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November 8, 2010

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010: Java 6 update 22

Audience: CFANS Community, Windows Only
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/6u22releasenotes-176121.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of Java SE 6 update 22 for CFANS computer systems that do not have the latest version of Java.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Java SE 6 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

This update will address a number of security vulnerabilities present in the previous release.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Java 6 update is available at this website:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/6u22releasenotes-176121.html

October 27, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010: Update Adobe Reader via SCCM

Audience: Adobe Reader 9.3-9.3.4 users
Action: No Action Required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83708.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Adobe Reader patches for CFANS computer systems that currently have Adobe Reader 9.2-9.3.4.

Process

SCCM will be used to install Adobe Reader 9.4 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption of service.

Explanation

Updating Adobe Reader 9.4 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Reader 9.4 patch is available at this website. http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83708.html
If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

September 14, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010: Adobe Acrobat Professsional 9.3.4 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.0-9.3.3 users, Windows only
Action: No Action Required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83708.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Tuesday, September 14, 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.3.4 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Windows Operating system and Acrobat Professional 9.0 thru 9.3.3. MAC users will need to manually apply the update if you have Acrobat Pro.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.3.4 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.0 - 9.3.3 to 9.3.4 will address a number of customer work flow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.3.4 patch is available at this website

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83708.html

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu

April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010: Adobe Acrobat Professsional 9.3.2 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.3 users, Windows only
Action: No Action Required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/539/cpsid_53951.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.3.2 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Window Operating system and Acrobat Professional 9.3 or 9.3.1. MAC users will need to manually apply the update if you have Acrobat Pro.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.3.2 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.3 or 9.3.1 to 9.3.2 will address a number of customer work flow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.3.2 patch is available at this website

*http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/539/cpsid_53951.html

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

April 28, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010: Java 6 update 20

Audience: CFANS Community, Windows Only
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u20.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Thursday, April 29, 2010 CFANS OIT will begin the installation of Java SE 6 update 20 for CFANS computer systems that do not have the latest version of Java.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Java SE 6 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Java 6 will address a number of security vulnerabilities that are present in the previous release, Java SE 6.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Java 6 update is available at this website:

* http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u20.html

If you have questions, please contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

March 26, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010:Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.3.1 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.3 users
Action: No Action Required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/505/cpsid_50570.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Monday, March 29th 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.3.1 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.3.0.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.3.1 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.3.0 to 9.3.1 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.3.1 patch is available at this website:
* http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/505/cpsid_50570.html

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

February 25, 2010

February 28, 2010: SAS license update deadline

Audience: SAS users
Action: Contact CFANS OIT
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

If you have updated your SAS license code you can disregard the rest of this message.

For those who have SAS installed and have not taken action yet, your SAS license code will expire after 2/28/2010. Failure to update will cause a disruption in your ability to use this application and will require a full reinstallation of SAS.

Each February, the license code must be updated when the vendor supplies the University with the update or the program will stop functioning. This does not mean you need to purchase a new license - you only need to purchase a new license once a year, and the Software Licensing group at the University will notify you via e-mail when it is time to renew.

Updating SAS License Code

To update the license code, locate the e-mail message you received from the OIT Software License Program (software@umn.edu) and follow the instructions. If you need help with the update, contact CFANS OIT at cfans.help@umn.edu with the following information:

1. A copy of the e-mail you received from software@umn.edu.
2. The nine-digit number of the U of M gold asset sticker CFANS OIT affixes to all CFANS computers.

CFANS OIT will deploy the license code update to you over the network or via Bomgar.

If you did not receive an e-mail message from the Software Licensing group (software@umn.edu) about updating your SAS license code, but you have an installation of SAS that displays a notice that it requires an update, contact the Software License Program at software@umn.edu.

If you have questions about the information contained in this message, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

January 22, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.3 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.2 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/520/cpsid_52073.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Friday January 22, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.3 update for CFANS computer systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.2.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.3 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.2 to 9.3 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.3 update is available at this website http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/520/cpsid_52073.html If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

January 7, 2010

Friday January 8, 2010: Firefox 3.5.7

Audience: Firefox for Windows users
Action: No Action Required
URLs: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.5.7/releasenotes/
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description
On Friday, January 8, 2010, CFANS OIT will begin the upgrade of Firefox to version 3.5.7 for CFANS computer systems.

Process
SCCM will be used to apply the Firefox update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation
Updating Firefox will address a number of security vulnerabilities that are present in previous releases.

