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On September 13, 2021, Google Drive is releasing a security update that will apply to some Drive files. The security update will make Google Drive files more secure by updating their links to include a resource key and may lead to some new file access requests. This update does not impact Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

For more information, visit go.lbl.gov/drivechanges.

General Windows Update Guidance


All Windows system users, 


Microsoft releases Monthly Updates (patches) to keep your computer as secure as possible. As onerous as it may seem, keeping your Windows system up to date is a very important part of using any modern operating system with Internet access.

While you have received this update to address current issues, there are always new ones being reported. Our recommendation is to run Windows Update NOW, including REBOOTING if required, and please keep an eye out for future Windows Update communications from IT.

If BigFix is not currently installed on your system, we recommend you install BigFix as soon as possible so we can keep your system safe and you informed. It also helps with DOE property tracking. You never need to barcode scan your computer again.

In order to minimize disruption, when checking for updates, you may get more than one update that requires a restart. Please wait until all updates are completed before restarting your computer or you may have to restart more than once. In addition, if the BigFix restart notification appears, double check your Windows Updates application to ensure all updates have been completed before you restart.

Please run Windows Update at least monthly, to check if your system requires any patches.

Please consider rebooting your Windows system weekly or at least monthly. 

Here is How to run Windows Update for Windows 10. Please REBOOT your computer if required by the Windows Update.



To all Windows system users, Microsoft has recently released some critical security updates regarding PrintNightmare. Please run Windows Update and check if your system requires any patches. It is strongly recommended to do this NOW and monitor any future communications from IT regarding this recent security threat. 

While Microsoft has released updates to address this current issue, there have been reports that the first round of updates are insufficient. Our recommendation at this time is to run Windows Updates, including rebooting if necessary, and keep an eye out for future Windows Update communications from IT. If BigFix is not currently installed on your system, we recommend you install BigFix as soon as possible so we can keep your system safe and you informed.  

In order to minimize disruption, when checking for updates, you may get more than one update that requires a restart. Please wait until all updates are completed before restarting your computer or you may have to reboot more than once. In addition, if the BigFix reboot notification appears, double check your Windows Updates application to ensure all updates have been completed before you reboot.

Keeping your Windows system up to date is important


Here is How to run Windows Update for Windows 10. Reboot your computer if required by the Windows Update.


More information:

Apple has announced a new operating system, macOS Monterey. They have released a beta version for consumers to download. The first final release is expected in Fall 2021. 

However, we would like to caution our users to be careful before upgrading to the beta or first final release of macOS Monterey. These are the questions you need to ask yourself before proceeding with the install of macOS Monterey:

  • Is your computer compatible? See list below: 

    • iMac late 2015 and later

    • iMac Pro 2017 and later

    • MacBook Air early 2015 and later

    • MacBook Pro early 2015 and later

    • Mac Pro late 2013 and later

    • Mac mini late 2014 and later

    • MacBook early 2016 and later

Note: if your hardware is not compatible, macOS Monterey should warn you and not install/upgrade. But it doesn’t hurt to double check to make sure.

  • Are all your peripheral devices compatible?

  • Is all your installed software compatible?

  • Do you have the installation files for that software, if you need to reinstall or revert your Operating System to the previous version?

  • BACKUP your computer before installing/upgrading to macOS Monterey


IT recommends not upgrading or installing macOS Monterey at this time. 

Note that all 32-bit applications are incompatible with macOS Monterey. 

If you decide to upgrade regardless of this warning, ensure you backup your computer before installing/upgrading or you may lose your data in the event of a corrupt installation or if you find you need to revert to the previous operating system due to incompatibility.

Feel free to reach out to IT if you have any questions. 

You can contact our support staff by:

To all users that have Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge installed on the computer.

Google has released a new version of Google Chrome that addresses vulnerabilities that attackers in the wild could exploit to take control of affected systems.

The new Microsoft Edge is now based on Chrome which is why it needs to be updated as well.

Protect yourself! Update immediately!

Here is How to Update Google Chrome

Here is How to Update Microsoft Edge

More info:

Make sure to be protected, do a second reboot after the update!

Apple released the macOS Big Sur update 11.3 on April 28, 2021. If Sophos is installed on an M1 (ARM) based system prior to the update, the first time the system boots after the update, protection will be compromised. Restarting the system again resolves this issue.


The issue can be observed when the following conditions are met:
1. macOS 11 had Sophos installed prior to updating to 11.3
2. Upgrading to macOS 11.3
3. M1 chip (ARM) based hardware only (Intel hardware is not impacted)
4. This also applies to the 10.1.0 M1 (ARM) Optimized EAP.

Systems that are not impacted by this:
1. Systems with Intel chip macs
2. New Sophos installs on macOS 11.3
3. Systems with macOS 10.15.7 Catalina and below

Resolution:
Restart the computer once again after upgrading to macOS 11.3!

The original article is linked here!


IT has created new videos to help you with:


If you would like to see a specific help video created, let us know!

Keep an eye on our IT Spotlight page for future announcements on new video tutorials!

Microsoft has taken a different approach to updating Windows 10, as they release major builds twice a year. Each build will have an end of lifecycle and will cease to be supported as defined by their End of Service date. Users should know that they must regularly commit to updating their Windows 10 operating system or risk cyber threat and/or block.

