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openvpn.png We downgraded one of our VPN servers to the previous version debian, in hopes that this version of OpenVPN doesn't suffer from the file handle leak bug. This morning, we failed our VPN service to this downgraded server. So far, it looks like this version is immune from the bug. We are going to ...

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On Wednesday, March 30th starting at 7am, we will be restarting the departmental NFS and CIFS cluster to flush their DNS caches. 

For linux users, each NFS server restart can potentially cause a brief 90 second NFS blip for departmental linux machines. Please do not leave any unsaved files open during this time.

For Windows ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

Once again the technical staff convenes in the 4th floor atrium on Tuesday, March 29th at 3pm.

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.  No appointment is necessary.

Time and location varies to accommodate all schedules.  Look ...

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Backlisted Mail Server IP

It has come to our attention that our mail server's IP has been blacklisted by more than one entity.  As such, messages being sent to your @cs.brown.edu address or through our internal mail server may have been sent to the Spam folder.

To mitigate this situation, we have switched to the backup ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

The Technical Staff returns to the 4th floor atrium on Thursday, March 24th at 10am.

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.  No appointment is necessary.

Time and location varies to accommodate all schedules.  Look for announcements ...

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filemaker.jpeg We have just been informed of the following by CIS:

"Due to scheduled maintenance, FileMaker A will be unavailable on 3/15/2016 from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM.  During this time, you will not be able to access databases hosted on Brown's FileMaker A server, either using FileMaker or via a ...

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There was about a 15 minute CIFS and NFS file server blip at 10:05am due to dns service problem.  We were decommissioning the old internal dns servers when this happened.  The new virtualized internal dns servers were up and running fine but a misconfigured dns acl prevented them from being use.  All CIFS and ...

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openvpn.png We are continuing to experience some authentication issues with our OpenVPN server. A recent upgrade has introduced a bug that leaks file handles, ultimately leading to system resource starvation. We've filed a bug report, but have yet to hear back from the software maintainers. While we continue to investigate this bug and/or find ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

For an hour each week, the technical staff is available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.

In these informal sessions we take a break from the "problem queue" and our ongoing projects and focus our collective attention on whatever interests or ...

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