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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 mei 2019 00:10 (CET)
Secure Email: end of Squirrel webmail July 1
Erik Visser 25 mei 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 mei 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 mei 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
After that, icc -V gives the new version number as output. For more info see the page on Intel compilers
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)
Eduroam CAT to setup Eduroam
The ISC made setting up the wireless network simpler and safer by switching to Eduroam CAT. Employees and students of Radboud University are offered an installer tailored to the RU campus network. Eduroam CAT currently supports various versions of Windows, MacOS, OS X, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and a generic EAP configuration. In order to use Eduroam CAT, Internet connectivity is necessary. On campus, this might be the network Eduroam-config, but then one must use the RU-specific instructions
Peter van Campen 31 aug 2018 12:33 (CEST)
Windows10, Software Center and computer lab pcs
During the summer break all pc's in the computer labs got an upgrade from Windows7 to Windows10. The 4 year old pcs in TK625/HG00.625 and HG00.201/studylandscape/library have been replaced. In TK053/HG02.053 and HG00.201/studylandscape pcs have been added. With the Software Center, users can install software from the catalog. All remarks and questions are welcome.
Wim Janssen 27 aug 2018 17:58 (CEST)
Matlab R2018a Update 4 available
The latest update (4) for the most recent version of Matlab, R2018a, 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-R2017b/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 13 aug 2018 15:01 (CEST)
New version of Mailman maillist software
The Mailman maillist software has had een upgrade to a new version and has been moved to a new server. Because of subscription spam, we had to temporarily disable subscription. The new version uses reCAPTCHA as countermeasure for subscription spam. Therefore we have enabled web-subscription again.
Ben Polman 17 jul 2018 13:57 (CEST)
Lower prices for network discs and backup
After the FNWI data/backup meeting and because of the purchase of a new storage server, C&CZ determined new prices for network discs and for backup. The new prices are ca. 2.5 times lower than the old ones, that were set 4 years ago.
Bjorn Bellink 9 jul 2018 13:27 (CET)
Slides of storage/backup meeting within FNWI
June 28, C&CZ held a meeting on a.o. current status and future of storage and backup within FNWI, a.o. because C&CZ will have to renew the datacenter network and the storage and backup solutions. For this meeting, the faculty data stewards and others were invited. The slides of the presentation (English only) are available.
Bjorn Bellink 6 jul 2018 15:20 (CET)
RU network maintenance: Wednesday evening/night July 4 to 5 from 22:00 hours
Wednesday evening July 4, there will be maintenance on central RU network equipment. From 22:00 hours, central RU applications and network will not be available most of the time. For telephones no disturbance is expected. For the C&CZ services there is a possibility of disruptions: no Internet connection for some time. 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 4 jul 2018 14:39 (CET)
To make it easier to install NI LabVIEW for departments that participate in the license, the newly arrived "Spring 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 26 jun 2018 14:16 (CEST)
Digital testing/assessment with cloud application streaming
Since February 2015, digital tests/assessments can be held within the Faculty of Science. Last week, more than 300 students Computing Science were successfully graded in a large scale digital test/assessment with use of the Netbeans integrated development environment. This IDE was streamed as a Windows application from cloud supplier Amazon. The application ran in a tab of the RU Kiosk App and was delivered through Amazon Appstream 2.0 on Chromebooks. The Chromebooks were purchased last year by the university to make large scale digital testing/assessment possible.
Bram Daams 26 jun 2018 14:14 (CET)
TeX Collection 2018
Ben Polman 20 jun 2018 16:15 (CET)
More privacy in Mailman lists
In the context of the new privacy legislation the default properties of all mailman lists have been modified.
- the mailman lists are no longer publicly announced on the mailman server.
- the members of a list can only be viewed by the list administrators.
- subscription to a list is restricted to addresses in ru.nl, radboudumc.nl and mpi.nl.
The third property is probably too restrictive for some of the lists, list administrators can revert this change in the privacy options (Ban list).
