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Posts in the News category are displayed in the “Announcement” section of the OIT homepage. They will have a date stamp and be displayed with the most current post first. Once they are outdated the category for the post should be changed from “News” to ‘News Archive’

Wireless Security Update Wednesday Morning

OIT will be updating the Purple Air wireless security certificate at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, July 29th.  You may need to add and trust the new certificate on your laptop, phone or tablet. — To prepare for the upcoming semester and keep our wireless network safe, OIT will be updating the security certificate at 8:00 more »

OIT Summer Maintenance Day - July 25th

Saturday, July 25th is OIT’s annual summer maintenance day.  Between 6:00am and 10:00am there will be several very brief Internet outages as we upgrade the equipment that connects us to the Internet.  Also, during that time our Peoplesoft and Alumni Advance applications will be offline as we update the storage that holds their data.  Email more »

LISTSERV Upgrade Tonight

OIT will be upgrading the main college LISTSERV on Tuesday, July 14, at 8PM. We expect the downtime to be about 30 minutes. Any messages sent to the LISTSERV during the downtime will be queued and delivered when the new LISTSERV comes online.

Your mail has exceeded the set limit - SCAM

An email from “Willians Administrators ” was sent to many college addresses. There are several ways to tell this is a scam (phish). The From address is clearly not correct. The Subject line doesn’t make sense and also does not have the official OIT Eph subject line. Finally if you hover your mouse over the more »

Twitter and Instagram bogus accounts

Several people at Williams got confirmation request emails from Instagram and Twitter this weekend. They ask you to confirm your email address with the account. Unless you actually did start to set up accounts with these social media sites they are fake. Someone just grabbed your email address (easily findable on the internet) and attempted more »

Campus Network Modernization and Data Jack Access

Over the next 15 months, OIT will be completing a modernization of the campus network.  Most of this work will take place during the summers of 2015 and 2016 in order to minimize any impact on the campus.  Most of this work, also, will be invisible to our users.  Once completed, the campus will benefit more »

Downtime for Netware Server Hector, Thursday (6/25) at 8:00 PM

OIT will be doing preventative maintenance on the Netware file server Hector starting at 8:00 PM to correct file system issues. All volumes on Hector will be unavailable from 8:00PM to approximately 10:00PM. No other network services will be affected. Not all users will be impacted, but if you use one of the following Hector more »

Updated Google Portal now available!

Browse our revised Google Portal at http://oit.williams.edu/google/ which now includes important  announcements as well as: Tips and Tricks, FAQs, Google Guides and more.

Faculty/Staff Office and "Phone Extension" Moves

The new phone and voicemail system has made it easier for OIT to move an extension from one office phone to another. We have a process in place to do this, so it is very important that the physical phone not be moved. If you are planning an office move please fill out one of more »

Google is currently experiencing a delay with email response times

Update: The Google email delay issues have been resolved. Previous Post: Email is not being delivered within the normal time frame.  Google is working on the problem. Google Status Report: 6/9/15, 2:33 PM We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly. Users will notice email delivery delays affecting both inbound and more »

Computer recycle and reuse project starts Wed., June 3rd

OIT will be accepting old computer equipment at the college Agway barn this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours are from 12:30 to 2:30. A Williams ID is required to drop off equipment. We can only accept personal computing equipment, not items from businesses. Please do not put your computer equipment in the trash more »

Telephone Issues

UPDATE 1:30 pm: As of about 1:10 PM all services have been restored. UPDATE 1:00 PM:  We just received a message from Windstream that they expect to have service fro us restored by 1:30 PM today. UPDATE 11:15 AM:  Last message at 11:00 am from Windstream is that they are still working on the problem, more »

Upgrade of the OIT "Williams Help Desk" ticket system

On Wednesday, May 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., OIT will be upgrading our “Williams Help Desk” ticket system. Please do not submit any tickets during this time. You may call the Faculty/Staff Support Desk at x.4090,  the Student Support Desk at x.3088 or email desktop@williams.edu for assistance and we will make sure a ticket is submitted for you once more »

Private Doc phishing email

The email with the subject line “Private Doc” is a phishing attempt. Please delete it. “Hello, I’ve Shared a new file Uploaded to archive with Google icon” If you did follow the “review document here” link you would see that it takes you to a website with a suspicious address (clearly not a Williams.edu address). more »

"Breaking News" phishing attempt

At 12:30 we started receiving emails with the subject “Breaking News”. This is a phishing attempt. Please do not follow the link that is in the body. Simply delete the email. There are several ways to tell this is a fake email. First, the From address (Williams News Update) doesn’t match a logical email address more »