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On the 16th September, the deployment of the Ghana portal will result in the student portal being periodically unavailable for all users whilst the work is carried out. Work will commence at 14:00 and be complete by 16:00.more »
On the 9th September, WiFi connectivity will be interrupted between 06:00 and 08:30 whilst essential maintenance is undertaken.more »
The hardware that supports your personal file store (H: Drive) has been upgraded to support faster access and increased resilience. During the weekend of the 19th September all data will be moved over to this new hardware. During this time you will still be able to access your files, but you will not be able to edit them or create new files or folders.more »
During 15th September 2014 wireless connectivity will be interrupted for up to one hour whist the firmware on all campus (wireless) access points is upgraded.more »
Fake emails - with a subject which starts with 'Order no.' and a first line which reads 'Thank you for using our services!' - are arriving in University email inboxes across campus. Please delete the emails and do not open any attachments.more »
Sakai and Moodle will be unavailable whilst a software upgrade is being applied on Wednesday 27th August between 3pm and 5pm.more »
The University has a new site license for Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premiere and many other applications. Members of LICA may download and install Adobe Creative Cloud applications immediately, other members of the University can gain access to the applications by sending a request to the ISS Service Desk.more »
The issue with networking in Faraday building is resolved.
There is currently no networking connectivity in the Faraday building complex. ISS engineers are investigating.more »
The new license codes for SPSS for July 2014 to July 2015 are now available. Follow 'more' to renew the code.more »
The loss of power in the ISS building, which caused disruptions to many IT services across campus, has been remedied. All services should now be restored.more »
Due to high demand an extra date has been added for 'Introduction to EndNote Web' (reference manager and writing solution). EndNote is an invaluable tool for researchers or anyone undertaking a literature review. Places are confirmed on a first come first served basis. more »
Fake emails with the subject 'Lancaster.ac.uk UPDATE' are arriving in University email inboxes. Delete the emails; do not click on the link in the message.more »
Fake emails with the subject 'Notification of direct debit of fees' are arriving in University email inboxes. The emails contain a virus. Delete and do not open the attachments.more »
Fake 'gateway.gov.uk' emails with a subject line starting 'Could not process online submission for reference...', or similar, are arriving in University email inboxes. Delete these emails, and do not open the attachments.more »
For the latest IT news visit the new 'user focused' ISS Website. To visit type www.lancaster.ac.uk/iss/ into your browser or follow more>>more »
When you connect to WiFi using Eduroam on your mobile device, you may be prompted to accept a new certificate. Please check that the certificate name is 'network-auth.lancs.ac.uk' before accepting it.more »
Final year Undergraduates - follow the more>> link to give your opinion on your 'student experience' at Lancaster University in the 'National Student Survey 2014'. Previous surveys have resulted in positive changes such as: 'Open access to the library 24/7 in term time' and 'LUSU being moved to a new home in the heart of the campus'.more »
Fake 'HMRC Employer Alerts and Registrations' email messages with the title 'Important Information for Employers' have been arriving on campus. Do not click on the link. Delete and ignore.more »
Fake email messages with the title 'Delivery Status' or 'DHL.Inc: Delivery Status' (or a variation on this) followed by an ID number have been arriving on campus. Do NOT open the attachment. Delete and ignore. Click more for further details.more »
The laptop dispenser in the Learning Zone will be unable to loan out University laptops from 1.00pm on Saturday 16 November to 8.30am on Monday 18 November.
If you book out a laptop before 1.00pm on Saturday 16th, you will still be able to return it as normal at any time during your 3 hour loan period.
This is due to upgrades to the Library booking out system.
We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. more »
There have been a small number of incidents on campus of a particularly destructive piece of malware which prevents you from being able to use your personal and shared filestore - e.g. documents, pdfs, research data files etc.
Although the number of incidents so far has been small, they are having a severe impact on the day to day work of those affected. Follow 'more>>' for guidance and updates.more »
ISSUE RESOLVED - following work by ISS and Vodaphone, the problem which was affecting incoming and outgoing external phone calls has been resolved.
