On Thursday, July 9th between 10pm and 12am, web sites may be unavailable for brief periods to complete maintenance on the web servers.

During the maintenance window, access to edit web pages will be removed and restored after the changes to the new web server has been completed. This will impact all department and faculty web sites except those in Astronomy, BEBR, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics.

Please contact CLAS IT at 846-1990 or send a service request if you have any questions or concerns regarding the outage.

During the Summer break, CLAS IT will be performing maintenance on the web servers. On Thursday, June 25th between 4pm and 6pm, web sites may be unavailable for brief periods.

During the maintenance window, access to edit web pages will be removed and restored after the changes to the new web server has been completed. This will impact all department and faculty web sites except those in Astronomy, BEBR, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics.

Please contact CLAS IT at 846-1990 or send a service request if you have any questions or concerns regarding the outage.

Some of you may have noticed Skype for Business where Lync should be. Microsoft has decided to change Lync into Skype for Business and we are currently in the middle of that transition.

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The new tools are part of the IBM Endpoint Management system and we have deployed the software to over 1500 CLAS-managed workstations as part of the UF Endpoint Management program.

The UFEM program is conducted in partnership with UFIT and this will allow CLAS IT to maintain security patches and updates for Windows and software on Macs. The tools also replace the anti-virus and PGP whole disk encryption products.

Now when CLAS IT deploys a suite of updates, users will see a new popup dialog box prompting them to restart the computer. Users can cancel this action, but they will eventually need to reboot in order for the updates to fully install.

The IBM Endpoint Management will never force a reboot, so if you are prompted, please restart the computer when you leave for the day.

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A recent Microsoft patch to Windows 8.1 is causing compatibility issues with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client. A workaround is available which restores full use of the client for Windows 8.1 users. No other version of Windows is affected by this issue.

More information, including instructions on how to implement the workaround can be found by going to Windows 8.1 Workarounds.

Several months ago we notified faculty and graduate students about a change that is going to happen to personal sites at clas.ufl.edu/users. This is a reminder that the change will be implemented on December 22nd.

What does this mean for you?

Basically, sites hosted at clas.ufl.edu will have a new URL. The content of your site will not change, just the location.  On December 22nd, visitors to the old-site and all of the sub-pages at clas.ufl.edu/users/… will be redirected to the new location at users.clas.ufl.edu/….

We strongly encourage you to begin updating your address now in order to ensure a smooth transition not only for you, but also for those who access your site.

Why we are doing this?

We realize several of you have invested substantial time and energy over the years to develop your site; we do not make this change lightly. As website technology has progressed, it is time to give the college website a facelift. In order to move the main college site to a modern Content Management System (CMS), we must make this change.

Additionally, our content management system is available for every faculty member in the college. The CMS tool makes it easier to develop an individual website, and empowers you to focus on developing the content of your webpages rather than having to worry about the design. You can see a few sample sites at http://people.clas.ufl.edu, and you can sign up for your very own “people” site by following the links on the main people site.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

Frequently-Asked Questions:

I have a website at people.clas.ufl.edu. Does this affect me?

No. There are no changes to sites hosted at people.clas.ufl.edu. This change only affects sites using the clas.ufl.edu/users address.

Will this change my content or the way that I connect to my web drive?

The content and structure of your web pages will not change, although we recommend that you update any links that contain clas.ufl.edu/users.You can still edit your html pages with the web page editors like Kompozer and Dreamweaver. The path used to connect to your I: drive will remain the same.

Other UF sites and search engines list the old address. Will those links be broken?

No, there is a redirect in place from the old address to the new one, which includes files and pages in subfolders. Visitors will be redirected to the appropriate pages and files at users.clas.ufl.edu.

I clicked the link to my new site address and it’s showing an error message ‘Permission Denied’.

This may be due to not having an index.html file in the main folder for your site. Please contact us for support using the service request form.