Category: Planned Maintenance

Advanced notice of planned maintenance that may have an impact on users.

Various Wifi Network Migrations

The schedule of where we will be introducing the new wifi over the next few weeks is as follows:

  • Tue 22 Aug | Fulton Building
  • Wed 23 Aug | Old Medical School Building
  • Thu 24 Aug | Queen Mother Building
  • Tue 29 Aug | Carnelley Building
  • Wed 30 Aug | Ewing Building
  • Thu 31 Aug | Kirkcaldy Teaching Block

How will it affect me?
The wifi migration will start at 08:00 in each of the buildings on its allocated day, at which point the:

  • Existing wireless (UoD_WiFi) will be switched off
  • No internet connection via wifi will be available for devices to connect to
  • Over the next 4 hours, the new wifi will be switched on in small batches
  • Some areas will become available prior to others

This means that wifi should be considered unavailable for the 4 hour period and at risk for the rest of the day.

You will need to re-connect any devices that were using UoD_WiFi to eduroam. Details of how to do this can be found on the IT Get Connected webpage.


The work will not affect the operation of the wired network (via ethernet cable). Any devices connected to this network should not experience any loss of service.

Reporting issues / getting help
Please contact the IT Service Desk via Help4U once the work is complete.

We will return to these buildings to upgrade the wired network in the near future.

Read more about this project on the Network Refresh Blog.

New Email Security Feature

A Sender Policy Framework (SPF) will be applied to the University’s email system from Tue 15 Aug. This best practice measure is part of an ongoing effort to help everyone stay safe and secure.

What does SPF do?
It passes your received email through an automatic ‘check’ to:

  • Verify that it comes from the University’s email system
  • Confirm that the displayed sender address matches the one found in the email header (i.e. it is not from a ‘spoofed’ account)

SPF inserts a warning message into any email that fails either/both of these checks to let you know it carries the tell-tale signs of an illegitimate message. From then on, it is up to you to make some informed decisions.


Will I notice anything different?
Potentially, yes. If any of the emails you receive fail the SPF check, they will be tagged with text (outlined below) in the subject line and the email body itself as a header to highlight this to you:

  • Subject line: ‘UNVERIFIED SENDER’
  • Email body: ‘The University e-mail system cannot verify the authenticity of this message; treat it with caution’

Does that mean it’s definitely spam?
No. The check itself is not 100% fool proof and on occasion, it may fail legitimate emails. If there are grounds for you to think this is the case, for example you were expecting an email from that person or on that subject, personally check with the sender to confirm their email is genuine before engaging with anything in it.

What is it for then?
SPF is here to enhance your ability to identify malicious emails, not to replace your important and continued role in the process of doing so. Please always consider each email you receive with care and exercise the sound thinking we’ve shared with you on many occasions before interacting with any links, attachments or calls to action they contain, as we know you already endeavour to do.

What should I do if I receive an email with the warning message?

  • Follow the advice given above and be cautious with it until you are confident it is legitimate. If you cannot confirm this yourself, please contact IT via Help4U so we can investigate on your behalf.
  • Follow the instructions below in the event the email is suspicious and we will apply appropriate technical measures to prevent that sender entering anything into your email system again.

How do I report a suspicious email?
Send (do not forward) it to us as an attachment using the instructions on this webpage.

Why are we doing this?
Every day brings with it more headlines about accounts being hacked, ransomware attacks making their way around the world and systems being compromised. The University takes security seriously and SPF is a small factor we can introduce that will help you contribute to keeping your place of work or study as cyber safe as it can be.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact us via Help4U (ref C1707-023).

Bristol Online Survey (BOS) Downtime

Ownership of the Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) tool is scheduled to transfer from the University of Bristol to Jisc on Wed 04 Oct 2017, during which there will be a period of downtime. Current expectation is that the downtime will last no longer than 24 hours.

Unfortunately, the above transfer date is outwith the control of the University of Dundee, however, support will continue to be provided as normal by the LLC & CI Survey Service during the transitional time. Following the transfer, there should be no noticeable difference to your use of the BOS survey tool.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Library via LLC-Surveys@dundee.ac.uk.

Issue uploading submission reporting – Routine Maintenance

We have been advised that a small number of students are having an issue submitting online. This is due to routine maintenance from our supplier.

Planned Turnitin Maintenance: Saturday August 5, 2017
7am – 1pm PDT / 3pm – 9pm GMT / 2am – 8am (Sunday 6) AEDT. (click here for your local time)

Turnitin services will be undergoing essential maintenance and will be unavailable.

