Problems connecting to popeye, pyrite, ren, cstc, etc?

As of July 6, 2014, we have restricted these machines to campus-only and VPN access.

All ISU students, faculty & staff have access to the VPN (click here for details).

Department News

  • Late October 2014: Computer Science's email service ( is being migrated to ISU's central IT servers. No downtime is expected.
  • October 15, 2014: Computer Science's DNS servers were replaced between 5 and 7 am.
  • August 10, 2014: Most Computer Science servers–including pyrite, popeye, ren, and cstc–have switched to Iowa State authentication. The same username that accesses CyMail and ASW now works for CS servers!
  • July 6, 2014: Several Computer Science servers–including pyrite, popeye, ren, and cstc–have been moved to private IPs. The ISU VPN ( must now be used to connect from off-campus.
  • June 27, 2014: Pearson & Atanasoff were affected by a campus network outage. Remote access servers were offline during the outage.

Durham (ITS) News and Outages

The following is an RSS feed of the critical event log published by ITS in Durham Hall. Any comments / questions / suggestions for ITS should be directed to Durham Hall. You can contact Durham by dialing 4-4000 on campus, or emailing

  • Blackboard Learn Planned Down Time - August 8 (2015/08/08 05:30)
    Blackboard Learn will be down from 5:30am to 11:00am for system upgrades on Saturday, August 8.
  • Internet2 router upgrade (2015/08/06 05:00)
    On Wednesday, August 6th 5:00am-7:00am, the primary router connecting campus to Internet2 will be upgraded. During the upgrade, campus connectivity to Internet2 services will be maintained through the campus backup Internet2 connection. While no outage or service degradation is anticipated, use...
  • KMS servers upgrade (Completed) (2015/08/03 16:15)
    The KMS servers ( have been upgraded and are back in service.
  • KMS servers upgrade (2015/08/03 09:31)
    KMS servers will be upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. This upgrade is required for Windows 10 clients activations.

Critical Event Log

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