Desktop Software Changes

ZCM Force Run - July 24

Thursday, July 24, 2008

By Richard L. DeVries

Name: ZENworks Configuration Management (ZCM)
Target audience: All Windows workstations

Comments:
NOTE: The ZCM deployment was originally scheduled to begin on July 2 and was postponed due to technical difficulties.

ZENworks, CIT’s desktop management tool, is being upgraded to the latest version, called ZENworks Configuration Management (ZCM). The single ZCM agent will be installed on campus Windows machines and will replace 3 separate agents used for the previous version of ZENworks.

Beginning on July 16, 2008 campus users will be prompted to install ZCM and will be given the opportunity to defer installation until a more convenient time (“opt-out”) until July 24.

Beginning on July 24, 2008 campus users will no longer have the option to “opt-out” and ZCM will automatically be installed on their workstation.

Installation will take 10-15 minutes and will require a reboot of the computer when the installer finishes.

CIT encourages users to install ZCM at their earliest convenience before July 24. For help or questions please contact the CIT HelpDesk at X68555 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Additional information is available from The IT Connection at http://www.calvin.edu/weblogs/it_connection/july_01_2008/#1

ZENworks Client Upgrade - August 19

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

By Richard L. DeVries

CIT will be updating the Novell ZENworks server from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM Saturday, August 16. This upgrade will require that all ZENworks Client Agents be upgraded to version 10.1.

CIT plans to begin upgrading ZENworks software on all Windows campus computers on Tuesday, August 19. The ZENworks software will automatically be downloaded and installed on each Windows workstation. A reboot will be required after installation, ZENworks will prompt the user to reboot right away or to reboot at a later time. If you make no choice, your computer will automatically reboot. This upgrade is critical for providing a stable and secure computing environment.

Please contact the HelpDesk (x6-8555 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if you have questions or concerns.

Microsoft Security Patches for August 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

By Richard L. DeVries

The following Microsoft Security Patches will be deployed to campus workstations on or around 8/21/2008:

MS08-043: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954066)
Target workstations: All Windows and Mac workstations
More information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-043.mspx

MS08-045: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (953838)
  Target workstations: All Windows workstations
  More information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-045.mspx

MS08-046: Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Image Color Management System Could Allow Remote Code Execution (952954)
  Target workstations: All Windows workstations
  More information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-046.mspx

MS08-051: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949785)
  Target workstations: All Windows workstations
  More information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-051.mspx

ZENworks Server Updates - Oct. 25

Saturday, October 25, 2008

By Richard L. DeVries

Microsoft has released a critical update for Windows machines (MS08-067) which CIT will push to our ZENworks servers on Saturday, Oct. 25. A brief outage of ZENworks services will be required between 7:00AM and 8:00AM on Saturday morning.

During this brief outage users may be unable to login on campus workstations, particularly in campus computer labs. They may also be unable to launch some applications.

More information about this critical update is available from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-067.mspx

Please contact the CIT HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x6-8555 if you have questions or concerns. 

Adobe 8.1.3 Update - Nov. 18

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

By Richard L. DeVries

Affected Software: Adobe Reader, Acrobat Standard, and Acrobat Professional versions 8.1.2 and earlier. Windows and Mac platforms.
Target Audience: Faculty & staff computers. Smart Classrooms.

Adobe has released a security update to version 8.1.3 for Adobe Reader, Acrobat Standard, and Acrobat Professional for both the Windows and Mac platforms. CIT will begin deploying this update to campus workstations beginning Nov. 18.

Adobe Reader is included on all campus workstations and will need to be updated. If possible, CIT will deploy the update “silently” with no interaction with the user.

Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional is installed as needed on select campus workstations. These systems will need to be updated as well, however it may not be possible to deploy a “silent” update to these workstations. The user may be prompted to install the update and if necessary reboot the computer.

This page will be updated with more details about this deployment as more information is known.

Please contact the HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x6-8555 if you have questions or concerns.

Windows XP SP3 - June 30

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

By Richard L. DeVries

Affected Software: Windows XP. Windows platform.
Target Audience: Faculty & staff computers running Windows XP SP2 or lower.

Microsoft has released service pack update SP3 for Windows XP. CIT will begin deploying this update to campus workstations on July 1. Users will be prompted by ZENworks to install this update at their earliest convenience. Installation will take about 20 minutes and will require a system reboot when complete.

Please contact the HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x6-8555 if you have questions or concerns. 

Dec. 16 - December Security Patches

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By Richard L. DeVries

CIT Monthly Security Patches for December 2009
The December 2009 security patches will be delivered on Wednesday, December 16 and will include the patches listed below.

Target Audiences
Faculty and staff workstations
Smart Classrooms

Windows Systems
Windows patches will be installed silently and automatically. If a reboot is required after installation you will receive a message in a pop-up window. You will be allowed to postpone the reboot for up to 24 hours after the patches are installed. If the machine is not rebooted within the 24 hours the system will reboot automatically. If you want to verify if these patches were installed you can go to your Add/Remove Programs control panel and check for the patches listed below.

