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May 27, 2015

Encryption deadline May 31, 2015 - what happens next?
Find out whether your computing devices comply with Stanford's security requirements at the new MyDevices website. Take action to make your devices compliant or network access will be cut off sometime in the summer.

February 4, 2015

Free computer backup service for Stanford Earth graduate students and post-docs
Recognizing that backups of computer data files are an essential part of protecting Stanford's teaching and research, the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences has purchased access to the central University IT cloud-based CrashPlan PROe backup service for the computers of all graduate students and post-docs in the School.

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December 12, 2014

No IT support in Earth Sciences Dec 20, 2014 through Jan 4, 2015
The School of Earth Sciences will be observing the university winter closure from December 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015. In general, there will be no information technology services or support available in Earth Sciences during this period.

October 10, 2014

Mitchell A59 G.R.I.D. lab closed for upgrades Nov. 12, 2014 - disks to be erased
The Mitchell A59 G.R.I.D. computer lab is maintained for individual research and creation of presentations such as posters. The lab will be closed on November 12 to do a major upgrade of the operating systems and applications. The single computer "Saxton" will be removed from the lab on November 3. It will be used to build the new system image and then returned on November 12 to be upgraded with the other computers. All user files created on the local computer disks will be erased!

August 15, 2014

University computer enrollment process starts August 26, 2014
A brief "enrollment" questionnaire to collect basic information about computers and their users will be pushed out to managed computers in Earth Sciences as a "pop-up" application starting on August 26. Please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire. The results will be used to determine which computers need additional security improvements.

January 24, 2014

School of Earth Sciences plans for computing security compliance
Dean Matson sent this letter to the Stanford Earth Sciences community outlining our plans for compliance with new university computing security requirements.

January 23, 2014

Upgrade Windows XP before April 8 or lose access to Stanford network!
All computers on the SES network that still use Windows XP must upgrade to a supported version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 by April 8, 2014, or be replaced or retired. The upgrade, backup, and encryption of Stanford-owned Windows XP computers will be done by our IT team. If you have an XP machine, you will be contacted by our IT staff to schedule an upgrade. Students who have personal computers running XP also need to upgrade. Technical measures will block network access for computers running Windows XP after April 8.

January 23, 2014

Requirements for purchasing new computers for Stanford work
To comply with new university security requirements, effective immediately, only approved computer configurations may be purchased with Stanford funds and they must be configured and encrypted by our CRC support team before use.

December 17, 2013

No IT support in Earth Sciences Dec 21, 2013 through Jan 5, 2014
The School of Earth Sciences will be observing the university winter closure from December 21, 2013 through January 5, 2014. In general, there will be no information technology services or support available in Earth Sciences during this period.

December 11, 2013

Most Microsoft software now free to Stanford users.
Stanford has negotiated a site license with Microsoft to get free access to all their software for Stanford owned computers and to some categories of their software for personally owned computers.

October 15, 2013

New restrictions on RDP connections into Earth Sciences start October 28, 2013
Firewall rules for the Earth Sciences wired computer network will be changed on Monday, October 28, 2013, to more carefully restrict remote logins into Windows computers that are left running in offices and labs. Starting October 28, you will have to login to the Stanford Virtual Private Network (VPN) each time you start a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection into a Windows computer on the Earth Sciences wired network from anywhere outside that network. In addition, you will need to get your SUNet ID onto an RDP authorization list.

September 9, 2013

G.R.I.D. lab renovated and reopened September 4 with new equipment
The G.R.I.D. computer lab in Mitchell A59 was reopened on September 4 after a complete room renovation and installation of new computers and printers. The new door combination code can be obtained from the Quick Links section of the lab website (page access restricted to SUNet IDs associated with Earth Sciences only).

July 17, 2013

Mitchell A59 G.R.I.D. lab closed Aug. 16, 2013 through Sept. 5, 2013 for renovation; files on computers to be erased!
The Stanford Earth Sciences "G.R.I.D." computer lab in Mitchell A59 will close on Friday, August 16, 2013, for complete lab renovation and upgrade, and re-open on Friday, September 6, 2013. During this closure, none of the computers, printers, or other devices in the lab will be accessible. All user files stored on the hard disks of the lab computers will be erased on August 16! If you want to keep such files, you need to copy them somewhere else before August 16. The lab will be repainted. Workstation tables will be replaced. All computers will be replaced with powerful new dual-boot iMacs, running both Mac OS X 10.8 and Windows 7.

May 28, 2013

Earth Sciences web and sftp servers down Friday, May 31, noon to 1 pm
The pangea, sesstage, and sestransfer servers will be shutdown at noon on Friday, May 31, to move some system files to new disks. They should be back in service by 1 pm. While these servers are down, school websites will be unavailable, sftp connections to sestransfer will not succeed, and the Mitchell A65 and GRID computer lab printers will not accept any print jobs.

January 18, 2013

Earth Sciences computers to be scanned for prohibited data beginning Jan 28, 2013
The School of Earth Sciences will participate in the "Identity Finder" project created by the Information Security Office to find prohibited data such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers that may be stored on local workstations. The goal is for Stanford to find and protect this data before hackers find it and use it for identity theft! Scanning of Stanford-owned workstations will begin on January 28, 2013.

December 19, 2012

Incoming SSH to be restricted on Earth Sciences wired network beginning Jan 28, 2013
The firewall for the School of Earth Sciences wired computer network will be modified on January 28, 2013, to limit incoming connections using the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. SSH connections to Earth Sciences computers will generally only be allowed from other computers on the Stanford network (including the VPN). Exceptions will be made for certain servers and research workstations. This will improve the general security of the Earth Sciences wired network and cut down unnecessary network traffic.

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