Ben Polman 11 jun 2018 15:53 (CEST)
A new versions of Filemaker Pro, Filemaker Pro Advanced and of Filemaker Server, 17, for Windows (32- and 64-bit) and Mac is available on the Install network share. The license permits the use on university computers. License codes can be obtained from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. For home PCs, the software is available through Surfspot.
Bram Daams 7 jun 2018 10:42 (CEST)
Maple new version: Maple2018
The latest version of Maple, Maple2018, 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.
Ben Polman 31 mei 2018 14:13 (CET)
Webmail: Roundcube and Exchange alternative for small screens: Rainloop
For small screens of smartphones, the webmail of Roundcube is not very well suited. That is why there is an alternative now: Rainloop. You can set a "threaded view" in Rainloop, which is also handy for small screens. The Science addressbook is available in Rainloop. One can also use Rainloop for the RU Exchange mail. But Roundcube has many other advantages over Rainloop: manage folders shared with other users, shared labels and the administration of Sieve filters and out-of-office messages. For more information see our mail page.
Ben Polman 25 mei 2018 14:02 (CEST)
New version of OriginLabPro (2018b, 9.5)
A new version (2018b, 9.5) 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 17 mei 2018 12:34 (CEST)
Test of Ubuntu 18.04 on Linux login server lilo6
As a test of the new version of Ubuntu, 18.04 LTS, we have installed a new login server lilo6.science.ru.nl. In a few months it will replace the five year old login server lilo4. The name lilo, that always points to the newest/fastest login server, will then be moved from the two year old lilo5 to the new lilo6. The new lilo6 is a Dell PowerEdge R440 with 2 Xeon Silver 4110 CPU @2.10GHz 8-core processors and 64GB RAM. Because we enabled hyper-threading, it is showing 32 processors. For users who want to check the identity of this new server before supplying their Science-password to the new server, see the section about our loginservers. Please report all problems with this new version of Ubuntu Linux.
Wim Janssen 16 mei 2018 14:16 (CET)
C&CZ day out: Tuesday May 29
The C&CZ yearly day out is scheduled for Tuesday May 29. C&CZ can be reached in case of serious disruptions of services.
Bjorn Bellink 16 mei 2018 14:09 (CEST)
Test Windows10 on info pcs central street
During the summer break all pc's in the computer labs will get an upgrade from Windows7 to Windows10. This can now be tested on the 4 info column pcs in the central street near the Library of Science (HG00.011). All remarks and questions are welcome. N.B.1: the Windows7 roaming profile has not been transfered, every user gets a clean profile. N.B.2: because the info column pcs are used less and less, they will be removed during the summer break.
Wim Janssen 24 apr 2018 16:04 (CEST)
Intel compiler: old version (2011) will be removed
In 2014 C&CZ bought two licences for concurrent use of the 2014 version of the Intel Cluster Studio for Linux which can be found in /vol/opt/intelcompilers. Therefore the old (2011) version will be reoved on May 1, 2018, after which the old license server can be removed.
Peter van Campen 23 apr 2018 16:28 (CEST)
EveryOnePrint: Peage printing through app, web upload or mail
Recently the ISC made EveryOnePrint available. With this, you can print from smartphone, tablet and every Internet-device to Peage, through web upload, app or mail. Unluckily enough, the mail option was chosen to work only with @ru.nl mail addresses, not with @science.ru.nl or other addresses.
Bram Daams 23 apr 2018 13:34 (CEST)
New version of Mathematica (11.3.0)
A new version of Mathematica (11.3.0) 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 11 apr 2018 16:18 (CEST)
print_mail_to_link('_', 'student.ru.nl'),_...)_in_Science_LDAP_address_book">RU mail-addresses (@ru.nl, @student.ru.nl, ...) in Science LDAP address book
For those who forward all Science mail to an RU Exchange address (@ru.nl, @student.ru.nl, @fnwi.ru.nl or @donders.ru.nl), the Science LDAP address book from now on lists that forward address instead of the Science mail address. The advantage of using this Science LDAP address book is that you can easily find addresses of FNWI employees and students, without having to choose from all RU namesakes.
