 2021 16:38 (CET)
Peage: workaround for PrintNightmare
Peter van Campen 29 okt 2021 14:58 (CEST)
To make it easier to install NI LabVIEW for departments that participate in the license, the newly arrived "Spring 2021" 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. For macOS/Linux this version is necessary, for MS Windows one can also install LabVIEW from the NI website.
Peter van Campen 15 okt 2021 11:59 (CEST)
FNWI network cable administration by ISC networks
As of October 11, 2021, C&CZ will transfer the management of the fixed data connection points (network outlets, switch ports) in the Faculty of Science buildings (Huygens, Mercator, HFML/FELIX, Goudsmit, Proeftuin) to ISC networks. This concerns both activating/deactivating an outlet (patching) and adjusting settings or solving malfunctions. Taking care of the IP addresses (DNS/DHCP) and the shielding/security by means of Access Control Lists will remain with C&CZ. All requests and malfunctions relating to data connection points can therefore be addressed to the Helpdesk of the ISC as of October 11, by mail to or by telephone to (024-36) 22222. There is also a possibility to report a malfunction via a web form, see www.ru.nl/ict.
Bjorn Bellink 7 oct 2021 18:15 (CET)
Matlab R2021b available
The latest version of Matlab, R2021b, 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-R2021a/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 3 okt 2021 14:10 (CEST)
BigBlueButton videoconferencing updated
The experimental BigBlueButton videoconferencing website has been moved and updated. The new URL is https://bigbluebutton.science.ru.nl/ , you can create your own login, or use the one you had on https://bigbb.science.ru.nl, which is being redirected to the new site. The status remains "experimental"; without warranty.
Simon Oosthoek 1 Oct 2021 15:40 (CET)
AVS Science now part of AVS Radboud
As of October 1, the Science AVS will be merged with Radboud AVS. This reorganization is a result of the improvement programme of facility management and real estate, with bundling of similar services on campus. This bundling creates a campus-wide AV service that will be controlled in its entirety by Campus & Facilities. For FNWI users, the existing contact options (email, telephone) and availability of local support will be continued for the time being in accordance with the existing situation. There will be further communication about any changes in the future. The AVD Faculty of Science resorted under C&CZ since January 2018.
Bjorn Bellink 28 sep 2021 13:02 (CET)
Major RU network maintenance October 9 08:30-15:00
ISC network announcement.
Saturday October 9, between 08:00 and 15:00, major RU network maintenance will be carried out. During the maintenance window there will be interruptions of maximum 15 minutes. For the FNWI buildings, the maintenance will end 15:00 hours, for the other RU buildings, it might continue until 19:00 hours.
Wim Janssen 15 sep 2021 16:42 (CET)
Short network interruptions Friday evening September 24, 2021 20:00-01:00, maintenance DMZ and SRV firewall
ISC network announcement.
Friday September 24, between 20.00 and 01.00 hours, the DMZ- and SRV-firewalls will receive major maintenance. During the maintenance window there will be short interruptions of 20 to 40 seconds. In case of unexpected problems, the interruptions might last 5 to 10 minutes.
Wim Janssen 15 sept 2021 16:42 (CET)
PCs in Study Area and Library of Science
Since the summer of 2021, the computers in the Faculty of Science Study Area (HG00.201) and the Library of Science (HG00.011) are no longer being managed by C&CZ, but by the ISC (RU ICT Service Centre). That makes all Windows computers in all RU Study Areas and Library locations uniform.
Technical contact now is is the ICT Helpdesk: 024-3622222, .
General information about the Library of Science (such as opening hours and reservation of a study place), can be found at the Library of Science website.
In addition to these Windows-only computers, eight Linux-only computers, that are managed by C&CZ, are available in the front of the Study Area (HG00.201).
Peter van Campen 17 aug 2021 16:47 (CEST)
Job offer systems developer/administrator research and education
C&CZ is looking for a new colleague: systems developer/administrator research and education. For more info see the RU job offer page.
Bjorn Bellink 19 jun 2021 23:50 (CEST)
Expansion of Science datacenter to Forum building
Because FNWI research groups are increasingly purchasing powerful computers/computing clusters with many CPUs and GPUs, C&CZ has expanded the data center to the existing server room of Radboud Services, in the Forum on the other side of Heijendaalseweg. As a result, there will be sufficient physical space, power and cooling for the servers purchased by departments in the coming years.
Simon Oosthoek 18 jun 2021 11:18 (CEST)
New version of Mathematica (12.3.0)
A new version of Mathematica (12.3.0) has been installed on all C&CZ managed Linux systems, older versions can still be found in /vol/mathematica. The installation files for Windows and Linux can be found on the Install-disk, also for older versions of Mathematica. Departments that take part in the license can request installation and license info from C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 23 mei 2021 15:27 (CEST)
Mailman lists sender address change: from sender to list address
DMARC is increasingly being used as a spamfilter, checking whether the sender ought to send mail via this route. To comply with this for mail sent through Mailman, we will change the From: sender address to the list address. The current:
> From: Some User <> > Sender: "listname" <>
will be changed to:
> From: Some User via listname <> > Reply-To: Some User <> > Sender: "listname" <>
If you filter or forward mail automatically, you might need to change the filter.
