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HP Battery Pack Safety Recall
Earlier this year HP has issued a Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Program notice regarding a number of notebook models which were shipped with battery packs which have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. The list of affected models also includes a number of Compaq products. According to the HP notice the easiest way to validate your battery is to visit the HP Notebook PC Battery Replacement Program website. The Recall notice states that if your battery is affected, HP will provide a free replacement battery pack.
Caspar Terheggen 29 aug 2011 16:58 (CEST)
Pauline Berens 16 jun 2011 09:17 (UTC)
RU password reset for employees
With your U-number (personnel number) and RU-password you can login to RU webapplications. Probably you know you can ask for a password reset via C&CZ in case you loose your RU-password. Please bring your peronnel pass or other id in that case. Are you also aware of the possibility to get an activationcode by sms? To enable this functionality, please once register two questions at idm.ru.nl. More info on www.ru.nl/idm and idm.ru.nl. We strongly recommend this do-it-yourself method.
Pauline Berens 15 jun 2011 12:19 (UTC)
Removing old kun.nl addresses helps block spam!
The last few days some users receive more spam than normally. In many cases the spam has been sent to an old kun.nl email-address. On the Do It Yourself website you can see what old addresses you still have. If you send a mail to with the list of addresses you want removed, that can make a big difference for you. A plan is being made to remove all kun.nl addresses, but maybe you would like your old addresses to be removed sooner.
Peter van Campen 11 jun 2011 17:41 (UTC)
IT Security Campaign at the Faculty of Science
In April, May and June, C&CZ, GDI and UCI carry out an IT security campaign throughout Radboud University. During the campaign, extra attention will be paid to matters such as security software, keeping all software up-to-date, using Blackboard more secure, how to choose a safe password, how to use USB-sticks securely and 'phishing'. The campaign at the Faculty of Science started on Monday, May 23. On the RU IT security site you can find much more information about IT security. Everything under the motto: RU Secure!
Peter van Campen 25 mei 2011 09:49 (UTC)
F-Secure security software, free for home use too!
Peter van Campen 25 mei 2011 13:36 (UTC)
USB-sticks causing infections
Many PC infections occur because the malware on a USB-stick is automatically started when you connect it to the PC, resulting in an infected PC. You can prevent this from happening by disabling the ‘autorun’-option on the PC.
Ben Polman 25 mei 2011 13:57 (UTC)
Sometimes even university staff and students are tricked into replying to a phishing email: you receive an email that looks like someone from support asks to reply with your password, to prevent your email account from being blocked. Never reply to these fake senders! Support personnel would never ask you for your password!
Peter van Campen 25 mei 2011 14:56 (UTC)
Lock screen when leaving the room!
Leaving your office for a few minutes? Then make sure to have your screen locked! If you leave your computer unattended (using no screensaver with password protection) and your room hasn't been locked, there is a chance that the data on your PC could be compromised, or that illegal actions could be carried out by someone. During the campaign, we will devote extra attention to unattended PC’s. You might be surprised to find a 'static' sticker on your monitor. You can turn on screen lock on a Windows computer by pressing the Windows and the L-button simultaneously.
Peter van Campen 25 mei 2011 15:44 (UTC)
If you want to know how smart you are w.r.t. IT-security, the Security Quiz of Canadian Wilfrid Laurier University can help. Can you get a 100% score there? A quiz with direct feedback can be found at George Mason University, USA.
Peter van Campen 25 mei 2011 16:07 (UTC)
During the IT security campaign, USB sticks with virus scanning software and playing cards of Cybersave Yourself have been distributed. The virusscanner software of the USB-stick has been copied to the Install share.
Peter van Campen 31 mei 2011 12:37 (UTC)
Spamming PC's noticed faster
CERT-RU, that coordinates RU IT-security incidents, regularly receives reports about PC's that are distributing spam mail. Often these have been noticed by Senderbase, because the daily mail volume has been much larger than the monthly average. The routers at the Science Faculty log the initialization of an SMTP-connection outside Radboud University. Therefore spamming PC's often already have been cleaned when CERT-RU gets noticed by an outside party.
Marcel Kuppens 26 mei 2011 21:21 (UTC)
Changes in IT services
On September 1, 2009 GDI (Gebruikersdienst ICT) was formed by combining the former Computer Support Groups (COG's) of the various faculties and clusters of our university. Because of the special role of IT for FNWI, C&CZ continued to exist as the IT service group for FNWI.
Based on a formal decision of the Executive Board all standard Windows workstations and student PC's campus wide will be transferred to GDI. C&CZ will remain responsible for all other IT services in this faculty. At the moment GDI is preparing the transfer of the Windows workstations of the service departments as well as all course PC's. Users will be informed in time about the consequences of these changes. Until the takeover, which will take place in steps, C&CZ will remain responsible for all IT services for FNWI and will remain reachable through the well known channels.
Caspar Terheggen 15 apr 2011 16:07 (UTC)
New course scheduler in Blackboard
Advantages: better error handling and nicer layout.More...
Pauline Berens 22 feb 2011 14:59 (UTC)
Workstation Unlocker on student PCs
On all student PCs (study area, PC rooms, and the info PCs near the library) the Workstation Unlocker has been installed.
This software enables everyone to release a locked PC after a fixed timeout.
The user currently logged on to the PC will be logged off without the need to reboot the PC.
Information about this software can be found at www.alexsapps.com
Wim Janssen 16 feb 2011 09:53 (UTC)
Ubuntu login server
In the process of gradually replacing Fedora by Ubuntu, there have been several Ubuntu clients and servers installed. One of these is an experimental Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) login server lilo1.science.ru.nl for general use.
The choice for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) has been made because of the L(ong) T(ime) S(upport), 3 years for desktops and 5 years for servers. This in contrast to approximately 1 year updates and support for Fedora. Software, commonly used within the faculty, is available.
More likely than not, packages or programs will be missing or work in slightly different ways than on a Fedora system. It's also possible that settings for Fedora might cause problems on the Ubuntu systems. Please do not hesitate to report problems. Regrettably, we cannot garantee that all problems can or will be solved immediately.
Wim Janssen 16 feb 2011 09:53 (UTC)
New names for Linux login servers
Currently the login servers are named lilo.science.ru.nl (LInux LOgin server) and stitch.science.ru.nl. However, the actual machines have different names, porthos.science.ru.nl and lijfwacht.science.ru.nl respectively. This leads to confusion with some of our users. To address this issue we will phase out and rename some machines.
The oldest server lilo.science.ru.nl will be phased out no sooner than lilo1.science.ru.nl can take over. The current Fedora login server stitch.science.ru.nl will be renamed to lilo2.science.ru.nl.
The name lilo will eventually become an alias for the fastest login server and the name stitch will, for the time being, become an alias for lilo2. Whenever replacing login servers, new machine will receive a successive number, so lilo3, lilo4, etc.
Wim Janssen 16 feb 2011 09:53 (UTC)
Microsoft Office 2007
Currently the default office software on campus is Microsoft Office 2007. We tried to install this software on as many PC's as possible. If you still use an older version of Office then we would advise to install Microsoft Office 2007.
If your PC is owned by the university than you are allowed to use the campus license and you can borrow the software from our department or do the installation directly from the install disk (\\install-srv.science.ru.nl\install).
For privately owned PCs you can buy the software at a reduced price at Surfspot.
Wim Janssen 16 feb 2011 09:53 (UTC)
Windows print server
A new Windows 2008 printer server has been installed to support departemental printing. The server is named drukker.nwi.ru.nl. This server can support printing from Windows XP, Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit) and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit). Printer drivers are automatically installed by connecting to the printer server and selecting the print queue.
- Currently very little problems occurred
- Only for standard, frequent installed, common available printers (HP LaserJet, Xerox, Ricoh)
- Little protection against abuse
- Cannot make use of the CnCZ print budget software, so no accounting or print budget facilities
This implies that only printers that are not publically available should be considered adding to this server. Please contact CnCZ to figure out if a printer is suitable for installation.
See Printers_en_printen for an explanation how to connect printers.
Wim Janssen 16 feb 2011 09:53 (UTC)
Quick start videos and manuals on Blackboard
To become handy in Blackboard 9.1., there're plenty of learning materials available. There's even a Blackboard organization run by Manfred te Grotenhuis, an FSW teacher, on assessments in Blackboard 9.1. Please let us know before the 18th of February 2011 in case you want to be enrolled in this organization. Teachers can send their u-number to
Pauline Berens 4 feb 2011 12:44 (UTC)
Information about service interruptions and maintenance
Feel free to use our new page Service Interruptions and Maintainance. Be quickly informed via the CPK mailinglist or the RSS feed. There's an archive containing Recent Service Interruptions as well.
Pauline Berens 26 jan 2011 15:25 (UTC)
Poor Blackboard performance? Use Firefox or IE8
The Grade Center can be slow, especially in courses in which lots of students are enrolled. We're working on installing Google Chrome.
Pauline Berens 26 jan 2011 15:25 (UTC)
Video recorded lectures: tips for teachers
- Please repeat questions of students, because the microphone is closer to you than to them.
- Please start every sheet in your Powerpoint presentation with text, not with an image. This improves searching for words in the Flash application.
