photo of Aravind Gaddam working on the network cutover
Shortly after 7:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019, Aravind Gaddam begins moving patch cables to initiate the cutover to the new network in Seeley Mudd. A team of IT staff and consultants finished the cutover by early afternoon.

The New Amherst Network

October 29

The cutover to the new wired network in Seeley Mudd took place on Saturday, October 26, with further troubleshooting taking place on the 28th. The team was able to indentify and fix issues that will make future building cutovers go more smoothly.

The next step is to move optical computing devices in Seeley Mudd to the new network. Prep work is nearing completion on this next step, which should take place in a week or two.

Once Seeley Mudd is complete we will refine our processes for migrating a building to the new network and then publish a schedule of building moves.

Network Services Monitor

The link below shows the up or down state of six Amherst Colleges services.

Note that the monitor itself is off-campus. If the problem is with the campus uplink to the Internet, then all services will appear off even though they may still be accessible from on-campus.

Gmail and Calendar Information

Resources you may find helpful include:
Please contact us at, if you have any questions.

You may also wish to consider online training through LinkedIn Learning (formerly

Use Gmail Only!

The email service for Amherst College has moved from the Exchange server in the basement of Converse to Gmail.
DO NOT send new email using Outlook, Outlook Web Access, or the Exchange account in mobile devices. Emails sent from existing configurations will not be reliably delivered.
Only send email from your newly configured Amherst College account in Google. See the IT website for instructions setting up this account on your computer or device.
To view old emails and calendar entries, use Outlook, Outlook Web Access, or an existing Exchange connection on mobile devices. We’re working hard to migrate all of this data to Gmail so that everything is found in one place. We’ll keep you updated as this work progresses.
Please contact us at AskIT if you have any questions.

Phishing awareness

The beginning of tax season is when phishing artists ramp up their angling for your W-2s and other financial information. The number of people affected by increasingly sophisticated phone and email scams and phishing attacks is larger every year.

Adobe Sofware Prompts for Adobe Login or License Key

You need to apply a fix to your Adobe installation on your College-supplied computer. Click the link below.