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  • A presentation and workshop-style session introducing how IT works in the University of Cambridge. Covering what is expected of an IT professional working within a college, department or University institution, this session will explain what resources are available for them, including IT-specific material.
  • This induction is useful for any new (or relatively new) IT staff, or as a refresher for those who may have missed the opportunity to attend at the start of their IT role within the University.
  • The session will provide the opportunity to network with IT professionals across the University, and to meet UIS staff and Relationship Managers who are key contacts for supporting IT staff.

The Research Computing Services division has recently launched a new service which provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capability. The service provides instant high-performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other data centre infrastructure. It enables IT practitioners and research groups to build their own scalable platforms that fit their exact needs and requirements. More information can be found here https://www.hpc.cam.ac.uk/research-computing-cloud-services

The research Computing Services team will present Research Computing Cloud service capabilities and details about the platform that the service is built on. There also will be a live demo of the platform and a Q&A session.

The Research Computing Services team will provide an update on some recent and engaging developments by the division, including:

  • An overview of current CSD3 (Cambridge Service for Data-Driven Discovery) platforms as well as some key news about planned upgrades in the forthcoming months.
  • The Data Accelerator - high performance, all-flash ephemeral storage for a new kind of scratch tier. New storage offering for the most demanding science workloads.
  • Bare metal cloud with Openstack - taking a peek into the future of the research computing infrastructure.
  • Secure Research Computing Platform - Using OpenStack, GitlabTerraform, Ansible to deliver secure (and movable) computing environments. Includes a demonstration.

There will also be a brief TechLink Community update, including an overview of a developing joint pilot for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh (COGENT).

Handling the large volume of spam, ransomware and other malware delivered via email to often indignant users has become quite a large part of standard IT duties over the past few years. Along with the increasing complexity of the tricks and techniques used by hacker groups for spearphishing and delivering malware, it is clearly apparent that there is only so much that professional IT staff can expect from their users in terms of determining what is, and is not, malware or phishing.

Yet the pressure on often relatively junior administrative and financial staff has not decreased and the time taken to try and work out what is genuine and what is not does not make for smooth time management. Most important of all, IT practitioners must not indulge in the blame culture when an incident happens, simply because the person blamed will probably never "own up" to making a possible mistake again. A positive culture - even admitting "Yes, it has happened to me" - is essential to encourage users to be open about mistakes.

This seminar will attempt to show some of the more common of the latest spammer tricks, and introduce some tools which (hopefully) will make your life easier.

TechLink: Induction Day for new IT Staff new Fri 24 Nov 2017   09:00 Finished

Induction Day for new IT Staff

This day-long session introduces how IT works in the University of Cambridge, its idiosyncrasies and governance, what is expected of an IT professional working within the collegiate university and what resources are available for them. It covers IT specific material and does not duplicate the PPD Introductory Conference. The programme for the day is:

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:50 Welcome to Cambridge
9:50-10:30 IT within the University
10:30-10:50 Coffee
10:50-11:30 The user
11:30-12:10 The network
12:10-13:30 Lunch — representatives from various service groups will be milling around to talk to
13:30-14:10 Your responsibilities
14:10-14:50 University-wide services
14:50-15:10 Coffee
15:10-15:50 Building the IT community
15:50-16:00 Conclusion and End

Kieren Lovell and Dr David Modic, from the Computer Laboratory, will be presenting on the most common attack vectors for Social Engineering, and connecting the research to practical advice for Researchers and Staff travelling to areas of increased risk.

As an experiment, we are looking to run this event in webinar format. Joining instructions will be e-mailed to those that have signed up by 11am on the day.

TechLink Seminar: The Blue Active Directory new Wed 22 Feb 2017   14:15 Finished

Bob Dowling will be talking about Blue, the UIS' Active Directory, what options it creates for Institutional IT staff and plans for further development.

TechLink Seminar: The Cyber Security Programme new Wed 22 Mar 2017   14:15 Finished

With the recent opening of the National Cyber Security Centre, Cyber Security is a phrase that we will soon be hearing a lot more frequently. Cassie Bradley, the Programme Manager for the UIS' Cyber Security initiative, will be talking about the projects that are in progress and introducing some of the people involved in making the University a more secure place to work.

Ashley Culver, Head of the UIS Security Operations Centre Security Engineering team, will talk about the teams two current large projects:

  • The Managed Firewall Service
  • The Intrusion Detection Service
TechLink Seminar: The Year Ahead new Wed 18 Oct 2017   14:15 Finished

Prof. Ian Leslie, the interim Director of UIS, will be presenting our annual view of the coming year in University IT.

Wojciech Turek, head of the Research Computing Platforms team and service owner for storage services will provide an overview of the recently released UIS storage services for research data and how they can benefit researchers and help to improve way researchers store and process data. Wojciech will also provide insight into the development of the forthcoming institutional storage service and Storage Self-Service portal. Matt Raso-Barnett and Paul Browne will look under the hood of the current storage services and provide insight into the storage platforms and how we built them.

