Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Monday, Jan 13, 2020. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

Windows 7 systems Blocked from SOE network

Posted: 10:36:37, Monday, Jan 13, 2020   Expiration: 10:36:37, Sunday, Mar 1, 2020  

On Tuesday January 14th Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. After this time, Windows 7 computers will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft, leaving them vulnerable to viruses, intrusions, data theft, and data loss.

In order to protect SoE network resources from these vulnerable systems, MERIT and WCER will begin blocking network access from all Windows 7 systems effective January 15, 2020. The block will prevent Windows 7 computers from accessing SoE home drives, printers, and research software titles (WCERADS). The block also addresses compliance with the Campus Electronic Devices policy (https://kb.wisc.edu/itpolicy/cio-electronic-devices-policy), and reduces potential cybersecurity threats to our shared network resources.

If you are running Windows 7 and attempt to connect to SoE resources after January 14, you will receive a “pop-up” message. We urge you to contact your local IT support directly for assistance. Team members will consult and recommend next steps required to reconnect you to SoE network resources.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Your cooperation in helping us secure our shared resources for all SoE faculty and staff is most appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. MERIT team members are here to support faculty and staff with questions or additional support needs through this transition.

To contact Dean Winger, Manager of Infrastructure Services and IT Consulting, please click here.
To contact the MERIT Help Desk please call (608) 265-4773 or email the Help Desk by clicking here.

-- School of Education: Ella Tschopik

Created: 16:37:40, Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 (by Ella T.)
Updated: 14:00:13, Friday, Jan 17, 2020 (by Ella T.)