Follow 'more' for details and updates.more »
A fake email purporting to come from 'Lancaster Email Services Provider' and subject: 'This mail is send from Mail System Administrator Help Desk' has been seen in inboxes on campus. This is a phishing attack. Delete and ignore. Click more for further details.more »
ISS is aware of some issues with accessing ISS Services from the new Mac operating system 'OSX 10.9 Mavericks'. We know the current version of Symantec Endpoint Protection does not work on OSX 10.9. Until most key software has been tested, and where appropriate patches installed, ISS advises users to delay upgrading to Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks.more »
Jordan Kirby and Connor Atherton, students working in the ISS e-learning team, entered the national 'Summer of Student Innovation' competition. more »
RESOLVED - The ISS the 'search' feature on the University website is running normally.more »
12:00 10/10/13 - the issues with access to University systems are RESOLVED
There are currently intermittent delays on some University systems e.g. the student portal and moodle. Follow 'more' for updates.more »
LancasterAnswers is currently available in all browsers with minor issues remaining - for details follow 'more'...more »
A fake message subject: "Upgrade Notification", supposedly from 'Lancaster Webmail' has been arriving in people's inboxes. This is a phishing attack. Do NOT click on the link in the message. Delete and ignore.more »
There is a email with the subject: " *****Failed AutoResponder Request***** [The FedEx Team. Mail delivery failed]" circulating. Do NOT open the attachment - it contains a dangerous Trojan. more »
The upgrade to the Pure Research Application & Portal has been completed, and the service is available again.more »
The UG student email upgrade to Office 365 (from Live@edu) is now COMPLETE. Updates on the status of the upgrade will be posted on webmail.lancs.ac.uk, MOTD and UG email website.more »
The Underpass will be closed from Sunday 21st July for three weeks to allow maintenance work to take place. All busses will leave from a temporary Bus Stop outside the Chaplaincy Centre, Bowland Avenue. For details of other route changes follow 'more'.more »
Moodle will be unavailable for a short period on Wednesday 24 July whilst an upgrade takes place. Work will begin at 13:00 and should be complete by 14:00.more »
Campus road closures for Race for Life will restrict access to the University campus from 6.00am - 2.00pm on Sunday 14 July.more »
Lancaster University will be hosting Cancer Research UK's flagship event: 'Race for Life', for the third consecutive year on Sunday 14 July at 11.00am.more »
Fake email messages with the title: "picture and video message MMS" have been arriving on campus. Do NOT open the attachment. Delete and ignore.more »
There is a fake message purporting to come from 'email@example.com' going round. Do NOT open it, do not reply and do NOT click on any links in the message.more »
The iLancaster mobile app has been shortlisted for the 'ICT Initiative of the Year' Award at this year's Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The winner will be announced on 20 June 2013.more »
Moodle will be unavailable on Wednesday 17th April 2013 for one hour between 14:00 and 15:00 for maintenance work.more »
Moodle Maintenance completed successfully
Moodle will be unavailable on Wednesday 10th April between 1pm and 1:30pm, while maintenance work is carried out. During the scheduled Moodle system outage a 'holding page' will be displayed.more »
A number of Apple Mac users may be experiencing problems connecting to printers on campus. The issue appears to be with Mac software's inability to automatically find printers on the network. ISS staff are working with Apple to try to resolve the issues, and working on guidance for users to enable them to connect to the printers in a different way. Anyone experiencing problems should contact the ISS Service Desk who will be able to point you to potential solutions as soon as they are available.more »
Click on the plus sign next to 'tools' and start to play. You can add and remove icons and your choices will be remembered.
There is a new 'Vision TV' option on the ResNet and Staff home pages.more »
There is a new Webmail Phisging attack going round subject: "WEBMASTER EMAIL ACCOUNT UPGRADE". Do not follow the link and do not reply. Delete and ignore. more »
There is a new Phishing email going round that has the subject "Subject: Your background records may have been viewed (email address)". This is a Phishing attack - delete and ignore.more »
The Examination Timetables are now available.
Examination Timetables are not currently available through the Student Portal. ISS is working to resolve the situation. This message will be updated when further information is available.more »
There are a number of 'fake parcel delivery' messages appearing to come from companies like FedEx arriving in in-boxes on campus. Do not open the attached zip file - it contains a dangerous Trojan.more »
The Student Portal will be unavailable between 14:00 and 15:00 on Wednesday 13th February during scheduled upgrade work. more »
The undergraduate email system - Live@edu - is currently available. more »
Fake messages, subject 'Email Security Upgrade' and apparently from '(c)2013 Email System Admin', have been received on campus. Do NOT click on the links in the message. more »
Version 2 of LancasterAnswers is now available. LancasterAnswers 2.0 has a new look and an improved interface featuring Google-like search suggestions and the ability to create & read your ISS Service Desk 'tickets'.more »
MyPGR will be unavailable between 1pm and 5pm on Wednesday 19th December whilst upgrade work to improve security and performance is carried out.more »
LancasterAnswers 2.0 is now available. I few minor issues remain, but they are being cleared up.more »
4/12/2012 - normal service restored.
The Wireless and Resnet networks are experiencing slow data transfer speeds. This is has been an issue over the weekend. ISS engineers are investigating the issue.more »
Important software updates are being applied to the student portal web application between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday 5th December. Connectivity to the portal will be disrupted whilst this work is carried out.more »
ResNet is now available.