Estonia has been at the forefront of Tech for a decade. Voting, taxes, prescriptions, and a whole lot more, are all online. Internet access is a right, laid down in the law.

Now, everyone can have the digital benefits that an Estonian takes for granted. Kieren Lovell will help you find out more on how you too can become a digital e-Estonian nomad.

Admin note: This will be presented as a webinar. The booking form lists a room as this is a requirement of the training booking system but there will be no activity in this room. Instead you should connect with a Flash-capable web browser and headphone or speakers from the comfort of your own Institution.

A course for Telephone Liaison Officers to learn the features of the Telecoms Administration Systems.

UIS Staff: Respect at Work Workshop new Tue 26 Jun 2018   09:30 Finished
  • In the context of professional conduct and the HE environment, it will cover dignity at work, harassment, bullying & sexual misconduct and breaking the silence
  • This workshop will consist of three parts, totalling 3 hours
Unix: Building, Installing and Running Software Mon 2 Mar 2020   14:00 Finished

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

It is common for a student or researcher to find a piece of software or to have one thrust upon them by a supervisor which they must then build, install and use. It is a myth that any of this requires system privilege. This course demonstrates the building, installation and use of typical software ranging from trivially easy examples (the "configure, make, install" scheme) through to the evils of badly written Makefiles. Common errors and what they mean will be covered and by the end of the course the student should be able to manage their own software without needing to pester their system administrator.

The course is designed to take someone from having no knowledge of the Unix command line to being able to navigate around directories, and doing simple file manipulation. Then some of the more basic commands, will be introduced, including information on how to get more help from the system itself. Finally accessing remote computers by ssh and the most basic of shell scripts will be introduced.

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Thu 11 Jun 2020 09:30 Not bookable
Unix: Simple Shell Scripting for Scientists Tue 16 Jun 2020   14:00 Not bookable

Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

No previous experience of shell scripting is required for this course; however some knowledge of the interactive use of the bash shell is a prerequisite (see Simple Shell Scripting for Scientists: Prerequisites for details).

This course introduces shell scripting in bash for scientific computing tasks. Day one introduces very basic shell scripts in bash which process the command line in a simple fashion. Day two covers how to write more advanced shell scripts in bash. Day three covers how to make one's shell scripts more robust.

At the end of each day one or more exercises are set. It is VERY IMPORTANT that attendees attempt these exercises before the next day of the course. Attendees should make sure that they have allowed themselves sufficient study time for these exercises between each day of the course.

UTBS: New Training Provider: Policies and Validation Thu 23 Mar 2017   11:00 Finished

This course is designed for the Training Manager(s) of a new provider on the University Training Booking System. (UTBS) and it will take them through the policies and validation checks pre going live.

UTBS: Training Administrator Training Tue 2 Jun 2020   09:30   [More dates...] POSTPONED

This course is designed for Training Administrators of a new provider on the University Training Booking System (UTBS) and it will take them through theory and practicals on how to administer their training programme on the UTBS.

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Thu 4 Jun 2020 09:30 Not bookable
Tue 7 Jul 2020 09:30 Not bookable
UTBS: Training Provider Manager Training Wed 20 May 2020   09:00   [More dates...] CANCELLED

This course is designed for the Training Manager(s) of a new provider on the University Training Booking System. (UTBS) and it will take them through theory and practicals on how to manage their training programme on the UTBS

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Date Availability
Wed 1 Jul 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Video Production: Shoot, Edit and Upload (Workshop) Thu 15 Jun 2017   09:30 Finished

A practical workshop covering the workflow of producing a piece of edited video for upload to the Streaming Media Service. The workshop will give participants a better understanding of video cameras and microphones; effective use of a video camera including shot composition and technical considerations. Basic editing techniques will be taught and participants will have the opportunity to shoot a short piece of video, edit, encode and upload to the SMS.

Visio 2016: Organisational, Gantt and Flowcharts Tue 10 Dec 2019   09:30 Finished

This course is designed for users new to the software who need to create various types of chart including Organisational charts, Gantt charts and Flow charts. The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software at an efficient level and covers from beginners to intermediate skills. It is fast paced.

VMware vSphere 6.x: An Update Course new charged Tue 17 Mar 2020   09:30 Finished

This instructor-led fee based course has been commissioned by the UIS through a third party company.

This is a VMware 6.7 upgrade course.

Web Authoring: Dreamweaver CC Introduction Thu 25 May 2017   09:30 Finished
  • Dreamweaver is a powerful web creation tool that allows non-technical people to produce professional websites. This course provides a practical introduction for those that wish to use Dreamweaver to create web-pages and manage websites. It focuses on building a small website.

This follows on from the Web Authoring: HTML Introduction (Level 1) and is a practical-based course.

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