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MFA and GCE Town Hall, Web Feb 26, 1-2 PM, Building 240, room 1404/1405

Hey, everybody! Let’s get together and talk about TLAs!*

The first TLA is MFA. That stands for Multi Factor Authentication, and that rhymes with nervous anticipation, and that ends my attempt to invoke lyrics from a movie few of you have seen because it’s an old movie even for me and now I’m depressed.

But, anyway, you’ve no doubt heard of the shift to Multi Factor Authentication at the lab (and, indeed, across DOE) for email. In fact, a good portion of you have already switched. (Hi, ALCF!) I meant to hold one of these before the big shift for everyone, and I somehow missed ALCF was on an earlier timeslot (Feb 18) than the rest of CELS, who are switching at the end of March.

So, I’d like to take the opportunity to get together, go over what’s changing, what isn’t, what will work, what won’t, and how you can get help in any of the above situations. The plan is to give a brief chat about how the process works, what we know will break, give BIS/Cyber an opportunity to answer any questions, and throw myself on the mercy of the Live Demo gods and try to show off how to configure some common clients.

But, since I’ve got your attention and will have a bunch of you in the room together, why not also take the opportunity to plug the new General Computing Environment (GCE). That’s the second TLA*. It’s kind of a BFD** in CSG.***

Rather than plaster the announcement in this mail, because this is long enough already, here’s a link: https://mcssys.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/the-cels-general-compute-environment-gce-is-live/

We’ll take the rest of the time we’ve got available to go over a brief overview of the GCE as it stands, answer questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

*Three Letter Acronym
** Big Freakin’ Deal
*** CELS Systems Group (okay, I’m reaching)

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Written by Craig Stacey

February 18, 2020 at 11:15 am

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