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Due to persistent instability with no consistent timing nor other indicators, the Grid Qmaster has been restarted to allow for more thorough testing. There seem to be some underlying issues with the new configuration, but it is not clear wether this is the result of the upgrade to Jessie or the change to hosting the ...

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On Saturday, April 16th, the CIS Networking Group will be completing the upgrade of their two core routers.  The first upgrade is scheduled for 6am and the second will be 7am.  There might be brief connectivity problems during the maintenance windows.  Tstaff will be monitoring and verifying that our network connections are working properly after ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

The technical staff takes it down a notch in the next installment of our open office hours as we visit the 3rd floor atrium on Tax Day,  Friday, April 15th at 1pm (and yes, we know tax day is actually the 18th this year).

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or ...

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owncloud.png We are migrating the background data store for the ownCloud file syncing service today. The service will be offline while we perform a final sync. We estimate the final sync will take about an hour and a half, at which time we will enable the service again.

07:36: Taking the service offline for final ...

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CIS Networking Group added a new DNS server to their proxy this morning.  It's not clear how yet, but this change prevented our DNS servers from resolving DNS records external to the department. DNS records have a certain lifetime, after which they timeout. As more records timed out, our backlog became increasingly worse. Once ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

The technical staff returns to the 4th floor atrium on Monday, April 4th 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 for announcements ...

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owncloud.png 08:54: We are experiencing some database issues with our ownCloud service that could affect syncing back to the servers. The database cluster is managed by CIS, so we are working with their DBAs to diagnose and fix the problems.

09:22: We have shut down one of the backend servers to aid in debugging ...

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