IT Services news
The following McGill buildings are experiencing telephone problems today: Education, McIntyre, Stewart Biology, 3605 Mountain, Rabinovitch, Duggan, Hosmer, Chancellor Day Hall, All Law Building on Peel Street. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
An online directory of McGill students is now available. It features public pages that are viewable by anyone as well as community pages that are viewable by the McGill community only. Students choose via Minerva which type of page will house their contact information, or if any of their contact information will be put on McGill web pages at all (the default setting for each student is "do not publish"). Information chosen to be published is accessed on the McGill University student directory page.
A new online Student Directory is now available by clicking on the "Student directory" link at the top right of the McGill home page (and coming to a McGill web page near you within the next week or so). Inclusion in this directory is at the student's discretion (by default you are not included). If you are a student and you want to appear in this directory, you must log in to Minerva, go to the "Student Menu," click on "Student Directory" and choose the email address and/or a phone number to publish. You can also decide who can see your information: the world (everyone) or only the McGill community (those who first log in with McGill credentials). You can make it easier for your fellow students and colleagues to contact you by opting in to the Student Directory. Encourage others to opt in as well. The more students participate, the more effective the directory will be.
Please note that due to maintenance on Call Pilot, voicemail will be unavailable from 18h00 to 20h00 on Monday, June 20, 2005. During this period you will be unable to access your voice mailbox or leave messages. Any pre-existing messages will remain in your voice mailbox.
Announcement on behalf of the Interim Provost and CIO, Anthony C. Masi: Effective 16 June 2005, Dialup Access Services (DAS) will be provided free of charge to all academic staff. The provision of free DAS removes the previous restrictions of only four free hours for academic staff and free monthly use only for instructors who used DAS to access WebCT. For full details regarding this new amendment and all applicable conditions, please see the NCS DAS policy page. For questions regarding these changes, please contact ICS Customer Support (online) or by phone at 514-398-3398.
On Sunday, June 12, from 12 am to 2 am, there will be a scheduled hardware upgrade to the WebCT Campus Edition server and therefore WebCT will be out of production for that time. The upgrade will mainly address a number of hardware performance issues that will speed up the server backup times. The upgrade will be completely transparent from a user's point of view, since the user interface will remain untouched.
Please be aware of a new virus, MyTob.CU worm, spreading through email with a subject "Your Email Account is Suspended For Security Reasons" or "Account Alert." Do not open any attachment.
Please be advised that NCS will begin implementation on June 6 of the recently adopted policies regarding the reduction of spam originating from McGill's network. Access control lists will be implemented at the network perimeter to prevent SMTP traffic from the DAS, wireless, VPN and residence VLANS reaching the Internet directly. Machines on these networks should have mail client programs configured to relay via mailhost.mcgill.ca. It may however change the nature of the error message received from 'relaying denied' to 'connection timed out.' Those most likely to be affected are mobile PC and VPN users who switch between our network and a high-speed provider. Most of those users are already familiar with the situation in that Videotron and Sympatico have blocked outgoing port 25 for the last few years. For email client configuration information for supported client programs click on 'More information.'
Please note that E-mail For Life (ELF) will be unavailable on Thursday, June 2, 2005 from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, due to a maintenance procedure. Incoming mail for ELF users will be queued and delivered when service is restored.