---ISS is investigating an issue with the ResNet Service. Updates will be posted when more information becomes available.more »
11:05 Thu 15/11/12 - All affected Services, including IUS & MATLAB licensing, are now functioning as normal. Please report any remaining issues to the ISS Service Desk.
The server for: IUS, MATLAB, GAUSS, Maple versions 10 to 13, IDL and ArcGIS failed due to hardware failure on the weekend (11/11/12). Due the the licence server unavailability, some of the software, including MATLAB, will not function. more »
09:30 - New parts have been delivered and ISS Engineers hope that the repair and data restore will be complete by the end of today (Tue 13/11/12).
The IUS system is not available due to server failure. ISS engineers are working to restore the service.more »
There is an un-patched vulnerability in the Acrobat Reader PDF system that could allow infected PDFs to infect your PC with a damaging Trojan.
ISS advises users to be more cautious than usual when opening unsolicited PDFs in email or online.more »
Friday 9th Nov - Mail delivery to AOL email addresses is now OK.
Due to a 'Trojan' infected PC sending out Spam to AOL addresses, the University has been blocked by AOL. Delays in outgoing mail to AOL are being experienced by users. Users will get an error message back if their email has not been delivered to an AOL address.
Users are reminded to be careful about clicking on unknown links in emails and opening/downloading attachments in suspect emails.more »
Fake email messages with the subject: "You have received a new message" appearing to come from Vodafone are arriving on campus. Delete and ignore. For further information click on 'more'.more »
On Wednesday 17th October, the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment will be unavailable for 15 minutes whilst essential upgrade work takes place. Work will commence at 13:30 and be complete by 13:45.more »
Moodle is now fully available.
Moodle is intermittently unavailable for some users. ISS is working to correct the issue.
The student loan Company and the University wish to raise your awareness of student finance fraud and how you can protect against it. more »
Email messages purporting to come from Facebook with the subject: "Your friend added a new photo with you to the album" (or similar) are being received on campus. These messages are fake and could be harmful. Do not open any attachments or click on any links. Delete and ignore.more »
Messages with the subject: "Dear @lancaster.ac.uk Account Subscriber," are arriving in people's inboxes. This is a Phishing attack. Do NOT open the attachment. Click 'more>>' for details.more »
When you get emails purporting to come from a bank asking for your account details. They will be fakes. These attacks vary in quality, but when you get a good one from your 'own' bank it can be tempting to respond. Do NOT open attachments. Do NOT click on any links. Do NOT reply to banking email. If you are concerned, contact your bank by other 'known means' for confirmation. Follow 'more' for an example.more »
Fake email messages, subject: "Warning Attention!! Activate! Webmail Quota Limint!" have been received on campus, warning users that they have exceeded their quota. Ignore the message, it is a scam.more »
The student 'OffCampus Home', and the staff 'Home Working' pages have been merged into the new 'OffCampus Access' home page. The OffCampus Access page be configured to suit student and staff requirements. Click on the 'plus' sign next to the tools title and see an 'Add/remove tools' panel appear. ISS would like to hear your comments on the new feature.more »
New students will be asked to set up their IT Account and validate their PC or laptop for ResNet before they come to Lancaster at the start of the 2012/13 academic year. This will give the students access to IT resources (such as their University email) before coming to Lancaster, and access to the campus IT network and Internet as soon as they arrive. Information they receive via email will lead them through the process of pre-registration (in which they confirm specific personal information) then the setup of their IT Account and, where relevant, the validation of their PC or Laptop for ResNet. more »
Currently, an increased amount of Spam is being received on campus. The senders, subject lines and content vary, but also resemble each other. ISS is investigating. Follow 'more' to see a sample.more »
A large number of messages with various subjects including: "New Company concerning itself with the advertising" and "Green technology,alternate methods of power" appearing to come from yourself are arriving on campus. Do not reply or follow any link. Note - the spammers are able to 'stuff' the recipients name into the 'from' field. This does NOT imply any virus infection.more »
SupportWorks will be unavailable on Friday 6th July for one hour from 1pm. This is to apply server security patches and implement new functionality.more »
Fake DHL parcel tracking messages have been arriving on campus. Treat DHL messages with caution. Do not open attachments or follow links in the DHL messages.more »
Use of the University web proxy (web cache) is now optional. For a number of years, IT users on campus have had to use the web proxy in order to access web content from the Internet. Now, due to substantial investment in network security, ISS can recommend that users who administer their own computers stop using the web proxy.more »
Changes have been made to the 'lancaster' (open) wireless network to resolve recent connection and login issues. ISS recommends the use of the 'eduroam' (secure) wireless network for connecting to the University network. The lancaster wireless network is provided for devices which cannot connect to eduroam. more »