More Information
Information about the issues addressed in the Firefox update is available at this website:

If you have questions, please contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

November 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009: Java 6 update 17

Audience: Java 6 users
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u17.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of Java SE 6 update 17 for CFANS computer systems that do not have the latest version of Java.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Java SE 6 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Java 6 will address a number of security vulnerabilities that are present in the previous release, Java SE 6.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Java 6 update is available at this website:

* http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u17.html

If you have questions, please contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

November 25, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009: Symantec Endpoint

Audience: CFANS Community
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://oit.cfans.umn.edu/Antivirus.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Monday, November 30, 2009, beginning at 6:00 p.m., CFANS-OIT will be upgrading the current Symantec Anti-Virus software to Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Process

SCCM will be used to upgrade your software, and will require no intervention on your part. This process will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, November 30, 2009.

Explanation

This upgrade will provide users with the latest and most complete form of virus and spyware protection offered by the University of Minnesota.

More Information

Symantec Endpoint Protection is the latest Client Security software from Symantec. It integrates anti-virus and anti-spyware protection into one package. Symantec Endpoint protects laptops, desktops, and servers from malware threats such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware.

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

November 20, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Professsional 9.2 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/500/cpsid_50026.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Monday, November 23, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.2 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.1.3.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.2 patch.
The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 to 9.2 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.2 patch is available at this website

* http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/500/cpsid_50026.html

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

November 19, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009: Symantec Endpoint upgrade

Audience: CFANS Administration and Student Services Office
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://oit/cfans.umn.edu/Antivirus.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Friday, November 20, 2009, beginning at 6:00 p.m., CFANS-OIT will upgrade the current Symantec Anti-Virus software to Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Process

SCCM will be used to upgrade your software, and will require no intervention on your part. This process will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, November 20, 2009.

Explanation

This upgrade will provide users with the latest and most complete form of virus and spyware protection offered by the University of Minnesota.

More Information

Symantec Endpoint Protection is the latest Client Security software from Symantec. It integrates anti-virus and anti-spyware protection into one package. Symantec Endpoint protects laptops, desktops, and servers from malware threats such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware.

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

November 17, 2009

UPDATE: Laptop login change delayed; desktops scheduled for Wednesday, November 18

Audience: CFANS community using Windows and Active Directory
Action: Laptop users stand by for further instructions
URLs: Directions for desktop users are here: http://oit.cfans.umn.edu/newlogin
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Laptop change delayed; desktop change goes forward

Because an adjustment must be made to encrypted laptops to allow the new login procedure to be implemented, only on-campus desktop computers will have the UMN.EDU (Kerberos Realm) login software uninstalled beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

If you use a University desktop running Windows XP, follow the updated directions to change your login domain from UMN.EDU (Kerberos Realm) to AD. Again, changing your login domain will not affect your files or settings. The new login procedure has been extensively tested and deployed throughout the University.

Please make the change now to avoid any future login problems.

Laptop Users

Although the removal of the UMN.EDU (Kerberos Realm) login has been delayed to ensure that you will not be locked out of your laptops, the University will be decommissioning the Kerberos service on January 9, 2010, so the change must be made prior to the Christmas holiday. CFANS will provide further instructions after we return from the Thanksgiving holiday.

More Information

For more information, visit http://oit.cfans.umn.edu/newlogin. If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

September 8, 2009

Friday, September 11 and 18: Updating Adobe Flash to version 10.0.32.18

Audience: CFANS Community
Action: No action required
URLs: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-10.html
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help10.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Friday, September 11, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.32.18 for CFANS computer systems in the Administration and Student Services offices that do not have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. On Friday, September 18, 2009, the update will be deployed to the rest of the CFANS community.

Process

Adobe Flash player will be updated via group policy/login script. The installation will occur in the background when users log on to their systems. There should be no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating to Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.32.18 will address a number of bugs that are present in Adobe Flash Player 9.0.159.0 and 10.0.22.87 and earlier 9.x and 10.x versions.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.32.18 is available at these websites:


If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

August 17, 2009

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009: Java 6 update 15 via SCCM

Audience: Java 6 users
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u15.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Wednesday, August 19, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Java 6 update 15 for CFANS computer systems that do not have the latest version of Java.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Java 6 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Java 6 will address a number of bug fixes that are present in Java 6 updates 13 and 14.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Java 6 update is available at this website

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.1.3 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/495/cpsid_49523.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Monday, August 17, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.1.2.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 to 9.1.3 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch is available at this website If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

July 24, 2009

Firefox 3.5.1 via SCCM on Friday, July 24, 2009

Topic: Friday, July 24, 2009: Firefox 3.5.1 via SCCM
Audience: CFANS Firefox Users
Action: No Action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu


Description


On Friday, July 24, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of Firefox version 3.5.1 for CFANS computer systems that have not already upgraded to this version.

