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Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be mandatory for all U-M students in Winter 2020

Starting January 29, 2020, Duo Two-factor Authentication will be required for every University of Michigan student on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses:

All students required to use two-factor authentication by 2020

Two-Factor Authentication Icon

All U-M faculty and employees were required to enable Duo as of the last Winter 2019 term. In response, CAEN implemented the requirement of Duo authentication for all remote access services.

This upcoming change is separate and more wide-ranging, since all U-M students will be required to use Duo for U-M Weblogin services.

For more information about this requirement, and why it is important for data security, visit the Use Two-Factor Authentication (Duo) website, and set up Duo today!


Locations of CAEN Labs with the newest computers

Approximately 250 new HP Z2 computers were installed in CAEN computer labs and learning centers over the Summer. These computers are configured with additional memory, better graphics, and a more powerful CPU:

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E-2136 6C 80W
  • RAM: 32 GB (2×16 GB) DDR4 2666 UDIMM NECC
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB (4)mDP GFX
  • Disk: SSD 512 GB Z Turbo Drive 2280 TLC
  • Combination of Small and Mini Form Factor case sizes

These are the locations where the new computers are installed:


New Extended Reality (XR) capabilities

This Fall, CAEN will introduce Extended Reality (XR) tools for student, faculty and staff use. At the Duderstadt Center Visualization Lab, and other select classrooms and CAEN labs, XR capable hardware is being installed to allow exploration of the technology.

XR standards, software environments, and integration into courses are still emerging. Individual students and student project teams are encouraged to explore XR features and capabilities in the following software packages:

  • Unreal Engine, Unity, and 3ds Max Interactive for visualization, content and game creation
  • Siemens STAR-CCM+ and NX for fluid simulation and product design
  • PTC Creo for product design and visualization using Augmented Reality on personal devices
  • Windows Mixed Reality

In addition, students can now check out HTC Vive Pro Wireless, HP Reverb, or Oculus Quest headsets from the Duderstadt Center library. Students can also bring their own XR capable headsets and hardware.


Moves and changes to CAEN computer labs

EECS 1230 has been moved to EECS 2420

In order to create a new first floor classroom in the EECS Atrium, the CAEN Lab formerly located in EECS 1230 has been relocated to EECS 2420.

The new EECS 2420 CAEN Lab has received a complete renovation with all new carpet, paint, furniture, and computers. In addition to traditional lab seating for access to computers, it offers two reservable student team collaboration areas, as well as lounge seating.

CSRB 2230

The CAEN Lab in CSRB 2230 has been completely and totally renovated.

The renovation included the removal of the raised floor, new carpet and paint, a new instructor’s station at the front of the room, and several large flat panel monitors on the side walls. This lab is one of many that continue to be upgraded and renovated each year.


Changes to the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE)

Over the summer, CAEN upgraded all the computers in the Duderstadt Center, CAEN computer labs, and the remote access services to new versions of Microsoft Windows 10 1809 Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.7.

All CLSE systems remain dual-boot Windows and Linux for 2019.

Changes to the CLSE for Microsoft Windows 10 include:

  • Logon times have been improved.
  • Many software titles used for coursework have been upgraded to the latest version with the newest features.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 applications are now available via the AppsAnywhere software portal.
  • The Microsoft Store application has been enabled, giving students access to the full catalog of applications available in the Microsoft Windows Store.
  • The Windows Subsystem for Linux is available, and an array of Linux distributions can be installed into user space via the Windows Store.
  • Windows Mixed Reality, which uses the Hololens platform, is now available.


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