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Own a Google Site? Now is the time to think about converting to new Sites

As first announced on July 18, Google has provided an automatic migration tool to transfer from Google “classic” Sites to new Sites. “Although Google has not yet announced a date to end classic Sites, we strongly encourage you to start preparing now to convert your classic Sites,” says Brian Cors, ITS service manager for U-M Google. “This will help avoid… Read More »

Device rationalization for Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine has flagged around 4,000 general computing devices (laptops and desktop workstations) that are in use for under 60 minutes a day. They represents roughly ten percent of the entire hardware fleet. If even half of these low use, non-critical devices can be removed from the environment, Michigan Medicine will be able to save more than $1.4… Read More »

WebNow and Perceptive Content system compatibility update

WebNow, also known as Perceptive Content, will not work with some newer operating system versions and with certain browsers. WebNow is the university’s document imaging system, which can be used to upload and store documents as electronic files in a secure online environment. These system limitations will be eliminated after the system is upgraded this summer. More information… Read More »

Cavium ThunderX delivers 10x Big Data performance increase

By | October 8, 2018

Recently, ARC-TS and the School of Information used the new Big Data platform Cavium ThunderX to reduce run times of the school’s analytics pipeline by a factor of 10, taking overall run time from almost a week to only a few hours. Cavium ThunderX is a free-to-use Big Data platform for researchers at U-M. Currently ThunderX supports mapreduce, Spark,… Read More »

ARC-TS seeks pilot users for new storage offerings

By | September 24, 2018

Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) is seeking pilot users for two new research services. The first, Locker, is group project storage focused on large data sets, and is available at a cost less than half that of current primary storage services. Locker still provides encryption, replication, snapshots, and workstation access. Example use cases for Locker are research… Read More »

It’s a wrap! Campus WiFi Upgrade and WiFi on the Diag are complete

On Friday, September 7, 2018, ITS held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the steps of Hatcher Graduate Library, in the iconic central Diag, to mark the completion of two projects: the Campus WiFi Upgrade Project and WiFi on the Diag. The event began with remarks from Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Ravi Pendse. Pendse reviewed the… Read More »

Use Duo when traveling

Don’t let travel plans interrupt the protections provided by Duo. Duo offers multiple options to help you complete two-factor authentication when traveling. You may be able to use your regular Duo two-factor option, or you may need to use an alternative, depending on your travel plans. The recommended travel option is the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone… Read More »

HITS supports new researcher collaboration website

By | September 18, 2018

Last month, the Medical School Office of Research launched Michigan Research Experts, a searchable, web-based database of research expertise designed for U-M and developed to foster collaboration. Several HITS teams worked for months with the Office of Research and a new vendor in support of the effort. HITS lent its expertise in the integration of thirteen databases to create a more powerful… Read More »

Get high-resolution aerial imagery from Nearmap US

Ever needed higher-resolution aerial imagery than Google or ArcGIS basemaps offer? Or, more frequent historical imagery? Nearmap, for which the Library recently renewed university-wide access, meets both those goals for developed areas of the U.S. (Rural areas are not covered by this service.) Nearmap imagery has a resolution of less than 7.5cm (or <3-inches), as compared to the… Read More »

You’re invited: Celebrate Campus WiFi projects Sept. 7

Please join us to celebrate the completion of the Campus WiFi Upgrade and WiFi on the Diag projects. Because of these projects, WiFi was upgraded in over 250 buildings on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus and made WiFi available on the Diag for the first time. All are welcome to attend! Steps of Hatcher Graduate Library 913… Read More »

MWireless frequency change brings improved WiFi Oct. 15

In February, ITS Infrastructure made a change to MWireless in ITS buildings to reduce network congestion and provide a more reliable wireless experience by switching to 5GHz exclusively. Later in April, the same change was made at Michigan Ross with success. Starting October 15, 2018, the change will be in effect campus-wide. The decision was made by the… Read More »

Google announces cutover dates for the new Gmail

Google recently announced the following dates for the rollout of the new Gmail interface: September 18: Google automatically switches everyone to new Gmail. Users can still revert to “classic Gmail” for one month. October 16: Everyone will be permanently switched to new Gmail and “classic Gmail” will no longer be available. Users can currently opt in to the… Read More »

Check out GSuite & Box training this fall

The ITS Collaboration Services team is excited to offer a fall series of instructor-led training sessions to U-M faculty and staff. The classes are offered at no-charge and are open for registration via My LINC.  Welcome to fall! Introduction to G-Suite (1hr) ITS_GOOC100 October 16, 1-2 p.m., Wolverine  – G010 Working with Google Drive (2hrs) ITS_GOOC102  September 12, 2-4 p.m., Shapiro… Read More »

Chrome extension warns you of malicious websites

You know you need to check the URL before logging in, but wouldn’t it be great if your web browser did some of that checking for you? If you use Chrome and an extension from Information Assurance (IA), it can. The U-M Safe Computing Website Checker extension for Chrome warns you while you are using Chrome: When you… Read More »