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Java 7 suitable for BASS
As of June 1, Java 7 can be used to access BASS, because then the BASS server software has had an upgrade. After that clients can install the regular Java updates, which makes them more secure.
Peter van Campen 31 mei 2013 16:21 (CEST)
A0 photo printer operational again
C&CZ now offers the possibility to make prints of posters and such on high quality photo paper upto 90 cm in width. The printer "Kamerbreed" is the same printer that used to be operated by the Graphic Design department. The price for an A0 print is 32 euros, smaller prints are possible too.
Stefan Reijgwart 29 mei 2013 17:35 (CET)
BASS and RU password the same
On Saturday June 1st, the password for BASS (Oracle) becomes the same as for the other concern applications, i.e. to logon to BASS after June 1 the U number and RU password are used. The separate password for BASS will disappear.
At the same time the web address (URL) of BASS changes to: https://bass.ru.nl/ Those who logon to BASS directly may want to change their existing bookmark or desktop shortcut. Those who use the port forwarder to login to BASS will have to change one or more settings as well. More information about this can be found on the BASS page.
Caspar Terheggen 29 mei 2013 15:50 (CET)
Linux login server lilo3 replaces lilo1
A new Ubuntu 12.04 Linux login server lilo3.science.ru.nl is available. Therefore the six year old login server lilo1 will be phased out soon. The name lilo, that always points to the newest/fastest login server, will also be moved from the four year old lilo2 to the new lilo3. The new lilo3 is a Dell PowerEdge R410 with 2 Xeon L5640 processors and 32 GB memory. For cautious people wanting to check the fingerprint of the public RSA key before supplying their Science-password to the new server: 3e:b9:89:4d:53:9b:8f:4a:97:b2:a1:c3:0d:74:34:2c.
Peter van Campen 29 mei 2013 14:32 (CEST)
Ricoh and Xafax replaced by Konica Minolta
In a few weeks we will place new Konica Minolta (KM) multifunctionals (MFP's) next to the Ricoh's and some other places. After a short period, in which one can switch from Ricoh to KM, we will remove most of the Ricoh's. Until July we will have a Ricoh with Xafax-pole in a few places, so one can empty the Xafax-cards. Because the RU-wide Peage-project is still not in operation for employees, the new KM's can be used like the Ricoh's. The only difference is that the Xafax-poles will be removed because the contract with Xafax ends and cannot be continued. Copying on th KM's therefore will be only be possible after entering a code. We will contact departments about the code and about the budget/kostenplaats from which the copy costs can be reimbursed. If you do not have a code, copying can be accomplished by scanning and printing.
Peter van Campen 29 mei 2013 14:21 (CEST)
The most recent version of ATLAS.ti, 7, is available on the Install network share. With ATLAS.ti you can do qualitative data analyses of unstructured data (text, multimedia, geospatial). The license permits use on university computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster.
Peter van Campen 29 mei 2013 14:18 (CEST)
Voting PC's for student elections
This year too, C&CZ provided a few voting pc's in the Huygens building for the student elections for the USR, FSR and OLC. These are Ubuntu 12.04 Linux pc's, with the browser Opera in kiosk mode, which lets a user only visit the elections website, without having to log in.
Peter van Campen 26 mei 2013 12:13 (CEST)
The most recent version of Microsoft Windows, 8, is available on the Install network share. The license permits use on university computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. One can also order the DVD's on Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 22 mei 2013 11:13 (CEST)
Photos Radboud Sports of Faculty of Science staff and students
There are pictures of our heros who defended the honour of our faculty on the Radboud Sports day, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of our university, by winning the classifying first round. Additional photos are more than welcome.
W.G.H.M. Janssen 21 mei 2013 18:01 (CEST)
A number of Science-logins has been migrated to more modern file servers. You might be affected when connecting to your home directory from a computer that's not managed by C&CZ, for example when using VPN at home. Please consult the Do-It-Yourself website for the current path of your home directory.
Bram Daams 6 mei 2013 17:35 (CEST)
Wireless network around Huygens building
For some time one can use the wireless networks eduroam, ru-wlan and ru-guest (Wireless@RU) on the terrace behind the Huygens building. From now on these wireless networks are also available on every green around the Huygens building, the square at the main entrance and the square between the Huygens and Linnaeus buildings. Further info and user manuals of Wireless@RU can be found at http://www.ru.nl/uci/english/wireless_ru/wireless.