Pauline Berens 26 jan 2011 15:25 (UTC)
Get more out of Blackboard: Evaluation tools
Did you see the tools to follow your students behaviour in your Blackboard course already? Please try Control Panel, Evaluation
- Performance Dashboard: when did students last visit your Blackboard course?
- Course Statistics: shows all students activity in your Blackboard-course
- Early Warning System: sends you an email when a student fails an exam, might mis a deadline etc. Might come in handy!
Need some help? Feel free to mail the FNWI Blackboard Helpdesk
Pauline Berens 26 jan 2011 15:25 (UTC)
MS Office Visio and Project 2010
MS Office Visio and Project 2010 are available for computers owned by the Faculty of Science, in almost all versions: NL/UK and 32/64. Only Visio 32 NL is missing at this moment. The CD's are available on the install disc.
Peter van Campen 20 dec 2010 16:12 (UTC)
NL Language Pack for MS Office 2010 UK
The Language Packs for the 32- en 64-bits version of MS Office Professional Plus 2010 are available for computers owned by the Faculty of Science. The CD's can be borrowed and are available on the install disc.
Peter van Campen 20 dec 2010 12:46 (UTC)
This feed contains news for FNWI teachers about IT and education related subjects, especially E-learning and Blackboard.
Pauline Berens 9 dec 2010 10:04 (UTC)
Endnote X4 available
Endnote version X4 is available for MS-Windows and Macintosh. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk. The CDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too. It will also be installed shortly on the Windows-XP Managed PCs.
Peter van Campen 6 dec 2010 15:35 (UTC)
The UCI has developed a new combined mail and calendar service for the RU. The service called Share is based on the open standards product Zimbra. All RU students and a selection of RU employees are already using Share. Deployment of Share at FNWI depends on the migration of the FNWI Exchange accounts to Share. This migration in turn requires a number of shortcomings in Share to be resolved. At the moment it is unclear when Share will be available for FNWI.
Caspar Terheggen 20 nov 2010 20:05 (UTC)
Terena SSL certificates
For domain names registered through C&CZ a signed SSL certificate can be requested free of charge via a mail to postmaster. These certificates are signed by Terena, a Certificate Authority trusted automatically by all major browsers.
Caspar Terheggen 20 nov 2010 18:05 (UTC)
The latest version of Matlab, R2010b, is available for departments that have bought licenses. The software and license codes can be acquired through a mail to postmaster.(/opt/matlab-R2009b/bin/matlab) The software can also be found on the install-disc. The C&CZ-managed 64-bit Linux machines have this version installed, an old version (/opt/matlab-R2009b/bin/matlab) is still available temporarily. The C&CZ-managed Windows machines will receive this version within a few days.
Ben Polman 19 nov 2010 17:28 (UTC)
MS Office, latest versions for campus use for Windows and Macintosh
The DVD of MS Office Professional Plus 2010 for Windows XP/Vista/7 NL/UK 32/64 and those of the UK and NL versions of MS Office for Mac 2011 are available for computers owned by the Faculty of Science. The DVD for Windows can be borrowed and is available on the install disc. The DVD's for Macintosh can be borrowed.
Peter van Campen 20 nov 2010 18:51 (UTC)
Videos Symposium IT and Education online
The videos (in Dutch) of all presentations of the IT & Education Symposium which was held on October 1, 2010 are recommended to all lecturers interested in educational reform. Contributors:
Drs. H.P.A.M. Geurts: Symposium Education-ICT Opening
Prof. dr. F.P.J.T. Rutjes: Chemical education in silico
Prof. dr. S.E. Speller: An STM for everybody (STM=Scanning Tunneling Microscope)
Dr. E.S. Pierson: Virtual Classroom Biology: the springboard impact
Dr. T.F. Oostendorp: ECGSIM (ECGSIM = Electro CardioGram SIMulation)
Prof. dr. E. Barendsen: Wiki-technology and cooperative learning
Pauline Berens 11 okt 2010 12:35 (UTC)
New Blackboard version
Pauline Berens 11 okt 2010 11:57 (UTC)
Blackboard and Course Videos
For "Onderwijs in Beeld" a new Flash player is in use with a number of useful additional features.
Pauline Berens 11 okt 2010 11:57 (UTC)
Blackboard and the Student Portal
The Student Portal will become the central daily entry point to RU web services for students. The portal shows, amongst other things, the most recent Blackboard announcements.
Pauline Berens 11 okt 2010 11:57 (UTC)
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In the first weeks of the new college year, mail sent to new students @student.science.ru.nl, has been forwarded to their Studielink address, because no @student.ru.nl address was available. Today, this forward has been changed to the @student.ru.nl address, because Biology otherwise could not send mail to all new students. If a new student wants to change the forwarding address, that can be done on the Do-It-Yourself website.
Ben Polman 23 sep 2010 16:23 (UTC)
Save settings on B-FAC PC's
If you want to save your user settings when logging in on the PC's in study landscape, computer labs, etc., you have to login to the Do-It-Yourself website and check in Profile: "Roaming profile for B-FAC domain". This makes logging in a bit slower, because all user settings have to be copied from a server. The advantage is that all user settings are saved when logging out. An example of such a user setting is the trust of all "ru.nl" sites in the NoScript extension for Firefox, that is necessary to use e.g. Blackboard. New logins from now on will get a roaming profile in all domains.
Ben Polman 22 sep 2010 17:44 (UTC)
New head of department
Peter van Campen 22 sep 2010 13:44 (UTC)
Copy cards go away
The copy cards with a magnet strip, that can be used with the multifunctional copiers, will go away, starting in a few months. To print and copy in the future Peage-systeem, one needs a chip card and a network budget. In the near future the first multifunctional in this new system will be placed in the central hall of the Huygens building. The first few months this system can only be used by students, so the other Science-multifunctionals will be switched to this new system later. Departments are advised to keep less copy cards in stock.
Peter van Campen 22 sep 2010 09:06 (UTC)
Remove printjobs from Linux
Ron Sommeling 21 sep 2010 16:44 (UTC)
Miro printer alternatives
The old printer miro has been out of order for a few weeks, but has been repaired now. There is no longer a service contract for miro, we try to keep it up and running, if only to finish the remaining toner cartridges. If you really preferred the output of this Xerox Phaser 7300DX over the other (Ricoh, HP) color printers and also over the printers of the RU copyshop, please report to C&CZ. C&CZ then can decide about the purchase of a new printer.
Mathieu Bouwens 21 sep 2010 16:29 (UTC)
Symposium Education-IT on occasion of Kees Keijzers leaving
On occasion of Kees Keijzers leaving the Science Faculty, the Education Center (OWC) and the Computer- en Communication Department (C&CZ) organize a symposium in the Linnaeus building Friday, October 1 from 13:15 hours: "Simulation and copying in the lecture-room: education innovation with IT". The symposium shows products for education, that are a results of close cooperation between lecturers and IT workers at short distance, with feeling for the field of study.
For the programme and detailed information, see the invitation (in Dutch).
Peter van Campen 31 aug 2010 12:29 (UTC)
When asked for password through mail: do not react!
Every so often our users receive phishing-mail, in which a prompt response with username and password is requested. C&CZ likes to stress *again* that it is not very wise to believe something just because is written in a letter or e-mail and that *no official institution* will ever ask you for your password, just like a bank never will ask you for your pincode for your bank account. If a naive user falls for this scheme, his account is normally soon thereafter misused to send spam, with the effect that our mailservers are included in blacklists, causing problems for all users.
Peter van Campen 18 aug 2010 11:31 (UTC)
Microsoft Office 2007 installed in educational PC rooms
Microsoft Office 2007 has been installed on all PC's in the educational PC rooms, replacing the previous version, Office 2003. Help is available for the switch to Office2007:
- A Learning Guide for all parts of Office2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access) and also for Windows7, that can only be used on campus and is only available in Dutch.
- The (Dutch) information site of the Office 2007 project of the [GebruikersDienst ICT.
Wim Janssen 9 aug 2010 07:52 (UTC)
Education PC's usable by all RU-students
All RU students can now use the PC's in the educational PC rooms of the Faculty of Science. Choose the RU-domain and then login with your RU-account (S-number and RU-password).
RU employees will be able to login with their RU-account when the "provisioning" of the RU-accounts (U-number and RU-password) to the RU Active Directory domain has been realized.
Employees and students of the Faculty of Science can of course login to the B-FAC domain with their Science account. Other employees or guests can request a temporary Science account through their departmental contact.
Wim Janssen 5 aug 2010 13:42 (UTC)
Personnel changes: Jos Alsters, Pauline Berens
Jos Alsters has left C&CZ as of July 15, 2010. He has started his own ICT company Itsal.nl, " IT Services from Open Standards". C&CZ intends to hire Jos for some assignments.
On the same day Pauline Berens started at OWC (Education Centre) and C&CZ as IT-administrator/developer for Science education.
Peter van Campen 16 jul 2010 14:49 (UTC)
End of life of Solaris servers: Solo and Solost
The Solaris login servers solo and solost will be phased out on July 1, 2010. Please switch over to the repacement Linux servers lilo and stitch. In case of problems Postmaster can help. The phasing out of all Solaris servers marks the end of the system administration for this operating system. Because there are plans to switch to a different Linux distribution for servers and/or workstations, the number of supported operating systems will be constant in the near future.
