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February 2012

SFTP Required on UMD Web Server
Effective February 6, 2012, plain FTP service will be disabled on the UMD web server ( After this date, you will need to use secure FTP (SFTP) to upload files to our web server.
Captioning: The Right Thing to Do is Becoming Easier
A new service makes captioning feasible for just about any video that will go online.
Internet Capacity Doubled
ITSS worked with the State of Minnesota and OIT/NTS at the University of Minnesota to double the capacity of the campus Internet service over January break.
More 24-Hour Lab Access, Mac Labs Return to Montague
Four labs join KPlz 143 in being open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and two Mac labs are back in Montague Hall.
New U of M Sign In Pages, Effective February 15
On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 5 a.m. (pending approval by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Change Approval Board), OIT will upgrade the University of Minnesota sign in page and its authentication platform.
Industry Moving Away From VHS
As the result of the industry moving away from VHS we are beginning to phase out DVD/VHS combo players from classrooms.
ITSS Managed Database Service
ITSS offers complete packages of hardware, database software, database administration and system administration in support of your data needs.
ITSS Managed WordPress Service
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) powered by PHP and MySQL.
Google's New Privacy Policy
Google's new privacy policy does not change the contractual agreement for Google Apps with the University.
Google Now Available to Health Care Components (HCC)
We finally have a sub-domain for Google Apps for HCC units.
Moodle 2 Upgrade Moving Along
With both Moodle 1.9 and WebVista shutting down this August, the upgrade to Moodle 2 is moving along.
Proposed Rates and Fees for 2012-2013
ITSS is proposing to increase rates for our billable labor services in FY13. We have worked very hard to maintain most service rates and fees at the FY12 level and to contain overall increases in other service rates and fees.
MATLAB on Sale to All U of M Students
All University of Minnesota students enrolled in at least one credit are now eligible to purchase a one year MATLAB license.
New Vendor for Emergency Text Alerts
The University of Minnesota has changed vendors for our emergency text message alert system.
ITSS By The Numbers
Ten Years Ago in ITSS

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