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Adobe Connect End of Life

Support for Adobe Flash and is ending, and subsequently, the Adobe Connect instance hosted by CAHNRS IT.  Starting in 2019 most browsers will not work by default with our Adobe Connect system, and in 2020 no browser will be able to connect.  CAHNRS IT will no longer be able to support the Adobe Connect platform moving forward, with an end of life date of 12/31/19, and we recommend any remaining users look for alternative platforms.

If you have any questions regarding alternative tools, please submit a request to cit.support@wsu.edu.  If you have questions about the end-of-life of Adobe Flash, please see the below information.

Adobe Flash has been used for displaying animations, videos, and interactive content on websites. By the end of 2020, Adobe will no longer support Flash. Recently, newer formats for displaying the same content have been favored over Flash due to security issues with Flash. Over the past several years, these newer formats like HTML 5, WebGL, and WebAssembly have made Flash obsolete. Because of this, Adobe will stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash Player at the end of 2020. It is recommended to move any Flash content on websites into the new formats.

Additionally, web browsers like Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple’s Safari have all planned to phase out Flash starting in 2018. Support for Adobe Flash for all browsers will end at the end of 2020.

Microsoft Edge currently asks for permission to run Flash. In mid to late 2019 Microsoft will disable Flash by default for Edge and Internet Explorer. From then on, users will have to re-enable it and provide permission each time to run it. By the end of 2020, Flash will be gone completely from all supported Windows browsers.

Mozilla Firefox users will need to permit Flash for every session beginning mid-2018. In early 2019, users will see warnings about Flash a few months before it is disabled by default. In early 2020, Flash will be removed from consumer Firefox versions, but an extended support release version will support Flash until the end of 2020.

Google Chrome already supports HTML5 by default. Users are currently asked permission to run Flash. Flash will be completely removed from Chrome by the end of 2020.

Apple’s Safari currently requires permission to run Flash, and support will end at the end of 2020.

Setup My Cloud Station Backup

In this article we will explain how to install and configure Cloud Station Backup. This software will allow you to select directories on your computer to be backed up to your CAHNRS Home directory on cloud.cahnrs.wsu.edu.

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  1. Download the software.
    To download Cloud Station please go to https://www.synology.com/en-us/support/download/RS18016xs+ and scroll down on the page until you see the section titled “Cloud Station Backup”. Next click on the link to the software for your computer, i.e. choose the Windows, Mac, or Linux installer as appropriate.

  2. Run the installer.
    Once you have downloaded the appropriate client, please locate the file on your computer and run it.

  3. Confirm install. (Windows)
    On Windows you will usually be asked to confirm that you wish to run this program. After clicking OK you may also be asked by a separate security prompt if you trust the creator of this software.

  4. Choose language.
    Once the installer has started the first thing you will be asked is what language you wish to use.

  5. Begin setup.
    The installer will now launch a wizard to guide you through the installation. Please select next.

  6. Accept the license.
    You will be asked if you accept the license. Please select “I Agree”.

  7. Completed installation.
    When the installer completes you will be prompted to “Finish” the installation. Be sure to leave the option “Run Synology Cloud Backup” checked in order for the configuration process to start.

  8. Begin configuration.
    When the installer finishes, or at first run of Cloud Station Backup you will see a Synology splash screen. Click “Start Now” in order to configure your system backups.

  9. Connect to the server.
    You will be asked to provide the connection details for the server, including address and username and password. Once you enter in the requested information, click “Next” and the system will test your connection to the server.Server: cloud.cahnrs.wsu.edu
    Username: ad\NetworkId
    Password: Your password

  10. Select your directories.
    On this screen you will have the ability to select the directories that you wish to backup. Examples might include your My Documents, your Desktop, or other important locations. You can also customize the backup destination, but we recommend you use the default. If you wish to create rules to exclude certain types of files, you can make these changes by selecting “Backup rules”. Once you have selected all of your directories select “Next”.

  11. Finish setup.
    Lastly, you will be presented with a summary page of your configurations. If you are happy with the settings choose “Done” to complete the setup. You will then be asked if you wish to make the backup destination read only so other backup processes can’t modify it. If this is the only computer backup you have running then select “Ok”.
    If you run into problems during the installation please create a support ticket with CAHNRS IT. Some common errors might be insufficient privileges, meaning your Cloud Station account has not been enabled, or an untrusted certificate warning if you are installing the software off campus. As long as the address you specify is “cloud.cahnrs.wsu.edu” please ignore any such warnings.