Marcel Kuppens 6 mei 2013 11:28 (CEST)
CMS functional manager Wim Janssen stationed at C&CZ
On April 15 Wim G.H.M. Janssen (IMAPP and facultary CMS functional manager) will "move in" with C&CZ. Wim will remain employed by IMAPP but will be able to perform his work more effectively from his new location at C&CZ because of our frequent collaboration. Moreover C&CZ will take over some of his tasks thus creating the possibility for new developments. There may be some confusion: for many years C&CZ also has an employee Wim P.J. Janssen, so more often a Wim-Wim-situation will arise.
Caspar Terheggen 12 apr 2013 18:19 (CET)
Electronic cost declaration through i-Expense, also from home/Internet
Since the introduction of i-Expense, the electronic cost declaration module in BASS-Finlog - the financial computer system of our university, the number of BASS users has increased enormously. New users need to be aware whether they can access BASS directly or only through the so called Port Forwarder. Recently, access from home/Internet has been made possible if one uses VPN. More information on this can be found on the BASS page and in a previous [news article] about using BASS in combination with the RU firewall.
Logging on to BASS may be cumbersome or impossible from certain workstations because the BASS infrastructure does not support all kinds of PC-systems seamlessly. Cost declarations on paper are allowed if logging on to BASS fails for some reason, until the logon difficulties are solved. The central organisation and C&CZ work together to this end.
Caspar Terheggen 25 mrt 2013 16:25 (CET)
Booking system for scientific instruments
In a collaboration between the Science faculty and the UMCN, C&CZ has built a web application for the booking of scientific instruments of the Microscopic Imaging Centre (MIC), the Gemeenschappelijk Instrumentarium (GI) and Organic Chemistry. The web application can be found at https://bookings.science.ru.nl. Because the application was written as a generic solution, it will soon also be used for the lending system of laptops by the Library of Science. If you have a booking/reservation question which may be solved using this application, please contact C&CZ.
Fred Melssen 22 mrt 2013 14:15 (CET)
Safe disposal of ICT equipment and data carriers
For the disposal of ICT-equipment (PCs, laptops, servers, etc.) and data carriers (hard disks, tapes) which may contain confidential data, a safe waste channel is now available. These can be handed over to an employee of Logistics Center. So, it’s not necesarry to remove hard disks from PCs yourself.
John Peters 15 mrt 2013 14:45 (CET)
New Functional Manager CMS
For many years everyone at FNWI who was involved in websites based on the RU Content Management System (CMS) relied on Peter Klok for help and advice. In IT terms Peter was our functional manager. Because of Peter's retirement this role was taken over by C&CZ. This means that all support questions regarding the websites of the Faculty of Science, regardless of the underlying technique, can be directed to C&CZ. In practice the support task for the CMS is in the hands of Wim G.H.M. Janssen, IT specialist at the IMAPP institute. C&CZ (especially Fred Melssen) will function as Wim's backup.
Caspar Terheggen 13 mrt 2013 18:11 (CET)
Replacement of Ricoh multifunctionals by Konica Minolta
The European tender for multifunctionals (printer/copier/scanner) for the university was won by Konica Minolta. This means that the current Ricoh machines will be replaced. There is a project to make the print/copy/scan system Péage suitable for employees. The printing and copying costs for employees will be charged to their "aanstellingskostenplaats", i.e. the current budget groups will disappear. Until this project is completed successfully, the C&CZ printbudget system will be used.
- Since the new Peage system will not support Xafax copycards, it is advised to minimize your local stock of Xafax copycards.
- The first Konica Minolta MFP's will be placed for the expansion to Huygens 2.0 (Mercator 1).
- The first replacement of Ricoh-machines in FNWI will be in April: the Peage printer Watt near the restaurant.
Caspar Terheggen 12 mrt 2013 15:36 (CET)
The latest version of Matlab, R2013a, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64-bit Linux machines will soon have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2012b/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version too.
Peter van Campen 12 mrt 2013 15:30 (CET)
More IP-numbers for ru-wlan and Science (wireless)
Monday, March 4th 2013 at 18:00 hours, the number of IP numbers that is available in the FNWI buildings for ru-wlan and Science was doubled, as was announced shortly before. Because ru-wlan moved to a new range, users of ru-wlan lost connectivity for at most 15 minutes. There was already a plan to replace ru-wlan and Science within the FNWI buildings by the RU-wide Eduroam and ru-wlan, but the wireless network usage had grown so fast that we could not wait for this plan to be realized. The week before, some wireless users at times could not even get an IP address, although the lease time had been brought down to 30 minutes. Therefore this temporary measure became necessary on such short notice. Because there are more IP numbers available now, more users can nowswitch from Science to ru-wlan wireless, in preparation for the realization of the plan mentioned above.
