IT News You Can Use - April 25

Posted: April 25, 2022

Did You Know?

The ETS web site contains a new page listing standard computing equipment configurations. These are the devices expected to arrive most expediently (barring supply chain challenges) and are readily supported by ETS with images and drivers already in place for quickest deployment.  See more>>


The Innovate Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 4.  Innovate is an annual conference that brings together educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals to explore recent advancements, best practices and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology. View the program and register to attend at  Zoom meeting room links will be provided via email prior to the conference for registrants to access each session.


Accessibility Tips and Tricks

Welcome to our first weekly edition of Digital Accessibility Tips and Tricks. What is Digital Accessibility and why is it important? Digital Accessibility is the process of making digital products, such as websites, apps, online learning content, and any other online tools, accessible to all people regardless of ability or disability. Digital Accessibility is not just legal policy, it’s the right thing to do. Ohio State University is "committed to diversity and fostering a campus culture of full inclusion of people with disabilities by ensuring that all university constituencies can access its digital information and digital services." To read the University's full policy, please visit the Digital Accessibility Services website


Upcoming Work

  • Due to final exams, ETS will be pushing back the release/install of security patches by one week for this month.  However, we would like to encourage you to manually install as soon as possible due to a security vulnerability which can quickly become a critical concern if a crafty hacker decides to give it attention. Typically available the third Wednesday of the month, Windows security patches will become available for installation on Wednesday, April 27 with a required installation of Wednesday, May 4.  As a reminder, full details on ETS’ standard approach to Microsoft patching can be found here


  • On Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 P.M., ETS will start the process that updates all COE Linux systems (ETS managed systems only).  Please ensure that any Linux systems you, or a group you manage uses, are powered on before May 4 to ensure they are updated and rebooted (kernel updates require reboots).  The process will take some time and will run overnight. We do not expect the update process to cause interruptions, but we recommend you save any open documents before 10:00 P.M. on May 4. 


  • On Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 A.M, ETS will reboot all the ETS managed Linux systems. Please save your work and logoff before 7:15 A.M. on May 5 to avoid losing any unsaved work.


If you encounter any issues on your Linux system(s) after 9:00 A.M. on May 5, please contact ETS by one of the methods below.  In the ticket description, please note it's a Linux system, the hostname of the system, and its location (if known), and someone will assist you as soon as they are available.