Wim Janssen 21 mei 2010 07:52 (UTC)
Microsoft Office 2007
C&CZ will deploy Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise to all Managed PC's. Up till now Office2007 was only installed on request of departments, because of the completely different look and feel and compatibility issues. Office2007 will be installed on the Study Landscape PC's shortly, the PC rooms used for courses will follow during the summer holidays.
Departments can contact C&CZ to start an automatic deployment of the software to their managed PC's. For self-administered PC's, one can use the install network disk to install Office 2007. Necessary license codes are mailed by Postmaster on request from a faculty or RU mail-address.
Help is available for the move to Office2007:
- A Learning Guide for all parts of Office2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access) and also for Windows7. This can only be used on campus and is only available in Dutch.
- The (Dutch) information site of the Office 2007 project of the GebruikersDienst ICT
- Walk-in sessions with a teacher explaining Office2007 and the Learning Guide: Thursday May 27 in E.1 2.50 (Erasmus building, low-rise, room 2.50). Hours: 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 14:00-15:00, 15:00-16:00. Tuesday June 8 in Gymnasion GN3. Hours: 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00.
Wim Janssen 20 mei 2010 11:24 (UTC)
Students test new copy/print system
The test by students mentioned below has been ended, the Peage project continues. For the Peage project, that aims to deliver a new print/copy-system for Radboud University, C&CZ was looking for 25 students. These students received € 50,- print/copy budget in the new system. The requirements to participate were:
- student of the Science Faculty
- having an OV-chipcard
- present at the instructional meeting, Thursday May 27, 12:30-13:30 hours in CC3
- willing to print/copy during the test period (until July 2, 2010) on black/white printers/copiers in the Faculty of Arts, Medical Faculty, Nijmegen School of Management and the Science Faculty
- willing to share experiences in the evaluation
The first 25 reacting by mail to Peter van Campen have been selected, closing date was May 25.
Peter van Campen 19 mei 2010 15:22 (UTC)
Reduce mail from *-studenten-* mailing lists
Student representatives reported to C&CZ that some students would like to reduce the amount of mails they receive from the Mailman mailing lists. The mailing lists for students are the umbrella list fnwi-studenten, and the lists per discipline and year that make up the umbrella list. Therefore C&CZ changed the configuration of the -studenten- mailing lists, so digests (summaries) for the -students- mailing lists are only mailed once a week. Of course this only has an effect for students who have selected to prefer to be mailed a digest instead of receiving every mail separately. For all other Mailman mailinglists a digest is mailed once a day. The digest option can be selected per user per mailing list, e.g. on the -studenten-discipline/year mailing list website, through "change your subscription options".
Peter van Campen 21 mei 2010 10:37 (UTC)
Study landscape attendant for problems in PC-rooms
C&CZ and the Library of Science start a test on May 3, with using the study landscape attendants for problems in PC-rooms on the ground floor of the Huygens building. During this test, problems with PC's in these rooms should preferably be reported to the study landscape attendant. The attendant will also regularly check for violations of the rules of behaviour (no eating, drinking or causing inconvenience).
Peter van Campen 29 apr 2010 13:12 (UTC)
New Windows Terminal Server for BASS-Finlog and Tracelab
Because the current Windows terminal Server ts1.nwi.ru.nl shows some hardware problems, we decided to replace the machine. The new machine is a virtual Windows 2008 Terminal Server. This implies the Windows user interface has changed, it looks more like Windows Vista or Windows 7. Connecting to this machine should work the same as with the previous server, just change the name ts1.nwi.ru.nl to ts2.nwi.ru.nl. This machine is primarily intended for using BASS-Finlog and Tracelab.
Wim Janssen 23 apr 2010 13:25 (UTC)
Roaming user profiles for Windows can be enabled and disabled
On the Do-It-Yourself-website it is possible to enable and disable roaming user profiles for the domains NWI and B-FAC. The default is to use roaming profiles for the NWI domain and not for the B-FAC domain. In general logging on and off will be a little bit faster without using a roaming user profile, but a disadvantage is that user settings will not be saved. Examples of user settings that wil not be saved are the Desktop backgound image, documents stored on the Desktop, Email settings, 'Favorites', 'Recent Documents', etc. Without a roaming profile documents that are placed on the desktop will not be saved!
Ron Sommeling 23 mrt 2010 14:48 (UTC)
Linux cups server and printing using Kerberos tickets
To print from Linux to a budgetted printer you had to type your account password for every print job. Sometimes this was problematic if the application was not started from a terminal window. Now there is a CUPS-server drukwerk.science.ru.nl which demands a valid Kerberos ticket, so you do not need to type your password for every print job. Managed Linux PCs running Fedora 8 and above already use this CUPS-server. A Kerberos ticket granting ticket can be obtained by typing kinit.
We will try to extend this CUPS-server in such a way it can be used for Windows IPP-printing.
Ron Sommeling 23 mrt 2010 09:55 (UTC)
New pc's in pc rooms dual-boot Windows/Linux
All new pc's in the pc rooms and study landscape are dual-boot: an individual student or employee can choose to start Windows-XP or Linux Fedora 11. The rooms can now also be used for courses that require Linux. Only the older pc's in TK075 (HG00.075) are still single-boot Windows-XP. In the course of 2010 the migration to Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 Linux will start.
Wim Janssen 23 mar 2010 09:35 (UTC)
Old pc's for sale to Science employees and students
In January, all 5 year old pc's in pc rooms and study landscape have been replaced by new ones. Departments of the Science Faculty have already had the opportunity to express their interest in these old pc's. C&CZ still has a few dozen left, which are now offered to individual employees and students of the Science Faculty, almost without any guarantee. When interested, contact C&CZ (Helpdesk, Theo Neuij/Mathieu Bouwens, 56666). Specifications: Dell Optiplex SX280; Pentium 4 dual core processor 2.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB hard disc, including (attached) 17" TFT-flatscreen, keyboard and mouse.
Theo Neuij 12 mar 2010 18:15 (UTC)
Web application for employee attendance
Within various service departments of the Faculty of Science, a web application for employee attendance (time registration) is used. This application is based on the open source system TimeTrex. Other departments that are interested in using the system for one or more employees, should contact C&CZ. Registration is done with passes or on the web. It can be helpful for the administration of variable working hours. It is a somewhat flexible system, that e.g. can also be switched to automatically register attendance, which makes it into a (sick) leave registration system. There is no interface (yet) with the RU BASS-HRM registration of (sick) leave, which has to be updated at least quarterly.
Astrid Linssen 12 mrt 2010 16:25 (UTC)
Opening hours C&CZ changed
C&CZ can't maintain the opening hours that were extended in 2008, our new opening hours are from 08:30 to after 18:00.
Peter van Campen 5 mrt 2010 16:50 (UTC)
Saving time when making appointments (manage calendars)
If you spend a lot of time planning appointments, especially with stable and/or big lists of employees, please read on.
The last few weeks, the Faculty Office succesfully tested the Mozilla SunBird calendar software. At this moment, with this software one can view the free/busy information of a few dozen employees that are using Outlook, Google Calendar or a Science Faculty E-Groupware calendar.
If you are interested in using this calendar software, we would like to hear from you, with a list of persons with whom you most often make (group) appointments. These persons can change their calender settings themselves.
Radboud University intends to migrate in 2010 to a modern mail/agenda system for all employees and students. This system can be used with a nice webclient, but also with Outlook, Thunderbird etc. This should make planning appointments with RU employees really simple and efficient. If you can wait for this new system, you do not have to react of course.
Peter van Campen 4 mrt 2010 16:05 (UTC)
Endnote X3 available
Endnote version X3 is available for MS-Windows and Macintosh. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk. The CDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too. It has also been installed on the Windows-XP Managed PCs.
Ben Polman 3 mrt 2010 17:09 (UTC)
Office2007 and Learning Guide
Departments that would like to migrate from Microsoft Office XP to 2007 with their Windows managed pc's can send a request to C&CZ. To help users with this migration, Radboud University has bought a Learning Guide (in Dutch), that can be used from the campus network. The guide also contains information on Windows7.
Ben Polman 3 feb 2010 17:12 (UTC)
BASS on Mac and Linux
The use of the BASS (Oracle) concern applications for HRM and financial transactions is supported only on some Windows platforms. However because BASS is essentially a Java application running from a browser it should function just as well from other platforms such as Macs and Linux systems. Indeed we were able to place an order through BASS from a Linux (Fedora 11) system and we've heard that for some people BASS also works from a Mac. For those who are not afraid to experiment a little we have collected a few hints on our BASS page which may help you to get things going.
Caspar Terheggen 7 jan 2010 16:08 (UTC)
Replacement of pc's in pc rooms
In the third week of January, in total 122 pc's in pc rooms TK149/TK153, Biology Lab TK329 and the study landscape will be replaced by new ones. The inconvenience for students will be minimal in this week. Departments can contact C&CZ (Theo Neuij, 56666) if they are interested in acquiring a number of these more than 5 year old pc's.
Theo Neuij 7 jan 2010 15:07 (UTC)
PCs in the Library of Science accessible by all RU students
As of December 23, 2009 all students of Radboud University can logon to the PCs in the Library of Science in the Huygens building with their RU account (s-number). Make sure to choose the RU logon domain at the logon screen.