Windows patches to be included:
Flash 10.0.42.34 [more]
Firefox 3.5.5 [more]
Microsoft Security Patch MS09-071 Internet Authentication Services [more]
Microsoft Security Patch MS09-072 Cumulative Update for IE [more]
Microsoft Security Patch MS09-073 WordPad and Text Converters [more]

Macintosh Systems
Users on Macintosh systems will be prompted to install patches. You will have 14 days to begin installation. If a reboot is required you will have 5 minutes after installation completes to reboot your system or it will reboot automatically. Patches listed with a triangle next to them indicate that a system reboot is required. 

Macintosh patches to be included:
Apple-SA-2009-12-03-1 Java for OS 10.6 Update 1 [more]
Apple-SA-2009-12-03-2 Java for OS 10.5 Update 6 [more]
Flash 10.0.42.34 [more]
iPhoto Update 8.1.1
AirPort Client Update 2009-002
HP Printer Drivers Update 2.3
Flip4Mac 2.3.0.14
Stuffit 2010

Please contact the CIT HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 526-8555 if you have questions or concerns.

June 16 - Security Patches

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

By Richard L. DeVries

The following security updates will be released by CIT on Wednesday, June 16.

Target Audiences
Faculty and staff workstations
Smart Classrooms

Windows Systems
Windows updates will be installed silently and automatically. If a reboot is required after installation you will receive a message in a pop-up window. You will be allowed to postpone the reboot for up to 24 hours after the updates are installed. If the machine is not rebooted within the 24 hours the system will reboot automatically. If you want to verify if these updates were installed you can go to your Add/Remove Programs control panel and check for the patches listed below.

Windows updates to be included:
MS10-032 Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers
MS10-033 Media Decompression
MS10-034 Active X Kill Bits
MS10-035 Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer
MS10-036 COM Validation in MS Office
MS10-037 OpenType Compact Font Format Driver
MS10-038 MS Office Excel
MS10-039 MS Sharepoint / Office
MS10-040 Internet Information Services (IIS)
MS10-041 MS .NET Framework


Macintosh Systems
Users on Macintosh systems will be prompted to install patches. You will have 14 days to begin installation. If a reboot is required you will have 5 minutes after installation completes to reboot your system or it will reboot automatically. Patches listed with a triangle next to them indicate that a system reboot is required. 

Macintosh patches to be included:
Safari 4.1
Safari 5.0

Please contact the CIT HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 526-8555 if you have questions or concerns.

July 7 - Security Patches

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

By Richard L. DeVries

The following security patches and updates will be released by CIT on Wednesday, July 7.

Target Audiences
Faculty and staff workstations
Smart Classrooms

Windows Systems
Windows updates will be installed silently and automatically. If a reboot is required after installation you will receive a message in a pop-up window. You will be allowed to postpone the reboot for up to 24 hours after the updates are installed. If the machine is not rebooted within the 24 hours the system will reboot automatically. If you want to verify if these updates were installed you can go to your Add/Remove Programs control panel and check for the patches listed below.

Windows updates to be included:
ZCM 10.3 agent update


Macintosh Systems
Users on Macintosh systems will be prompted to install patches. You will have 14 days to begin installation. If a reboot is required you will have 5 minutes after installation completes to reboot your system or it will reboot automatically. Patches listed with a triangle next to them indicate that a system reboot is required. 

Macintosh patches to be included:
Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.9 update
Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.5 update

Please contact the CIT HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 526-8555 if you have questions or concerns.

July 21 - Security Patches

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

By Richard L. DeVries

The following security patches and updates will be released by CIT on Wednesday, July 21.

Target Audiences
Faculty and staff workstations
Smart Classrooms

Windows Systems
Windows updates will be installed silently and automatically. If a reboot is required after installation you will receive a message in a pop-up window. You will be allowed to postpone the reboot for up to 24 hours after the updates are installed. If the machine is not rebooted within the 24 hours the system will reboot automatically. If you want to verify if these updates were installed you can go to your Add/Remove Programs control panel and check for the patches listed below.

Windows updates to be included:
iTunes 9.2
MS10-042 Help & Support Center
MS10-043 Canonical Display Drivers
MS10-044 Office Access Active X Controls
MS10-045 Office Outlook


Macintosh Systems
Users on Macintosh systems will be prompted to install patches. You will have 14 days to begin installation. If a reboot is required you will have 5 minutes after installation completes to reboot your system or it will reboot automatically. Patches listed with a triangle next to them indicate that a system reboot is required. 

Macintosh patches to be included:
Apple Security Update 2010-004
Mac OS X v10.6.4
iTunes 9.2.1
Safari 5

Please contact the CIT HelpDesk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 526-8555 if you have questions or concerns.

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