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Information Technology Services

Who: Faculty, staff and students

What: Planned downtime for the following services:

  • UNCGenie
  • Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR)
  • UNCG Account Provisioning
  • GetMyPin
  • Banner INB
  • ODS (Operational Data Store)
  • Workflow
  • AIMS parking system
  • Financial Aid phone and web chat authentication
  • WebFOCUS reporting from Banner & ODS
  • JIRA
  • Stash
  • Degree Works
  • Oracle Internet Directory
  • UC4/Appworx/Automic
  • MIMSY
  • Grouper

When: Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Why: Quarterly Oracle security patching

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.  The resources you find in Commons – from pages, quizzes, modules and assignments to entire Canvas courses – can all be imported into your Canvas course with one click of a button.

Instructors can access Commons by logging into Canvas and clicking on the Commons icon in the Global Navigation.

Image shows menu in Canvas with the Commons button highlighted.

Visit the Canvas Guides for more information on how to use Commons.


If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

On or soon after February 13, 2017 iSpartan Gmail users will no longer be able to send or receive email with Javascript files (.js) attached.

Users who need to share Javascript (.js) files should use Google Drive or other Cloud storage solutions.

For security purposes, Google prevents attaching certain file types, such as .exe and .bat, to email.  Google will now treat Javascript files (.js) similarly.

Users who try to attach a file of a restricted file type receive notification from Google explaining why the attachment is not permitted.

Image of email with Blocked Security message and help button highlighted that describes why the file is being blocked

Non-Gmail users who send an email with a Javascript attachment to an iSpartan account will receive a bounce noticed, explaining why the message was not delivered.

Tip: Javascript files are permitted in Google Drive. Use Google Drive to share these files with collaborators.
For more information about restricted file attachments in Gmail, see:

Gmail Help: Some file types are blocked


For more information about these updates, see the announcement on Google’s blog:

Gmail will block .js file attachments starting February 13, 2017


If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

On or after January 25, iSpartan users will experience two enhancements to Google Calendar for the Web, making it easier to find collaborators.  Google has enhanced Calendars’ event participant and room selection interface as well as making time zone differences of guests more apparent.

Guest and Room Selection

The interface for finding event participants and rooms has been updated.  Rooms are now more clearly designated as organizational resources, grouped categorically.  The menu toggles to hide or display rooms according to the grouping.

 

Image of Google Calendar with the Guest and Rooms selection panel open

Note: The label ‘Rooms” is best understood as “Resources”.  The Rooms list contains actual rooms that can be booked for meeting, but also entities that are not physical locations, such as direct-call in phone lines and machines.   For consultation about listing a Room/Resource in Google Calendar, contact 6TECH.

Find a Time: Time Zone

An additional enhancement to the Google Calendar for Web interface is that display of time zone differences of guests in the Find a Time navigator. When using Find a Time, the time of the event for each guest, according to his or her time zone, is clearly indicated.

Image of the calendar screen that shows time zone scheduling

 

For more information about these updates, see the announcement on Google’s blog:

G Suite Updates: Smarter meeting scheduling in Google Calendar on the web


If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Who: AnyConnect VPN users

What: Planned downtime for SSL VPN appliance

When: Friday, January 27, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Why: Software upgrade

The SSL VPN Appliance that allows VPN connection to the network will have a software upgrade.  There will be downtime for VPN clients as the device is rebooted.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.