Marcel Kuppens 5 mar 2013 11:02 (CET)
Phishing mail: "Belangrijke boodschap met betrekking tot uw Radboud Universiteit Webmail" en "Fwd: Your e-mail will expire soon"
Recently a number of employees of the Faculty of Science received a phishing email with the subject "Belangrijke boodschap met betrekking tot uw Radboud Universiteit Webmail" and content "Nieuw Belangrijk Veiligheid Bericht Alert! Inloggen om het probleem op te lossen." Others received mail with subject "Fwd: Your e-mail will expire soon". The link provided in the mail points to a copy of our Horde webmail service. Big differences are:
- the URL is not within science.ru.nl
- it is not a secure https connection, the lock is not present
- the account name and password that you type in, do not arrive at C&CZ servers, but at Internet criminals. They can then access all files and mail of that Science account. Usually the criminals try to use the user credentials to send spam via our mail servers. This is something we notice; in such a case C&CZ will disable the user account a.s.a.p. to prevent further abuse of the account and to prevent our mail servers from ending up on black lists.
It is not the first time we see a phishing attack specifically aimed at Science-users and it will most probably not be the last time either. Please stay alert! If you want to read more about phishing, please see this monthly security newsletter.
Peter van Campen 14 feb 2013 10:52 (CET)
New Radius server for ru-wlan and eduroam (wireless)
On Monday, January 28th 2013 at 8:00 am, one of the servers that is being used by the wireless network of the RU, will be replaced. This replacement will affect you as a user of the wireless networks ru-wlan and eduroam. Further info can be found on our Service interruptions page.
Marcel Kuppens 17 jan 2013 10:59 (CET)
Peter van Campen 7 jan 2013 13:34 (CET)
The most recent version of Microsoft Office, 2013, is available for MS-Windows. It can be found on the Install network share. The license permits use on university computers. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. One can also order the DVD's on Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 3 jan 2013 14:27 (CET)
The most recent version of IBM SPSS, 21, is available for MS-Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It can be found on the Install network share. SURFdiensten noted that the license now incorporates e.g. Amos, Modeller en Bootstrapping. The license permits use on university computers and also home use by RU employees and students. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. One can also order the DVD's on Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 3 jan 2013 14:21 (CET)
Miro printer: end of maintenance contract
Year after year some users preferred the Xerox Phaser color printer miro over the Ricoh Aficio laserprinters for its different (wax) color technique. It is not possible to have a maintenance contract in 2013 for miro. That doesn't mean that it's impossible to use miro, but it does mean that miro will be removed when a major hardware failure occurs in 2013. The plan is to have new multifunctionals all over the RU in the first half of 2013.
Peter van Campen 10 dec 2012 13:14 (CET)
New TeX Live for Windows managed pc
On the S-disk texlive2012 has been installed, next to it we have added texmaker, texmaker is a LaTeX editor. To set the paths to the underlying programs in texmaker, one can use a predefined settings file. Start S:\texmaker\texmaker.exe and then choose Options menu -> Settings File -> "Replace the settings file by a new one", then select S:\texmaker\texmaker.ini and click OK. You only have to do this once if you use a roaming profile, otherwise you have to repeat this every time you login, see Dhz.
Ben Polman 28 nov 2012 16:52 (CET)
Mail problems after supplying password to phishers
Begin : 20121116 04:45 End : 20121117 ca 12:00 Affected : Users of horde webmail and users wanting to send mail to e.g. hotmail.com
Horde webmail again appeared to be misused for sending spam. This could happen because a naive user gave the Science password to phishers/spammers. After first stopping horde, early Friday morning we disabled the account of the naive user and restarted horde. Saturday morning it appeared that this short spam-outbreak had caused administrators of hotmail.com to add our mail server to their blacklist. Therefore we switched the IP-number of this mail server Saturday morning.
Peter van Campen 19 nov 2012 13:33 (CET)
The latest version of Matlab, R2012b, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64-bit Linux machines have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2012a/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version too.
Peter van Campen 19 okt 2012 18:05 (CEST)
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Web/Design Premium
The most recent version of the Adobe Creative Suite Design/Web Premium Bundle, 6, is available for MS-Windows and Mac OS X. It can be found on the Install network share. After we burnt DVD's it can also be borrowed. The license permits use on university computers and also home use by employees. License codes can be requested from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. One can also order the DVD's on Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 18 okt 2012 16:10 (CEST)
Eduroam incoming working again for iPhone/iPad/iPod
The UCI network management reports that the problem with the incoming version of Eduroam for iPhone/iPad/iPod users has been resolved. Eduroam incoming means that one uses the wireless network of a remote institute, with authentication (login/password) being checked by RU or Science.
