CATS Technology News

State of Denial (Default Deny Network Change)
On March 1st, ITS will set the campus network to block externally initiated inbound network sessions, except to devices that provide public-facing services such as a webserver.  This change is expected to have no impact on normal network activity. It will only change the protection of wired devices as the wireless networks are already configured with this protection in place. If you have any concerns for a specific device, network based service or any questions please contact CATS ( 
For more information about this network change please see the ITS website:

And yes, using the VPN client will allow you to access the Smith network from off campus. 

Apple’s new macOS High Sierra v10.13
The restriction on upgrading to macOS X High Sierra (v10.13.x) for Smith owned devices has been lifted. End users MAY NOW UPGRADE their Apple computer(s). Keep in mind this is an optional upgrade. It is highly recommended that you backup all important files before you begin the upgrade process.  If you use software that is not a part of the standard Smith image you must check with the vendor of that application to confirm compatibility with High Sierra. Please note: this upgrade could take a while especially if you have a lot of files (or nearly full HD). 

For assistance upgrading your OS and these applications, contact CATS or the IT Service Center at 413-585-4487 or

PaperCut Printing
To self-manage your printing (kill or prerelease a print job) login to the PaperCut portal:

Please see the CATS Printing page for more details.

Duo Authentication Voluntary Enrollment
Duo makes your single sign-on more secure by providing a “second factor” of authentication in addition to your password. Even if someone manages to get your password, they won’t be able to access your account because they don’t have the second factor. For details on how to sign up go to:

Off-Campus Access
End users will need to upgrade the VPN client to the latest version to enable off campus access. VPN client available on the Smith Software page or through the Self Service App.

Windows 10
Windows 10 is now the standard OS from Microsoft. Almost all CATS supported computer spaces and classrooms are running Windows 10. 

Office 2016
Office 2016 is available on campus for all Smith-owned computers, both Mac and Windows. Use the Self Service app on macOS to upgrade. Stay tuned for information on how to upgrade Windows.


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