Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Upgrade to Exchange 2010 - Impact on Outlook Web Access Log On

On April 27, 2010, Ag IT completed our scheduled update to Exchange 2010. You will notice a slight change to the log on page for Outlook Web Access.

When you go to, you will see a log on page for Outlook Web Access called Outlook Web App.

Please note that you will no longer need to use "ag\" in the User name field.

Once logged on, you will be redirected back to Outlook Web Access 2003. Full functionality of Outlook Web Access 2010 will be available when mailboxes are moved to Exchange 2010.

Note: Since you are redirected back to Outlook Web Access 2003 once you login, when you click Log Off, you will see the old OWA 2003 log on screen. This screen will not appear when your mailbox is moved to Exchange 2010. You will be receiving more information concerning the moving of your mailbox over the coming weeks.

You can find additional information on logging in to the new OWA in this How To:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sun Releases Java(TM) 6 Update 20

As of April 15, 2010, the current version of Sun's Java client is Java(TM) 6 Update 20.

Action Required:
If you see the Java Update icon or "Java Update Available" balloon in the lower right corner of the screen, the latest version of Java should be ready to install. You can click the icon and follow its prompts to apply the update.

Note: We recommend that you do not install any offered "extras" like Carbonite Backup, Microsoft's Bing Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, or Installer. Please un-check these options if they appear.

Or, our How To Update Sun's Java Software has complete steps on how to install Java from either the "Java Update Available" message or how to download and install Java manually .

This release DOES contain fixes for security vulnerabilities. The full list of changes may be found here:

FireFox 3.6.3 and Adobe Connect

It has been reported that Adobe Connect Meeting hosts who use the latest FireFox version 3.6.3 are not able to open the Meeting Information Page (from the Meeting menu choose Manage Meeting Information). The "Known Issues" documentation for FireFox indicates that there may be compatibility issues still to be resolved with FireFox 3.6.3 and Flash, along with other addins and plugins.

Their recommendation at this time is reinstall FireFox's Flash plug-in:

If this fails to remedy the issue, Windows users should switch to the use of Internet Explorer until the issue is addressed in a future release of FireFox.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Adobe shipped a critical security update to its Adobe products on April 13, 2010 that addresses a vulnerability that can cause the application to crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Note: To determine the version of any of the above applications, open the Adobe program. Then from the Help menu choose About Adobe, (name of program). You should see the version listed in a new box. Then, you can click anywhere on this box to close it.

The current version of the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader is version 9.3.2. If you have an earlier version of Adobe Acrobat Professional, version 8, Adobe has released an 8.2.2 update as well.

Action Required: Ag IT recommends that College of Ag Science faculty and staff update any Adobe products to the current version.

Note: Along with applying this update, we also recommend that you follow these steps to Secure Adobe Reader to Prevent Malware once you have your Adobe products updated!!

  1. To update Adobe Reader 9 to the current version, follow our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

  2. If your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional v8 or v9 installed as well, you should be able to use the built-in Updater program to update the software.
    a) From the Help menu choose Check for Updates.
    b) If updates were found, follow the on-screen steps to update.

    Note: If an update is downloaded, close Adobe before applying the update.
    Then re-open Adobe. Repeat steps a - b until no more updates are available.

    Note: If the automatic updater does not find the latest updates, and your version is not the most current one, go to the Acrobat for Windows downloads page. Scroll down to locate the update for your version. Download and install.

    Note: Earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional (version 7 or lower) will not be patched.
If you have Adobe Reader version 8.x on your computer, you should remove this version and update to Adobe Reader 9.3. See our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

The Adobe Security bulletin, Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, has additional information and links.