Critical News

  • 2017 Asset Management in Computer Science

    In the early months of 2017 the Systems Support Group (SSG) will collect information on all CS assets. This includes all devices purchased by CS that can connect to a network. 

    For all systems running the Windows or Mac OS, the SSG would like to install BigFix software. BigFix will deliver information regularly and accurately to our Asset Management Software.

    If you have a Linux system or do not want us to install BigFix then we will collect the following information manually:

    • Serial Numbers
    • PI or Owner Name
    • PI or Owner Phone Number
    • PI or Owner Email
    • MAC Address
    • OS
    • NAM
    • Room number
    • Where your work data is stored
    • Backup Solution used

    We will be using student staff to collect this information -- they will be contacting you soon to coordinate a meeting to discuss installing BigFix and tracking all CS assets you or your team is using.

    If you have any questions or comments please email

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    For more information about BigFix:
    Official hallway announcement: 
    Official email announcement:
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 2:55 PM by Ken Gribble
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LaTeX in Google Docs

posted Apr 25, 2016, 11:37 AM by Ken Gribble

Did you know that Google Docs can do high-quality LaTeX rendered images? 

This page will explain how to get started in adding LaTeX rendered images into your Google Docs:

SSG Graduate Student Presentation 2015

posted Sep 21, 2015, 4:58 PM by Ken Gribble

Campus and CS Wireless Service Changes

posted Jun 5, 2015, 9:41 AM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Jun 5, 2015, 12:00 PM ]

Because MoobilenetX will be depreciated in the near future, the Computer Science department now advises eduroam* for wireless needs. Choose your OS from the Campus Wireless Access page, and then use the eduroam instructions.

The wireless networks on campus support most wireless devices (802.11 a/b/g/n) and are available to all UC Davis computing account holdersUC Davis Guests, sponsored guests, and Eduroam account holders.


eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

Having started in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum throughout the research and education community and is now available in 74 territories.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

SSG Graduate Student Presentation 2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:51 PM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 2:01 PM ]

Thanks to everyone who listened!

Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

posted Sep 16, 2014, 11:43 AM by Ken Gribble

Did you know you can make appointment slots in Google Calendar? 

The appointment slots feature lets you set one period of time on your calendar, divided into available time slots for people to reserve. For instance, professors or staff can have their students reserve time during office hours each week. These appointment calendars can also be shared on the web.

Here's a video that explains how to create and reserve appointment slots.

UC Davis Wireless Certificate Update (September 2014)

posted Sep 2, 2014, 9:58 AM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 3:20 PM ]

The UC Davis wireless networks, MoobileNetX and ResNetX, have updated security certificates. Because of this change, 
UC Davis wireless network users may be prompted to accept a new certificate.

Please see this UC Davis IT Knowledge Base article for details:  UC Davis Wireless Certificate Update (September 2014)

If you are currently not using MoobileNetX, and are instead using MoobileNet, now's a good time to try it. MoobileNetX employs an encryption for authentication (802.1x). It also means you won't have to login every time you need to use wireless on campus.

For more information about MoobileNetX, click here.

Microsoft Home Use Program Now Available

posted Aug 12, 2014, 3:51 PM by Ken Gribble

Microsoft’s Office Home Use Program (HUP) is now available for departments that participate in the Microsoft UC-MCCA software leasing program (which includes all primary Engineering departments, including Computer Science). You are now eligible to participate in Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (HUP). This program enables you to get a licensed copy of Microsoft Office for desktop PC to install and use on your personally-owned home computer.

Under the Home Use Program, you and our other employees who are users of qualifying applications at work (e.g. Office Enterprise) may acquire a licensed copy of the corresponding Home Use Program software (e.g. Office Enterprise) to install and use on a home computer. You may continue using HUP software while you are under our employment and as long as the corresponding software you use at work has active Software Assurance coverage.

For more information, see the CoE IT Shared Services new COE Software Site

Windows XP is no longer safe enough to use

posted Jun 19, 2014, 10:47 AM by Ken Gribble

Microsoft stopped maintaining the 13-year-old operating system software on April 8, 2014. 

That means XP is no longer secure enough to use on the UC Davis network—or to use online, period. If you still use XP, you need to move to a newer operating system.

UC Davis policy prohibits use of unsupported OS or application software on machines that connect to the campus network. Unmaintained software is a common entry point for viruses and malware, which can then spread to other UC Davis computers.

See the UC Davis Windows XP Security page for more information.


New Advice on Heartbleed Internet Security Bug Released from Campus - Change your Kerberos Passphrase

posted Apr 15, 2014, 3:18 PM by Ken Gribble

Campus is now advising everyone to change our Kerberos passphrasesGo to, select "Change your passphrase," and follow the instructions.

You should not use your Kerberos passphrase for any non-UC services. Re-using passwords increases the risk of a breach.

Seriously consider changing your passphrases for other services, such as banks and retailers, once they have fixed their own vulnerabilities.

Do not respond to suspicious email messages, especially when they ask you for your passphrase or other personal information. More information is available at

Campus and SSG assess 'Heartbleed' Internet security risk - What should I do?

posted Apr 10, 2014, 1:04 PM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 3:11 PM ]

Information and Educational Technology is distributing a message yesterday in response to the "Heartbleed" Internet hack. Note that Campus is "
not requiring campus users to change their campus Kerberos passphrase". Campus has changed their position on this and advises changing your Kerberos passphrase.

Other websites are suggesting passphrase changes, see below.

In response to this issue, the CS Systems Support Group (SSG) has performed network scans on all CS and IDAV networks and have contacted those people with systems that are vulnerable to this risk.

What Should I do?
Experts are advising to change any passphrase on a site that was vulnerable, after they patch for the issue. If you used a passphrase on multiple sites, and one was vulnerable, change all of those website passphrases as well. While you are doing that, remember, it's best to make a unique passphrase for every site. More information on passphrases.

Places that have reported patching and are advising passphrase changes

These websites are reporting they had the Heartbleed vulnerability, and it is now patched. It is suggested you change your passphrase on these sites now. For other websites, check the Websites Reporting on Heartbleed Patching, below.

Amazon Web Services (for website operators only, was not affected)

Websites Reporting on Heartbleed patching

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