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Changes to the look & feel of Office 2013 for faculty & staff

Mon, 2014-11-03 17:02

In preparation for the offering of MS Office 365 ProPlus to McGill Faculty and Staff later this year, IT Services performed a maintenance of our Microsoft Office Server infrastructure this past weekend, October 31 to November 2.

As a result, Faculty and Staff users of Office 2013 on McGill computers will have noticed changes to the look and feel of Office 2013. 

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Banner (INB) maintenance November 4, 9pm - 10pm

Tue, 2014-11-04 21:00 - 22:00

Due to scheduled maintenance, Banner (INB) will be unavailable for approximately 1 hour Tuesday night, November 4, from 9pm to 10pm.

Please close all browser windows where Banner is running when you leave for the day.

Minerva and other systems will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Faculty and Staff: McGill will double your password if you didn't already change it

Thu, 2014-10-30 11:56

As previously announced in the McGill Reporter and on this site, IT Services will be doubling your McGill Password if you have not yet changed it since asked in May. Once your password is doubled, when you log in to any McGill system or computer with your McGill Username and Password (e.g. email, wireless, VPN, myCourses), you will have to type out your password twice.

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Switch to the new VPN before November 12

Thu, 2014-10-30 09:10
Cisco VPN client

If you have not already made the switch to McGill’s new, more secure Virtual Private Network (VPN), time is running out. The old VPN, inside.mcgill.ca, will be deactivated on November 12. To avoid losing access to internal McGill systems and resources when off campus, set up a new VPN connection today.

Find instructions for setting up a new VPN connection to securevpn.mcgill.ca in the IT Knowledge Base.

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Antivirus Software Update: Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

Tue, 2014-10-28 10:30
Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 is now available for Windows and Mac, for home use. This antivirus software is provided by McGill, free for full-time students, faculty and staff to install on their personal computers. Find information and instructions at: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/antivirus  

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Phishing Scam from "RBC Express"; Subject: Important Notice for all RBC Express Online Users

Mon, 2014-10-27 16:52

A phishing attempt is circulating purporting to come from RBC Express (Royal Bank of Canada), with the Subject: "Important Notice for all RBC Express Online Users". It seems to be targeted to McGill staff and asks recipients to sign in using their RBC login credentials. 

Please delete this email immediately! It is a phishing scam.

If you have received the message and attempted to log in, please contact Peter Guertin, in McGill Financial Services, ASAP so that he can freeze the account and take the appropriate action.

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Free access to MS Office 365 ProPlus for faculty & staff, starting in December

Wed, 2014-10-29 15:19
Office 365 ProPlus for Faculty & Staff

Starting in December 2014*, Microsoft will begin offering McGill faculty and staff members FREE access to Office 365 ProPlus. This offering includes the Office 2013 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps, and will replace the current Microsoft Work at Home program.

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Online Surveys (surveys.mcgill.ca) maintenance: Tuesday, Oct 28 9pm-midnight

Tue, 2014-10-28 21:00 - 23:59

McGill's Online Surveys (surveys.mcgill.ca) will be unavailable for about 30 minutes during the maintenance window on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 between 9pm and midnight.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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myMcGill portal downtime this Saturday, October 25, from 10pm to midnight

Sat, 2014-10-25 22:00 - 23:59

Please note that the myMcGill portal will be unavailable for 2 hours on Saturday, October 25, from 10 pm to midnight, for maintenance work.  This period coincides with the Minerva/Banner regularly scheduled monthly downtime.

During this period you will still be able to access major IT services, such as email and myCourses, using the links on When myMcGill is unavailable page.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

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