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WHAT ARE WE DOING? As part of our ongoing effort to optimize computer security at the laboratory, Computing will block inbound Internet traffic to our wireless networks with the exception of services listed below. The wireless subnets contain a large number of devices from personal laptops, to mobile phones, to television and other media devices. Many of these are intended for a home network and do not contain any local access controls making them vulnerable to security breaches. WHEN WILL…

FIFE Notes, a bimonthly newsletter for distributed computing at Fermilab, is available at http://fife.fnal.gov/ with links for offline reading in a variety of formats. Articles include: “2016 OSG all-hands meeting,” “HEP Cloud: How to add thousands of computers to your data center in a day,” “DCAFI moving forward,” “AFS transition,” and “Best in Class” examples in distributed computing.

The Linux at Fermilab Quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Curia II. Presentation topics include a feature presentation about supercomputer management at NCSA from Mark Fredricksen from the University of Illinois-NCSA and SL/SLF 7.2 Fermi Edition updates. All Linux users and system administrators are encouraged to attend. Visit the Scientific Linux at Fermilab site at http://www.scientificlinux.org/at-fermilab/ for more information on the quarterly meetings.

The Core Computing Division will be removing Apple QuickTime from all Fermilab-owned centrally managed Windows PCs, excluding Accelerator Division PCs, on Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m. In addition to posing a potential security risk, Apple QuickTime is no longer in use. This maintenance is expected to be transparent and does not require any action. Please contact the Service Desk if you have any questions.

The Core Computing Division will be rolling out a new Windows service called “Self Service”. This service will allow you to use “Software Center”, an application already installed on your Windows computer, to install preapproved software at your discretion. On Tuesday, April 12, at 9 a.m., two software packages (“Mersive Solstice” and “One Drive for Business”) will be available in “Software Center”. More software packages will be added over time. For more information about this new service, read the knowledge…

The Core Computing Division will be removing Adobe Shockwave Player from all Fermilab-owned centrally managed Windows PCs, excluding Accelerator Division PCs, starting on Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m. In addition to posing potential security risks, Adobe Shockwave Player is no longer in use and has caused sporadic issues with Internet Explorer. This maintenance should be transparent and does not require any action. Please contact the Service Desk if you have any questions.

The Core Computing Division will be upgrading the Symantec client, which is responsible for software security and antivirus protection, on all Fermilab-owned Windows desktops and laptops. Servers and Accelerator Division computers will not be included in this upgrade. The upgrade will take place from Wednesday, March 30 at 11 a.m. through Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m. This upgrade will run in the background and is expected to be nondisruptive. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Desk.

In this complimentary three-hour hands-on session with National Instruments, you will be able to understand key steps in system configuration, build example data acquisition applications using a variety of sensor types, including temperature, strain, vibration, and light. You will also familiarize yourself with automating measurement acquisition and signal processing. Space is limited. The session will be held at the Training Center, Rd. A-1, Computer Training Room from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register for this event, please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=9219

In this complimentary three-hour session you will see how to use LabVIEW to design custom monitoring and control systems with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), real-time operating systems, and analog I/O. You will learn how to develop LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA applications for better code reuse and easier debugging. You will also conduct hands-on exercises with NI CompactRIO, including data flow and parallelism and network communication. Space is limited. The session will be held at the Training Center, Rd. A-1,…