News

Default Path Change

August 12, 2016

The default PATH for command-line RCE Shell will no longer include the current directory by default. This change ensures that only applications in known, trusted locations are executed. You can launch a command from the current directory instead by prefixing it with ./ (dot slash), for example "./configure" .

Issues with Stata "crashing"

July 13, 2016

HMDC has identified the recent issues with Stata as potentially being related to licensing restrictions. Unfortunately Stata the application does not provide or log the specifics of the issue, but we are working with the vendor to resolve the problem ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience to our users, and thank you for your patience. We hope to have Stata up and working by this afternoon. This announcement will be updated accordingly.

UPDATE 7/14: Unfortunately we have yet to resolve the issue and continue to work with the vendor.

RCE job submission issue

December 23, 2015

On Wed morning Dec 23, HMDC staff were forced to restart our HTCondor resource manager.  The resource manager controls all of the jobs submitted to the RCE cluster.  Restarting the resource manager terminates all running jobs.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but was necessary since no new jobs could be submitted.  

RCE Upgrade

July 22, 2015

RCE user's should perform the following tasks to coincide with the NoMachine upgrade on the RCE:

- Due to configuration changes made by NoMachine, local settings from old versions of NX may cause problems with your RCE connection. To clear your settings, delete your ".nx" folder. A new folder will be created automatically. Unfortunately you will need to re-create your RCE connection.

- On Windows: C:\Users\username\.nx
- On Mac: /Users/username/.nx
- On Linux: /home/username/.nx

RCE Password change in response to recent Harvard security incident

July 2, 2015

Harvard University IT security personnel discovered an intrusion on their
network.  As a precaution they are requiring users to change their passwords.
HMDC systems were *not* attacked and no intrusion of our systems has been
detected.  However, in following best practice in an intrusion event we are
requiring RCE users to also change their passwords.  Some of you may have
recently changed passwords, and we apologize for any inconvenience, but the

Urgent HMDC patching and reboots

February 3, 2015

As many of you are aware we scheduled an outage to most HMDC hosted services including RCE, DVN, CGA, Web, DB.  This outage was necessary to patch a very serious bug in the core library of the Linux OS we use.  The reboots were successful and all services are running and available.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  HMDC Ops staff