The Pure research information system upgrade originally scheduled for Wednesday 25th April will now take place today, Thursday 26th April. The system will be unavailable between 14:00 and 17:00. more »
On Tuesday 1st May ISS will be performing essential network maintenance in Bowland Main, Bailrigg House, Great Hall and Engineering A8 lab. Work will begin at 06:00 and will be complete by 08:30. During this time users will experience a short disruption to both their wired and wireless network connections. IP telephones with extensions that begin with a 1 will also experience a short disruption to service, which will be minimised wherever possible.more »
Users of the wireless network named 'Lancaster' may be experiencing very long log-in times (up to 90 seconds). Once logged in, users should be receiving normal performance. ISS engineers are working on returning the service to normal. The 'Eduroam' wireless network is working as normal and should be used in preference if possible. Follow 'more' for Eduroam instructions. more »
Following a period of closure for maintenance, the Alex Park gate is now OPEN (from 2pm 3/04/2012).more »
LancasterAnswers has been upgraded and the service is fully available.. more »
ISS work to replace the University interface to the Internet continues with the new network gateway equipment now installed. ISS are now making alterations to the way the World Wide Web is accessed from machines on campus. more »
A fake email, subject: "Alert." and signed "Lancaster University" has been seen on campus. Do NOT fill out the form. Do NOT reply. Do NOT give out any personal information.more »
A fake email has arrived on campus, subject: "Update" and signed "Lancaster University". This is a targeted phishing attack. Do not follow the link or enter any personal information into any form that may appear. more »
An email, subject: "Urgent! Email Account Profile Update", has been received on campus. This is a Phish attack. Do NOT follow the link or enter personal information into any form that may appear.more »
iLancaster, the free Lancaster University mobile app, is now available as a dedicated app for BlackBerry.more »
Full LUVLE service restored - Domino.lancs is experiencing a problem starting at approximately 16:33. This is the server which provides LUVLE Spaces to FASS and SHM. We are still in the process of re-starting it. Cause is currently unknown. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.more »
The Facilities online Planon Helpdesk system is being upgraded today, Tuesday 31st January. The Planon Helpdesk system will be unavailable until 8am on Wednesday 1st February. Any urgent faults during this period should be reported to the building porter or, during working hours, to the Facilities helpdesk on 93333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. more »
Details of the Lent term IT Training sessions for students and staff are available on the ISS IT Training webpages.more »
A phishing attack message is arriving in mailboxes, subject: "This message is sent automatically by the computer." Do NOT fill out the form and do NOT reply to it.more »
The problem affecting all users of Live@edu has now been resolved and full service resumed. The problem was caused by an internal fault (with Microsoft) and they are working to ensure there are no repeats.more »
The issue that was affecting campus virtual servers is resolved. All servers are now fully available. ISS is working to ensure that issue does not reoccur.
All campus virtual servers i.e software, filestore, wireless and print servers, are suffering from outages. ISS is working to restore a full service. The Email servers, Library and CIS services (including LUVLE) are NOT affected. All data will be safe during this period. Further information will be supplied when available.more »
A fake messages about student finance, subject: "Unlock Your Student Finance Account Now", has been seen on campus. This is a phishing attack, do NOT follow the link or enter any personal data.more »
On Sat 10 Sept, a number of University services will not be unavailable whilst ISS undertakes a 'failover exercise' to check that services would continue if servers in one location failed. Affected services will be unavailable for periods during the day, and should be considered at risk between 9am and 5pm. A list of the services affected can be accessed via the 'more' link. more »
An email message with no subject, which claims to come from the 'Web Service Administrator' and states that you have reached your mailbox limit, is arriving in University inboxes. This is a Phishing Attack. Do NOT click on the link in the message.more »
Microsoft has recently rolled out the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE9) as an update for Windows 7 users. If you are using IE9 you may experience problems when trying to save files from your browser. There have also been problems with using IE9 and the MyPGR application within LUVLE. We are working with Microsoft and IBM to resolve these issues, but in the meantime if you are using Windows 7 and experiencing problems you should use an alternative browser such as Firefox. For additional advice and guidance please contact the ISS Service Desk.more »
An email subject: "Facebook Administration has sent you a notification", is arriving on campus. This is a fake message. Do not respond in any way.more »
An email message with the subject: 'Notice' is arriving in University inboxes. It purports to come from 'email@example.com'. This is a Phishing Attack. Do NOT click on any links in the email.more »
A phishing email subject: "Dear Webmail Account User" is arriving in people's inboxes. Do NOT follow the link.more »
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