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Important OARS Changes coming on October 26 and December 5

Hello Unit Liaisons,

The scheduled introduction of the new, more secure OARS system will take place in a single release the weekend of December 5 rather than two separate releases as previously planned. Based on your feedback at the September 23 Unit Liaison meeting and further input from the ITS Service Center and Access and Accounts, we've determined that a single release of the new OARS is the better course of action.

Interim OARS Security Measure Begins October 26

Starting on October 26, users connecting from a non-UM network, such as a public WiFi or home network, must use the U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to access OARS.

  • Note that MGuest is considered a non-UM network.
  • A VPN connection is not needed if using a MiWorkspace Windows machine. (Learn more about VPN on MiWorkspace devices.)
  • Connections through wired ethernet on campus and MWireless are secure and do not require VPN.

If you are aware of people in your unit who work off-campus and use OARS, please make sure they are aware of this change. After December 7 the new OARS will shift from VPN to require two factor authentication by all users as explained during the September UL presentation.

We are excited about the new OARS and appreciate your patience and flexibility as we prepare to bring it to you. A broader demonstration of the system will be presented during the November 11 Unit Liaison meeting. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.

Sincerely,
The OARS Project Team


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