Microsoft has published the Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheet (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet), and their end of life dates (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-enterprise-and-education). This information is also represented in the table below.

Windows 10 version history

Date of availability

End of service

Windows 10, version 20H2

October 20, 2020

May 9, 2023

Windows 10, version 2004

May 27, 2020

December 14, 2021

Windows 10, version 1909 

November 12, 2019

May 10, 2022 

Windows 10, version 1903

May 21, 2019

December 8, 2020

Windows 10, version 1809

November 13, 2018

May 11, 2021

Windows 10, version 1803

April 30, 2018

May 11, 2021

Windows 10, version 1709

October 17, 2017

October 13, 2020

Windows 10, version 1703

April 11, 2017

October 8, 2019

Windows 10, version 1607

August 2, 2016

April 9, 2019

Windows 10, version 1511

November 10, 2015

October 10, 2017

Windows 10, version 1507

July 29, 2015

May 9, 2017

To find out about the your Windows 10 version, see Which Windows operating system am I running? (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13443/windows-which-operating-system)

Users should be mindful regarding Windows Updates:

  • Backup your system before doing your Windows Update, you can use Druva inSync from our software download page, go.lbl.gov/DownloadDruvainSync

  • Run Windows Update on Windows 10, update files can be big and may take some time to download

  • Once the Update starts to download you can minimize it and continue working

  • When the download is complete it will ask for a reboot, you can pause or reschedule for the end of the day (Note: update will not finish without a reboot). Note there may be a couple of reboots involved so be patient.

  • Application of system settings after a Windows Update may require another 15-30 minutes after you reboot and login

Users can REQUEST HELP with updating their Windows 10 system.

Remember do not push off updating your computer, update regularly!

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Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 version 1909 on May 11, 2021. This applies to:

  • Windows 10 Home

  • Windows 10 Pro

  • Windows 10 Pro Education

  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

If you have one of the listed editions of Windows 10, it is strongly recommended and encouraged that you update it to the latest version (Windows 10 v20H2) before May 11, 2021 to continue receiving Windows updates and Security updates from Microsoft.


Please note:

  • Backup your system before doing your Windows Update. Berkeley Lab IT offers Druva inSync for backup solutions

  • Update files can be big and may take several hours to download

  • While Windows Update is downloading updates, you can minimize it and continue working

  • When the download is complete it will ask for a reboot. We suggest delaying until the end of the day, as your system will be unusable during the updates.

  • Additional updates may need to be applied after you reboot and login. It may take up to 30 minutes to apply settings before the next updates can be applied. On some rare occasions, it could be longer than 30 minutes. This process may need to be repeated multiple times until Windows is completely up to date.


Not sure how to do the update? See Run Windows Update for Windows 10.

If you are interested, to know what is new in Windows 10 v20H2: See Windows 10 version 20H2: The complete changelog

A little extra, here is a refresher to IT Best Practices.


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IT has created new videos to help you with:

Reminder: Do not forget your LastPass master password. LastPass admins do not have the capability of recovering your password.

If you would like to see a specific help video created, let us know!

Keep an eye on our IT Spotlight page for future announcements on new video tutorials!


Check out How to Run Self-Service Property Reports section and get your time back.


Microsoft recently reported Windows Updates have been causing BSOD on numbers of Windows 10 computers. The related updates are: KB5000802, KB5000808, KB5000809, and KB5000822 and are related to Kyocera and Ricoh printing drivers.

The BSOD looks like this:

Observe the bottom of the BSOD and make sure you see the following:

  • Stop code: APC_INDEX_MISMATCH

  • What failed: win32kfull.sys


Microsoft has released a procedure to fix this issue:

  1. Restart the computer and log back in

    1. To restart the computer from a BSOD, just power off the computer and power it back on again using the power button

  2. Do not start using the computer right away

  3. Run Windows Update (here is a guide on how to run Windows Update)

  4. Do not use the computer during this time

  5. Restart the computer when prompted by Windows Update and the issue should be resolved


If this does not address your issue, please submit a ticket to [email protected] with a screenshot of the BSOD or begin a chat session with our support team.

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IT has created new FAQ with videos to help you with:


If you would like to see a specific help video created, let us know!

Keep an eye on our IT Spotlight page for future announcements on new video tutorials!

Open OnDemand (OOD) is a browser-based High Performance Computing portal that provides an easy way to access HPC resources in addition to the conventional command line approach. The Scientific Computing Group now offers the Open OnDemand service for accessing Lawrencium and other dedicated research clusters in our HPC infrastructure.

This workshop is an introductory course on productive use of OOD on Lawrencium supercluster. The course will cover the following:

* Command-line shell access
* File management
* Interactive server and GUI applications, such as Jupyter Notebook, Matlab and RStudio
* Job management and monitoring

Date: Wednesday, March 10 2021
Time: 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Zoom Meeting: link will be available upon registration
Prerequisite: a user account is preferred but not required.
No previous experience with HPC is necessary.
Registration
 
HPCS virtual office hours:
10:30 AM - noon on Wednesdays.
Request a virtual consultation here.
 
Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Thank you,

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HPC User Support