Process

SCCM will be used to install Firefox 3.5.1 update. The installation will occur in the background and may require a restart of Firefox if it was open when the installation began.

Explanation

Updating Firefox to 3.5.1 addresses some security risks in 3.5 and brings with it some new features and faster browsing.

More Information

Information regarding what's new in Firefox 3.5 can be found here http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/mozilla-2009-06-30.html

Note: If you are using 3rd Party plug-ins please be aware they may stop functioning due to browser upgrades. Only the author of the plug-in can update and release a new version to fix problems related to browser upgrades.

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

July 1, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Professsional 9.1.2 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.0 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/491/cpsid_49166.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Wednesday July 1, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 patch for CFANS computers systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.1.0.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat professional 9.1.2 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.1.0 to 9.1.2 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 patch is available at this website http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/491/cpsid_49166.html. If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

June 26, 2009

June 26, 2009: Thunderbird update to 2.0.0.21

Topic: Friday, June 26, 2009: Mozilla Thunderbird Update
Audience: CFANS Community
Action: Log out of your computer; do not shut it down; leave your computer at the Windows login screen
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Friday, June 26, 2009, CFANS-OIT will be updating Thunderbird e-mail clients on Windows to a minimum version of 2.0.0.21.

Process

Users are asked to log off their computers at the end of the day (rather than shutting them down).

SCCM will be used to update your Thunderbird e-mail client to version 2.0.0.21 remotely while you are logged off of your computer. This process will begin after 6:00 p.m. on June 26, 2009 and continue until complete

Explanation

This is mainly a security update and should have minimal impact on your experience using Thunderbird. If you are currently using a newer version of Thunderbird than 2.0.0.21, your machine will not be updated.

More Information

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

June 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009: Mozilla Thunderbird Update

Audience: CFANS Admin and SSO
Action: Log off of your computer; do not shut it down; leave your computer at the Windows login screen
URLs: None
Contact:cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, CFANS-OIT will be updating Thunderbird e-mail clients to a minimum version of 2.0.0.21.

Process

Users are asked to log off their computers at the end of the day (rather than shutting them down). Those who are unable to log off on Tuesday evening will be contacted individually about receiving the update.

SCCM will be used to update your Thunderbird e-mail client to version 2.0.0.21 remotely while you are logged off of your computer. This process will begin after 6:00 p.m. on June 23, 2009.

Explanation

This is mainly a security update and should have minimal impact on your experience using Thunderbird. If you are currently using a newer version of Thunderbird than 2.0.0.21, your machine will not be updated.

More Information

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

June 12, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance

Topic: Sunday, June 21, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance
Audience: Users of CFANS server resources
Action: No action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Maintenance Description

CFANS server patching and maintenance for June will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2009, between 0600 and 1200.

During the maintenance window, all servers will be updated with the latest patches for their respective operating systems and may be rebooted.

An "all clear" message will be sent once the maintenance is completed.

June 11, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 update

Audience: Acrobat Professional 9.0 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/408/kb408814.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description
On Friday, June 12, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professinal 9.1 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.0.

Process
SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.1 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation
Updating Acrobat Professional 9.0 to 9.1 will address a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.

More Information
Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.1 patch is available at this website: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/408/kb408814.html. If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

Friday, June 12, 2009: Removing Office 2007 Compatibility Pack from Computers with Office 2007 Installed

Audience: CFANS Community
Action: No action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description
On Friday, June 12, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin removing the "2007 Office Compatibility Pack" from CFANS computer systems that have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on them.

Process

SCCM will be used to remove the compatibility packs. The removal will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation
Computers running Microsoft Office 2007 do not need the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack, which was designed to allow Office 2000, XP, and 2003 to read Office 2007 documents.

More Information
If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

April 27, 2009

Software Deployment: 4/29 10 a.m. Adobe Reader 9.1

Audience: Acrobat Reader users (without Acrobat Pro)
URLs: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-03.html
Action: None required for AD users; others update to Adobe Reader 9.1
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., CFANS OIT will be delivering Adobe Reader 9.1 remotely via SCCM (Systems Center Configurations Manager) to CFANS computers connected to Active Directory. Reader will be installed only on computers that do not have the latest version of Reader installed and have no version of Adobe Acrobat Pro. Adobe Reader 9.1 has been approved for use on the Grants.gov site. Attached is a list of computers that will be affected by this update.

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