Category Archives: Student Computing

New Helpdesk Ticketing System Implemented

As one of our steps to improve customer service, the IT Department is moving to a new ticketing system to process your requests for IT assistance.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, we will be transitioning all new IT service requests to Harvard University IT’s (HUIT) Service Now ticketing system. This will replace our current Origin ticketing system.

Some of the new features that will allow faster response time on tickets are:

  • Integrated communication with a customer through built-in email, so all questions or requests are easily captured in the ticket.
  • Automated ticket creation using our IT web forms, such as new account request or new computer requests. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/information-technology/forms-fees/
  • Full integration with other HUIT departments that support our email and networking systems allowing quicker turn-around time for those related service requests.

On the customer side, the major change you will see are the emails you receive when a ticket is opened or resolved will have a different look than the current emails from the Origin system.

Tickets that are currently open in our Origin system will be resolved in that system and will not move to the new system.

Please contact us if you have any questions on this new ticketing system.

Thank you,
Taso Markatos, CIO
HSPH Department of Information Technology

Netstorage Restored

This is an update to inform you that the problem which occurred yesterday with our Netstorage system (used for offsite access to your P: and S: drives through a web browser), was completely resolved last night by 8:30 p.m.    We delayed this notification to be certain that there were no issues with the corrective action.

If you should encounter any anomalies in using Netstorage, please contact the Helpdesk at 617-432-4357 or email: helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu.

Taso Markatos, CIO

Scheduled Maintenance on Sunday March 16

UPDATE: All updates were successful and systems are fully operational.

Sunday night, March 16th, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers.

The maintenance window will last from 5PM to 1AM.

Note – Our normal Thursday window is being moved to Sunday to accommodate the academic calendar.

There will be a school-wide Network outage between 5:00PM to 7:30PM:

  • ALL ACCESS to Servers will be interrupted
  • ALL ACCESS to the Internet will be interrupted

The following services will have one or two small outages between 7:30PM to 1:00AM:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

  • File and Print services
  • ICF File services
  • ICF Print services
  • NetStorage
  • Kanaka
  • Powerfaids and NetPartner
  • Web Server (main www.hsph.harvard.edu site)
  • Accellion File Transfer service
  • Wasabi

The following services will be unavailable from 7:30PM to Tues (3/18/2014) at 3:00PM:
NOTE – Extended outage due to system upgrade

  • ALICE
  • MyHSPH Portal

The following services will be unaffected after 7:30PM:

  • HPCC system
  • HUIT Icemail (Outlook) system
  • ALICE Development/Testing systems
  • HSPH Wireless Access

Future maintenance dates:

  • 4/10/2014
  • 5/18/2014 (Moved to Sunday)
  • 6/12/2014

If you have any questions or concerns about this message, please contact our Helpdesk at 432-HELP or email helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu.

Celebration with the Stars Honorees

The Department of Information Technology congratulates its staff members honored at HSPH’s recent Celebration with the Stars

Honorees included:

  • Sarah Bearse for 5 years in service
  • Alex Garcia for 15 years in service
  • Deane Eastwood for 20 years in service
  • Brian Pedranti for 20 years in service
Alex Garcia-Rangel, Brian Pedranti, Deane Eastwood and Sarah Bearse

Left to Right: Alex Garcia-Rangel, Brian Pedranti, Deane Eastwood and Sarah Bearse

 

 

Update Your iPhone and iPad!

IPHONE_5S_BLKDue to the recently exposed security flaw in Apple products, we recommend that users upgrade their iOS devices (iPhones, iPads) to release 7.0.6 as soon as possible.

If you are already on iOS 7.x, the process takes a couple of minutes to complete.  If you haven’t upgraded recently and are still on iOS 6.x, the process may take 10 or more minutes.

Prior to beginning the upgrade, we strongly recommend backing up your device using iTunes.

For an explanation of the security flaw, please visit recent articles from Reuters and The New York Times:

If you have any questions, please contact the HSPH Helpdesk at 617-432-HELP.

Thank you,
HSPH Department of Information Technology

Responsive Design Now Live on HSPH Website

If you are looking at the HSPH website with your smartphone or iPad, you may have noticed that the site is a bit easier to read and navigate today than it was last week.  This is thanks to a major effort by the Department of Information Technology and the Communications Group within External Relations to make the site more “responsive” to the vast variety of devices large and small that are now used to access websites.  Depending on the size of the screen you are using, the HSPH website now will display in a way that makes the type easiest to read and the site navigation easiest to use on that particular screen.

The HSPH website now adjusts based upon screen size optimizing the mobile experience for users.

The HSPH website now adjusts based upon screen size optimizing the mobile experience for users.

With nearly 30 percent of people now accessing the HSPH website each day through smart phones and other devices other than desktop computers, it was important to make the School’s internet presence more responsive to the global internet environment.  Meetings were held over the past couple of months with individuals in HSPH departments who manage portions of the HSPH website to alert them to these changes in the site’s design so they would have time to make adaptations if necessary. We thank all who have been involved in this project for their help in making it a reality and thereby improving the quality of user experience for the millions of individuals who access our website each year.

New Design on iPhone

New Design on iPhone

While we have tested the new designs on literally dozens of devices, we would appreciate hearing from anyone who experiences a glitch on his or her particular smart phone or other device so we can address any problems quickly.  Please email webteam@hsph.harvard.edu with any problems you identify.

Many thanks to the Web Team and staff in the Communications Group for their hard work on this project!

Julie F. Rafferty
Associate Vice Dean for Communications

Deane Eastwood
IT Director

Maintenance Window: Thursday, February 13

UPDATE: All updates were successful and systems are fully operational.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers.

The maintenance window will last from 7PM to 1 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 7 pm – 10:30pm:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window: 

Upcoming maintenance dates:

  • 3/16/2014 (Moved to Sunday)
  • 4/10/2014
  • 5/18/2014 (Moved to Sunday)
  • 6/12/2014

Thank You,
HSPH Department of Information Technology

Kresge Lower Level Closed on Saturday, February 1st

UPDATE: The Kresge Lower Level is now open and all construction has been completed.

The entire Kresge Lower Level will be closed this Saturday, February 1, from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM for construction.

The LL19 main computer lab and LL6 computer classroom will not be accessible.

Students may use the Kresge 209, 210, and 213 computer laboratories during this period.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  This final repair will complete construction efforts.

New Staff Addition: Helton Alves

Helton Alves began working as a co-op on January 16 and will be working 10-12 hours each week through early May as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  He is a candidate for an associate degree in network administration with an anticipated graduation date of May 2014.

At RCC, Helton is a team leader for the “Find My Fine Application” academic support group.  One of this group’s recent accomplishments was to create a helpdesk ticketing application using the .NET technologies.

Helton Alves

Helton Alves, Roxbury Community College Intern

Helton is our fifth co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Please join us in welcoming Helton to the Harvard School of Public Health!