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As phishing becomes more widespread and as attackers learn to make their phishing attempts more and more devious, exposure of usernames and passwords has become one of our primary cybersecurity risks. The best way to mitigate this risk is to use multifactor authentication. By doing so, a stolen credential alone will no longer provide access to Fermilab systems because one must also use a second factor to authenticate to these systems.

Computing will host a Fermilab Mac Users Group meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Dark Side conference room (WH6NW). Please note the time and location change for this month’s meeting. Stop by to hear what’s new! Meeting agenda: • Software/Security updates • macOS Catalina status • What is Computing doing for Mac users? • Q&A

Dear IFBeam server users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? A new version of IFBeam server, v11.1, will be available to use. This version will include the following changes: • An update to BNB plots • An internal change for administrators WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? After 2 p.m. on Jan. 15, this new version will be available to use. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? You will need to refresh…

WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be migrating a layer 3 routed link on the FVDC router, which is located on the third floor of the Feynman Computing Center, to a new network path and equipment. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Thursday, Jan. 16; 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? This work is expected to be non-disruptive to users, since several other redundant network paths are available to route network traffic. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO…

Dear Kerberos users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be updating krb5.conf to a new version (v5.4). Updates in this new version are available at https://fermi.service-now.com/wp?id=kb_article&sys_id=KB0012634 WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? This update will occur between 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 16. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? After 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, you can download the new version at https://authentication.fnal.gov/krb5conf/ To update your krb5.conf to this new version, follow the instructions in this…

Dear Windows users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? This is a reminder that Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support on Jan. 14, 2020. After that date, any Windows 7 computers will be blocked from accessing the Fermilab network. We have upgraded majority of the Windows 7 computers to Windows 10. Over the last few weeks, we have also sent direct communications to the custodians of remaining Windows 7 computers to ask them to either upgrade/excess their computer or submit a variance…

Dear FERMI-TS users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading the Windows terminal server “FERMI-TS” from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2016. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Sunday, Jan. 5; 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, you will not be able to access the “FERMI-TS” Windows terminal server. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Please be aware of this downtime and plan accordingly.

Dear PeopleSoft users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be applying the quarterly tax update to the PeopleSoft Payroll application. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Friday, Jan. 3, 2020; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? The PeopleSoft application will be unavailable for use during the maintenance window. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? • Log out of the PeopleSoft application by 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. • After the maintenance has been completed, clear…

Spack, a software package management tool, was recognized with an R&D 100 Award in November. Developed for high-performance computing applications, Spack is used as an end-to-end development tool within the high-energy physics community. Fermilab is a contributor to Spack, whose initial development was led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dear FERMI-TS users, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Computing will be upgrading the Windows terminal server “FERMI-TS” from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Thursday, Dec. 19; 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, you will not be able to access the “FERMI-TS” Windows terminal server. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Please be aware of this downtime and plan accordingly.