Author Archives: Chris Cooke

About Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is a Computing Officer in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He works in the Managed Platforms Unit and rides a very large bicycle.

How to avoid the remote.inf.ed.ac.uk downtime

Updated (26/08/21): this work is complete. This is about downtime for the remote desktop service, and how you can carry on using the service while your usual server is not available. What’s remote.inf.ed.ac.uk? The remote desktop service gives you a … Continue reading

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Remote desktop now needs the VPN

To use our remote desktop service, or any RDP connection to a computer at Edinburgh University, you must now (edit: from 07:00 on Wednesday 28 April) use a University VPN. If you don’t, you won’t get a connection. If you … Continue reading

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*.remote.inf.ed.ac.uk change

We’re changing the *.remote.inf.ed.ac.uk Remote Desktop service to remove some of the machines. However, everybody will still be able to use the service as before. Back in the spring, we made ten machines available for remote desktop sessions under the … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE has been updated

We’ve updated Virtual DICE! Both “little” and “large” VMs have been updated. There are two changes compared to last month’s release: VirtualBox Guest Additions has been updated to a much newer version, so the Virtual DICE VM should now be … Continue reading

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macOS Catalina

We advise waiting a while before updating your Mac to the new macOS version, Catalina, for two reasons: firstly it has bugs, which Apple is steadily fixing; secondly it introduces a security system which is causing problems for software which … Continue reading

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A new Virtual DICE for 2019-20

A new version of Virtual DICE is out – in fact, two new versions! They have the software for the 2019-20 session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer. … Continue reading

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Computing Help updates

The computing help elves have been busy. In the past few weeks they’ve overhauled the pages on Printing and on Audio-visual facilities. In particular there are now pages on AV in Appleton Tower (formerly not covered at all) and AV … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE has been renewed

We’ve made a new version of Virtual DICE for the new session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer (here’s how to install it). We release a new version … Continue reading

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Remote wake-up service unavailable this weekend

Our remote wake-up service will be down this weekend, 14-15 July, because of planned work to the electricity supply in the James Clerk Maxwell Building. Sorry for the inconvenience. It should be back to normal on Monday morning.

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Virtual DICE updated

There’s a new version of Virtual DICE, our lightweight DICE-like virtual machine. Here’s how to install it on your own computer. We release a new version of Virtual DICE twice a year. This version has the hostname sensa. It runs … Continue reading

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