[2021-07-01] VCEA IT Emergency Maintenance – All VCEA AD Domain Controllers

We will be updating our Active Directory Domain Controllers across all VCEA AD domains today to mitigate a serious vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild. (CVE-2021-1675 and “#printnightmare”)

We will be disabling the spooler service on all AD DCs as a mitigation. This should have no customer impact, as none of our AD DCs should be involved in the printing process.

See below for maintenance info.


Maintenance Info

POC: VCEA Systems Team (Simon)

What: Disable spooler service on all VCEA-managed Active Directory DCs


  • Start: Thursday July 01, 2021 08:45 PDT
  • EndThursday July 01, 2021 12:00 PDT
  • Duration of outage (printing via AD DCs): Permanent
  • Maintenance or service outages may not last the entire maintenance period. A notification will be sent once maintenance is complete.

Affected resources: All VCEA-managed Active Directory DCs

Affected users: N/A

Notes: No customer impact is expected with these changes

Notification procedures: A notification will be sent as a response to this email when maintenance is complete, or if there are issues/complications. A notification will be sent as a response to this email if this maintenance is rescheduled.

Follow-up actions required: N/A

If users encounter problems with services after the maintenance window is over, they should contact the VCEA Helpdesk online at support.vcea.wsu.edu, by email at support.vcea@wsu.edu, or by phone at (509)335-6773.