Marcel Kuppens 5 oct 2012 17:48 (CEST)
Phishing mail: Update Your Web Mailbox
Recently a number of employees of the Faculty of Science received a phishing email with the subject "Update Your Web Mailbox !!!" This email is supposedly sent by "Science.Ru.Nl Administrator" and tries to lure the recipients into giving away their login credentials. It is not the first time we see a phishing attack specifically aimed at Science-users and it will most probably not be the last time either. The mail contains a link to a shortened URL under http://goo.gl/ . If you fall for this and click on the link it leads you to a (now deleted) Google Docs site. If you are gullible enough to log in with your Science (or RU) credentials, then these become known to Internet criminals. This means that your account and all of your files and email are accessible by those criminals. This can go undetected for a long time until the user credentials are abused in such a way that the effects becomes visible. Usually the criminals try to use the user credentials to send spam via our mail servers, as recently happened. This is something we notice; in such a case C&CZ will disable the user account a.s.a.p. to prevent further abuse of the account and to prevent our mail servers from ending up on black lists.
Peter van Campen 27 sep 2012 11:33 (CEST)
End of life of transparency printer nicolas
Year after year the inkjet transparency printer nicolas was used to produce good-looking color transparencies. Because the printer shows a hardware problem and is used only very seldom, we decided to remove the printer. If one still needs to print transparancies, one can use *laserprinter compatible* transparancies in the laserprinters.
Peter van Campen 25 sep 2012 16:16 (CEST)
As of October 2012, the Faculty of Science will have a pool of 64 laptops that can be borrowed by employees and students of this Faculty. There are 64 standard-RU laptops (HP Probook 6560b). The laptops can be reserved and borrowed at the Library of Science. Reservations for Faculty education purposes have precedence, especially for the groups that contributed financially to the pool: PUC of Science and the Chemistry Lab. It is also possible to borrow complete laptop trolleys containing around 21 laptops. There are lending regulations. Individuals who borrow a laptop need to sign a lending agreement. There is also a page with user information. The laptops can be used anywhere in the faculty, e.g. on the mezzanine; a study landscape without desktop pc's that will be opened soon.
Caspar Terheggen 25 sep 2012 10:33 (CEST)
TeX Collection 2012
Peter van Campen 24 sep 2012 11:00 (CEST)
Old pc clearance
Update, September 27: All PCs have gone. Next year there will probably be a PC clearance again.
From September 24, old PCs can be obtained from C&CZ. These PCs have served about 5 years in the computer labs and were replaced last summer. All hard drives have been removed. Employees and students of the Faculty of Science interested in obtaining one of these PCs can make an appointment by mailing the C&CZ helpdesk.
Stefan Reijgwart 21 sep 2012 15:21 (CEST)
Please update Internet Explorer!
Update September 24: Microsoft released an update for Internet Explorer. We urge you to install this update before using Internet Explorer to browse the Internet.
September 19: Due to a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer (versions 6 through 9,it is advised not to use Internet Explorer to browse the Internet. Visiting not-contaminated websites within ru.nl of course is still possible. Use an alternative like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Without installation one can use Firefox Portable.
Peter van Campen 19 sep 2012 12:11 (CEST)
New printer 'toorop' near central mezzanine
A new b/w laser printer 'toorop', an HP LaserJet 9050 PCL 6, has been installed near HG01.038, between the two central stairs on the first floor of the Huygens building. Soon the mezzanine next to it will be opened, a study landscape without desktop pc's, suited for laptop usage. There are more than 60 network and power outlets. The network outlets will be opened up when the test with 802.1x network authentication has been done. Until then, only the wireless network can be used. Two new wireless-N access points ought to give enough connectivity.
Peter van Campen 18 sep 2012 16:07 (CEST)
Mobile telephony in and around the Huygens building
Mobile enterprise telephony with Vodafone Wireless Office (VWO) is offered as a service as of today. The indoor coverage of the Vodafone mobile network in all of the Huygens building is good enough to go forward with VWO. There are plans to improve the coverage in the cellars and the buildings around the Huygens building (Logistiek Centrum, NMR, HFML, FEL and Nanolab). The earlier expected connection of KPN and T-mobile to the Distributed Antenna System that was installed for this, is still uncertain. Our telephony page contains all info about VWO (mobile calling and being reachable with RI-internal 5-digit numbers, also outside of the campus. You can also find info about IP-telephony there. IP-telephony (desktop) and VWO (cell-phone) are the future of RU-telephony.
