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The Brown campus is currently experiencing some major network problems this morning (Wednesday, June 24th). One effect is that people outside of the CS department have been unable to reach our website and people inside the department are unable to reach websites other than ours.

As far as we can tell the problem has nothing ...

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Our GPFS cluster was not fully upgraded to 3.4 even though we have been running v3.4 for awhile.  In order to complete the v3.4 upgrade, two essential steps were needed:

1. Migrate the GPFS cluster to the latest version by running:
mmchconfig release=LATEST
2. Migrate the file systems to the latest ...

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cs-web-faclist.png The web display of CS Department faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate concentrators got a lot better today with the release of new user profile pages.  The new pages are better looking, better organized, and mobile-friendly.  Grad and undergrad pages are brand new.  Behind the scenes, users have easier access to their data, and important ...

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One fo the department cluster nfs server, nerds, was hung on a soft reboot.  It needed a hard reboot to come back up.  Once nerds was back online, rejoined it to the department nfs cluster.  There was a 90 sec blip for linux users who were connected to its cluster nfs ip address.  All department ...

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Due to the "A Day On College Hill" events, the upgrade of wireless access points in the CIT building is rescheduled for Friday, 4/24/15, starting at 8:30am.  The Networking Technology Group will be turning on the new APs and disconnecting the old ones.  They will be working one floor at a time ...

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CIS Network Technology Group will be upgrading the wireless access point in the CIT building starting Wednesday, 4/22/15, at 8:30am.  They will be turning on the new APs and disconnecting the old ones.  They will be working one floor at a time and it's not known exactly how long each floor ...

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cms-ckeditor.png A major upgrade of the software that drives the CS Department website rolled out today, promising easier and faster editing, and many improvements.

For web authors, the most obvious change is much-improved on-page editing, using CKEditor.

Django CMS version 3 focuses on usability, and a more natural page-editing workflow.  Django sites have in common a ...

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We've been alerted by Facilities that National Grid will be performing emergency repairs to one of the principle branches providing electrical power to the campus. The entire campus is fed by four feeder lines. In preparation for this work, Facilities will be transferring the load from the affected line to another one. They anticipate ...

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  • New VPN configuration files are now available at software.cs.brown.edu.
  • Old VPN configuration files will expire on July 10th.
  • A short VPN outage is scheduled for 12pm on June 22nd.

 Tstaff will be renewing the Certificates used to provide the SSL connection for our VPN service.  As such, the new .ovpn configuration files ...

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CIS just alerted us to some upcoming wireless changes:

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, CIS will be replacing the wireless certificate for the Brown network. When this happens, your computers, phones, and tablets may disconnect from wifi. To reconnect, use the same process as you have in the past: connect to Brown-Guest temporarily, visit wifi ...

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