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News - 2006

Date Bulletin number Topics
17/01/06
236
New VPN service (Tango)
 
 
Microsoft security updates
22/03/06
237
Google Desktop V.3 - serious security and privacy concerns
Daylight Saving Time ("Summer clock")
MicroShop news
10/04/06
238
Support during Hol Hamo'ed
14/05/06
239
Tango VPN service interruption on Students' day
Rules for usage of electronic resources in HUJI
Windows 98 - End Of Life
08/08/06
241

Support during the university's holiday

Installing Windows on Macintosh Intel-based computers
IMSL licences
HUJIvms down on Sunday 13/8
AGRI down on Tuesday 15/8
POB down on Tuesday 15/8
Network interruptions in Mt. Scopus
05/10/06
242

Support during Sukkot holiday

Power outages
20/12/06
243

Windows Vista instructions

 

The bulletins were written and distributed by Yehavi Bourvine.



236

17/01/2006

New VPN service (Tango)

VPN services enable users to  access  HUJI's academic resources (e-journals and databases etc.), even if they are not connected directly to HUJI's network.
This  includes  users connected to other ISP's, users from abroad, or users connecting via HUJI's wireless.

Tango VPN is a new improved VPN service that is made available to all students and staff of the Hebrew University, and does not require an OTP card for authentication for Web and Mail services.

More info (English and Hebrew):  http://ca.huji.ac.il/tango/

EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS who joined the ekmd system:  please ignore this message.

Microsoft critical security updates

There are new critical security update, that address the vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003 operating systems.

More: http://secinfo.huji.ac.il/bulletins/january2006p.htm



237

22/03/2006

Google Desktop V.3 - serious security and privacy concerns

The release of Google Desktop V.3 has raised serious security and privacy concerns. Specifically, the "share across computers" feature that introduces the ability to search content from computer to computer greatly increases the risk to users' privacy. If Google Desktop V. 3 is not properly configured (i.e., if defaults are used), there is the potential for others to access information from an individual's computer.

We STRONGLY recommend to avoid installing and using Google Desktop, and it will be unsupported by the Authority for Computation.


MicroShop news

  • Adobe products are now available for purchase. Check the MicroShop site for price list and order form:
    http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/ software/microshop.shtml
  • Last several kits of Endnote are still available for the attractive price of 197$ (V.A.T included). Please fill the order form at the above address.
  • You are all welcome to join the MicroShop distribution list. In order to join the list, send an email to naamak@savion.huji.ac.il with the subject: microshop.

Daylight Saving Time ("Summer clock")

Daylight Saving Time in Israel will commence on March 31st, 2006 at 2 AM (Last Friday of March) and will last until October 1st 2006 at 2 AM (First Sunday of October).

If you haven't set yet your computer for the change, please follow our instructions: http://ca.huji.ac.il/helpdesk/windows/clock.shtml

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the EKMD system - please ignore this message.



238

10/04/2006

Support during Hol Hamo'ed

During the coming PESACH vacation (APRIL 12-19) our computing systems and servers will continue to operate. We will monitor and maintain the more critical services, such as:

* Central mail servers
* Campus communication
* Connection from home

Emergency support services will operate on Sunday till Tuesday between 10:00-14:30. Tel: 02-6585555

 


239

10/04/2006

Tango VPN service interruption on Students' day

Due to an upgrade operation on May 25, 2006, there will be interruptions in our Tango VPN services. The operation will affect the "HUJI-staff-stud" wireless network as well.

Besides other improvements, the upgrade will enable more compatibility with Mac Os X.

Windows 98 - End Of Life

As a result of Microsoft's announcement that it will no longer support the operating systems: Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me, the Computer Authority announces, that support for these systems will cease in July 2006.

More info (Hebrew/English):

http://huca.huji.ac.il/services/software/win98-he.shtml

Rules for usage of electronic resources in HUJI

New rules for usage of electronic resources in HUJI are now formally added to the University's policy. Please read them carefully - breaking these rules might result in disabling or restricting accounts:

"Acceptable use of electronic resources licensed by HUJI Access to electronic resources is governed by license agreements which restrict use to the Hebrew University community. It is the responsibility of each user to ensure that he or she uses these products only for individual, non-commercial use without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information.
Acceptable use forbids downloading contents of entire issues of a given journal title. The use of software such as scripts, agents, or robots, is prohibited on these resources and on most other public or free government sites, and may result in loss of access to these resources for the entire Hebrew University community".