All Turnitin customers on the following services will be affected including:

  • Turnitin (including mobile)
  • TurnitinUK
  • Integrations

Where applicable, please be aware no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed above during this time. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.

Please follow @TurnitinStatus on Twitter for the latest updates.

More information can be found real-time at the Turnitin website.

My Dundee Upgrade | July 2017

The University’s learning platform, My Dundee, will be unavailable from Mon 17- Fri 21 July due to upgrade.

Please ensure you download any teaching/study resources you may need over this period before the start date of the change.

Why are we upgrading?
Primarily to maintain compliance with our support agreement. The CTIL team continue to evaluate new features to determine which may be enabled/promoted and updates on this can be reached here.

If you have specific module delivery concerns or questions, please contact Help4U quoting change reference C1704-054.

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i-GRasp (eRecruitment application) update

i-GRasp will be unavailable for up to 4 hours on the evening of Wed 28 Jun between 18:00-22:00 to allow for an update to be applied.

What impact will this have?
You will be unable to login to the application during this time. Lumesse (the providers of iGrasp) will be displaying a maintenance page during this period of downtime, which will remain in place should the work extend beyond 22:00.

Need help?
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the IT Service Desk via Help4U quoting ref #C1706-028.
Similarly, get in touch should you encounter any issues with the application once the update has been applied.

JTrac | Service maintenance

The IT Student Systems team has identified the need for maintenance on the JTrac platform.

When will it take place?
Work will start at 13:00 on 14 Jun 2017 and is expected to be short in nature (only a few minutes and lasting no more than one hour).

What impact will this have?
JTrac will be unavailable to all users during this time and you will be logged out if actively using it while the work is taking place.

Why are we doing it?
To make the platform more reliable by moving it to the University’s new authentication system.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk via Help4U (ref C1705-014).

The Enquiry Centre Network Migration

The Enquiry Centre will be migrated across to the new network on Thu 15 Jun. The following areas will be affected at the listed time:

  • 13:00 – 15:00 | Enquiry Centre & foyer of DUSA

You may find your device becomes active prior to the completion time if situated in this building on the day. If this does occur, your network service should still be considered ‘at risk’ up until 18:00 on Thur.

Impact
There will be no access to the wired and wifi network (inc internet access) in these areas at the indicated times. Migrations will affect all client devices such as PCs and laptops, printers, building management systems etc connected to the University network.

Actions
Follow the guidance below to re-establish your computers’ wired connection afterwards:

  • Unmanaged computers
    • You will need to enable 802.1x authentication on your wired network connection post-migration. Download the Windows / macOS X / Linux instructions to your desktop beforehand to help you do this.
  • Managed computers (e.g. Staff Desktop)
    • Take no action for these devices post-migration. They should automatically connect to the new wired network, but may need to be rebooted if they have been switched on throughout the change.

If you need a refresh on how to connect your device to the new wifi (eduroam), visit the Get Connected website page for students and staff.

Reporting issues / getting help
Please contact the IT Service Desk via Help4U once the work is complete (ref C1705-058).

All Enquiry Centre activities will run on the University’s new, next-generation network following successful migration.

Read more about this project on the Network Refresh Blog.

Crawford Building Network Migration

The Crawford Building will be migrated across to the new network on Thu 15 Jun. The following areas will be affected at the times below:

  • 07:00 – 12:00 | North west of building
  • 07:00 – 10:00 | North east of building
  • 13:00 – 18:00 | South of building

You may find your device becomes active prior to the completion time if situated in this building on the day. If this does occur, your network service should still be considered ‘at risk’ up until 18:00 on Thu.

Impact
There will be no access to the wired and wifi network (inc internet access) in these areas at the indicated times. Migrations will affect all client devices such as PCs and laptops, printers, building management systems etc connected to the University network.

Actions
Follow the guidance below to re-establish your computers’ wired connection afterwards:

  • Unmanaged computers
    • You will need to enable 802.1x authentication on your wired network connection post-migration. Download the Windows / macOS X / Linux instructions to your desktop beforehand to help you do this.
  • Managed computers (e.g. Staff Desktop)
    • Take no action for these devices post-migration. They should automatically connect to the new wired network, but may need to be rebooted if they have been switched on throughout the change.

If you need a refresh on how to connect your device to the new wifi (eduroam), visit the Get Connected website page for students and staff.

Reporting issues / getting help
Please contact the IT Service Desk via Help4U once the work is complete (ref C1705-057).

All Crawford activities will run on the University’s new, next-generation network following successful migration.

Read more about this project on the Network Refresh Blog.