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Multiple reboots

A small subset of CALS-OIT managed Windows computers will receive multiple patches and reboots on October 15th starting at 4 PM.

We have identified an issue where a small portion of managed Windows computers are not communicating correctly with the Cornell University Windows computer management tool, Configuration Manager (CM). Because CM cannot communicate with the remaining systems, we cannot identify all of them or communicate the impending fixes directly on the devices.

The patches and reboots should be complete by the morning, if you leave your computer on and on-line over Tuesday night.

These patches and the subsequent reboots will only happen if your computer is on-campus OR it is connected to the Cornell VPN.
If your computer is off, off-campus or off-line, you will see the patches install and subsequent reboots the next time you come to campus.

If this time is inconvenient for you, please feel free to put in a ticket with a preferred date / time that is prior to 4 PM on Tuesday October 15th and we’ll apply the patches for you before the deadline.

Fall 2019 Semester Announcements

Please see below for announcements about Fall 2019 Semester teaching technology resources from CALS-OIT and Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation.

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Spring Semester announcements

Please see below for announcements about Spring Semester teaching technology resources from CALS-OIT and Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation.


As the Spring 2019 semester approaches, I’d like to offer you a chance to become more familiar with the technology in your CALS classroom. Learn about a new classroom, refresh your memory on a familiar one, brush up on your AV skills or learn some new ways that technology can work for you during your classes. Feel free to offer times convenient for you to meet with one of us in your classroom. We’ll arrange a time for you individually or in a group, depending on interest and demand. Of course, you may also explore the room on your own and let us know if you have any questions. Either way you may contact us by phone (255-6466) or by responding to this email. Please include the building name and room number of your class(es).

Thank you,

John Hill and your Classroom Technology Support Team

CALS Office of Information Technologies

250 Emerson Hall

Phone: 607.255.7332

To request technical support, please visit:



The Center for Teaching Innovation has two important announcements regarding the iClicker Classroom Polling service for 2019 Spring courses.

  1. We are offering workshops in January.  These are working sessions for those of you new to iClicker as well as those who have previously used iClicker and are looking to set up your courses again. The latest version of the iClicker software will be provided, along with the hardware needed to collect student responses. If you are using iClicker for the 2019 Spring semester, please register for one for these workshops. The full details can be found at:   NOTE: There will be one session for instructors using Canvas and three sessions for instructors using Blackboard, so please choose the proper session for your course web site. If you cannot attend one of these workshops, please send an email to to schedule a meeting with our group.
  2. For those courses that are not using Blackboard or Canvas course web sites, the student clicker registration process has changed.  Please see our support page for full details.

Also, from the CTI:

Canvas classes
1/8/19, 3:00-4:30pm, G-27 Stimson
1/14/18, 10:00-11:30, G-27 Stimson

In addition to the two Canvas sessions, we are willing to set up tutorials on all of our services, Blackboard (Canvas), Zoom, Panopto, I-Clicker, etc. on an ad hoc basis.

CTI Contact Information:

(607) 255-7224;

Questions or support for Technology Tools (Blackboard, iClickers, etc.), email us:

Questions about Canvas:

Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation about any topic of interest to you.

We are open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Reproducible Research @ Cornell Event

We are sharing this announcement for the Research Data Management Service Group.

Please join us for Reproducible Research @ Cornell, a set of events on November 28-29, 2018, featuring Brian Nosek from the Center for Open Science (COS). Events will include a lecture, panel, discussions, and workshops on easy, practical steps to increase the reproducibility of your research using the COS’s Open Science Framework (OSF).

More information can be found at:

Security Awareness talk

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, CALS-OIT was glad to have Kyle Szuta, a Security Operations Engineer from the Cornell IT Security Office, speak about Security Awareness on October 24th.

Kyle covered the following topics:

Kyle’s slides are available to view or you can watch a recording of the entire talk and Q & A.

You can also see the recording of last week’s talk by Dan Villanti (coming soon).

If you have any questions about how to access these services, feel free to put in a request at

Upcoming Data Management Information Sessions

Please join us for an informational session on data management planning for grant proposal submission and an introduction to the tools and services available to help carry out those plans. We’ll talk about current requirements of major research funding agencies, review some general best practices, highlight resources available at Cornell to assist with these and other data management needs, and answer questions.

