Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Upcoming Client Services & Operations Conference Presentations

Gregory Quaglieni and Richard Musal will be presenting at March 27th in Providence Rhode Island at the Nercomp Regional Conference & May 10th in Miami Florida for the TeamDynamix Client Summit. Both presentations will be regarding how we got our Service Desk to be 90% Student Run.

Nercomp Prentation

TeamDynamix Presentation

Friday, December 15, 2017

COMPLETE: Planned Network Wireless Maintenance - Jan 11 at 7am

UPDATE2: As of 9:00am this morning, the planned network wireless maintenance was completed successfully. If you have any questions, please contact ITS via email at its@manhattan.edu or at extension x-7973. 

UPDATE: Due to the campus closure and delayed opening on January 4th-5th, ITS was unable to do testing before we could conduct this wireless network migration on January 8th. This network migration will be rescheduled for this Thursday, January 11th from 7am-9am.

ITS will be conducting network maintenance on the wireless network in RLC, Leo, Memorial, Miguel, and DLS Halls. This scheduled maintenance will be conducted on January 8, 2018 from 7am to 9am. 

In order to improve the wireless network reliability in these locations, there will be scheduled network maintenance in order to migrate the wireless networks. This scheduled network maintenance will affect only the wireless network in RLC, Leo, Memorial, Miguel, and DLS Halls. The wired networks in all buildings and the wireless networks on the rest of campus will not be affected.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact ITS at extension x-7973 or via email at its@manhattan.edu.

Planned Wireless Network Maintenance in OV - Jan 2-12, 2018

ITS will be conducting network maintenance on the wireless network in Overlook Manor. This scheduled maintenance will be conducted from January 2-12, 2018. Access to rooms will be managed by Overlook housekeeping staff and/or ITS staff.

In order to improve the wireless network reliability, there will be scheduled network maintenance in order to upgrade the wireless access points throughout Overlook Manor. This scheduled network maintenance will affect only the wireless network in Overlook Manor on a room by room basis. The wired networks will not be affected.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact ITS at extension x-7973 or via email at its@manhattan.edu.

COMPLETED: Dorm Wired Network Maintenance

UPDATE4: Overlook Manor was completed as of 11:30am today, Jan 8th. This wired maintentance is now complete. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ITS at x-7973 or its@manhattan.edu

UPDATE3: Jasper Hall has been successfully completed as of 11:30am today.

UPDATE2: Chrysostom and Lee Halls have been successfully completed as of 12:30pm today. 

UPDATE: Horan Hall was completed this morning. Lee Hall and Chrysostom will be completed tomorrow, December 20th.

ITS will be conducting network maintenance on the dorm wired networks throughout campus. This scheduled maintenance will be conducted from December 19th to January 5th, according to the schedule below, and will cause some localized wired network outages on a roaming basis in the dorms only. This will not affect other parts of the campus, nor will it affect Jaspernet wireless throughout the dorms.

In order to improve the dorm wired network reliability, there will be scheduled network maintenance in order to migrate the dorm wired networks. This network maintenance will affect the wired networks in all of the dorm buildings across campus. The dorm wired network maintenance schedule will be as follows:

  • Horan Hall and Lee Hall - Tuesday, December 19th
    • Horan Hall will be first, followed by Lee Hall
  • Chrysostom - Wednesday, December 20th
    • Jasper Hall - Wednesday, January 3, 2018
    • Overlook Manor - Thursday, January 4, 2018

    We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ITS at x-7973 or its@manhattan.edu

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Operations Team Meets New Milestone

    The Operations Team has reduced the average number of days to close tickets by one day.  See details here.


    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    COMPLETE: Horan Hall - Brief Network Outage 12/18 at 10am

    UPDATE: As of 10:40 this morning, the generator test in Horan Hall has been successfully completed.

    Physical Plant will be conducting a generator test in Horan Hall Monday, December 18th at approximately 10am.

    There will be two brief outages, one while switching to generator power, the other while switching back to main power.

    This will not affect the rest of campus.

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Reminder: Transition to Google Drive File Stream

    Google Drive Sync ends support on December 11, 2017.

