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WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be performing maintenance on the Fermilab Kerberos infrastructure. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Saturday, Nov. 21; from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. approximately WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, users will not be able to change their Kerberos password. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? You don’t need to take any action. This is for your information only.

Dear Mac users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Apple has recently released the latest version of macOS, Big Sur (v11). Computing is currently evaluating macOS Big Sur to ensure that the new macOS is compatible with the various central management services, configuration and security policies and that it complies with the existing macOS baseline. In the meantime, if you are presented with an Apple update notification that macOS Big Sur is available, do not install the new operating system. Please remember,…

WHAT ARE WE DOING? On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Computing will be performing kernel updates and reboots of the Scientific Computing systems listed at the bottom of this message. In most cases each system will be down for only a few minutes, unless there are unexpected issues. In addition, we will be making the following changes on other centrally managed Scientific Computing systems not listed explicitly below. • Modifying ssh configuration on Scientific Linux 7 (SL7) systems to improve credential forwarding…

If you missed the Cybersecurity Awareness Week talks, a collection of video recordings of the talks are now available here (SSO login required unless you are connected to Fermilab VPN). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Cybersecurity Team at cybersecurity@fnal.gov.

We are sad to announce that JoAnn Larson, a longtime lab employee who most recently worked in the OCIO Financial Services Group, passed away on Nov. 3. JoAnn will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, for her love for her family and for her diligence and knowledge at work. Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 7. Further information is available at https://www.yursfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/st-charles/jo-ann-larson/

The new site access and badging process is now live. This new process will help Fermilab collect the necessary information to onboard and maintain accounts more efficiently and securely. This new process will also collect required information earlier in the process so that inconvenience to users, sub-contractors and authorized guests is minimized as they finalize the badging process and receive ID badges once onsite. Current users, sub-contractors and authorized guests do not need to take any immediate action. However, when…

As you know, Zoom is constantly changing and adding new features. Recently, they have made a change to allow up to two concurrent meetings to be hosted simultaneously by one licensed user account. Previously, simultaneous hosting was not allowed. More information is available from Zoom at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206122046-Can-I-Host-Concurrent-Meetings- If you have any questions about this message, contact the Service Desk: https://servicedesk.fnal.gov  servicedesk@fnal.gov (630) 840-2345  

Dear WC-IC users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading the entire Wilson Institutional Cluster (WC-IC) from Scientific Linux 7.7 (SL7.7) to SL7.9. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? From 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 Central Time WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During the upgrade window stated above, users will not be able to log in or submit jobs to Wilson Institutional Cluster (WC-IC). WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? After the…

Global Services and Computing have developed a streamlined onboarding process for Fermilab users, sub-contractors and authorized guests. The new process will go live on Tuesday, November 3. If you have any questions about the new process, please attend a Q&A sessions hosted by Global Services. The last Q&A session will be on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 a.m. To see the Zoom information and additional dates for the Q&A sessions, please go to: https://fermipoint.fnal.gov/org/wdrs/is/SitePages/SAB%20Townhall%20Meetings.aspx. You will be prompted to enter…

Since the spring, cybercriminals have ramped up their efforts. This has led to an increase in phishing emails, social engineering scams and malicious cyberattacks, making cybersecurity awareness more important than ever! Cybersecurity Awareness Week is being held virtually on Oct. 27-29. Everyone is invited to attend CSA talks via Zoom. Zoom info can be found at https://security.fnal.gov/csaw. This year’s theme is “Cybersecurity@Home” and we’re offering several sessions that provide tips and resources you can use when you work from home….