Bert Witte 12 sep 2012 14:11 (CEST)
New print server for 64-bit Windows7
Because we upgraded the computer labs from Windows-XP to 64-bit Windows7, we had to install a new printserver, with the name 'printto.science.ru.nl'. For all budgetted printers this server must be used. See our printer page for detailed information how to attach a printer ffrom this server.
Wim Janssen 4 sep 2012 16:14 (CEST)
Windows7 and Linux Ubuntu 12.04 in all computer labs
During the summer break, C&CZ has reinstalled all pc's in computer labs (including college and colloquium rooms), with new versions of Windows (7) and Ubuntu Linux (12.04). Existing software (for Windows on the S: and T: discs) is available, but has not always been tested. For Windows7, there is a list of installed software.
Please report all problems a.s.a.p. to C&CZ, e.g. by mailing to , to give us time to solve problems.
Peter van Campen 21 aug 2012 18:15 (CEST)
Phishing mail: Geweldig nieuws!
From May 31, RU-personnel receives phishing mail with subject "Geweldig nieuws!". A link in the mail points to a shortened URL of http://goo.gl/. If one falls for this and clicks the link, then one is redirected to a Google Docs site, that looks like it could be a RU site. If one is stupid enough to enter the U-number and RU-password, then these are at that moment given to internet criminals. They can use this to e.g. try to send spam.
Peter van Campen 31 mei 2012 13:31 (CEST)
End of life of free lineprinter lp5
Since around 1995 is was possible to print without costs on continuous paper on the printer lp5. Last week the printer showed a major hardware problem. The incidental usage by about ten students doesn't give C&CZ a reason to order the costly repair.
Peter van Campen 22 mei 2012 15:42 (CEST)
Eduroam incoming working again
The UCI network administrators told us that in the month April Eduroam-incoming from a different Eduroam institution did not work. Reason for this was a change in the way Eduroam-requests entered the UCI. This has been corrected at the end of April. Authenticating to Eduroam, as explained on our wireless network page, is possible with U-number and with Science loginname.
Peter van Campen 9 mei 2012 18:14 (CEST)
Never ignore a certificate warning!
If a program complains about an incorrect certificate of e.g. a website, then never ignore this, but report this to C&CZ a.s.a.p.. The reason to give this warning is a recent complaint of a browser, that pointed to a contaminated laptop, that launched an ARP spoofing attack. The idea behind such an attack is to listen to network traffic in order to e.g. obtain passwords.
Peter van Campen 25 apr 2012 13:47 (CEST)
Recommendations after nu.nl hack
The popular Dutch news website NU.nl has been compromised and altered to serve a malicious worm to those who visited it on March 14, 2012 between 11:30 and 12:30. PC's with older versions of Adobe Reader and Java may have been infected with the Sinowal worm, that is designed to steal passwords, online banking information and other sensitive data. We heard reports that up-to-date installations of F-Secure Client Security blocked this malware. According to ComputerIdee only a few security software suites recognized this malware. The version of Hitmanpro mentioned there has been copied to the Install network share, for employees and students who want to scan their PC.
General recommendations to limit risks:
- Always update all software, especially browsers, mail clients and software used to show content from the Internet: Java, PDF-readers (Adobe, ...), Office suites, Flash, ...
- Never trust a compromised system again: Clean the Master Boot Record, e.g. with TDSSkiller by Kaspersky and do a fresh install of the OS, with all updates available.
Peter van Campen 16 mrt 2012 16:20 (CET)
New Matlab license server (old one goes away!) and Matlab R2012a
There is a new license server for the use of Matlab. Users entitled to a license can request the new license codes by sending a mail to postmaster. The old license server will be brought down in the not too distant future, so to avoid problems, all installations of Matlab have to be updated, also older versions! The latest version of Matlab, R2012a, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64-bit Linux machines have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2011b/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version too.
Peter van Campen 13 mrt 2012 23:43 (CET)
Please use ru-wlan instead of Science wireless!