Wim Janssen 10 apr 2018 10:47 (CEST)
Matlab R2018a available
The latest version of Matlab, R2018a, 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-R2017b/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 4 apr 2018 16:24 (CEST)
Mattermost team communication platform available
As of March 2nd, the team communication platform Mattermost is available for anyone with a Science-login. Mattermost is an open source alternative to the proprietary Slack messaging service. Mattermost teams can setup integrations with GitLab projects and other (custom) services. Visit Mattermost at https://mattermost.science.ru.nl.
Bram Daams 12 mrt 2018 14:44 (CET)
Download your "Onderwijs in Beeld" recordings of lectures
As of August 1, 2018, the service "Onderwijs in Beeld" will be terminated, the videos will no longer be accessible.
If you want to download your old recordings, you can do that based on the course code via the Podcast service.
Wim Janssen 28 feb 2018 18:55 (CET)
Safely dispose of old hardware
At the Logistics Center of the housing department (IHZ) there is a locked room in which old hardware can be safely disposed. This is important with data carriers in order to prevent data leaks. Please do not put old hardware containing data in a container that can be searched by a passerby.
Stefan Reijgwart 20 feb 2018 14:50 (CET)
Compute clusters move to Ubuntu 16.04
C&CZ installed a new head node for the cn-cluster with Ubuntu 16.04 and a new version of SLURM. This makes it possible to upgrade all cn-clusternodes to these versions. Other clusters (coma, neuroinf, mlp) had this upgrade already. The C&CZ-managed cn compute cluster consists of 60 nodes with 1560 cores and 8 TB RAM. The Astrophysics coma cluster, with 920 cores, 600 TB fileserver storage, GPU's and fast Infiniband interconnect is a separate cluster. For more info, see the cn compute cluster page.
Ben Polman 20 feb 2018 14:35 (CET)
Old Sopho telephone exchange switched off
After more than 30 years of loyal service, the old Philips Sopho S2500 telephone exchange of the SKU (RU and Radboudumc) has been switched off and removed. This 'first digital telephone exchange' was commissioned by FNWI in August 1987, as a pilot project of PTT, Philips and the RU (then KUN). Aad Hulsbosch of C&CZ was one of the driving forces during commissioning. In 1991, the Sopho switch was expanded for the entire SKU, to approximately 15,000 connections. The telephone functionality on the SKU has recently been completely taken over by an IP telephone exchange of Mitel Mitel and the Vodafone Wireless Office wireless telephony.
Marcel Kuppens 20 feb 2018 16:58 (CET)
RU Network maintenance: Monday evening February 26 22:00-03:00
Monday evening February 26, there will be maintenance on central RU network equipment. Between 22:00-03:00 central RU applications like new Eduroam, Blackboard, Osiris, BASS, RU VPN and the RU filesystem will not be available most of the time. For telephones and the C&CZ services we expect no disruption. Please think which processes depend on connectivity to RU central services and prepare for this outage if necessary. Future maintenance windows can be seen on the ISC website.
Marcel Kuppens 20 feb 2018 12:53 (CET)
C&CZ away day: Tuesday January 23
C&CZ scheduled an away day on Tuesday January 23. C&CZ can be reached in case of serious disruptions of services.
Bjorn Bellink 22 jan 2018 10:00 (CET)
F-Secure security software now free for RU students
From now on students of Radboud University may download F-Secure SAFE free of charge throughout the year, for their pc/laptop/smartphone/tablet/iMac/Macbook. For more info, visit the SURFspot download page.
Peter van Campen 16 jan 2018 10:33 (CET)
HP laptop battery recall program
HP announced a recall program for laptop batteries that may overheat and pose a fire hazard. The batteries were sold in the period between December 2015 and December 2017. If you bought an HP laptop or battery in that period, it is wise to [check whether the battery should be replaced.
Stefan Reijgwart 5 jan 2018 17:40 (CEST)
Donation to free and open source software: ISC, FSF and OpenBSD
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 of C&CZ. This year the Internet Systems Consortium, OpenBSD and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) were chosen. The Internet Systems Consortium develops a.o. BIND (DNS/nameserver) and ISC DHCP, both basic services of the network and the Internet. OpenBSD develops, next to OpenBSD itself, also OpenSSH and LibreSSL. The FSF supports GNU/Linux, which is used on almost all servers maintained by C&CZ and on many hundreds of workstations, including the computer labs.
