Category Archives: Staff Computing

Server Maintenance on Thursday, February 16, 2012

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.

The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.

The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

The following services will be unavailable from 7PM to 10:30PM:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:

  • HPCC system

Future maintenance windows are scheduled for Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:

  • 03/15/2012

Verizon iPhone

iPhone from Verizon is not currently supported by HSPH IT using HSPH-provided fee-based service. We have been informed by our vendor Notify Technology that they are currently not supporting Notifylink on the Verizon iPhones. Notfiylink is the fee-based service we install that allows HSPH email, calendar and contacts to fully sync to the iPhone.

We currently do not have a time frame from them for supporting this model. We will begin full support for the Verizon iPhone once Notify Technology informs us of their support. We will send an announcement when this happens.

Please contact the IT Helpdesk at 617?432?4357, or helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu, if you need any further information.

Netstorage Slowness

We are currently experiencing a performance problem with our NetStorage service.  This is the service that allows access to the Personal and Shared drives using a Web Browser such as Firefox.  It is also accessed using the “Files” icon on the MyHSPH Portal.

It is functional at this time, but users will notice a delay in the initial log-in and degraded response times.

We are working to repair the performance issue as soon as possible and will send out another announcement when services are back to normal.

We appreciate your patience as we troubleshoot this issue.

Please contact us at helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu if you have any questions.

Recordings During Spring Break

The Department of Information Techonology will be making critical repairs to the central audio-visual control room from March 14 – 18, 2011. Video captures and webstreaming from Kresge G1, G2, G3, 213, 502, and FXB G11, G12, and G13 will be unavailable as we upgrade our main processor.

If you have an event that requires taping, we can provide a limited number of camerapeople on a first-come, first-serve basis for recording and on-demand viewing. Please call the Helpdesk at 432-HELP as soon as possible to make arrangements.

We scheduled this during spring break to minimize the impact on course captures.

Upcoming System Maintenance on Thursday, February 10, 2011

On Thursday night, February 10th, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.

The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.

The following services will have one or two small outages (You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart):

The following services will be unavailable for the duration of the maintenance window:

All future planned down times are Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:

  • 3/13/2011 (Sunday, due to academic calendar)
  • 4/14/2011
  • 5/15/2011 (Sunday, due to academic calendar)
  • 6/16/2011
  • 7/14/2011
  • 8/11/2011
  • 9/15/2011
  • 10/13/2011
  • 11/10/2011
  • 12/15/2011

New Staff Member: Erin B. Leveille

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Erin B. Leveille. Erin will work as an Instructional Technologist in the Instructional Computing Facility. Erin replaces Amy Cohen who has left IT for the Office for Educational Programs and the position of director of educational technology.

Erin joins us from the Department of Economics at FAS where she worked for three years providing webmaster and computer support to the busiest and largest department of the College. Erin provided support and training on the use of Harvard’s iSites learning management system. She also provided support for more than 20 faculty members as part of a team, maintained the department’s website and staff wiki, produced a weekly newsletter, created promotional materials for the department, and provided general software and hardware troubleshooting to staff.

Erin has also spent time as a Service Desk Technician at Kennedy School of Government where she provided phone support for the community and routed calls to technical staff in the field.

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Photo by David Shelton

Erin is a graduate of Stonehill College where she earned a bachelor of arts in English and economics. She is currently a master of liberal arts (ALM) degree candidate in the visual arts program at Harvard Extension School.

In her new role as instructional technologist, Erin will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • Supporting the HSPH Courseware (Harvard’s iSites)
  • Overseeing HSPH computer laboratory operation in all locations (Kresge LL19, Shattuck, Landmark)
  • Managing HSPH computer classroom operation (Kresge 209, 210, 213, LL10, and LL6)
  • Teaching training sessions to faculty and students on a variety of technologies including Cisco telepresence, video conferencing, web conferencing, Skype, and other software packages.
  • Working on special projects for the Department of Information Technology

We are very excited about Erin’s mix of technical, writing, and customer service skills. Please join us in welcoming Erin to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting facts:
Away from work, Erin greatly enjoys various types of crafting, reading, cooking, baking, attending sports events and developing photography skills.

Spring Computer Training Dates

We are pleased to offer a spring series of computer training courses this March, April, and May for HSPH faculty and staff.  The courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in Kresge Building computer laboratories.

We are offering a few new courses this spring based on feedback and interest from faculty and staff.  We have added Advanced Microsoft Excel 2007 to the spring training schedule due to the popularity of Intermediate Excel 2007.  There will also be two classes of Intermediate Excel offered.  Additionally, we have added Microsoft Visio 2007 training.  Visio is a program that allows you to draw diagrams, flow charts, and organizational charts.  It can be installed free of charge on Harvard-owned machines (and at a low cost on home computer) as part of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Finally, we’ve added another 2-day course of Microsoft Access 2007 based on the popularity of the fall’s course, which was completely full.

Spring courses include:

  • New Features of Microsoft Office 2007 (multiple sessions)
  • Intermediate MS Excel 2007 (multiple sessions)
  • Advanced MS Excel 2007
  • Introduction MS Access 2007 (2-day course)
  • MS Visio 2007

Kresge LL10 training classroom
These courses are sponsored by the Information Technology Department and the Office of Human Resources. If you have further questions, please contact Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, 432-3613.

Courseware/iSite Training Sessions

We will be holding two iSites trainings sessions for course administrators, faculty and teaching assistants.  The dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Kresge 209
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10 am to 11 am, Kresge 209

The training session will cover:

  • how to login and administer the course site,
  • an introduction to topic box types and how to edit them (examples of topic box types include announcements, course documents, text areas and images), and
  • how to modify the layout of the course site through design view. 

Limited seating is available. 
Please RSVP to Michael DeMarco at mdemarco@hsph.harvard.edu to reserve a spot in a training session.

Safeboot update

Update
Our work with McAfee on the laptop encryption issue was successful.  We believe that we have resolutions for the initial issue that occurred on Sunday and as well as this morning’s issue.  Both issues were caused by configuration settings made by McAfee technicians.

The Helpdesk is calling people who have notified us of laptop login issues.  For most users, we can fix your laptop over the phone.  If you would prefer to bring your laptop to the Helpdesk, we can fix the issue there.  Finally, we have technicians in the field making visits to assist with the problem.


Please contact us at 432-HELP if you are still having an issue.

Thank you for working with us.  We hope to have this issue fully resolved shortly.

9:51 am
We are having additional issues this moring with our Safeboot laptop encryption software.  Both desktop and server teams are currently working with McAfee on a resolution.

If you have an encrypted laptop and are still having difficulty logging in, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP for further information.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will update you as soon as we have a resolution.