Two sessions are being offered. No RSVP required; feel free to bring your lunch:

  • Tuesday August 21st, noon to 1pm, Veterinary Research Tower (VRT) Lecture Hall 3 (T1-003)
  • Wednesday September 12th, noon to 1pm, 340 Duffield Hall, Colloquium Room

Arrangements for remote attendance can be made upon request.

For more information, or to talk to us about data management issues at any time, please write to, or visit our website at

Spirion changes

On Wednesday May 30th between 2 and 3 PM CALS-OIT will update some settings in Spirion (formerly ID Finder) that will apply to all CALS-OIT managed machines. These changes will improve performance and user experience in regards to the scan process and should be transparent to users. We will be in touch with all clients about the changes to the interface prior to the next scheduled scan, in the fall.

CALS will adopt the following standard Cornell options:

  1. Turn off the “No History” policy – Turns future Spirion scans into an incremental scan (like EZ-Backup) instead of full scans. This means the end of scan log will only show results from that scan. Clients will be encouraged to close that log and re-open Spirion to see the full results. It is not ideal but this small work-around will allow scans that currently run for hours to complete in minutes, so it is a good tradeoff.
  2. Turn on “Performance Settings” optional policy – running a scan will have less of a performance impact
  3. Modify the policy that prompt users when they plug in external media (flash drives, etc.) so that users will no longer receive a prompt to scan external media. Users will still have the option to run a manual scan on external media by selecting Removable Drives from the location tab in the Spirion program.

Another change coming soon is that Cornell Default policy will turn off blocking scans of mapped drives and turn the same setting on as a “Preference with First Run”. This means the preference will be set at each start of Spirion but the user can override and scan their mapped drives, if desired. This will not be in effect for scheduled scans, only scans that are manually kicked off by the client/user and it will need to be selected for each manual scan.

Spring Break 2018 classroom technology upgrades

CALS Facilities, CALS-OIT and the CALS Office of Academic Programs are pleased to announce the replacement of the A/V systems in four classrooms were completed during Spring Break 2018. Plant Science 141 and 143, Riley-Robb B15 and Kennedy 105 were updated to meet the Cornell University standard of Learning Technology Room Type 1. Audio-Video systems in these rooms now have a simpler interface and more presentation capabilities including; a resident computer, laptop connection, wireless projection, document camera, “steerable” webcams, and touch panel control for video switching and volume control.

Type 1 rooms are standard learning spaces requiring support for lectures, basic digital/multimedia presentations, basic collaboration, and informal remote collaboration (synchronous, software-based). These systems are appropriate for many small to medium-sized classrooms as well as some large lecture halls. You can find out more about current room standards at

The decision regarding what rooms to upgrade was done by reviewing which rooms had the most technology challenges, requests from instructors to the Registrar, and responses received from a survey distributed at the end of the fall semester in 2017.

Plant Science 143

Riley-Robb B-15

CALS OIT Desktop Technician Rotation

CALS OIT Desktop Technician Rotation

CALS OIT will continue rotating technicians between the East and West service areas as previously communicated.  We’re sharing this with you as you’re likely to see new faces, and interact with new techs, over the coming weeks.

On rotation from the 16th to the 27th of April are:

Ian Bishop – Will rotate to West
Eric Heath – Will rotate to East


On rotation from the 30th of April to the 11th of May are:

Tim Atkins – Will rotate to West
James Barnes – Will rotate to East


On rotation from the 14th to the 25th of May are:

Norm Wanzer – Will rotate to West
Rae Enlow – Will rotate to East


Our goal is for techs to become familiar with the support needs of other departments within CALS, and to establish closer relationships with their colleagues in CALS OIT.  This will also be a great opportunity for techs to broaden their horizons, learn new skills, and to bring what they’ve learned back to their home teams.  We also hope to identify opportunities to further harmonize our internal practices and procedures.

So, be on the lookout for new IT faces in your area, and as always, if you have any questions, concerns, or other feedback, please feel free to contact me directly (see signature), or your area’s respective IT Manager.

East Manager

John Enright
(607) 255-3882
Emerson 252

West Manager

Chris Rosintoski​
(607) 255-8833
Warren B06

Thank you.
Andy Spaccio

Emerson Hall, 140
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Office 607-254-4796  |

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