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Hi Folks,

In order to iron out some of the problems we’ve been having with the Windows Student Terminal Server of late we have had to re-deploy it.

It is now running Windows Server 2012 R2 so having the “Windows Button” back is helpful for remote desktop.

In order to support the widest number of devices we have had to make the following changes to the Student VPN.

  • Java based connection retired. The VPN providers have no plans for updating the Java client to support OS’s later then 2008 so we have had to remove that option.
  • Changes to “Student Windows Terminal Server”. This option now tries to work out the best connection method based on which OS you are connecting from. In order to support this, it can only be configured with features that are supported across all the platforms. This means it will not “redirect” your local drives to the Terminal Server, if you wish to do this you will need to use one of the OS specific options. In order for this to work under Linux or OS X you will need to have a Remote Desktop client installed locally. For Linux we recommend RDesktop  and for OS X,  Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  • “Student Windows Terminal Server (Native Windows)” This option is only available under Windows, the difference between it and the agnostic option is that it will “redirect” your local drives to your Terminal Server session.
  • “Student Windows Terminal Server (RDesktop)” Similar to the agnostic option but with a few RDesktop settings tweaked.
  • “Student Windows Terminal Server (CoRD)”.Only available for OS X. Use this option if you have CoRD  for Mac installed

For folk who want more control, or for Linux/Mac users who want folder redirection, there is the “SSL Tunnel” called “Tunnel for Windows Student Terminal Server”.

This tunnel will redirect any RDP connections made to “localhost:8089″ through to the Windows Student Terminal Server. This means you can tweak the RDP settings as you like them but is may require a bit or trial and error in order to avoid user and certificate errors (hint: your username should start with RDG-HOME\ and don’t try and negotiate authentication) 

ITNG

 

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A quick heads up on the Staff VPN application available to android and iphone/ipad.

The app “Junos Pulse” allows you to connect your mobile device to the University’s staff VPN service (http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/its/help/its-help-networks/webvpn.aspx)

iphone/ipad: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/junos-pulse/id381348546?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.juniper.junos.pulse.android

 

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Hi Folks,

 

Tonight from 6pm we will be rebooting the Student cPanel server (XXX.webs.sse.reading.ac.uk) and the Student VPN for a firmware update.

 

Cheers

ITNG

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As we have been having issues with the student VPN service we are going to apply a firmware update tonight. Hopefully this will fix some of these problems. Also, the update introduces a new system for mapping drives which should be cross platform compatible and  not require a client side program to be installed.

 

Cheers

ITNG

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Hi Folks,

 

IT Services have detected a fault with one of our core switches and are replacing it this eventing. Unfortunately it is the switch that all the other switches are connected through, This means that ALL network services, including internet and email, will be at risk while the swap takes place. That actual swap should not take too long.

 

As a reminder, IT Services are also making changes to the UoR-Guest network this evening, see: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/itsnews/2012/12/17/wireless-network-changes/ for details.

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http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/itsnews/2012/11/22/anti-spam-changes/trackback/

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Cry Engine 3

Hi Folks,

I saw some news which may be of interest to anyone who is using or interested in using a 3d engine for anything.  Cry Engine 3 has been released for non-commercial projects for nothing.  Cry Engine 3 has been used for some of the most visually stunning games of the last few years, including Crysis.

The download is available from :

http://mycryengine.com/

For some examples of what can be done with Cry Engine 3 see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsVnVHxA664

I hope that this is of some interest.

Nick

 

 

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Tonight we will be moving the solidworks license server. The License will be unavailable from 5pm to 6pm while the DNS sorts itself out.

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Service Maintenance

Tonight we will be testing a move of the solidworks license server. The License will be unavailable from 6pm to 6.45pm

 

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IT problems on 4 Oct 2012.

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