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The Michigan Engineering information technology environment is continually evolving. In order to keep the College of Engineering community informed about what happening on around the network, CAEN regularly posts news articles on this site, as well as urgent notices on the CAEN Service Status page.


OpenAFS client for Windows no longer available in CAEN Labs

The OpenAFS client for Windows will no longer be included as part of the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) beginning in the Fall 2017. Usage of the AFS service (a.k.a. the “H:” drive) has been steadily declining for several years, and after reviewing the usage statics form the last academic year, we believe the software should be retired. College of Engineering students will continue to receive a 50 Gigabyte Windows-based home directory (a.k.a. the “N:” drive); that is not affected by this change. This space is also accessible from the CAEN Linux hosts. Other storage services, such as U-M Box and U-M Google Drive, will also continue to be available from the Kumo Client, and may be a useful alternative.

Students will still be able to access their U-M AFS space by connecting to MFile: http://mfile.umich.edu/

Accessing U-M AFS as the home directory on the CLSE Linux environment will not change.


LabVIEW Boot Camp for Summer 2017 (sponsored by CAEN)

The LabVIEW Boot Camp is a compressed LabVIEW Core 1 and Core 2 training. Designed specifically for academic researchers, educators, and graduate students, this free, five-day hands-on course teaches you a basic understanding of coding with LabVIEW as well as the fundamental skills needed to develop applications using the state machine design pattern to process, display, and store real-world data and programmatically control a user interface. At the end of the course, you are given the opportunity to prepare for and take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam, a globally recognized entry-level certification exam for free.

The training will be held July 17 through 21 in the IOE Building, and is sponsored by CAEN. Space is limited, so registration is required to attend.

For more information on the LabVIEW Boot Camp and to register, visit: https://events.ni.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x697127612


New IP address block for MWireless in Spring/Summer 2017

Due to the continued growth of Wi-Fi across the University, ITS will be adding a new block of IP address space (35.3.0.0/16) to the MWireless network. The addition of new IP address space will help ensure the availability of MWireless across campus as use of WiFi continues to grow.

The targeted timeline for introducing this new address space is early Summer 2017. Further information on this change can be found at the ITS Network Addresses website.


Introducing the Kumo service for CAEN lab computers

CAEN is piloting a service called Kumo which allows you to map your cloud-based storage drives such as U-M Box and U-M Google Drive to a CAEN lab computer. Originally developed by Indiana University, it is simple to use and allows easy access to your Box and Google drives.

Setup is easy; just authorize your cloud storage accounts, and they’ll show up as a network drive on any CAEN lab computer. To start using the service, simply go to the website kumo.engin.umich.eduand sign in with your uniqname and UMICH password. You can then authorize your account to access any or all of the available cloud storage services. You only need to authorize once. After authorizing, the next time you sign into a CAEN lab computer you should see those cloud storage options appear as network drives under the “Computer” icon.

See our poster about Kumo from the 2016 Michigan IT Symposium:


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Important Notice: The Kumo service is in a pilot deployment state. CAEN is in the process of finalizing software licensing for the Kumo service, which is expected to be completed by the end of January 2017. Students can register and use the Kumo service normally today, and should not notice any difference in the service once the software licensing is finalized and the service moves from pilot to production.


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