- Personal configuration settings are not preserved between sessions on these PCs.
- Only the black-and-white printers in the vicinity of the library are automatically available. Other printers need to be configured manually for each session. For instructions please come to the library front desk.
FNWI students and staff can also logon with their science account (domain B-fac), yet without their personal profile. However, the U-network drive with their personal data is available. On PC's in the terminal rooms the personal profiles are still available.
In January the PCs in the Studielandschap will be replaced by brand new hardware. The new PCs will be accessible by all RU students.
Caspar Terheggen 23 dec 2009 15:48 (UTC)
New Comodo certificates with Windows Mobile 6.1 problem
The new Comodo certificates, that were announced in May, are gradually being used by RU-servers. The expectation that these certificates would be "popup free", has not been completely fulfilled: users with a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone are advised to check the presence of the Comodo SSL root certificate. Without this root certificate, usage of the secure wireless network or secure RU-websites will become impossible.
Ben Polman 23 dec 2009 16:40 (UTC)
F-Secure: new version, less system impact
Version 9 of the F-Secure security software is available on Radboudnet. The new version has less system impact. The RU-license encompasses home use by employees and students. In January 2010, C&CZ will start deploying this version on the C&CZ-managed MS-Windows pc's.
Wim Janssen 23 dec 2009 14:13 (UTC)
Backup tape robots upgraded
C&CZ has upgraded its two 5 year old LTO2 (200 Gb/tape uncompressed) 8-Tape Library units to two LTO4 (800 Gb/tape uncompressed) 24-Tape Library units. We named them R2D2 and C3PO. This upgrade not only increases the backup capacity by a factor of 12, which is necessary because more and more data needs to be backupped. It also speeds up the backup and restore times because the drives are faster and the manual operational overhead is reduced.
In the near future we will be looking for a new destination for our old but still trustworthy LTO2 units. If you are interested please mail to postmaster at science.ru.nl.
Caspar Terheggen 23 dec 2009 15:48 (UTC)
Troosterprijs 2009 to Remco Aalbers
The Trooster Award 2009 has been awarded to Remco Aalbers. One of the systems he developed is the web application RUMBA (RU Master Bachelor) for creating and consulting course information. Some other highlights of his work: the education pressure report system ROB, the experimental student portfolio, the Virtual Classroom for Biology and the wiki’s. The presentation of the award was Friday December 18, 16:00 hours in HG00.304. In his presentation Aalbers didn't expand on the developed systems, but explained his method of development: Agile software development of web applications based on open standards and open source.
Peter van Campen 21 dec 2009 11:07 (UTC)
Valid e-mail in Spam folder
On 7 december, during the regular update of the spamfilter, a new filter set turned out to tag too many valid messages as spam. Therefore some valid mail ended up in people's Spam folders, so-called false positives. Please search your Spam folder (a subfolder of Inbox) for false positives. It is advisable to do so once a week even under normal circumstances if you do not want to miss any mail, but for December 7 and 8 there is a direct reason to do so.
Additional information on our virus and spam filtering and the personal settings, is available.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Peter van Campen 15 dec 2009 17:08 (UTC)
Power outage in computer room
On December 13 2009 at 18:50 we suffered a power outage in our computer room *behind* the UPS, that is meant to shield the servers from problems with the electricity grid. The UVB investigates the cause of the problem. The outage caused the failure of several file servers, web servers (including squirrel), one of the LDAP servers, etc. All systems have been reconnected to a different power supply and at 10:20 all systems were started. In the next hour all services should become available again.
Caspar Terheggen 14 dec 2009 09:24 (UTC)
Linux print problem and change
The FSR reported a security problem with printing on Fedora Linux, that made it possible to print using the budget of a different user. As a temporary emergency solution, one has to supply a password when printing login server, like lilo and stitch, to a budgeted printer. See the print information to print from within an application that doesn't ask for a password. A final solution, the deployment of a central CUPS-server, couldn't be realized in a very short timeframe. Thanks to the FSR for reporting this problem.
Ron Sommeling 19 nov 2009 13:53 (UTC)
Linux login servers: upgrade and addition
The operating system of the general purpose Linux login server lilo (formally porthos.science.ru.nl) has been upgraded to Fedora 11. Also a second Linux login server named stitch (formally lijfwacht.science.ru.nl) is now available. Lilo and stitch are identical as far as the software is concerned but stitch has newer, more powerful hardware (8 cores, 2.5 GHz each, 8GB internal memory). In case of a problem with one of these servers the other one serves as backup. These changes were initiated because of a security issue on lilo before the upgrade and agree with our goal to eliminate the old Solaris login servers solo and solost eventually. For more info, see the servers page.
Caspar Terheggen 19 nov 2009 13:19 (UTC)
BASS update locally managed pc and downtime
If one uses a locally managed pc, one should update BASS before November 9 to avoid problems. The C&CZ Managed Windows pc's are or will be updated by C&CZ. This update is necessary to use the new BASS servers. Because of this update, BASS cannot be used between Friday November 6, 12:00 hours and Monday November 9, 08:00 hours.
Peter van Campen 16 okt 2009 14:53 (UTC)
Internet domain name registration/relocation
C&CZ has recently obtained a partner account at domain name registrar QDC, allowing us to register a .nl, .com, .org or .eu domain name quickly and easily. The (technical) administration of such a domain name is controlled by C&CZ (the C&CZ Internet domain name servers). In this way Radboud University Nijmegen becomes the owner of the domain name instead of an individual employee of a department). Relocation of existing domain names to the registrar QDC is also possible, but will involve some additional paperwork, see the domain name registration page for additional details.
Caspar Terheggen 1 okt 2009 14:58 (UTC)
Student printer changes
Next to printer jansteen another HP4350 black-and-white laserprinter jansteen2 has been placed. This makes printing easier for students: if one of these printers has a problem, one can just pick the other one. Repairs of these printers can take a long time, because there is no support contract anymore for these printers. The HP4350 printers monet and chagall have been removed.
Theo Neuij 28 sep 2009 12:05 (UTC)
PC-rooms renewed and expanded
The more than five year old pc's in PC-rooms HG00.029 en HG02.702 have been replaced by new ones. At the same time the number of pc's has been increased by 27 to accommodate the larger number of students. Both rooms are dual-boot: every pc can be used with Microsoft Windows or with Fedora Linux. By waiting for the lower prices of the standard supplier, that were a result of the European tender of pc's, thousands of euro's could be saved. The plan is to replace the other about hundred pc's that were bought for the pc-rooms in 2004, at the time of the completion of the first phase of the Huygens building, at the end of 2009.
Peter van Campen 25 sep 2009 14:31 (UTC)
New version of Mediawiki
Ben Polman 26 aug 2009 09:38 (UTC)
New faster Ricoh printer/copier
The address book of watt is largely copied to volta. Volta can only scan in B&W.
Ron Sommeling 17 aug 2009 07:10 (UTC)
From today all network switches in the Huygens building and other buildings at Toernooiveld are linked to the FNWI router by a second, redundant fiber uplink. This router consists of two linked autonomous switches at different locations. As result of this a defective fiber link or failing router switch will not instantly effect the existing network connections. Obviously an improved availability of the network services.
Marcel Kuppens 20 jul 2009 12:06 (CEST)
F-Secure license codes on Intranet
To make it easier to switch from McAfee to F-Secure the RU ICT security website lists all information on F-Secure software. After logging in with U- or S-number, the license codes are immediately available.
Peter van Campen 2 jul 2009 16:08 (CEST)
New wiki extension AWC Forum available
A new forum extension can now be used in all wikis, see the installed MediaWiki extensions on how to enable this extension.
Remco Aalbers 17 jun 2009 16:02 (CEST)
Free RSI prevention software
The free RSI prevention software Workrave is available on all C&CZ managed Windows pc's. If Workrave doesn't start automatically, one can start it with Start -> Programs -> Workrave. When one doesn't want Workrave to start automatically, one can go to Start->Programs->Startup and delete Workrave there.
Theo Neuij 17 jun 2009 14:26 (CEST)
Fast info pc's, also for non-Science users
A few days ago a column with four pc's has been placed in the central street of the Huygens building, next to the Library of Science. Students asked for pc's to look up information fast, IHZ ordered the design of the piece of furniture, C&CZ placed the pc's. New is that also non-Science users can login with credentials from a different domain than Science, e.g. in the RU-domain with s-number and KISS-password for a student. U-number and RU-password for an employee doesn't work (yet). In order to login fast, no roaming profiles are loaded for a user. Specific Science software and printing is not possible (yet).
Peter van Campen 16 jun 2009 17:11 (CEST)
C&CZ day out: July 8
The yearly day out of C&CZ is scheduled for July 8. C&CZ can be reached in case of serious disruptions of service.
Peter van Campen 16 jun 2009 16:07 (CEST)
McAfee stops, switch to F-Secure
The end date of the earlier announced license for McAfee security software, September 1, 2009, comes nearer! On the Windows Managed pc's McAfee is step by step being replaced by F-Secure, starting with PC-rooms and study landscape. Employees and students can also use The F-Secure Client Security software at home. It can be found on the install network disk. License codes can be requested from C&CZ. Adequate security is more than just a virus scanner, see e.g. the RU ICT-security website (in Dutch) on securing and cleaning a pc.
