IT Services news
A fraudulent email, appearing to come from Canada Revenue Agency, has been sent to some McGill email addresses. If you have received this email, please Delete it immediately! Do not click on the link or the picture.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP. In consequence, McGill IT Customer Services (ICS) will also stop supporting Windows XP at that time. Over the past year and a half we have been actively upgrading centrally-supported computers on campus to Windows 7, and we have encouraged LAN administrators in non-centrally supported units to do the same. To date 100% of all public computers and 81% of centrally-supported administrative computers have now been upgraded.
Status update - 9:50 am, January 22, 2014: The intermittent access issues have now been resolved. During periods of heavy usage on the uApply system, you may experience problems logging in, or your active session may expire unexpectedly. The technical team is working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The PC renewal program is an initiative to retire outdated computers and update McGill's computer fleet to meet the University's ongoing computing needs. Due to financial constraints, this program has had limited funding for the last two years.
It has been reported over the last few months that scanning documents on Xerox machines may generate PDF documents where numbers may be incorrectly transferred from the original document. After testing, it appears that the issue is not affecting the uPrint machines installed at McGill, as these machines are set up differently than on the machines where the problem was discovered. However, as a precautionary measure, we have asked Xerox to install a patch on all campus uPrint machines in order to prevent this problem from occurring.
Status update - Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:44 am: This Lync issue reported earlier has now been resolved. Original announcement - Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11:25 am: Lync phones are currently only able to make and receive calls between other Lync phones. They cannot make calls to external phones or non-Lync McGill phones. Please check the IT Services website (www.mcgill.ca/it) for status updates. We apologize for this inconvenience.
If you use Microsoft Office 2013, you may have noticed a few changes this past week: Theme changes - The colors & appearance of MS Office applications are different. McGill University icon - When you click Save As (or Open), there is a new McGill University icon, which looks as if it will save your file to McGill cloud storage. It is not a McGill cloud; clicking this icon saves the document in your My Documents folder on your computer. Rece
There are currently intermittent problems with the uApply system. The technical team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Beginning on December 12, 2013, McGill's Anti-spam system will prepend a notice to warn you when an email cannot be scanned; this is in addition to changing the Subject of the email, which is the current practice. The prepended notice will also contain a brief description of why the email could not be scanned. There are a few reasons why email messages cannot be scanned by the Antispam system, including if the email: is encrypted and password-protected or it contains an attachment that is password-protected. contains an attachment th
Status update - Wedesday, December 11: The problem reported below was resolved at around 4:00 pm this afternoon. Original announcement - December 11, 12:00 pm:There is currently a problem with the Telephone service. External callers are not able to call in to McGill. Please check the IT Services web page for status updates at www.mcgill.ca/it. We apologize for this inconvenience.
A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "New Library Resources for Faculty Members ", and Sender: "firstname.lastname@example.org". A sample email is shown below. Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.
A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "Annually Evaluation of Faculty Members", and is sent on behalf of "Stephen Strople, Mr.". A sample email is shown below. Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.
The search functionality on McGill websites has been improved. Previously, you would have to first choose whether you wanted to search the local site or expand your search to include all McGill sites. Now you can enter your search term once at the top of the web page, and you will be presented with a single page with two tabs : one containing matches within the local site and a “McGill” tab containing matches found within all McGill sites.
A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "New Library System", and Sender: "McGill University Library". A sample email is shown below.
An email is currently circulating with a password-protected .ZIP file as an attachment. A sample of this email is shown below. Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.