Datashare changes

During the September “patch night” (Sept. 9) when all of the campus machines are shut down to receive their security and performance patches, the Datashare storage system will be changed to a virtual computer. This will not change the access for the system, but will make the system more effective.  The datashare service will be unavailable during the period of 10:00 PM September 9 to 2:00 AM September 10.

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MATLAB R2014b Patch Released

MathWorks has informed us that they have found and resolved a number of problems in MATLAB R2014b that could lead to files being removed.

Information about the bugs and patch is available in bug report #1184018 on MathWorks’ website. In short, the most serious one is removal of files in the current directory when MATLAB exits. The others are crashes when using Simulink. The fixes are ZIP files that must be extracted in the MATLAB R2041b install directory, by a privileged user.

The main distribution from MathWorks has been patched, and installs from the ditto distribution site after the morning of January 16 will have these patches in place.

If you have any questions about these MATLAB patches, please contact Research Computing for answers. Remember to backup your files (such as the .m files) to prevent loss of data or work.

Warning : MicroSoft hotfix rollup causes problems with ArcGIS

ESRI has issued a warning that a particular set of patches called a “hotfix rollup” for Windows 7 and Server 2008 will cause problems with ArcGIS. Do not manually install “hotfix rollup” KB 2775511.

This rollup is not part of the normal suite of patches delivered to Windows computers, and regular updates from MicroSoft do not pose a problem. A user would have to manually download this hotfix package to install it. Continue reading