Peter van Campen 21 dec 2017 14:53 (CET)
More recent versions of IBM SPSS (23 to 25) and Amos (23 and 24) are available on the Install network share. SPSS for MS-Windows and Mac OS X, Amos only for Windows. 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 13 dec 2017 11:19 (CET)
New version of OriginPro (2018)
A new version (2018) of OriginLab, software for scientific graphing and data analysis, can be found on the Install-disk. The license server supports this 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 8 dec 2017 17:23 (CET)
Four KM MFPs temporarily relocated for IJSO2017
To accommodate the large printing and copying needs of IJSO2017, 4 KM MFPs will be relocated in the period November 29 - December 11. The MFPs chosen are the least used ones:
HG00.038 BizHubC554-40 HG00.645 km-pr0926 HG01.108 km-pr0930 HG00.084 km-pr0928
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Peter van Campen 24 nov 2017 12:14 (CET)
Linux printing to Peage now simple
Initially as a test, there is now a much simpler alternative to the SMB printing from Linux. A printer "Peage" now is available on the Linux workstations and servers managed by C&CZ. The C&CZ print server translates the Science username to the U- or S-number and sends the print job onwards to a RU payprint server. Command line printing with the command lpr is also possible (lpoptions -pPeage -o SelectColor=Color to make color prints by default).
Wim Janssen 23 nov 2017 10:42 (CEST)
Network maintenance at Science Faculty: upgrade router
Monday evening November 27, there will be maintenance on RU network equipment. Between ca. 23:30-02:00 new firmware will be loaded into the Heyendaal-East distribution router. During this period the wired and wireless network will be unavailable for approx. 30 minutes. Also the Mitel phones will be out of order, only the green emergency phones will be functional. Please think which processes depend on network connectivity and prepare for this outage if necessary.
Marcel Kuppens 22 nov 2017 10:03 (CET)
New version Adobe Creative Cloud software for Windows and Mac
A new version of the Adobe Creative Cloud software for MS-Windows and Apple Mac is available on the Install network share. License codes for the period 2017-2020 have been built-in, therefore the software is available in password-protected zip-files. The passwords are available from C&CZ helpdesk or postmaster. According to the site license, this Adobe Creative Cloud for Enterprise (Specified Apps Only Non-Video) may be installed on all computers owned by RU without additional costs. For home use of this software, staff and students can visit SurfSpot. The software consists of the following components: Acrobat DC 2017-2020-ML, Audition CC 2017 (Windows only), Bridge CC 2017, Dreamweaver CC 2017, Fireworks CS6 (Windows only), Flash Builder Premium (Windows only), Illustrator CC 2017, InCopy CC 2017, InDesign CC 2017, Media Encoder CC 2017, Muse CC 2017 (Windows only) and Photoshop CC 2017.
Peter van Campen 17 nov 2017 15:56 (CET)
The most recent version (8.3C) of the Euroglot translation software, is available on the Install network share. License codes, valid until January 1 2019, can be requested from the helpdesk. Home use is not permitted with this license. For home use you can buy a private license relatively cheap at Surfspot.
Peter van Campen 3 nov 2017 11:37 (CET)
Standard RU-FNWI PC orderable in BASS
In the webshop of Scholten Awater in BASS a "Standaard PC RU-FNWI" can be chosen. C&CZ tested this configuration with the network installation of Windows 7 and Ubuntu 16.04. It is a Dell OptiPlex 3050 SFF with an Intel Core i5 6500 (3.2GHz,QC) processor, 1X8GB memory, a 256GB SSD hard disc and a DVD Burner, with 3 years of ProSupport and Next Business Day warranty. This system, with an Intel 6th generation processor, has support for Windows 7.
