IT News You Can Use - May 23

Posted: May 23, 2022

Did You Know?

Beginning June 1, 2022, all faculty, staff, and students will be able to encrypt external email messages using Proofpoint. The university previously used Zix for email encryption which required a personal license for each user.  Read more>>

Accessibility Tips and Tricks

Microsoft products have built-in accessibility checkers. While these do not prove perfection for detecting all digital accessibility issues, they are very beneficial to find the “low hanging fruit” that can be quickly and easily remediated to make your documents more accessibility friendly. More information on Microsoft product accessibility and accessibility checkers coming soon!


Upcoming Work

  • Last network switches in Scott Laboratory serving North, East Scott Lab, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will be updated on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  Wired network connections will lose network connectivity during the cut over to new network equipment, so disruptions should be expected at any time during the scheduled window. WiFi will not be impacted. 


  • On Wednesday, June 1 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 June 1 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 June 1. 


  • On Thursday, June 2 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 June 2 to avoid losing any unsaved work.


If you encounter any issues on your Linux system(s) after 9:00 A.M. on June 2, 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.