    Drive File Stream is a new way to access all of your Google Drive files directly from your Mac or PC, without using up all your disk space. Unlike traditional file sync tools, Drive File Stream doesn’t require you to download your files first in order to access them from your computer. Instead, when you need to view or edit a file, it automatically streams from the cloud, on-demand. With Drive File Stream, your team will spend less time waiting for files to sync, no time worrying about disk space, and more time being productive.
    With Drive File Stream, you can:
    • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
    • Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
    • Choose which files or folders you'd like to make available offline.
    • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
    Note: This is only relevant for those that use a sync app such as Google Drive Sync.  If you only use the web app (https://drive.google.com/) no action is required.

    Environment

    Windows
    MacOSX
    Google Drive

    How do I get started?

    Visit the Drive Help Center to install Drive File Stream and get started.
    Solution:
    Install Google Drive Stream.  At the conclusion of the installation, you will get a pop up asking whether you want to replace Google Drive Sync with Drive Stream or whether you want to use both.  It is recommended that you select "Yes" indicating that you wish to replace.


    What about the current Drive application? Before installing File Stream, Google recommends removing the current Drive folder. For ease of use, we think it's best to uninstall the current Drive client. 

    Uninstall Drive and install File Stream

    1. Uninstall the previous Google Drive app or Backup and Sync if it is present on your computer. To uninstall, navigate to the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen and search for "Control Panel" and proceed to open it. You should be greeted with this window:
    image depicting control panel optionsOnce you click on "Program and Features," you will be shown a list of programs that are installed on your computer. Navigate to the Google Drive app that you previously installed on your PC and select it. You will then see appear the option to uninstall that program. Proceed with the uninstall to completely remove the program from your PC.
    2. Delete Google Drive Sync folder from your computer. It is a local folder only now and no longer syncs.
    3. Install Drive File Stream. You can find it here. Depending on preferences of the User, it can be a good idea to create shortcuts on the desktop and in the Favorites or Quick Access areas of Windows and MacOS. We also recommend removing any shortcuts to the previous Google Drive folder to avoid confusion.
    Also, the Drive File Stream icon in the Windows task bar will be grey, that should be the only Google Drive icon found in the task bar.  If you see the older Google Drive Sync colored icon still on your computer go back to step 2 and delete old Google Drive Sync folder.
    file_stream_setup.gif

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    Classroom Technology Survey

    Please take a few minutes to provide feedback on the latest generation Renovated Classroom.  We will use this feedback when planning for future renovations.
    Click here for the survey.

    Client Services Support Update - Finals Week Fall 2017

    All of Client Services and Operations offices will be extremely short staffed between the hours of 7:30am-10:30am Monday through Friday during Fall 2017 Finals Week. This is due to the block scheduling and studying of finals going forward, and is out of ITS' control. The timeframe for each staff shortage will change each semester due to schedule changes made by scholastic department chairs.

    Within this time frame, only the following types of issues will be addressed:

    Major Outages
    Classroom Emergency Issues
    Previously Scheduled Appointments

    All other requests will be processed in the order of which they were received. In addition, we will have a surge of staff members after 10:30am, to address immediate issues as they arise. Please be mindful this policy is being put into place so that we can better support the Manhattan College community.

    If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email its@manhattan.edu or call 718-862-7973

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Reminder: Transition to Google Drive File Stream

    Google Drive Sync ends support on December 11, 2017.

    Drive File Stream is a new way to access all of your Google Drive files directly from your Mac or PC, without using up all your disk space. Unlike traditional file sync tools, Drive File Stream doesn’t require you to download your files first in order to access them from your computer. Instead, when you need to view or edit a file, it automatically streams from the cloud, on-demand. With Drive File Stream, your team will spend less time waiting for files to sync, no time worrying about disk space, and more time being productive.
    With Drive File Stream, you can:
    • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
    • Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
    • Choose which files or folders you'd like to make available offline.
    • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

    Environment

    Windows
    MacOSX
    Google Drive

    How do I get started?