Wim Janssen 16 jun 2009 15:44 (CEST)
Software update: Maple 13
A new version (13) of Maple has been installed on Linux/Solaris. Early next week it will also be available on the Windows-XP Managed PCs. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk, but the DVDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too.
Peter van Campen 12 jun 2009 17:55 (CEST)
SPSS 16 available on all linux systems
The statistical software package SPSS is now available on all linux systems.
Ben Polman 5 jun 2009 16:08 (CEST)
New version of Mathematica (7.0)
A new version of Mathematica (7.0) has been installed. The CDs can be borrowed by departments that take part in the license.
Ben Polman 27 mei 2009 16:54 (CEST)
Mathematica Player is installed in all terminal rooms, this enables you to play Mathematica notebooks. See the Wolfram website for more information.
Ben Polman 27 mei 2009 12:07 (CEST)
Different Surfnet SSL-certificates
One can/could acquire free SSL-certificates of Cybertrust through Surfnet. The contract period with Cybertrust ends 1-1-2010 and all certificates will become invalid 3 months later. Starting from July new certicates can be acquired from Comodo. See for more information. Advantages of comodo are wilcard certificates and private certificates. More information will follow as soon as the service is available.
Ben Polman 20 mei 2009 15:55 (CET)
Address book of Faculty of Science in Outlook/Thunderbird/Squirrel
It is very easy to find all mail addresses of staff and students in Outlook, Thunderbird and Squirrel using the LDAP address book.
Ben Polman 24 mrt 2009 13:50 (CET)
Van Dale dictionaries online
The UB has a license for the Van Dale dictionaries online. These can also be used at home.
Peter van Campen 20 mrt 2009 12:21 (CEST)
New version squirrel (webmail)
squirrel.science.ru.nl has been replaced by the latest version and has been moved to a new web server.
Ben Polman 20 feb 2009 16:54 (CET)
1234567890 seconds since The Epoch
Next Saturday February 14 at 00:31:30 local time the time counter that is commonly used in the Unix world, i.e. the number of seconds since January 1, 1970 UTC ('The Epoch'), reaches the pleasing value of 1234567890. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that in the early morning of January 19, 2038 the counter reaches the maximum value that can be stored in a 32 bit signed integer. Luckily there still is enough time to find a solution for this daunting challenge compared to which the Y2K problem was just a stroll in the park.
Caspar Terheggen 9 feb 2009 14:22 (CET)
Again power failure server room HG04.070
Saturday Jan 31 around 03:00h the power supply fire protection unit in the server room HG04.070 was activated again, which caused the immediate and complete power down of all servers in that room. This time as well no sensor had detected a temperature high enough to activate the protection unit.
There was no extra information available to determine a more definitive cause for the immediate 'Emergency Stop' of the UPS unit.
To prevent a new faulty fire alarm event, only one (1) temporary, mechanical temperature switch, can activate the UPS 'Emergency Stop'.
The complete fire alarm power switching unit with 4 temperature senors has been disconnected from the UPS 'Emergency Stop'. This system is still working and is still connected to and monitored by the building alarm system.
It has been discovered that every door entrance has a fire-key-switch, directly connected to the UPS 'Emergency Stop'. These switches were not connected to the building alarm system. The switches are now disconnected from the UPS 'Emergency Stop' and are now connected to and monitored by the building alarm system.
This setup ensures that:
- there still is a working fire power protection unit, be it with a only one slow sensor at one place (near the hot spot).
- a failure in the old circuit of the door switches will be detected, but cannot cause a UPS 'Emergency Stop'.
- it will be clear when an UPS internal problem is the cause of an UPS 'Emergency Stop'.
Depending on future alarms, new information will come available to explain power failures and their causes.
It is agreed that the current situation will remain in place for at least two months unless an alarm occurs.
Jos Alsters 9 feb 2009 12:31 (CET)
Software licenses for employees and students of RU
Because there are many licenses for software, with different usage rules for employees, students, on campus and at home, the UCI published a (Dutch) news article about ordering software. A lot of information about software (licenses) can also be found through the C&CZ software page, e.g. about software for computers running Microsoft Windows.
Peter van Campen 6 feb 2009 13:15 (CET)
Computer lab usage available again
Wim Janssen 2 feb 2009 21:09 (CET)
PC rooms upgraded
The last weeks almost all older PC rooms have had an upgrade. These PCs now have at least 1 GB of memory and a better MS Windows (WDS) installation. Exceptions are the too old PCs in TK702 (TK-GIS, HG02.702) and the "self study rooms" (HG00.2xx).
Theo Neuij 6 feb 2009 11:06 (CET)
Power failure server room HG04.070
January 20, around 10:45h, the power supply fire protection unit in the server room HG04.070 was activated, which caused an immediate and complete power down of all servers in that room.
Through bypassing the protection unit, power could be switched on again, first partially and fully functional again about 12:00h.
Then the fixing hardware and software problems resulting from the immediate shutdown could be started. This took several hours for some systems. Work on the student file server lasted until the morning of January 21.
Around 18:00h the protection unit was activated again with a larger margin for the room temperature.
Jos Alsters 21 jan 2009 13:49 (CET)
Department contacts instead of first line contact (person)
The title "first line contact (person)" for contacts for C&CZ in the departments of the Faculty of Science was often misinterpreted by people elsewhere because the term "first line support" in general is associated with the ICT support groups. Therefore on the C&CZ wiki the term "department contact" is now used instead.
Caspar Terheggen 16 jan 2009 14:39 (CET)
Firefox: new version with NoScript security
On all managed pc's the latest version of Firefox has been installed including the NoScript plugin. NoScript initially forbids execution of all scripts on a webpage. Per website one can decide to allow scripts temporarily or permanent. This is an excellent tool to minimize the risks of using websites.
Ben Polman 23 dec 2008 10:20 (CET)
Tracelab: ordering and keeping track of chemicals
Due to ever more stringent rules for ordering and keeping track of chemicals, the intention is to only order chemicals through Tracelab from January 1, 2009 and therefore reject orders for chemicals that are directly entered into BASS Finlog. This holds for all units of the Faculty of Science (in the Research Tower as well) and for all users who are located in the buildings of the Faculty of Science (hence also the spin-offs).
Kees Keijzers 9 dec 2008 16:38 (CET)
HP4350 printers to departments?
A number of HP4350 double-sided black and white Postscript printers that are located next to a new Ricoh multifunctional machine, can be moved or sold to departments. Interested? Contact C&CZ!
Ron Sommeling 9 dec 2008 15:24 (CET)
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web/Design Premium
On Surfspot the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design/Web Premium Bundle for home use by employees can be bought for € 40, for MS-Windows and for Apple Mac. The products for use within the university have been ordered and will be available soon.
Caspar Terheggen 9 dec 2008 13:47 (CET)
Matlab new version (R2008b)
Starting December 2008 a new version (R2008b) of Matlab is available. The license server has already been upgraded. Very soon it will be available on all C&CZ managed PCs with Linux or Windows. For more information about this release, see the Mathworks website
Ben Polman 9 dec 2008 08:29 (CET)
C&CZ (half) day off
Wednesday December 17 from 14:00 hours, C&CZ will have their (half) day out. In case of emergencies C&CZ can even then be contacted by phone.
Peter van Campen 8 dec 2008 23:46 (CET)
General remarks/warnings about printing
On the page Printers and printing the following remarks/warnings have been added:
- Do not make lots of copies without testing in advance.
- Do not use Adobe Acrobat 8 to print to an HP4250/4350 printer.
- Do not use a color printer for black&white prints of a color file.
Ron Sommeling 18 nov 2008 13:40 (CET)
Surfnet Usenet News service alternative
Peter van Campen 28 okt 2008 16:49 (CET)
McAfee license stops, F-Secure license starts
The RU ICT Overleg (RIO) decided that the RU transitions from McAfee to F-Secure for PC security before September 1, 2009. The F-Secure Client Security software has been placed on the install network disk. License codes can be requested from C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 14 okt 2008 18:10 (CEST)
Outgoing mail spamfiltered
As of today mail which is recognized by the Science spamfilter as being spam is not sent to external mailservers anymore, but saved to a central quarantine folder. This change in the behaviour of the Science mailservers was necessary because those servers otherwise ended up in a blacklist. The forwarding of incoming mail thus gives a filtered mail feed from now on.
Jos Alsters 14 okt 2008 17:40 (CEST)
Because the Ricoh copiers/printers have been used for half a year now and soon a new machine will be bought, C&CZ likes to hear wishes/problems from within the Faculty of Science. Please address these to the C&CZ helpdesk.
Theo Neuij 10 okt 2008 15:35 (CEST)
Phone Guide RU updated automatically
The interface between the Science phone guide and the RU Relation Management System (RBS) and through that with the phone guide is working now. That means that the guides will automatically be updated when the telefone contact person (usually the secretary) of a department within the Science Faculty logs into and updates the Science Phone Guide website. In the Science Phone Guide one can also enter information of labs, elevators, secretariats etc., only the data for a U-number will end up in RBS. For more information see the Telephony page.
