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Network World Interviews OIT on 'White Spaces'

The Network World article, Better than TV! White spaces bring wireless bonanza to West Virginia written by John Cox, begins by describing a scene of a student at the PRT station. She is able to easily and quickly connect to the Wi-Fi connection with her Dell tablet. The article describes how the access point is unique since it is connected to a “white spaces” radio:

But it’s what the access point is attached to that makes this scene uncommon: a “white spaces” radio that is part of a campus pilot network turning unused TV frequencies into a broadband cornucopia of new spectrum for fixed and mobile users. Like the efficient 30-year-old PRT system, WVU’s 7-month-old white spaces network links three main campus locations, ranging from a mile to a mile and a half from each other over the hills and dales of Morgantown.

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Several System Outages Planned for Sunday

The Office of Information Technology is taking several services down for routine maintenance and patching on Sunday, Jan. 26.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Workflow will be offline, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the meeting room scheduling tool will be unavailable.

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Server Causing Some Sporadic Outages

The Office of Information Technology is currently working to fix a server that is causing sporadic problems with access to several systems, including email, listserv distribution and STAR.

Users may also experience some trouble with: ESEI, the student evaluation of instruction tool; MAP, the financial and HR application for staff; ROADS, a research office administrative tool; and IDEAS, a statistics and strategic decision tool.

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LISTSERV, Other System Services Restored

All listservs should now be working normally, and any messages that queued up should have been delivered.

OIT determined the root cause for the crash was a large 8MB email attachment sent simultaneously to 14,000 users on multiple listservs. The offending email was deleted from the system, and other listserv messages were pushed through.

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Several Major Systems Outages Planned for Sunday, Jan. 19

The Office of Information Technology is taking several systems offline at various points in the day this upcoming Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday for maintenance. We appreciate your patience with these brief outages:

We apologize for any inconvenience these outages might cause.

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Don't Take the Bait! New PHISHING SCAM claims to be WVU Help Desk

The Office of Information Technology has confirmed that a spear phishing attempt to steal WVU usernames and passwords is currently under way.

The subject line in the email is “Virus Alert Warning,” and the email claims to be from the OIT help desk. This email is NOT legitimate and is not from the help desk. Do not reply. Promptly delete it.

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