Peter van Campen 20 apr 2021 11:22 (CEST)
Linux login server lilo5 decommissioned
The support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ends on April 30th, 2021. Therefore we will turn off lilo5 with this version of Ubuntu on May 1st, 2021. The default login server (lilo.science.ru.nl) points to lilo7 with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, but lilo6 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will remain available until support for this version ends in 2023. The signatures of the C&CZ loginservers can be checked. Please also check these tips for improving your SSH settings tips for improving your SSH settings.
Simon Oosthoek 20 apr 2021 11:10 (CEST)
Maple new version: Maple2021
The latest version of Maple, Maple2021, 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 30 mar 2021 18:01 (CEST)
Windows 7 computers disabled in B-FAC domain
Because of security issues the last remaining Windows 7 machines wil be disabled, effective 24-03-2021, as member of the Active Directory Domain B-FAC. Please upgrade these computers to a more up-to-date OS. See also previous announcements on Windows 10 and the end of Windows 7.
Wim Janssen 23 mar 2021 10:22 (CET)
Matlab R2021a available
The latest version of Matlab, R2021a, 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-R2020a/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 mar 2021 18:36 (CET)
Signed SSH keys for loginservers and compute clusternodes
From now on, C&CZ signs the SSH keys of e.g. loginservers and compute clusternodes. That makes it possible for users, as explained on that page, to add the public signing key in the private .ssh/known_hosts, which makes one trust all C&CZ signed SSH servers. Whenever C&CZ deploys a new 'lilo', the question whether this might be spoofing will not occur then.
Ben Polman 9 mar 2021 23:53 (CET)
Site license for Gaussian 16 and GaussView 6
Organic Chemistry purchased a site license for the use of Gaussian 16 and GaussView 6 with the GMMX Module on Linux. The software has been installed on the cn-cluster. Departments that want to use this, can contact Prof. Jana Roithova or Postmaster.
Ben Polman 9 mar 2021 23:20 (CET)
Major RU network maintenance Saturday Feb. 27 08:00-20:00
The ISC announced that Saturday February 27 08:00-20:00 major RU network maintenance work will be carried out. This will mean that all RU services will be unavailable several times for at most an hour. This concerns all RU services including those of FNWI/C&CZ: e-mail, VPN, wifi, BASS, OSIRIS, Brightspace, Syllabus+, Corsa, etc.
Peter van Campen 24 feb 2021 14:07 (CET)
End of Science OpenID service
The Science OpenID-service, that was introduced in 2007 as authentication method for the wikis managed by C&CZ, will be terminated March 1, 2021. All wikis will be switched over to a more modern authentication method via SAML.
Remco Aalbers 26 jan 2021 17:39 (CET)
New improved installation methods for Matlab
The old installation method, used with Matlab R2020b, highlighted several problems for some users. The solution was found in a different installation method. Some users will prefer the new method, others the old one. Each has its pros and cons. The new installation method makes Matlab easy to install, also for older versions and can be done with a small download if you only want a few toolboxes. But it requires signing in at The MathWorks and thus has a more complex workflow. The old installation method does not require registration and has an easy workflow, but it always requires a large download and non-expert macOS users will find it troublesome because the newest macOS version will quarantine the download.
Peter van Campen 26 jan 2021 17:28 (CET)
New version of Mathematica (12.2.0)
A new version of Mathematica (12.2.0) has been installed on all C&CZ managed Linux systems, older versions can still be found in /vol/mathematica. The installation files for Windows and Linux can be found on the Install-disk, also for older versions of Mathematica. Departments that take part in the license can request installation and license info from C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 5 jan 2021 17:10 (CET)
Matlab R2020b available
The latest version of Matlab, R2020b, 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-R2020a/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 25 sep 2020 17:51 (CEST)
Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade
Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade available for C&CZ managed PCs in the Software Center.
We urge everyone to upgrade managed PCs during the next few weeks. End of October this upgrade will be made mandatory, due to the lifecycle policy for Windows 10 products.
For C&CZ managed PCs please contact the C&CZ helpdesk for assistance in case of problems. For other pcs, they can also offer assistance.
Wim Janssen 24 Sep 2020 09:00 (CET)
AWS Research Immersion Day for RU Tuesday Sep 29, 13:00-16:00
13:00 – 13:05: Welcome 13:05 – 13:45: Research Computing on AWS (including short introductions on cost management, data privacy and sustainability)(various speakers) 13:45 – 14:25: Jupyter Notebooks on AWS (Nicolas Metallo) 14:25 – 14:30: Break 14:30 – 15:45: HPC on AWS (John Segers) 15:45 – 16:00: Q&A and closing
This is an online meeting, powered by Amazon Chime. Meeting info on request. Background information: https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/research-and-technical-computing.
Bjorn Bellink 23 sep 2020 23:15 (CEST)