SAMIS will be unavailable, Tuesday and Wednesday 20 and 21 December 2016. This is a significant upgrade and, as recommended by our software supplier, we have set aside two days to complete the work.
We need time to back-up the databases and complete underlying work on the servers and databases before the upgrades commence. For this reason, we would ask users to stop using SAMIS by 6pm on Monday, 19 December.
The following applications will be unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
- University user account creation & some other computing services user account tools
- Application Tracker
- Online Applications
- SAMIS bookings (PG Skills, University Open Days, UCAS Open Days)
- Applicant username and password generation
- SAMIS on the Web (Student and Staff: includes Unit Evaluation and Coursework Coversheet printing and scanning)
- Student Lookup
- Access to Student Information Desk (SID)
- SAMIS Desktop Client (Staff only)
- Business Objects (SAMIS-related reports only)
- Learning Materials Filestore (LMF)
SAMIS client users will be informed by email when SAMIS is available again or you can follow the news on twitter @UniofBathIT. Check the status of SAMIS at status.bath.ac.uk.
Connections to SAMIS
Data to / from SAMIS and other systems will not update during the upgrade. If you are responsible for any technical interfaces to/from SAMIS, please ensure that your connections to the database will not be attempting to run during this period. Systems that provide data to or get data from SAMIS include:
- Room Service
- Student Loan Company
- Students' Union (MSL)
- Exam Timetable
Thank you for your patience while this necessary upgrade takes place.
The Minitab website will be unavailable from midnight on Thursday 8 December until 9pm on Sunday 11 December. This is due to Minitab carrying out maintenance on their website. The following sections of the website will be unavailable during this time:
• Online Technical Support
• Licensing Downloads including the Minitab License Manager and the Minitab License Borrowing Tool
• Trial downloads of Minitab Products
• Online documentation
• Minitab customer accounts
• Quality Trainer
Many thanks for your understanding.
As we’re coming into a very busy hand in period we are making some changes to the time a print job is retained within the system and when you select the Print and Keep option on a printer.
We are reducing the print job retention time to 25 hours. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the slowness in the service we have experienced during the last two weeks.
The reduction in retention time will come into effect Tuesday 6 December and will be in effect until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Read our guide to alternative printing options.
Check the status of managed print on the IT status page
Report a problem with our managed print service
Please log out of your PC, Friday 16 December 2016, before leaving for the weekend. Many IT services will be unavailable from 7am Saturday 17 December 2016. Email, Wi-Fi and access to the internet will be available if you access them from your personal device. On Sunday 18 December please check the status of different services at status.bath.ac.uk
Services affected by the maintenance include
• Access to active directory PCs connected to the University network (staff computers, public access computers in the Library and in general teaching areas)
• 'H' drive storage and your roaming profile (used when you log in)
• Linux desktops
• Remote desktop services (UniDesk, UniApps, AdminDesk, AdminApps and UniDeskLR)
• people.bath.ac.uk (personal web space)
• Scanning on managed print devices
• Archibus Web Central (ARCHIBUS facilities management software)
• Business Objects
• CRIS (Current Research Information System)
• LMF (Learning Materials Filestore)
• SAMIS (client software)
• Sympa email lists
• Web – read only web root available for upgrade
• X drive – departmental and some research storage
Available services include:
Email, Wi-Fi and access to the internet if you use your own device.
We will tweet from @UniofBathIT once work has been completed. You can check the status of different services at status.bath.ac.uk
Many thanks for your patience while we upgrade our NetApps service and carry out this important work to increase our storage capacity.
The managed print service is currently not working. To find out about the alternatives you can use please visit our Help Page.
There are also USB printers in the Library and situated around the university.
We are working to get the problem solved as soon as possible and thank you for your patience.
This blog looks at the Excel function SUBTOTAL and how you might find it useful:
The SUBTOTAL function has two parts within the brackets: the second part is the easy bit - the range of cells you're using; the first part is what (out of 11 options) you want to do with the contents of that range of cells, e.g. add them together (number 9), average them (1) or count them (2 or 3) - the full list is below.
So, if I wanted to use it to sum the cells A3 to A40, I could create the formula =SUBTOTAL(9,A3:A40) instead of using AutoSum to create =SUM(A3:A40)
So, why (I hear you ask) would I want to create a longer formula to do the same thing as SUM? Because it's not quite the same - here's a couple of benefits of using SUBTOTAL:
- If I have a single column of numbers intermingled with sub-totals and use =SUM to create a grand total at the end, the grand total would add the numbers and the sub-totals together (for example, if I had the numbers 1 to 4 in B3 to B6 and again in B8 to B11 with sub-totals in B7 and B12, a total of the column would be 40 instead of the correct 20), whereas using the SUBTOTAL option would ignore the subtotals and only add the typed-in numbers together.
