The Michigan Engineering information technology environment is continually evolving. In order to keep the College community informed about what’s happening, CAEN regularly posts news articles on this site. Important notices about current and upcoming service outages can also be found on the CAEN Service Status page.
Due to the change that Duo Two-Factor Authentication will be required for all CAEN remote access services starting Wednesday, October 3, CAEN has released an updated version of our VNC client for connecting to the Linux Login Service. Along with this change, the names of the available servers have also been updated:
- When connecting from an on-campus network (excluding U-M VPN networks), select: oncampus-course.engin.umich.edu
- When connecting from an off-campus network, select: login-course.engin.umich.edu
For a link to download the newest version of the VNC client, and instructions on using it to connect, refer to our knowledge base article: How do I connect to the Linux Login Service using the CAEN VNC client?
Approximately 220 new HP Z2 computers will be installed during this Fall term, in the following CAEN student computer labs and learning centers:
- Duderstadt Center
- IOE G610
- NAME 134
- Pierpont B521
The new computers will have the following specifications:
- Combination of Small and Mini Form Factor case sizes
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 6C 65W
- RAM: 16 GB (2×8 GB) DDR4 2666 NECC
- Graphics: GFX NVIDIA Quadro 4 GB P1000 mDP(4)
- Disk: SSD 512 GB Z Turbo Drive 2280 TLC
Approximately 20 HP Z38c 37.5” LED monitors (the largest individual displays in a CAEN Lab so far) will be installed as they arrive over the Fall term in:
- Duderstadt Center
- FXB B085
There have been some changes to two popular CAEN student computer labs this year.
The newly renovated EECS 4440 computer lab is now a multi-use facility. It is a 36-seat flexible active learning classroom, that features five multi-seat collaborative stations with CAEN computers. The collaborative stations are available for drop-in use by students when the facility is not being used for course instruction.
The Duderstadt Center 3rd floor (Southwest area) is undergoing a large renovation, which is expected to be completed by October 5. This space will have new furniture, featuring sit/stand benching, as well as collaborative tables. It will also include 50 new CAEN lab computers, and areas for charging personal laptops and devices.
Beginning Wednesday October 3, 2018, access to all CAEN remote access services, both Windows Remote Desktop and Linux Login/VNC, will require Duo Two-Factor Authentication at U-M (previously only off-campus access required it). In order to use Duo two-factor authentication, you will need to enroll a device as described in the CAEN Knowledge Base. In addition, you may also need to update your remote access client software. Links to download and use the latest versions are provided below:
- Windows Remote Desktop using the VMware Horizon View Client
- Linux Login/VNC using the CAEN VNC Client
- Linux Login/VNC using Secure Shell (SSH)
If you want to use the remote linux computers for file copying or synchronization (SFTP/SCP) without the Duo prompting, please follow the instructions in this related CAEN knowledge base article.
CAEN is requiring the use of Duo on all remote access services in order to help protect the account data of Michigan Engineering students, faculty, and staff, as well as better secure the College’s IT infrastructure.
Two-factor Authentication (2FA) is a security tool being used to mitigate the threat of online attacks. It provides an added layer of protection by requiring an additional security check, in addition to your password, when logging into your computing account. For example, it is especially useful in preventing malicious intruders from accessing University resources using stolen or hacked passwords, such as those obtained via phishing attacks or malware.
The University of Michigan has adopted Duo as its two-factor authentication solution. Any U-M student, faculty, or staff member can enroll a device in Duo at no cost. In addition to using it for securing login to CAEN remote access services, it can optionally be used to protect access to other University systems that use the U-M Weblogin page. Doing this helps protect web-based access to your online University data, including:
- Personal information in Wolverine Access, such as enrollment and payroll
- U-M Google services, such as Email and Drive storage
- U-M Box storage
- Canvas course data
Eligible student CAEN Account holders will receive a $16 College of Engineering (CoE) supplemental printing allocation per term for the upcoming academic year. This is a $14 reduction from last year, and is part of a four-year effort to end the CoE supplemental printing allocation by Fall 2020. Note that the standard student ITS printing allocation will remain unchanged at $24 per term.
This change is being made to address historical trends, recognizing that students are printing less each year, along with being mindful to global environmental sustainability. Statistics show that over 50% of Engineering students do not exceed the standard ITS printing allocation. Funds realized from this change will be reinvested into future improvements for CoE classrooms and CAEN computer labs.