Bert Witte 9 okt 2008 17:49 (CEST)
Network maintenance connection RU-UMCN September 22 18:00-22:00
September 22 between 18:00-22:00 hours the network connection between RU and UMCN St. Radboud will be upgraded to 1 Gigabit per second, which will cause problems withthat connection during that time period.
Peter van Campen 10 sep 2008 15:49 (CEST)
Reporting repairs/problems through the helpdesk website
Since a few months several employees and students use the C&CZ helpdesk website to request repairs and report other problems. One has to login on the website with the Science login name. Advantages are that if the machine is known, like with a Managed Workplace PC, one doesn't need to fill in serial numbers and that one can follow the actions for the repair through the website.
Theo Neuij 3 sep 2008 17:20 (CEST)
Causing trouble for colleagues by reacting to phishing mail (mail asking for password)
A week ago a too naive colleague reacted to a phishing mail by sending his loginname and password. Soon after that loginname was misused to send large amounts of spam through our webmail server, which lead to the appearance of one of our servers in a blacklist. That made it impossible for that server to send mail to some organisations. C&CZ likes to stress *again* that it is not very wise to believe something just because is written in a letter or e-mail and that *no official institution* will ever ask you for your password, just like a bank never will ask you for your pincode for your bank account.
Peter van Campen 3 sep 2008 12:23 (CEST)
H:-disk of students moved and enlarged
Because of the new computer lab TK023 with dual-boot Windows/Linux PC's, the H:-disks (home directories under Linux/Unix) of students have been moved to a new server. This made it also possible to enlarge the quota on that disk to 1 GB per student.
Wim Janssen 3 sep 2008 11:53 (CEST)
New computer lab TK023
A new computer lab TK023 (HG00.023) is available, with 41 modern PC's with big 24" screens with high resolution. For C&CZ this is a new type: the user can boot Windows-XP as well as Fedora Linux. Such a dual- or multi-boot PC is the standard for the future for the computer labs, with in the future almost certainly also Windows-Vista next to Windows-XP.
Wim Janssen 3 sep 2008 00:12 (CEST)
Opening hours C&CZ extended
C&CZ has extended the opening hours, our new opening hours are from 08:00 to 18:00.
Peter van Campen 2 sep 2008 17:24 (CEST)
Personnel changes at C&CZ
As of September 1, Kees Keijzers will mainly concern himself with leading the university project for the introduction of Syllabus Plus. Therefore he resigns as head of C&CZ, although he stays at C&CZ in the role of advisor. The new head of C&CZ is Peter van Campen. The vacancy within System Administration/Development is filled by Caspar Terheggen.
Peter van Campen 2 sep 2008 17:08 (CEST)
New version Endnote available
A CD of Endnote version X2 is available for MS-Windows, version X1 for Macintosh. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk, but the CDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too. In a few weeks it will also be available on the Windows-XP Managed PCs.
Peter van Campen 27 aug 2008 10:37 (CEST)
Surfnet Usenet News service ended
Peter van Campen 20 aug 2008 17:15 (CEST)
Critical security flaw in Adobe Acrobat t/m versie 8.1.2
Adobe Acrobat has a critical security flaw, all users of version 8 are recommended to update to version "8.1.2 Security Update 1". Since the site-license for Adobe software has finally come through, this update can probably best be combined with the update to the Professional version.
Peter van Campen 1 jul 2008 14:09 (CEST)
Adobe Creative Suite on install-disc and can be lent
The DVD's of Adobe CS3 Design Premium UK and NL for MS-Windows and for UK Macintosh have been copied to the install network disc. Postmaster can provide serial numbers. The DVDs can also be borrowed at HG03.055. The other versions (Web) probably are less popular. May be used on campus by employees and students. Employees can purchase at Surfspot a DVD set for use at home. Home use by students is not covered by this license.
Peter van Campen 1 jul 2008 13:56 (CEST)
Floris van Delft (department Organic Chemistry) made a description of the functionality of the software package ChemBioOffice. The package may be downloaded, free of charge, by everyone who has a science mail account (staff and students). Floris () is willing to answer questions about the usage of the package.
Kees Keijzers 25 jun 2008 15:24 (CEST)
Software update: Maple 12
A new version (12) of Maple has been installed on Linux/Solaris. Early next week it will also be available on the Windows-XP Managed PCs. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk, but the CDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too.
Peter van Campen 19 jun 2008 16:24 (CEST)
New version of the Windows Managed PC
There is a new installation method for the Windows-XP Managed PCs, that has been developed and is being maintained by several IT-support groups in the RU tohether, in the SITO (Samenwerkende IT-Ondersteuning) project. The main difference is that more software is installed, and that it is less dependent on network drives. Many PCs in the Study Landscape and several departmental PCs have been installed with the new method.
Wim Janssen 19 jun 2008 16:10 (CEST)
Software update: TeXlive 2007
Today TeXlive 2007 replaced TeXlive 2005 as the standard version of (La)TeX on Windows and Unix computers managed by C&CZ. If no problems are reported, the old version will be removed in a few months.
Peter van Campen 16 jun 2008 18:06 (CEST)
Matlab: TIMEOUTALL introduced, installation procedure changed
After an idea from FC Donders, C&CZ changed the options for the Matlab license server to include a 'TIMEOUTALL 3600'. This has the advantage that an inactive user can hold a license for Matlab or a toolbox for 1 hour at maximum, but could cause problems sometimes for the many tens of users within Radboud Unicversity and Hospital, because it can happen that a long-running Matlab job stops because there is currently no license available.
With Matlab version R2008a the Matlab installation procedure has been changed.
Peter van Campen 16 jun 2008 16:59 (CEST)
Adobe: employee home-use site-license software available on surfspot.nl
On Surfspot the site-license products of Adobe for home-use by employees are available for 35 euro per bundle. One can choose between the English or Dutch version of the 'web' or 'design' bundle. Both bundles contain a.o. Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver. Only the 'design' bundle contains InDesign. The site license products for installation on campus have been urgently ordered.
Peter van Campen 13 jun 2008 15:39 (CEST)
Adobe Flash Player Security Vulnerability
Last week word was spread about abuse by installing keyloggers through a security vulnerability in the Adobe Flash plugin of browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. C&CZ managed computers have been updated to the latest version. C&CZ advises everybody to upgrade to version 188.8.131.52 if not already done. Testing can be done through the Adobe testpage and holding the mouse above "About". For even more browser security one can quite easily install the Firefox extension NoScript.
Peter van Campen 11 jun 2008 11:46 (CEST)
Adobe software will become site-license after all!
Today SURFdiensten reported that the site license agreement between SURFdiensten and Adobe for Dutch schools and universities reached a final status. The products and codes for the licensed products are expected to become available next week.
Peter van Campen 6 jun 2008 15:32 (CEST)
New version of Mathematica (184.108.40.206)
A new version of Mathematica has been installed. The CDs can be borrowed by departments that take part in the license.
Ben Polman 3 jun 2008 13:34 (CEST)
MS Office for Mac 2008 NL/UK *campus* can be borrowed
A CD of MS Office 2008 for Macintosh can be borrowed for campus use and on Macs owned by departments, the NL- as well as the UK-version. For home use one can buy it relatively cheap at Surfspot, althoug it is always more expensive than the free OpenOffice.
Wim Janssen 20 mei 2008 17:02 (CEST)
Removing old mail addresses helps prevent spam
At this time (May 2008) we often see that suddenly a lot of spam is sent from different places on the Internet, with a (fake) sender address of the old "@sci.kun.nl" form. For the owner of such an address this gives some trouble, since the spam that cannot be delivered wiil come "back" to the sender address that was used. To help prevent this, it is a good idea to look in the DIY website which old "kun.nl" addresses can be removed and mail that to postmaster.
Jos Alsters 10 apr 2008 12:48 (CEST)
Standard RU-laptop chosen
Recently the RU hardware specification team has added to the standard PC from the "core hardware" from the default supplier also a standard RU-laptop: the HP6710b. There are 2 versions, the more expensive one has at least a faster processor, a bigger hard disk a screen with higher resolution and standard more memory. C&CZ currently works on making it possible to use these laptops as "Windows managed laptop", comparable to the [[Windows_beheerde_werkplek|Windows managed PC].
Ben Polman 7 mei 2008 17:24 (CEST)
New multi-functional Ricoh copiers
All Oce copiers have been replaced by Ricoh machines that can print and scan too. The old printers dali and oersted have been shut down and the printer chagall has been moved from HG00.089 to HG00.201 (Studielandschap). Shortly the printer picasso will also be shut down.
Ron Sommeling 6 mei 2008 10:50 (CEST)
Windows wi-fi exploit (Intel Centrino)
Several sites (SANS, stateofsecurity.com) mention a new exploit for Intel Centrino wireless network cards, commonly used in laptop computers. Driver updates from Intel have been available since January, 2007.
Peter van Campen 25 apr 2008 13:48 (CEST)
New storage possibility for passing on large files
To facilitate the local copying of large files (for which mail is not suitable) a new network share is available, see TempDisk.
