March, 2003
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Two members of the UNIX Systems Group responsible for supporting the new Scientific Cluster Support program.
New Scientific Cluster Support Service Aims to Increase Scientific Computing at LBNL
As part of a new program to increase the contribution of scientific computing to Lab research projects, the first of 10 cluster computers has been installed and put into production. The Scientific Cluster Support program helps selected research groups with choosing the right computer configuration, setting up and configuring the system, helping researchers get their applications onto the cluster, then providing ongoing support.

Spambusters Update: Lab Systems Catching More Junk Email
After its first month of service, the Lab’s spam-snagging service has more than doubled the amount of unwanted email that is blocked and/or tagged each day. Since the BrightMail service is still being evaluated, employees are asked to help in two ways.

DOE’s ESnet Leaps Ahead by Two Generations, Upgrades Backbone to 10 Gbps

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the high-performance network funded by DOE’s Office of Science, has just completed an upgrade to 2.5 gigabits (billions of bits or Gbps) per second and 10 Gbps in the highest-speed portion of the network. Operated by Berkeley Lab’s Information Technologies and Services Division, ESnet is a nationwide high-performance network supporting scientific research, connecting more than 35 major DOE institutions to each other and to the global Internet.

TEID Poster Printing – Convenient and Cost-Competitive

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Poster image:
Vendor A $282    Vendor B $255    TEID $188

True story: A scientist recently stopped by and asked where to get a poster printed for an upcoming conference. The immediate answer? TEID, the Technical and Electronic Information Department. Nope, the scientist said, TEID’s too expensive. That’s not true, especially when the cost of printing a poster at TEID is compared with the prices charged by commercial poster printers in Berkeley.

Tip of the Month: Printing Black Text Documents on Color Printers

At the March 5 Printer Expo in Perseverance Hall, Chris Santiago of Hewlett-Packard gave a tip to help save color toner or ink when printing black text documents from color printers. Here it is:
When using the color printers to print black text only, it’s advisable to change the color settings in the printer driver to “Grayscale.” By doing so, you will save valuable color toner. When color settings are left unchanged, the printers will use some color toner or ink to process the data, even if only printing black text. That said, users may notice a slight difference in their text, since grayscale is a little bit lighter.

Termination Notification System Update

A recently developed automated system for closing the various computer-related accounts of employees who leave the Lab is being expanded. On April 1, the Termination Notification System (TNS) will go into production, serving ESD, EETD and the EH&S Division.

April 1 Linux Users Group Meeting to Demo MS Office Running on Linux
Are operating systems only as good as good as the applications that run on them? Don't make your decision until after the Tuesday, April 1 Linux Users Group (LUG) meeting. The meeting will feature a demonstration on how to run Microsoft Office 2000 and XP on Linux natively (without emulation!). If you are a Linux user (or would like to be one) and you are required to run Office natively, then you should not miss this meeting. For meeting details and to RSVP, go to the LUG Web site.

ISS Trains Staff and Customers in IT Project Management

More than 130 Lab staff members have completed the Project Management Overview and IT Application Specific Project Management training classes presented by the Information Systems and Services (ISS) Department in January and February.

 Protecting Your Computer
Lab to Increase Scanning for Computer Vulnerabilities
While the Lab has deployed a number of tactics on LBNL's electronic frontier to protect us from outside cyberattacks, the Computer Protection Program also has several tools it uses to find vulnerabilities internally - and correct them before they can be exploited.

Internet Information Server (IIS) Security Course to Be Taught
If your Windows NT, 2000 or XP system runs the Internet Information Server (IIS), you should attend the upcoming free course on IIS Security from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. Read the course description. Gene Schultz of the Computer Protection Program will be the instructor. To enroll, use the Lab’s employee self service Web site.

Security Alert: WebDAV Vulnerability in Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 Web Server Merits Immediate Attention
A new buffer overflow problem in the Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 WebDAV running on Windows 2000 has been identified. It is a very serious problem in that it can allow a remote attacker to run rogue code with system-level privileges.

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Monthly Virus Update: Well-Known Worms and a New Threat
The LBNL virus wall stopped 1,056 potential infections by viruses and worms last month. The Klez.H worm was the most prevalent, with 889 instances detected and eradicated. Although not found frequently by the LBNL virus wall so far, the new Deloder worm is proving to be a growing threat.