Hebrew link: http://ca.huji.ac.il/policyh.shtml#lib



241

08/08/2006

Support during the university's holiday: Most of our systems and servers will continue to operate. We will monitor and maintain the more critical services, such as: Central mail servers, Campus communication, Connection from home
 Critical support services will operate during this period between 09:00-14:00 (except for Friday). Tel: 02-6585555

Installing Windows on Macintosh Intel-based computers The new Macintosh Intel-based computers enable to install Windows in two optional ways:

    • Via the application "Parallels", which employs virtual machine technology (a highly effective emulation on Mac Os X)
    • Via Dual-boot - During restart it is possible to choose between Mac Os X and Windows
  •  Purchasing Windows and Office licenses: It is possible to purchase licenses in our Microshop
    [http:// ca.huji.ac.il/services/software/microshop.shtml]:
  • Installing on new computers: Provided Microsoft's licenses were ordered from our Microshop, and that the computer and "Paralells" were ordered by Yeda, you will receive the new computer with Windows, Office and McAfee already installed.
  • Note to Ein-Kerem's Macintosh users: Full EKMD system services can only be offered to XP in the dual boot mode.

POB down on Tuesday 15/8: POB will be down during the morning hours due to software upgrade. Mail delivered to this system's users will be held and delivered when the system comes back.

The MicroShop received a special offer for IMSL licenses: IMSL is a mathematical and statistical library of functions, both in Fortran and C. See http://www.vni.com for details. If you think you might benefit from it please write to naamak@savion.huji.ac.il
We will negotiate further with them only if we see sufficient demand. Join the MicroShop Mailing list:
http://listserver.cc.huji.ac.il/mailman/listinfo/microshop-l

AGRI down on Tuesday 15/8: AGRI will be down from noon (about 13:00) due to software upgrade. Mail delivered to this system's users will be held and delivered when the system comes back.

HUJIvms down on Sunday 13/8: HUJIvms will be down during the morning hours due to software upgrade. Mail delivered to this system's users will be held and delivered when the system comes back.

Network interruptions in Mt. Scopus: During the university's vacation, the computations authority will be upgrading the communications infrastructure on Mount Scopus Campus. The upgrade will take place on Friday - Monday 11-14/8.
We will attempt to minimize disruptions. The following systems might not be available for a few hours during that time: connection to Servers Located at Mount Scopus (Novell Networks, different web-sites, Pluto email accounts, Network drives etc.), connection to network (including internet) from local ports on campus (office and Public ports and stations).



242

05/10/2006

Support during SUKKOT

Most of our systems and servers will continue to operate. We will monitor and maintain the more critical services, such as: Central mail servers, Campus communication, Connection from home.

Critical support services will operate during this period between
09:00-14:00 (except for Friday). Tel: 02-6585555

Power outage

Edmond J. Safra Campus: Sunday, 8/10/06, 6:30-15:00

MT. SCOPUS: Short interruptions during Sunday-Tuesday 8-10/10/06

REHOVOT: Sunday 8/10/06 07:00-11:00 and Monday 9/10/06 07:00-14:00.
AGRI will be down on Monday from 13:00 to about 17:00 for upgrades.

We recommend that you disconnect computing equipment from the power
outlets to prevent damage.



243

20/12/2006

Windows Vista instructions

Hebrew message: http://ca.huji.ac.il/news/heb237.shtml

During January, Microsoft will start distributing the new version of windows "Windows Vista". Migrating to Vista requires many adjustments both in hardware and in software. For more information on this operating system, see - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista.

Many hardware and software vendors have not yet completed the required changes. The Authority instructions are therefore that you refrain from installing Vista for the moment. Computers that have been upgraded to Vista will not be supported by us. As soon as the incompatibilities with central services and basic applications are resolved we will publish detailed instructions on upgrading.

 

 

The hardware requirements for Vista are very high. You will need to upgrade your PC or purchase a new one. There are also compatibility problems with some drivers for peripherals such as printers, scanners etc.

There are some incompatibilities with scientific and graphic applications, browsers, anti-virus and some of the central services, such as: access to departmental and central servers, VPN connection and connection to the administrative databases.

Vista will be offered in several versions - some of them will not be supported by the Authority, especially the "home" editions. If you purchase a new PC, ask the supplier to install XP Pro. You will be able later to purchase at our micro-shop an upgrade to Vista that is supported by us. Current buyers of XP-Pro at the micro-shop will be granted a free upgrade to Vista-Business.

Please send your questions about Vista to vista@savion.huji.ac.il



Last updated: 27/07/2011