In the near future the wireless access points in the Huygens building and the buildings around it, will be replaced by new ones, based on a new technique. The Science wireless network will then no longer be available. Therefore please switch over to using the ru-wlan wireless network, that is available before and after. One can use ru-wlan with U-number and RU-password, but also with and Science-password. After the switch, faster (wireless-N) access points wille be used in busy areas. After the switch the eduroam wireless network will be available too, one can use that with and RU-password, but also with and Science-password. Before the switch, eduroam is only available near the Huygens building on the terrace behind the restaurant. In the future ru-wlan will be switched off, only eduroam will survive. Furthermore, there is a plan to have more wireless access outside of the Huygens building, i.e. at the central entrance and the grass behind the Huygens building.
Marcel Kuppens 13 mrt 2012 16:37 (CET)
New paper for copiers and printers
The new Oce BlacklabelZero paper that won the European tender, is being used since recently also for the C&CZ printers, including the Ricoh multifunctionals. The new paper is whiter, cheaper and moreenvironment-friendly. The less white Biotop paper can still be ordered as long as there is RU letter paper of the same color.
Peter van Campen 13 mrt 2012 15:57 (CET)
Which computer lab has free PCs?
Since recently, the website welke.tk shows which computer lab has free pc's. Advantages of this site over the existing current usage page are that it is realtime and that one can immediately see whether a lab is or will be reserved for lectures. The website welke.tk can be viewed on smartphones too. The website has been created by Bas Westerbaan in cooperation with C&CZ, the design was made by Judith van Stegeren, Ruben Nijveld helped with mobile support. The source of the reserved hours is Ruuster.nl.
Bram Daams 28 feb 2012 16:53 (CET)
Teachers: test your course software in the summer!
C&CZ plans to reinstall all pc's in the computer labs with 64-bit Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 during the summer holidays. Because it is not guaranteed that all software just runs with these versions of the operating systems, you are advised to reserve time for testing purposes. Test systems will be available at C&CZ in time.
Wim Janssen 28 feb 2012 15:53 (CET)
Network mini switch only to be used after consultation
The new network switches by default allow only two different computers (MAC addresses) for each network outlet, plugging in a third one will shut down the outlet for 15 minutes. If it is necessary to have more computers on a network outlet, please consult C&CZ network management beforehand.
Marcel Kuppens 28 feb 2012 14:44 (CET)
Users were unable to reset or switch on the Info-PCs in the central street in front of the Library of Science, because they are hidden in a cupboard That has been solved now by attaching the reset buttons to the sides of the cupboard.
Peter van Campen 28 feb 2012 14:29 (CET)
Network problems after change of January 28 solved
January 28, the UCI network management installed new software and a new configuration on the Science Faculty router, among other things to prepare for IP telephony. The following week some network problems were reported, which have been traced to a high cpu load of the router. After a few temporary measures were taken, on Monday January 28 18:00-18:45 a new configuration was installed, after which the cpu load hasn't been high again and the network problems appear to have been solved more permanently.
Marcel Kuppens 28 feb 2012 14:00 (CET)
Intel Compilers on cluster nodes and login servers
Ben Polman 21 feb 2012 12:48 (CET)
SPSS19 everywhere, older versions outdated
We have installed SPSS19 on all C&CZ Managed Windows and Linux pc's. The license for older versions of SPSS is terminated as of July, 2012. For installation on privately managed computers of employees and students of the Science Faculty, you can find the software on the Install network share, also for Mac.
Wim Janssen 21 feb 2012 11:29 (CET)
Peage available at FNWI for RU students
As of February 13, 2012 FNWI students can use the new Peage printing and copying system of the Radboud University. FNWI staff cannot use Peage yet. Until everyone at FNWI can use Peage both the current system and Peage are available.
Caspar Terheggen 17 feb 2012 19:03 (CET)
Firefox 9 on Managed Windows PC's
A new version of Firefox (9) has been installed on the managed Windows PC's, including all plugins that were available for the old version. Currently the new version is only available through the Start menu, but soon also through the shortcut on the desktop.
Ben Polman 7 feb 2012 15:13 (CET)
A new version (15) of Maple has been installed on Linux. Soon it will also be available on the Windows-XP Managed PCs. It can be installed on Windows (64-bit of 32-bit), Mac or Linux (64-bit or 32-bit) from the install network disk. The license codes can be requested from postmaster. Maple is also licensed for home use by employees and students.
Peter van Campen 27 jan 2012 13:11 (CET)
Printer jansteen2 replaced by escher (HP 9050)
The b/w printer in the Library of Science, that had the name jansteen2, has been replaced by a new b/w laserprinter called esxcher. Escher is an HP LaserJet 9050.
