Linux available in course rooms 3 and 4

Due to an increased demand regarding the availability of Linux computers usable for courses, a Linux operating system (ZDV Linux Desktop), which may be started as an alternative operating system on our course room computers, has now been made available in course rooms 3 and 4.

This has been signposted on the doors of course rooms 3 and 4. Documentations about starting the course room computers using Linux, as well as about shutting down Linux and restarting the computers using Windows, is to be found on the walls of these rooms (in German and English), as well as on the following web site:

In case you are interested in using Linux as an alternative operating system in other course or pool rooms,  please, contact our helpdesk:


Hotline/Helpdesk of the Data Center
Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 21
Tel.: 06131 39-2 63 16
E-Mail | Homepage
Monday until Friday from 9.00 until 18.00
Floor plan

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New WLAN and VPN certificates

On Tuesday, 9 July 2019, at 18.00 the authentication certificate used for the wireless LANs "eduroam" and  "Uni-Mainz", as well as for the VPN servers, was renewed.

Depending on your operating system or device, the new certificate will either be accepted automatically or you will have to confirm when enquired that you accept the new certificate. Some devices will show you the name of the certificate, some others will show you the so called finger print.

The correct certificate has been issued for the server and it includes the following verification information, of which you might only be shown some part(s), depending on your operating system or device:

CN =
O = Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz
L = Mainz
S = Rheinland-Pfalz
C = DE

Finger print: ‎‎e7 78 56 db b8 2c 23 cf f1 26 94 48 42 f4 cd 54 b3 5b 6b 7d

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Adobe Creative Cloud – Software Usable by Students

Students of Johannes Gutenberg University who would like to use one (or several) of the Adobe products InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop or Premiere Pro may now activate these as a 'feature' for their university user account. Activation may be initiated via the following web site: .

The complete procedure of activation and allocation of the software on your computer is documented (in German) on the following web page → .
Please note that - for legal licencing reasons - these licences may not be used via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).

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New opening times of the DTP studio

From 1 May 2019 the DTP studio will be open daily from 10 until 13 o'clock and available via phone during these times (see also Outside of these working hours you may contact us via mail: or leave a message on our answering machine. Orders for printing posters will be processed independent of these times. Please submit your orders as usual via:

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IT Basic Infrastructure – Overview of Device Distribution in 2018

Standardized devices may be acquired for the IT infrastructure at university workplaces benefitting from financial aid of the university.

During 2018, the following devices have been distributed, aided by IT basic infrastructure grants:

100 12,5" notebooks,
89 i5 desktops,
284 i7 desktops,
236 i5 mini desktops,
58 14" notebooks,
384 24" monitors,
11 tablets,
1 convertible laptop,
40 docking stations.

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Windows 7 SP1 – Support Ends 14 January 2020

From January 14th, 2020, there will be no more security updates by Microsoft for Windows 7 SP1. Therefore, the data center's support for Windows 7 will also cease.

Please plan in good time for an update to a version of the operating system that is still supported, or a new installation. Since time and effort for this is generally substantial, especially for notebooks, you are advised to plan for this early enough.

If you need any support for upgrades, please contact our hotline/helpdesk.

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