April 2017

Windows Vista End-of-Life

Microsoft Windows Vista turned 10 years old and reached its end-of-life (EOL) on April 11, 2017.  As such, Microsoft no longer offers security updates, technical support, software, and content updates for Vista.  Machines running Vista no longer meet UT minimum security requirements, leaving these systems vulnerable to attacks. In addition, new hardware, software, and third party software updates may no longer work with Windows Vista. In short, keeping Windows Vista installed on your systems is a disaster waiting to happen.

If you are running Windows Vista today, it is

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Survey Says...

Did you know that UT faculty, staff and students have access to a world-class and easy-to-use online survey tool?

The web-based survey tool Qualtrics is available to all current university faculty, staff and students, and is approved for sensitive data (including FERPA, HIPAA and IRB). This powerful survey tool can support your research, teaching, administrative, and schoolwork needs.

You can use Qualtrics to develop and deploy surveys, store data and analyze results.

While you can use the survey tool to conduct traditional surveys, it can also be used for course

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RHEL5, CentOS5, and SL5 End-of-Life Notice

It is hard to believe that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and the various distributions based on it (CentOS, Scientific Linux, and others) turned 10 years old last month!

With their 10th birthday on March 31st they've reached end-of-life, which means that maintenance will cease, and there will be no further updates to any software installed via vendor packages.

That means we can no longer make any security guarantees, and any future security or other vulnerabilities detected in packaged software or the core operating system will not be patched.  At that time, because

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