February 4, 2015
Free computer backup service for Stanford Earth graduate students
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 in the School.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.