Ben Polman 25 apr 2008 12:56 (CEST)
Temporary compute server will be shut down Monday April 28
The "t4150" test-machine with 4-core Intel processors (Sun Fire X4150, E5345 CPU's) will be shut down on Monday April 28. We'll conduct a hardware RAID-test and re-installation of the OS. After that, the machine will be shipped back to Sun.
Peter van Campen 25 apr 2008 12:23 (CEST)
Network upgrade successful
Sunday morning April 20 between 09:30 and 11:30 hours the router/switch that couples the networks on the Toernooiveld with each other and with the rest of the RU campus network (and by that with Surfnet/Internet), was replaced by a new, more powerful machine. The work was planned by C&CZ en UCI to cause minimal trouble for employees and students.
The next few weeks other changes to the network will be made, but the trouble this will cause will be much less.
Some aspects of this upgrade: 1 router/switch that is spread over 2 locations, with 10Gb uplinks to the UCI. The router/switch can provide better protection since it has more room for "access control lists"and by using "reverse path forwarding". By using FlexLinks desktop switches can easily be connected redundantly. Cascades of desktop switches can be split, since more interfaces are available. Also antique connections to remote locations can be upgraded.
About the new network (NiNe) the UCI reported in the Enter magazine
Peter van Campen 23 apr 2008 18:16 (CEST)
Printbudget command for Unix
On Linux/Solaris workstations and login servers one can use the command printbudget to get an overview of the budget groups and the money on it. One can also change the default budgetgroup and get an overview of the last print jobs, like it is on the Do-It-Yourself website.
sommel 14 apr 2008 14:32 (CEST)
Power problem April 10/11
Thursday evening April 10 at 21:30 a power glitch for wings 1 and 2 of the Huygens building caused power switches to triple. Thanks to a UPS in wing 1 the router and network switches kept on running until 22:30. The UVB fixed the power to the router and swityches in wing 1. Power to the switches in wing 2 was not fixes until 10:00, which made the problem last the longest in wing 2 and the eastside of the central street between wings 2 and 4 (no network). C&CZ will contact the UVB to try to give more priority to restoring power for network equipment.
Peter van Campen 14 apr 2008 12:43 (CEST)
Disk quota for students enlarged
The standard disk quota for students have been enlarged to 400 MB. Students can thus save more files on their homedirectory (H: disk) which, hopefully, lets them store less files on their Desktop (or anywhere else in their profile). A large profile makes log-in and -out slow.
Peter van Campen 10 apr 2008 11:31 (CEST)
New disk server with 90 GB partitions
New disk-servers are available with partitions of 90 GB that can be rented by departments of the Faculty of Science. The older RAID-arrays were sold out, one of them had run out of maintenance. The new servers have internal disks and controller. The partitions of the out-of-maintenance RAID-array will be moved to a new server.
Peter van Campen 4 apr 2008 15:42 (CEST)
RU now victim of phishing scam too (mail asking for password)
Now also a lot of RU employees received emails, that at first sight looked as if they were sent by a RU Helpdesk, in which was asked for a reply with loginname and password. The reply of a naive user again went to a "@hotmail.co.uk" mail-address. C&CZ likes to stress again that *no official institution* will ever ask you for your password, just like a bank never will ask you for your pincode for your bank account. This is almost an exact copy of the incident with TU Delft that C&CZ reported on January 29. If someone was unwise enough to reply with username and password, then it is wise to change the password immediately. C&CZ will contact users that sent replies through a C&CZ mailserver and has blocked mail to the "@hotmail.co.uk" mail-adres in question on their smtp-servers.
Peter van Campen 4 apr 2008 13:08 (CEST)
SURFnet/Internet connection down Monday April 7 18:00-22:00 hours
The UCI will again try to upgrade the connection between the RU and SURFnet next Monday evening from 1 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s. The connection between RU and SURFnet will be interrupted during the maintenance. C&CZ will plan the upgrade of the FNWI router to 10 Gb/s afterwards.
Peter van Campen 3 apr 2008 19:00 (CEST)
MS Office 2007 Multi-Language Pack available
The CD and 2 dual-layer DVDs (13 GB in total) of the MS Office 2007 Multi-Language Pack can be borrowed for campus use.
Peter van Campen 3 apr 2008 18:57 (CEST)
Windows Vista 64-bit DVD available
The 64-bit version of MS Vista Enterprise upgrade can be borrowed for campus use, although C&CZ advises not to use this version due to possible problems with drivers, network printers etc.
Peter van Campen 3 apr 2008 18:54 (CEST)
Matlab new version (R2008a)
Starting March 2008 a new version of Matlab is available on all C&CZ managed PCs with Linux or Windows. For the Solaris9 Suns R2007a is the last version. For more information about this release, see the Mathworks website
Peter van Campen 3 apr 2008 18:18 (CEST)
Temporary compute server can be tested a few weeks
A test machine is available to see if 4-core Intel processors can be used for new machines in the cn-cluster. The machine will stay for a few weeks. All Science-logins should be able to login with ssh.
Name: t4150.science.ru.nl Type: Sun Fire X4150 Processors: 2 Intel E5345 CPU's met ieder 4 cores van 2.33GHz. Memory: 8GB OS: Fedora 7
Peter van Campen 2 apr 2008 18:18 (CEST)
SURFnet stops Usenet News service?
In the RIO-meeting of March 27, the UCI announced that SURFnet in the future would stop the Surfnet Usenet News service unless universities paid ca 12 k€/year for it. If somebody thinks this service is important for their work and that one cannot simply use an alternative like Google groups, one should contact C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 28 mrt 2008 15:02 (CET)
SURFnet/Internet connection down Monday March 10 18:00-22:00 hours
The UCI will upgrade the connection between the RU and SURFnet next Monday evening from 1 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s. The connection between RU and SURFnet will be interrupted during the maintenance. C&CZ will plan the upgrade of the FNWI router to 10 Gb/s afterwards.
Peter van Campen 5 mrt 2008 17:48 (CET)
Acrobat Reader 8 problem update
Because Acrobat Reader 8 for MS-Windows produces PostScript that the HP LaserJet4250/4350 printers can't handle, C&CZ switched to using the (slower) PCL-drivers. Also FoxIt_PDF_Reader has been copied to the S disk as an alternative for Acrobat Reader.
Peter van Campen 5 mrt 2008 17:03 (CET)
Samba update with problems?
C&CZ will upgrade Samba on several servers in the weeks to follow. These upgrades could cause problems when connecting network drives on Windows PC's. At Upgrade Samba 3.0.28 you can read how to solve these problems.
Wim Janssen 3 mrt 2008 14:47 (CET)
PC's in computerlabs show lock times
PC's in computers labs now show the duration of the screenlock. Using this information you can determine whether you want to reboot the PC. This program has been built by one of our students: J. Groenewegen.
Wim Janssen 3 mrt 2008 14:01 (CET)
Oce copiers replaced by Ricoh copiers/printers/scanners
The Oce copiers are being replaced by Ricoh machines that can print and scan too. There is a Ricoh-overview page, but of course they are also mentioned on the pages dealing with copiers, the network printers and the scanners.
Peter van Campen 1 mrt 2008 00:03 (CET)
Print budgets can be viewed/maintained through DIY
Peter van Campen 1 mrt 2008 00:46 (CET)
EuroGlot Professional 6.0 Native
Wim Janssen 26 feb 2008 13:09 (CET)
New license period for Mathematica coming up
Ben Polman 20 feb 2008 11:53 (CET)
McAfee software update
Peter van Campen 15 feb 2008 13:37 (CET)
Mediawiki upgrade to version 1.11 completed
The mediawiki code on which all wikis of the Science Faculty are based has been replaced by the latest stable version
Ben Polman 14 feb 2008 22:59 (CET)
BASS-Finlog access for Linux/Unix/Mac users
For Linux/Unix/Mac users it's now possible to access BASS-Finlog, see BASS.
Remco Aalbers 12 feb 2008 16:15 (CET)
TU Delft victim of phishing scam
The CERT-RU, that coordinates security incidents within the RU, reported that employees and students of the TU Delft had received emails, that at first sight looked as if they were sent by TU Delft, in which was asked for a reply with loginname and password. The reply of a naive user went to a "@hotmail.co.uk" mail-address. C&CZ likes to stress that *no official institution* will ever ask you for your password or pincode for your bank account. For the original message of the CERT of TU Delft, see TU Delft Security Alert.
Peter van Campen 29 jan 2008 12:24 (CET)
Surfgroepen to cooperate with others
To cooperate (share files etc.) with other employees and students of other universities Surfgroepen can be used for free, even external persons can join.
Peter van Campen 28 jan 2008 18:14 (CET)
Adobe software will not become campus license!
Today SURFdiensten reported that not enough universities were willing to participate in the proposed multi-year license agreement for Adobe products. Therefore if one wants to buy Adobe products in the near future, one has to resort to individual licences.
Peter van Campen 28 jan 2008 14:21 (CET)
McAfee software update
Peter van Campen 25 jan 2008 15:16 (CET)
New Maple license file, valid until January 2009
The license file for Maple was almost expired, therefore a new version has been installed on the license server. Employees and students with a home-use license can get a new version, valid until January 2009, through C&CZ.