    Visit the Drive Help Center to install Drive File Stream and get started.
    Solution:
    Install Google Drive Stream.  At the conclusion of the installation, you will get a pop up asking whether you want to replace Google Drive Sync with Drive Stream or whether you want to use both.  It is recommended that you select "Yes" indicating that you wish to replace.


    What about the current Drive application? Before installing File Stream, Google recommends removing the current Drive folder. For ease of use, we think it's best to uninstall the current Drive client. 

    Uninstall Drive and install File Stream

    1. Uninstall the previous Google Drive app or Backup and Sync if it is present on your computer. To uninstall, navigate to the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen and search for "Control Panel" and proceed to open it. You should be greeted with this window:
    image depicting control panel optionsOnce you click on "Program and Features," you will be shown a list of programs that are installed on your computer. Navigate to the Google Drive app that you previously installed on your PC and select it. You will then see appear the option to uninstall that program. Proceed with the uninstall to completely remove the program from your PC.
    2. Delete Google Drive Sync folder from your computer. It is a local folder only now and no longer syncs.
    3. Install Drive File Stream. You can find it here. Depending on preferences of the User, it can be a good idea to create shortcuts on the desktop and in the Favorites or Quick Access areas of Windows and MacOS. We also recommend removing any shortcuts to the previous Google Drive folder to avoid confusion.
    Also, the Drive File Stream icon in the Windows task bar will be grey, that should be the only Google Drive icon found in the task bar.  If you see the older Google Drive Sync colored icon still on your computer go back to step 2 and delete old Google Drive Sync folder.
    file_stream_setup.gif

    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    Mobile Devices Won't Secure Themselves!

    Mobile security at one time meant using a laptop lock and keeping tabs on your phone. However, the growing capabilities and use of mobile devices — coupled with the ubiquity of smart devices stitched into the very fabric of our daily lives (figuratively and literally) — now require a more sophisticated defense-in-depth approach to match the growing threat. Following are a few things you can do to protect your devices and personal information on campus, at home, or at work.
    • Secure your devices with a strong password, pattern, or biometric authentication. Check the settings for each device to enable a screen-lock option. For home routers, reset the default password with a strong one.
    • Install anti-malware. Some software includes features that let you do automatic backups and track your device.
    • Check your Bluetooth and GPS access. Disable these settings on all devices when not needed and avoid using them in public areas.
    • Update your devices often. Install operating system and application updates when they become available.
    • Review phone apps regularly. Remove any apps you don’t use. Be selective when buying or installing new apps. Install only those from trusted sources and avoid any that ask for unnecessary access to your personal information.
    • Treat devices like cash! Don’t let your devices out of your sight or grasp. Maintain physical control of your device in public areas. Get a lock (alarmed is best) for your laptop and use it.
    • Keep it sunny in the cloud. Whether using Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Amazon Drive, or any of the many cloud options, set privacy restrictions on your files to share them only with those you intend. Protect access to your cloud drive with two-factor authentication.
    • Create a secure wireless network. Configure your wireless router to protect your bandwidth, identifiable information, and personal computer. Secure it with proper set up and placement, router configuration, and a unique password, using the strongest encryption option. See http://www.wi-fi.org/ for more tips.
    • Protect your Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Are you sharing your livestreaming nanny cam with the world? Review privacy settings for all Internet-ready devices before connecting them to the web.


    Partially reposted from:  https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2016/11/december-2017-your-mobile-devices-wont-secure-themselves

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    ITS Ticketing Survey Requests

    In our continued efforts to gather feedback on the service we provide, we made a change to our ticketing survey system that sent out survey requests for previously resolved tickets.  We were not aware that this change would cause this action and we do apologize for any confusion or inconvenience that it caused.  This should not occur again.  Thank you for your understanding.

    LabSeat Outage Resolved

    UpdateWe have identified a solution that is approved by LabStats.  The Desktop Operations team is working on deploying it now.  We expect that LabSeat data should be correct by Monday morning

    At 7:22AM Friday December 1st, 2017 it was discovered that LabStats, the product powering LabSeat, is experiencing an outage.  Manhattan College ITS immediately reported the issue to LabStats Support.  We are awaiting an update from LabStats.  This post will be updated when we receive communication from LabStats.