John Peters 24 okt 2017 16:08 (CEST)
Green telephones out of order for 15 minutes on November 22
The green emergency phones will be out of order on November 22 for 15 minutes between 11:30 and 12:00. During that time T38 (Fax over IP) licences will be installed on the calamity servers. All other phones will not be hindered by this maintenance, so can be used in this period.
Bert Witte 23 okt 2017 11:32 (CEST)
New version of Mathematica (11.2.0)
A new version of Mathematica (11.2.0) has been installed on all C&CZ managed Linux systems, older versions can still be found in /vol/mathematica. The installation files for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac 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 17 okt 2017 14:14 (CEST)
Old continuous form paper picked up for free
At the entrance of C&CZ we have put a stack of boxes with continuous form paper, that can be picked up for free. Years ago that paper was used in the C&CZ managed matrix printers, that were always free of charge as well.
Peter van Campen 13 okt 2017 12:33 (CEST)
SURFdrive: now 250 GB per user
In SURF News we read that as of October 9, the storage space for users of SURFdrive has been expanded from 100 GB to 250 GB. SURFdrive is a Dropbox-like storage for work-related files, that should not have the security classification critical or sensitive. Data is stored within Dutch borders, the users remain the owners of their own data, and SURF itself provides no information to third parties, which makes SURFdrive more secure than Dropbox.
Peter van Campen 12 okt 2017 15:35 (CEST)
Network maintenance October 16
Monday morning October 16 at 05:00 am three network switches will be upgraded with new firmware. Connected devices (including ip-phones and wireless access points) at three locations will lose their network connectivity for about 20 minutes:
- Mercator 1 floor 1 (ICIS, all devices) - Huygens wing 4 (all devices, including reading rooms Library of Science) - Huygens wing 5 (approx 50% of all devices)
Marcel Kuppens 10 okt 2017 11:30 (CEST)
Printer Escher will be removed
The last remaining general C&CZ managed printer, the black/white printer Escher in the Library of Science will be shutdown and removed as of November 1. This marks the end of the C&CZ budgetted print system. C&CZ printbudgets are then only used for the not directly accessible poster and 3D printers. Printing on general printers has been moved to Peage more than a year ago.
Remaining C&CZ printbudget can be used for poster or 3D printing or reclaimed at C&CZ (HG03.055).
Wim Janssen 4 okt 2017 10:10 (CEST)
Matlab R2017b available
The latest version of Matlab, R2017b, 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-R2017a/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 24 sep 2017 22:52 (CEST)
Old serial numbers Adobe Creative Cloud stop working
Through ISC license management we received the message from SURFmarket that the old serial numbers of the Adobe Creative Cloud software will stop working in mid-November. All software that has been installed with these serial numbers will stop working. The old serial numbers are connected to the contract that ended May 31, 2017, the new ones to the contract 2017-2020.
Peter van Campen 22 sep 2017 17:34 (CEST)
Replace FTP URL's by HTTPS
Because Chrome will label all FTP URL's as "not secure" starting December 2017, it is wise to change those URL's, if you offer files through ftp://ftp.science.ru.nl/pub. The same files can be found with the more secure URL https://ftp.science.ru.nl/.
Bram Daams 22 sep 2017 16:46 (CEST)
Maple new version: Maple2017
The latest version of Maple, Maple2017, 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.
Ben Polman 22 sep 2015 16:02 (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: 2016 LTSB, 1607 with Multilanguage Pack, 1703 and Features on Demand.
Peter van Campen 22 sep 2017 15:58 (CEST)
Network maintenance on September 19, 04:00 - 05:30
Tuesday morning September 19, there will be maintenance on RU network equipment. Between ca. 04:00-05:30 no network traffic will be possible at the Faculty of Science on the wired and wireless networks. The network connected IP phones will also be out of order. Please think which processes depend on network connectivity and prepare for this outage if necessary.
Marcel Kuppens 6 sep 2017 14:30 (CEST)
C&CZ 3D print service now 4 color
The four color extension for the Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer, that we ordered long ago, has finally arrived. Therefore we now can print objects with 4 colors, or 3 colors and soluble support material. For more details, see the Printers page.
Stefan Reijgwart 4 sep 2017 12:33 (CET)