- This second reason is more useful for me: when I filter a list with a SUM at the bottom, the sum still shows the sum of all numbers (hidden and visible) - SUBTOTAL just shows the sum (or any function I've chosen instead of sum) of the visible rows.
Here are the 11 function numbers (the first part within the brackets) for SUBTOTAL:
- 1 - AVERAGE
- 2 - COUNT (counts all cells with numbers in them)
- 3 - COUNTA (counts all cells with contents - numbers or text)
- 4 - MAX (largest number)
- 5 - MIN (smallest number)
- 6 - PRODUCT (multiplies all of the numbers by each other)
- 7 - STDEV (estimates standard deviation)
- 8 - STDEVP (calculates standard deviation based on the entire population)
- 9 - SUM
- 10 - VAR (estimates variance in the specified range)
- 11 - VARP (estimates variance based on the entire population)
If you use the AutoSum button with a filtered list, it will automatically create a SUBTOTAL(9, function instead of a SUM - I find this a useful time saver.
One final thing: for staff and students at the University of Bath, we're offering Excel workshops, where you can book a place and then bring your workbook(s) along (or log into one of the training PCs with your normal Bath username) to see how we can help resolve any improvement requirements, issues, niggles, hassles or problems. For more information, click here then select Tutor Led Training, then Excel: Workshop to see the dates/book a place.
Bye for now,
The roll-out of Skype for Business (Skype) to all staff is going well and will be completed before we break for Christmas this year. Over the coming weeks staff who are not already using Skype will receive 2 emails, one before their go live date and one on the day. We are encouraging staff to send an instant message as soon as they can so they get used to using Skype as soon as possible. Floor walkers from Computing Services will be available to help you open and send your first instant message.
Find out more
Sign up for our training course to explore the different ways you can use Skype for work and research. Use our guide to accessing Skype on your work computer and your own devices.
If you have any queries about Skype for Business please contact the IT Service Desk.
We are aware that some users have received a phishing email with the subject line: Deactivation Request. We have made steps to prevent further instances of this email being received.
If you receive one of these emails, delete it and do not open the link. If you opened the link and completed any information then please get in touch with our Service Desk at go.bath.ac.uk/it-help-form.
Read our advice on phishing emails.
Example content of the phishing email
Subject: Deactivation Request
We received a request to terminate your Email and process has started, kindly give us 24.00 hours to complete your request.
If you did not make this request Please here: undo deactivation request [LINK]
All information on your account will be deleted and access to your online access will be denied.
You may be having an issue printing due to an issue with one of the print queues.
To resolve this issue, you will need to change the default printer on your PC to the PostScript print queue.
How do I change my default printer?
To change the default printer to the PostScript print queue:
Select Devices and Printers
Right click on the printer called PostScript on MyPrint
Select Set as default printer
Printing from Microsoft Office or Acrobat
If the PostScript on MyPrint or \\MyPrint\Postscript printer does not appear as the printer:
Click on the down arrow on the printer selection box
Select PostScript on MyPrint or \\MyPrint\PostScript
Why is this happening?
There are two main queues within the Managed Print Service – General and PostScript. There is currently an issue affecting the General print queue and a resolution is being investigated.
Thank you for your patience whilst a resolution is investigated.
For all other issues please log a ticket http://go.bath.ac.uk/it-help-form
If you are a regular follower you might be familiar with our IT status blog which details whether the services we look after are operational or are undergoing maintenance.
We wanted to create a clearer way of providing this information so that you can tell quickly if there are issues with a service we provide.
Introducing Status.Bath – a dashboard that works using a traffic light system and easy to understand phrases. This will launch 16 November 2016.
The IT Status blog will no longer be updated and you will need to bookmark status.bath.ac.uk to keep up to date with the status of our IT services.
How it works:
- Operational – written in green this is good, the service is working.
- Partial Outage – written in amber this means something has gone wrong with part of the service (for example, if the Wi-Fi is unavailable in a particular building but not the entire campus).
- Major Outage – written in red, this means the service is unavailable.
- Maintenance – written in grey, this is planned maintenance (for example during our maintenance period, normally 7am-9am on Tuesdays).
Check it out now and see what you think. We welcome your feedback, please fill out the survey and let us know what you think.