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SSCC News for February 2005

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Old Print Queues to be Removed March 1
SSCC's Spring Training Schedule
Ongoing Work in SSCC's Computer Room
Filter your Email with SpamAssassin


Old Print Queues to be Removed March 1

We have been redirecting Windows print jobs submitted to 4411A (\\sscwinnt2\sscc4411) or 7413 (\\sscwinnt2\sscc7413) queues to the printers in Social Science 4218 since moving printers there last summer. Recently, these old print queues have been stalling the printers in 4218 and so we will be removing them on March 1. If you are still using the 4411A (\\sscwinnt2\sscc4411) or 7413 (\\sscwinnt2\sscc7413) print queues, you need to remove them and then add the 4218 queue(\\sscwinnt2\sscc4218). It only takes a minute to delete and create print shares. Instructions are provided in SSCC's Publication, Setting Up Network Printers in Windows.


SSCC Spring Training Schedule

SSCC's Spring training is now underway, but there's still space in many classes. Visit SSCC's training web pages for a complete list of classes and registration information. Remember that all SSCC training sessions require preregistration.


Ongoing Work in SSCC's Computer Room

Those of you in the Social Science Building may have noticed all the ongoing work in SSCC's Computer Room. DoIT engineers are preparing to switch the network rack connected to SSCC's servers over to the new campus network. In addition, they've been improving the cable management between the racks and the servers. Next week or the week after (during a Wednesday downtime) they plan to do the switch over. It is at that time that we will then disconnect the old building network altogether. Everyone's office should already be connected to the new network so there's nothing more you need to do.

On a related note, we've lost connectivity to our Linux servers three times during this work. Two of these instances were project-related. The first time a cable was inadvertently disconnected from the back of the mail server. The second time was during last Wednesday's scheduled down time. We were re-racking servers to make room for new cable panels and ran into problems getting the file server back up by 9:00. The third time, on Monday, had nothing to do with work in the computer room. We had an unexpected system problem that was quickly fixed.


Filter your Email with SpamAssassin

The volume of spam received by SSCC members continues to grow at an alarming rate despite the CAN-SPAM act. But SpamAssassin has proven to be highly effective--identifying and filtering about 99% of incoming spam. If you're not already using SpamAssassin we strongly recommend you try it. Instructions are found in our publication, Filtering Your Email with SpamAssassin.


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