Peter van Campen 23 jan 2012 12:40 (CET)
Network interruptions in and around Huygens building, Saturday January 28 09:00-13:00
The router for the Huygens building and nearby buildings will have a few service interruptions, since the UCI needs to install new connections and new software. All network services with clients or servers connected through that router will have service interruptions.
Marcel Kuppens 19 jan 2012 15:12 (CET)
Faculty Education Award 2011
The Faculty of Science Education Award 2011 was awarded to C&CZ, for its "long and excellent service record with regards to the provision of support to students and teachers", according to the unanimous jury. The dean, who presented the award, mentioned several developments in the IT infrastructure and the teaching support systems and the close cooperation with staff and students, which makes that products are developed that are needed. Since 2001, the Faculty Education Award is awarded by representatives from the Faculty Student Council and both student and staff faculty degree programme committees. The jury is chaired by the Vice-Dean for Education. The award consists of a certificate and a work of art by Anneke van Bergen. C&CZ is very honoured by this splendid award.
Caspar Terheggen 03 jan 2012 14:25 (CET)
The latest version of Matlab, R2011b, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64-bit Linux machines have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2011a/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version too.
Peter van Campen 22 dec 2011 16:42 (CET)
Change ru-wlan, Dec 19 23:00-24:00 hours
The UCI let us know that the ru-wlan wireless network will have a service window on december 19 between 23:00 and 24:00 hours. In this service window the number of IP addresses is enlarged from 2000 to 4000 and the authentication gets quickened and for iPhones improved. After this service window it is no longer necessary to use profiles for iPads and iPhones. During this service window use of ru-wlan will not be possible.
Marcel Kuppens 19 dec 2011 16:31 (CET)
TeX Collection 2011
Peter van Campen 16 dec 2011 17:26 (CET)
Split-view DNS could influence Internet at home
Anyone using at home a science.ru.nl nameserver like ns1.science.ru.nl, should remove these DNS-servers from the list of DNS-servers, because we started using split-view DNS. With split-view DNS, we can give internal (RU on campus) pc's answers differing from those given to external pc's. The UCI introduced this a few months ago for e.g. the DNS zones ru.nl and heyendaal.net to increase IT security.
Peter van Campen 15 dec 2011 15:08 (CET)
Never react to an e-mail that asks for your password!
A few days ago one of our users replied to an e-mail that apparently was sent by "support" and asked for username and password. This account was later misused to send hundred thousands spam-mails through our mail server. This resulted in the blacklisting of our outgoing mail server in e.g. the blacklists of Windows Live Hotmail. The fastest way to remedy this is to give our outgoing mail server a different IP-address, which we did this morning. Lesson: Never reply to an e-mail that asks for your username and password! It causes a lot of trouble for us and other users.
Peter van Campen 5 dec 2011 11:10 (CET)
New Blackboard functional manager
As of November 15 Fred Melssen started to work for FNWI. Fred's main tasks will be: development and management of ICT solutions for education, and functional manager Blackboard for FNWI. As such Fred is the successor of Pauline Berens and immediate colleague of Remco Aalbers. Fred was formerly employed at the Nijmegen School of Management as ICT specialist and programmer for Education, and functional manager Blackboard, as well as programmer at the UCI. Fred's function is jointly managed by the Education Center and C&CZ. His workplace is at C&CZ.
Caspar Terheggen 21 nov 2011 17:18 (CET)
Milestone Linux Compute Cluster: 512 CPU-cores and 1024 GPU/CUDA-cores
Early 2006 a faculty Linux compute cluster was started by the purchase of 4-core rackmountable servers by several departments. The latest additions to the cluster, a machine with 48 CPU-cores and a machine with 12 CPU-cores and 1024 CUDA GPU-cores in 2 NVIDIA Tesla M2090 cards, brought the size of the cluster to these milestone figures. Source code has to be rewritten to make use of CUDA-cores. The latest version of Matlab has support for the use of CUDA-cores. For workstations and servers, including these compute servers, Fedora Linux is gradually being replaced by Ubuntu LTS Linux.
Peter van Campen 31 okt 2011 15:05 (CET)
BASS and single logon
For security reasons direct access to the concern application BASS used to be blocked, even from within the RU internal network; one had to logon to the Port Forwarder first which meant two logons in a row. With the RU central firewall in place the first logon is not necessary anymore (although still possible) for PC's which are located behind the firewall from a network topology point of view. A significant amount of the PC's in FNWI have already been relocated behind the firewall. On the BASS page under System Configuration you can see the current status of your PC and how to configure your PC to be able to switch to single logon.
