November, 2003
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Warewulf Cluster Management Tool Rolled out at SC2003 Conference
At the SC2003 conference on high-performance computing held last week in Phoenix, many of the world’s leading vendors of hardware, software and systems had their latest and greatest on display. Among them was LBNL’s Warewulf, a cluster implementation toolkit that facilitates the process of cluster installation and long-term administration on systems running the Linux operating system.

Advanced Dreamweaver Class to Be Offered On Site Tuesday, Dec. 2
A one-day intermediate/advanced course in Dreamweaver 4.0 is being offered at the Lab on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The class covers such topics as creating and modifying libraries, style sheets, rollovers and navigation bars and more. The cost for the 6-hour class, which will be taught by CompUSA in Trailer 51L, is $199. To enroll, go to the Self Service site, then click on Training Enrollment, then Computer Applications.

New Voice Mail Feature: MobilePath Offers Find Me, Page Me

MobilePath, an add-on feature to voice mail, gives callers an option of locating you at alternate telephone numbers, along with leaving a voice message. With MobilePath, users have access to two applications -- Find Me and Page Me -- to help them connect with their associates and co-workers from within the voice mailbox:

Tip of the Month: Cleaning Up Cached Cookies and Files Can Improve Browser Performance

The ITSD Help Desk occasionally receives calls from computer users whose Web browsers aren’t operating at their peak performance. One thing you can do to help improve browser performance is to periodically clean out the “cookies” and temporary files that accumulate when you visit Web sites. Here’s how.

Red Hat Linux Update: Lab Seeking Better Price on Linux Software

As reported in last month's Computing and Communications Services News, Red Hat will be charging an annual fee to users of its Enterprise Linux software. The Enterprise version will continue to be fully supported with fixes and security patches – but at a price. Because Red Hat has become the industry standard for Linux users, including many of the 700 or so at LBNL, the imposition of a $175-per-system annual charge has spurred interest in other options. Among these is a sizeable discount for Red Hat users at all DOE national laboratories, which are currently negotiating with Red Hat. Watch Computing and Communications Services News for additional information.

Calling the Help Desk Now Includes Options
As of Monday, Nov. 17, Lab employees calling the ITSD Help Desk (x4357) have more options, ranging from leaving a message sooner to waiting on the line longer in order to talk with a staff member to having a menu which directs them to particular areas of assistance.

 Protecting Your Computer
Computer Protection Program Warns of New Viruses Probing for Financial Info
Recently, a wave of new viruses have been seen which attempt to trick Lab users into revealing personal financial information. The most recent virus claims to be from Paypal, an online payment company, but is a scam to obtain credit card data, which can then be used to make unauthorized purchases.

Windows XP Security Hands-on Course to Be Offered December 18
A new course, Windows XP Security Hands-on, will not only teach Windows XP users and system administrators what must be done to secure their systems, but also how actually to do it. The course will be held in Trailer 51L from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, December 18. Read the course description. Enrollment is free, but space is limited. Register on line.

Three New Vulnerabilities Found in Mac OS X 10.2.8
Three new vulnerabilities have recently been discovered in Mac OS X 10.2.8.

Monthly Virus Update: As SoBig Virus Self-Deflates, Attempted Infections Decline
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The LBNL virus wall got a break last month, so to speak; this time it detected and eradicated "only" 23,769 viruses. The substantial decline in number of viruses found was more than anything else due to the fact that the SoBig.F worm is programmed to become dormant on September 10, 2003 (although it still continues to infect systems that have the wrong date and time).