Peter van Campen 23 jan 2008 10:59 (CET)
Wireless network settings for mobile devices
For smartphones or PDA's with Windows Mobile we now have an installation manual to get connected to the wireless network. In order to connect the iPhone or iPod Touch to the RU campus wireless network, Apple would have to come with a newer software update than version 1.1.3 of January 2008, containing support for WPA-Enterprise 802.1x.
Peter van Campen 17 jan 2008 15:22 (CET)
X-Win32 9.0 installed on managed Windows computers
The latest version of X-Win32 is installed on all C&CZ-managed Windows PCs.
Ben Polman 10 jan 2008 10:23 (CET)
OpenOffice 2.3.1 for Solaris installed
The newest version of the office software OpenOffice (2.3.1) has been installed for Solaris. Type ooffice to use it.
Peter van Campen 18 dec 2007 15:59 (CET)
Notepad++ installed on all managed Windows computers
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment. For detailed information see Notepad++
Ben Polman 30 nov 2007 14:37 (CET)
Wireless network Huygens building full coverage
In the Huygens building a wireless network with full coverage was realized shortly after the building was finished. Measurements over a long period have determined that about 25 of the 90 access points can be removed, so they can be used in different locations within the RU. Full coverage is still guaranteed.
Marcel Kuppens 30 nov 2007 13:00 (CET)
PhpMyadmin, new version because of security fixes
PhpMyadmin is a webapplication to maintain mysql databases, all mysql databases hosted by C&CZ can be maintained through http://phpmyadmin.science.ru.nl . The new version (11.2.2) fixes a security leak .
Ben Polman 29 nov 2007 10:28 (CET)
Acrobat Reader, new version with problems
- Printing from Adobe Reader to a HP4250/HP4350 printer doesn't work. According to Adobe this is a fault of the software in these HP printers. As an alternative one can use the dali printer in HG00.201 or one of the colour printers (HP or Tektronix). The Ricoh multifunctional copier/printer/scanners that will be placed soon in several locations to replace the Oce copiers do not have this problem.
- PCs with a license for Adobe Professional do not (yet?) have a license to upgrade, but having Adobe Professional version 7 and Reader version 8 at the same time doesn't work.
Peter van Campen 20 nov 2007 14:14 (CET)
First student and employee edit C&CZ wiki!
The explanation how to install the wireless network for Linux has been edited by student Leon Swinkels with details for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and by employeee Gerrit Groenenboom for Suse 10.1.
Peter van Campen 20 nov 2007 12:55 (CET)
StarOffice 8 for Solaris installed
The newest version of the office software StarOffice (8) has been installed for Solaris. Type soffice to use it.
Peter van Campen 9 nov 2007 18:10 (CET)
Sun Studio 12 compilers for Linux/Solaris
The newest version of the Sun Studio compilers and tools (C, C++, Fortran) has been installed. They can be found in /opt/sun/sunstudio12/ (Linux) or /vol/sunstudio12/SUNWspro (Solaris).
Peter van Campen 9 nov 2007 17:57 (CET)
SGE Clustersoftware installed on the cnXX-cluster
Peter van Campen 9 nov 2007 17:52 (CET)
Matlab nieuwe versie (R2007a)
Met ingang van mei 2007 is er een nieuwe versie (7.4, R2007a) van Matlab beschikbaar op alle door C&CZ beheerde PCs met Linux of Windows-XP en Suns met Solaris.
De oude versie (R2006b) wordt over enkele weken verwijderd, wanneer duidelijk is dat de overgang naar R2007a geen grote problemen veroorzaakt. Om de oude versie tot die tijd nog te kunnen gebruiken moet het zoekpad uitgebreid worden met /vol/matlab-R2006b/bin (onder Unix).
Voor meer info over deze release, zie [de Mathworks website]
Bij vragen/problemen: , tel 53535/56666, HG03.055.
Ben Polman 3 mei 2007 15:45 (CET)
Nieuwe disk-server plus.science.ru.nl met 90GB partities
Er is weer een nieuwe disk-server plus.science.ru.nl met door FNWI-afdelingen te huren 90GB partities van een RAID-array.
Ben Polman 3 nov 2006 15:11 (CET)
Nieuwe versie Matlab (R2006b)
Met ingang van oktober 2006 is er een nieuwe versie (7.3, R2006b) van Matlab beschikbaar op alle door C&CZ beheerde Suns en PCs met Linux of Windows-XP.
De oude versie (R2006a) wordt over enkele weken verwijderd, wanneer duidelijk is dat de overgang naar R2006b geen grote problemen veroorzaakt. Om de oude versie tot die tijd nog te kunnen gebruiken moet het zoekpad uitgebreid worden met /vol/matlab-R2006a/bin (onder Unix).
Voor meer info over deze release, zie http://www.mathworks.com/products/new_products/latest_features.html?ref=fp2006b
Bij vragen/problemen: , tel 53535/56666, HG03.055.
Ben Polman 9 okt 2006 14:54 (CET)
Eclipse beschikbaar op beheerde XP werkplekken
Op alle beheerde windows XP werkplekken is op de T-disk (\\manus\xpcursus) www.eclipse.org Eclipse geïnstalleerd.
Ben Polman 13 sep 2006 10:29 (CET)
EndNote 10 beschikbaar
De nieuwste versie van EndNote (versie 10) is op de Install-schijf gezet, en is ook uitleenbaar (kamer HG03.055).
Ben Polman 13 sep 2006 10:22 (CET)
- New software update: Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 on the install-disk and can be borrowed (08/05/2007).
- New software update: Matlab R2007a installed and can be borrowed (03/05/2007).
- New disk-server "plus" with 90GB partitions of a RAID-array that can be rented by FNWI-departments.
- New software update: Matlab R2006b installed and can be borrowed (09/10/2006).
- Domain Rename - belangrijke informatie voor studenten en medewerkers die gebruik maken van een:
- Beheerde Werkplek - een van de varianten (ook terminalkamer Windows machines)
- Windows Member/Stand-Alone Server die door C&CZ wordt beheerd (zoals: TS1, contente, curio)
Donderdag 5 oktober (week 40) om 16:30 zal het active directory domein van alle door C&CZ beheerde Windows XP Beheerde Werkplekken en Windows servers worden hernoemd van nwi.kun.nl naar nwi.ru.nl. Belangrijk is om op de betreffende donderdag voor 16:30 uit te loggen, maar de beheerde Windows XP PC *niet* uit te zetten. Tussen 17:30 en 00:00 zullen alle Beheerde Werkplekken die aan staan 2 maal gereboot worden. Lees a.u.b. de [|domain rename instructies] door. Dit bespaart veel onnodig overlast en werk.
- New software update: McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 on the install-disk and can be borrowed (12/09/2006).
- Ter informatie / Maandagavond 7 augustus netwerkonderhoud met eventuele onderbrekingen tussen 18:00-20:00 uur, in de UCI administratie bekend als SKU-RFC-15085. (02/08/2006).
- New PC default supplier: Scholten Awater & Partners. Gewijzigde procedures (01/05/2006).
- New software update: Mozilla FireFox en ThunderBird version 220.127.116.11 installed (20/02/2006).
- New software update: TeX Live 2005 installed and can be borrowed (10/02/2006).
- Disk space can be rented by departments. (25/01/2006).
- New scanner in the Huygens-building with a document feeder. (03/01/2006).
- New software update: Matlab R14 SP3 installed and can be borrowed (30/09/2005).
- New software update: McAfee VirusScan 9.0 on the install-disk and can be borrowed (18/07/2005).
- New software update: Microsoft Office 2003 on the install-disk and can be borrowed (18/07/2005).
- Secure wireless network in Huygens building, with detailed setting for Windows XP SP2 (15/07/2005).
- New software update: Matlab R14 SP2 installed and can be borrowed (22/04/2005).
- New software update: Windows XP SP2 can be borrowed (09/03/2005).
- New software update: TeX Live 2004 installed and can be borrowed (08/02/2005).
- New software update: Endnote 8 can be borrowed (04/02/2005).
- New software update: McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 2004/8.0 NL can be borrowed (23/09/2004).
- New login servers: solo, solost, lilo (29/07/2004).
- New software update: Sun Studio 8 (compilers) (04/05/2004).
- New version 7 of StarOffice available on the Sun computers.
- New version 1.141 of the Email Sanitizer, also looks in ZIP-file attachments.
- New software update: EndNote 7 can be borrowed. (20/02/2004)
- New version (2.63) of SpamAssassin. (10/02/2004)
- New version (2.61) of SpamAssassin. (10/12/2003)
- Solaris9 for Intel (x86) can be borrowed. (03/11/2003)
- MS-Windows software update McAfee VirusScan 7.02 NL can be borrowed. (13/10/2003)
- New software update: Mathematica 5. (09/10/2003)
- New version (2.60) of SpamAssassin. (09/10/2003)
- Software update: Maple 9 can be borrowed. (15/09/2003)
- MS-Windows software update: Reference Manager 10 can be borrowed. (15/09/2003)
- The default setting of the spamfilter has been changed from 'light' to 'medium'. (15/05/2003)
- New version of SpamAssassin, removes a set of rules that were actively targeted by spammers.
- SpamAssassin can be used tofilter mail for spam-content. (25/03/2003)
- Software update: Maple 8 CD's can be bought. (07/01/2003)