Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on May 24, 25, & 26

Buildings impacted by Shutdown on May 24, 2017.SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Thursday, May 25, 2017, starting approximately at 7 p.m. and is expected to last until Friday, May 26, 2017, at 5 a.m. This pattern will repeat through Friday and end on Saturday, May 27, 017 at 5 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below: Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on May 24, 25, & 26

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on May 23

Buildings impacted by Shutdown on May 23, 2017SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, starting approximately at 10 p.m. and is expected to last until Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 6 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below: Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on May 23

Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Due to the recent ransomware outbreak, the Office of Information Technology would like to remind you to be alert for suspicious emails/websites and to regularly update and backup your computer.

CrashplanTo assist with the backup, the University provides CrashPlan to your primary University-owned computer. Please make sure that you have CrashPlan installed on your SMU computer and that your computer is backed up. Continue reading Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

CrashplanWe all have had the situation where our computer has locked up or crashed while we are working on that important document that we, of course, didn’t save soon enough. Well, I won’t tell you that Code42’s CrashPlan backup software will protect you from failing to “Save, and Save Often,” but it will save you from catastrophic hard disk failure.

CrashPlan is preloaded on all new University computers to provide daily backups of files in your user folder. This way, if your hard drive fails, IT can restore the University applications using LANDesk and your files with CrashPlan. Continue reading Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

Over 2K Learned from Lynda

Lynda.comDuring April, the 2,000th person in the SMU community signed on to lyndaCampus for the first time. We introduced LyndaCampus in late 2015 to provide current SMU students, staff, and faculty access to the thousands of business, software, technology, and creative skills online training available from lynda.com. These training courses viewable from campus, home, or on-the-go, with the Lynda.com app. We are excited to see the SMU community bring Lynda into their home, studies, and learning. Continue reading Over 2K Learned from Lynda

Apple’s iLife and iWork are now available for free.

iLife and iWork now freeWith Apple’s recent updates to the iLife and iWork applications at the end of March, Apple has made the software available for free to all users. Previously, you had to purchase a new device or Mac to get the software at that price. Now users with older Macs can have access to the latest tools freely. The only downside is the Apple apps usually require more recent versions of the OS and/or computer processor. Continue reading Apple’s iLife and iWork are now available for free.

Pony Express Ending in May

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Pony Express, the pre-paid debit account available to all students, will be discontinued at the end of the semester. While Pony Express accounts were honored at all dining facilities on the SMU campus and a few other establishments off-campus, the program will be ending on May 17, 2017. Going forward, Flex Dollars is the recommended alternative for dining on campus without a meal plan. For Copy and Print funds, students will need to begin using their PaperCut account for their printing charges.  Continue reading Pony Express Ending in May

Quarterly Security Update for April 2017 Now Available

OIT Quarterly Security Update (April 2017)

Our latest edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss how technology is helping the police in an interview with SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer, how the Clery Act reveals campus crime on college campuses, how campus lockdowns work, how toll tags can speed up your parking in the morning, and how the Access Control Initiative is improving the requesting and approving cards and codes.

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