Computing Updates - October 2014

Information about email migration, Sharepoint, EECS accounts, event management, and security

Email Migrations

Together with HUIT, we have charted a two-phase course to move all SEAS Exchange email accounts to Harvard Office 365. First, in mid-January, SEAS will migrate Exchange mailboxes to HUIT's Exchange email servers. Second, sometime in March, HUIT will move those mailboxes to Office 365. We will provide specifics to those users affected.

Sharepoint Migrations

We are migrating all SEAS Sharepoint sites to Office 365 and will reach out to the users of each site with details. These moves are expected to be completed in February.

EECS Email

All EECS email, for both @eecs and @cs (and other domains), will migrate to g.harvard.edu (google). Users' email addresses will not change. We are assisting individuals as they make this move. We expect this to be completed in November.

EMS

The Events Management System (EMS) room booking tool will be replaced with the central Harvard EMS system, which already serves FAS, Radcliffe, and the Divinity School. This project is in the planning stage, and we expect the new EMS to be in place by the start of the spring semester.

code.seas.harvard.edu and source.seas.harvard.edu

Because the University cannot provide the quality of service and availability of existing 3rd-party cloud-based solutions like github and bitbucket, we plan on decommissioning the in-house version control systems known as code.seas.harvard.edu and source.seas.harvard.edu.  Since many courses rely on these services, we will continue to operate these systems through the spring semester. We encourage instructors to begin phasing this out of their course materials, and there will be people available to facilitate the transition.

Shellshock

Recently, another significant vulnerability affecting Apple and Linux computers was identified. Affected systems need to be updated as soon as possible. A school-wide email was sent out with details. If you have questions, please email help@seas.harvard.edu.