In the early morning hours of August 14, ITS successfully replaced the firewall at the campus border connection to the internet. All connections were up and stable by 2:30 a.m. and traffic was flowing normally. ITS staff continue to monitor critical systems, but no further issues are ongoing or expected. If you experience network connectivity issues please contact the IT Help Desk at 532-7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Anthony Phillips
K-State Information Technology Services will replace the firewall at the campus border from 12:01-6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. The university’s Polytechnic and Olathe campuses will experience the same outage as the Manhattan campus.
This will disrupt all campus connections to the internet and will impact anyone on the campus network attempting to connect to services off campus as well as anyone off campus trying to connect to services hosted on campus.
If you experience connectivity problems at or after 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, please contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or by email — as available — at email@example.com. Progress updates will be posted periodically as available throughout the maintenance period to the IT Status Page.
K-State’s centrally administered Trend Micro Antivirus service will begin migrating to a new infrastructure starting Monday, Aug. 5. During the transition period, computer clients that are attached to one of the central servers will be automatically migrated to a new server.
No user action is required to initiate the migration, but users may get notifications from the Trend Micro client or see changes in the Trend Micro icon on their computers. Continue reading “Trend Micro Antivirus campus service migrating to new servers in August”
At last week’s IT Security Training Event, a competition was held to guess how long it would take to display 69,404,957 IP addresses. Those addresses represent machines that were attacked by a recently compromised computer at K-State.
K-State’s central IT Trend Micro antivirus servers will have Service Pack 1 Patch 2 installed on them the evening of Wednesday, March 16. Once all of the servers have been updated and verified stable, the patch will be released to campus Windows-based antivirus clients gradually, on a rolling basis over the next several days.
Everyone who is using Trend Micro on a Windows machine and is attached to one of the central servers should expect to be required to reboot their machine somewhere in that timeframe (March 16 and several days thereafter).
Microsoft will officially end extended support for all versions of Windows 2000 and for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on July 13, meaning that they will no longer release security patches for those operating systems. Note that:
- XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) will continue to be supported beyond that date, so XP SP2 users can simply upgrade to XP SP3.
- Windows 2000 users, however, will need to upgrade to a different operating system before July 13 or disconnect their computer from the campus network. This includes both server and workstation versions of Windows 2000.
Since there is no way to ensure the security of a system that is not receiving security updates, they would represent a threat to the entire campus network if allowed to connect. Therefore, starting July 13, any Windows operating system older than Windows XP SP2 will not be allowed on the K-State network. Continue reading “Windows 2000, XP Service Pack 2 support ends July 13”