Congratulations to Gavin Goodwin and Zéphir Lorne, the two lucky winners of the “Stay sharp to stay safe” contest! Each will receive a McGill hoodie.
331 students and staff participated in the contest by completing our cybersecurity awareness quiz, with 90% earning the minimum score to be entered in the draw for the hoodies.
Which questions gave people the most trouble?
The STM has reported that the online student card renewal is currently in progressive return. Students will now be able to renew their OPUS cards in Minerva.
Previous message posted November 2, 2020
UPDATE: Major STM system failure prevents students from renewing OPUS cards in Minerva
Minerva, Banner, uApply (the Graduate Admissions System) and myProgress (degree progress tracking) will be unavailable from Saturday, December 5 at 10 pm to Sunday, December 6 at 2 am, during scheduled monthly maintenance. See all scheduled monthly downtimes for these systems.
A new version of Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client is now available to support macOS Big Sur (macOS 11).
Cisco AnyConnect is used to access McGill's virtual private network (VPN), which allows you to connect from home or off-campus to protected internal resources, such as the uPrint system, Workday, Banner and desktop computers on campus.
As part of McGill’s responsibility to address the urgency of climate change, the Office of Sustainability and IT Services have collaborated to bring Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees, to McGill. We encourage students, staff, faculty and alumni to install the Ecosia extension to contribute to reforestation initiatives across the globe.
We are happy to announce that 80% of uPrint machines have been replaced by new Xerox Altalink color printers. The remaining 20 % of these machines will be replaced in May 2021.
Read about uPrint campus printing in the IT Knowledge Base.
Original message posted September 8, 2020
We have changed up the photo on the McGill signin page... here's hoping for another few weeks of autumn!
In the wake of numerous cybersecurity incidents affecting public organizations and close partners to McGill University, IT services encourages you to learn more about ransomware and how to protect against it:
Starting on November 1st, 2020, myCourses Learning Management System will support two-factor authentication (2FA), the security standard for authentication across universities and business sectors.
SPSS statistics software is now available for students to download and install on their personal computers!
SPSS has always been available to faculty and staff members, and was previously only available to students in computer labs on campus.
The expansion of our license to include home use by students is especially welcome as we are all working and studying remotely. SPSS may not be used for commercial purposes.
Despite working from home, IT Services has proven we can be just as productive, if not more! Since April 2020, we have released over 25 new and updated services. Some were driven by the need to quickly ramp up for remote learning and collaboration, while others were scheduled long before COVID-19 and social distancing came into our lives.
The D2 upgrade has been completed successfully!
IMPORTANT NOTE: The first time you sign into D2, you may see a spinning D2 logo; refresh your browser by holding down the Ctrl and function-F5 keys.
Original announcement (September 24, 2020)
Thank you for your participation in IT Services Virtual Fair for students held on September 17, 2020. Watch our expert-led webinar to learn more about the services offered to students.
We also invite you to visit https://mcgill.ca/it/students.
On September 30, 2020 IT IT Services will be decommissioning the residences' Wi-Fi network rez.mcgill.ca. It has been replaced with the improved service My Wifi Device (see full details in the message, below).
Please note that we are currently receiving a higher than usual volume of tickets and calls. As a result, response times may be longer than expected. If you have a question, we urge you to check our knowledge base on the IT Support site first, and only call in for urgent issues. We thank you for your patience and understanding.