Bram Daams 7 okt 2011 16:35 (CEST)
Mobile telephony: coverage and future
The coverage of the Vodafone mobile network in the Huygens building has been improved considerably, it should be good in the whole building now. We plan to connect the mobile networks of KPN and T-Mobile to the newly installed Distributed Antenna System as well. The improved coverage is a necessary step to use Vodafone Wireless Office, which allows phone calls to and from cell phones using the RU-internal five-digit numbers. The future of enterprise telephony for Radboud University consists of Voice over IP for desktop phones and Wireless Office for cell phones.
Bert Witte 6 okt 2011 14:01 (CEST)
Update on the transfer of PC's to GDI
The transfer to GDI of the PC's in the Personnel Department to GDI is almost done and we have reached an agreement on the way in which the PC's in the computer labs, the Library of Science, and the 'studielandschap' will be transferred.
Caspar Terheggen 6 okt 2011 12:43 (CEST)
The latest version of Matlab, R2011a, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster for those entitled to it. The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64- and 32-bit Linux machines have this version installed, an older version (/opt/matlab-R2010b/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version too.
Peter van Campen 5 okt 2011 23:45 (CEST)
Versioning of text and source code: Subversion hosting
Are you developing software? Do you write code? You've probably created some zip files of working versions to fall back to. Sounds familiar? You can now use the Subversion service of C&CZ. Subversion supports you with versioning of source code files. Using Subversion, progress becomes visible and there's always an 'undo button'. Ultimately, it's a nice way to manage any kind of collaborative work where multiple individuals are editing the same files. The Subversion service is available for people with a Science account. Repository access is also possible for people from outside the faculty.
Bram Daams 28 sep 2011 17:16 (CEST)
Customer afternoon GDI, CIM and UCI
The IT User Service Group (GDI), the department Concern Information Management (CIM) and the University IT Centre (UCI) organize a common customer afternoon on Thursday October 20, 14.00-17.00 hours in the Mohrmanzaal (Aula, Comeniuslaan 2). Project leaders and other RU-experts will talk about recent developments w.r.t. digitization of documents on campus, the inclusion of personal particulars in concern systems, the e-mail- and calendar system Share and the facility management information system Planon. You can register for the event (before October 1) by sending an e-mail to the UCI secretariat or call them (17999).
Caspar Terheggen 28 sep 2011 13:38 (CEST)
The ru-wlan wireless network can now also be used with a Science account, using firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting October 3, 2011, the UCI is switching off direct peer-to-peer traffic between wireless client, at first outside the Huygens building. This will improve the security of the network.
Marcel Kuppens 20 sep 2011 15:51 (CEST)
Reference Manager license terminated end 2011
Many years the UMCN has had a license for the use of Reference Manager within RU and UMCN. Some employees within the Faculty of Science used this, instead of the RU standard EndNote. At the end of 2011, the UMCN terminates the license for Reference Manager, it has switched to EndNote. More information about the switch to EndNote can be found on the University Library website.
Peter van Campen 19 sep 2011 17:41 (CEST)
Kun.nl mail-addresses removed
All users with a @*.kun.nl email address, which almost always is used only to forward the mail to a @*.ru.nl address, received almost two months ago an email that these addresses would be removed today. Today all @*.kun.nl have been removed, with a temporary exception for departments that have not been able to get externally registered addresses changed. This removal of @*.kun.nl email addresses has been coordinated between the administrators of email servers at Radboud University.
Peter van Campen 16 sep 2011 13:11 (CEST)
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web/Design Premium
The most recent version of the Adobe Creative Suite Design/Web Premium Bundle, 5.5, is available for MS-Windows and Mac OS X. It can be found on the Install network share and can also be borrowed. The license permits use on university computers and also home use by employees. One can also order the DVD's on Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 14 sep 2011 11:11 (CEST)
Intro ICT services for new students
In the first (introductory) week of the new college year a presentation is given about the facultary ICT services, Blackboard, and the student portal. These presentations are now online.
Caspar Terheggen 1 sep 2011 17:14 (CEST)
PC's computer labs: more, new and Ubuntu
The page about the computer labs lists all details about the PC's in the computer labs. The most important changes are:
- All PC's have been reinstalled during the summer break.
- All PC's now are dual-boot Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP. Fedora Linux is no longer available in these labs.
- In TK075 66 new PC's have been installed during the summer break.
- The new lab TK137 has been created with 49 PC's from other labs.
Wim Janssen 29 aug 2011 17:59 (CEST)