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File storage maintenance - Tues. Aug. 5, 2014 from 9pm to midnight - interruptions to several services

Tue, 2014-08-05 21:00 - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:00

Maintenance will be done on the Enterprise Storage Area Network (SAN) on Tuesday, August 5 from 9pm to midnight.

The following McGill services will be unavailable for approximately 15 to 30 minutes any time during this maintenance period:

  • All Staff and Student home folders (R: & P: drives)
  • All departmental file shares on the central file servers
  • Evault Archives and Indexing

Before the maintenance: Save and close all files on your departmental server before 9 pm Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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Bcooltv Streaming Service maintenance Wed. July 30 between 7:00 & 8:00am

Wed, 2014-07-30 07:00 - 08:00

Due to maintenance on the Bcooltv streaming service on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Live-Event Capture and Broadcast AV Streaming will be unavailable from 7 to 8 am. Lecture recordings will be unavailable for 30 minutes during this downtime.

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IT Security Alert: VoiceMail Phishing Scam - Several attempts are circulating with an attached .zip file

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:16

Several phishing attempts are circulating from different senders with different file attachment names. A sample email has the subject line: "You have received a new VoiceMail". Find a sample of this email below.

Please delete any suspcious email immediately! They do NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email.

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RISQ Maintenance in Gault Nature Reserve affects wired connectivity

Fri, 2014-08-08 23:00 - Sat, 2014-08-09 04:00

Due to RISQ maintenance, there will be no wired network connectivity in the Gault Nature Reserve from Friday, August 8, at 11:00 pm until 4:00 am Saturday August 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Electrical outage in Laird Hall (Macdonald Campus)

Wed, 2014-07-23 06:00 - 10:00

Due to preventive maintenance, there will be no electricity in Laird Hall on Macdonald campus on Wednesday, July 23 from 6 to 10am.

While emergency power will still be available, power will not be available for other services (such as wireless) or for computers.

If you work in the building, you are advised to shut down your computer before leaving on Tuesday, July 22.

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Pension System Maintenance - Saturday, July 26, 7 am to 7 pm

Sat, 2014-07-26 07:00 - 19:00

The McGill Pensions System will be unavailable on Saturday, July 26, from 7 am to 7 pm due to planned maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Electrical outage in Raymond Building (Macdonald Campus)

Tue, 2014-07-22 06:00 - 10:00

Due to preventive maintenance, there will be no electricity in Raymond Building on Macdonald campus on Tuesday, July 22 from 6 to 10am

While emergency power will still be available, power will not be available for other services (such as wireless) or for computers. 

If you work in the building, you are advised to shut down your computer before leaving on Monday, July 21.

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McGill has a new, more secure VPN

Thu, 2014-07-17 09:00
Cisco VPN client

McGill IT Services has introduced a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) to allow McGill faculty, staff and students access to internal McGill systems and resources from outside the McGill network.  This VPN, securevpn.mcgill.ca, uses the more secure SSL protocol and replaces inside.mcgill.ca, which uses the "Point-to-Point Tunneling" protocol.

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Want a longer McGill Password? No problem!

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:15

As of 5pm on Wednesday, July 16, IT Services implemented an increase in the length of the McGill Password.

Instead of being restricted to EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you can now create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "IT Maintenance Schedule"

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:43

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "IT Maintenance Schedule". A sample of the email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible.

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