January 2, 2013

Today's topics:

Use your CLASSE userid and password for SAMBA starting January 3rd

Currently, access to the server known as "samba" from Windows uses your LNSNTCAD userid and password
  • Windows computers in the CLASSE domain (now more than 200) require you to provide LNSNTCAD login information
  • Windows XP Computers in the LNSNTCAD domain (now fewer than 50) do not have to ask for that information.
Starting on January 3rd, the situation will be reversed:
  • Windows computers in the CLASSE domain will no longer require you to provide login information.
  • Windows XP computers in the LNSNTCAD domain will ask for your CLASSE userid and password.
Due to the way Mapped Drives and connections work in Windows, we recommend deleting any mapped drives you have before the change takes place, or you may experience slowdowns when browsing your filesystems when using the file manager or save dialog boxes in programs. We recommend staying away from mapped drives for many reasons, this is one of them. Standard shortcuts do not have these issues, and can work much like mapped drives for accessing network shares.

Windows XP computers on LNSNTCAD may have mapped drives pushed to your user account. If you notice such slowdowns, the resolution will be to migrate to CLASSE authentication to get rid of mapped drives. All XP computers need to be moved eventually to CLASSE or replaced by Windows 7 computers.

CLASSE userids are all based on Cornell NetIDs. Your CLASSE userid might not be the same as your LNSNTCAD userid. CLASSE accounts have been created for all of those CHESS and LEPP people who did not previously have one. If you don't know your CLASSE userid and password, please notify the LEPP computer group at service-lepp@cornell.edu

General network and server maintenance will occur every Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The CLASSE-IT group will always announce any expected disruptions in our NewsLetter and via CLASSE-IT-NEWS-L, but with the size and complexity of our network there is always the potential for something to go wrong. We will do our best to contain all network maintenance and planned outages to Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM.

Unless other arrangements have been made, CLASSE-managed Windows systems may be updated and rebooted on Tuesday morning at 2:00 AM, so please avoid critical or lengthy operations at that time. For more details, please see SystemExpectations.

Questions or problems? Submit a service request.

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Topic revision: r3 - 02 Jan 2013, JamesPulver
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