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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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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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WebCT access ending for Summer 2010 and earlier

Mon, 2014-07-14 11:18

Since the new myCourses learning management system was introduced in Summer 2012, the legacy LMS (WebCT) is being phased out. Note that Friday, September 26, 2014 will be the last date to request access to courses from Summer 2010 and earlier.

Students and instructors can continue to request access to WebCT for courses offered from Fall 2010 to Winter 2012 for another two years. The WebCT system will be fully shut down on September 30, 2016.

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myMcGill portal downtime this weekend - July 12 to 13

Sat, 2014-07-12 22:00 - Sun, 2014-07-13 12:00

Please note that the myMcGill portal will be unavailable from Saturday, July 12 at 10 pm to Sunday July 13 at 12 pm noon, 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.

Source Site: /it

McGill Password reset tool on Minerva unavailable on Wednesday, July 16

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:00 - 17:00

On Wednesday, July 16, between 4-5pm, IT Services will implement an increase in the length of the McGill Password. Instead of being EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you will be able to create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.

Source Site: /it

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam about reaching your mailbox storage

Thu, 2014-07-10 09:11

A phishing attempt about reaching your mailbox storage is circulating. 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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New uPrint prepaid card for faculty/department use

Mon, 2014-08-11 10:05
uPrint Prepaid Guest Card

IT Services has introduced a new "uPrint Prepaid Guest Card" to be used by faculties or departments who wish to provide their casual staff or visitors with a prepaid card for the uPrint service. They are available in fixed amounts of $30 and $50 (tax included).

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