Alert Information

 Yellow:  Application Alert

“Software Changes Are Required” pop-up message.

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 • 2:53 PM mgcooper

Software Changes Are Required pop-up message

This is a legitimate message and is not malicious software.

Concerns have been reported by users receiving a pop-up message on their computer saying "Software changes are required. Your IT department requires changes to the software on your computer. Click here for options." This is a legitimate message and is not malicious software.

Information Services is currently deploying Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) to laptops and desktops. One of the core functions of SCCM is to distribute software updates to the clients using the same process and policy that has been in place for many years. This was previously performed by WSUS and it is this process that causes the pop-up message.

SCCM's processes will usually be invisible to the end user, however, as mandatory updates are distributed (typically on the 3rd Wednesday of each month), users will be notified through the pop-up message in the system tray. Users have a grace period of 7 days in which to apply updates and restart. At the end of this grace period, a forced restart will occur with users being notified beforehand by a pop-up message allowing users to save/close files and applications. For additional information, see our FAQ’s listed here: SCCM FAQs or contact the IS Service desk at 409-772-5200 or ishelp@utmb.edu.

 Yellow:  Network Advisory

TDCJ Scheduled Network Maintenance

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 • 10:00 AM joreily

On Tuesday night, September 23, 2014, from 10pm until midnight (2 hours) the computer network will be intermittently unavailable due to network maintenance. This will impact all computer and network-connected devices in this building.

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In the event that there is a disruption of network or applications services, you can check the status of any given system by viewing the Daily Operations Status

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