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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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The power outage went quite smoothly, in fact the work was completed about an hour ahead of schedule. We did have a few unexpected machines go down when the "A" side of the building power was taken offline, including:

  • dblade05 - dblade10
  • dblade25 - dblade30
  • dblade55 - dblade60
  • cslab0a, babbage, tesla, maple, robby (on the stage of the ...

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The start time of the Saturday power outage has been moved up by an hour. Everyone must vacate the building by 5am and no one will be permitted access starting at 5am until the work is complete. In accordance with this, we will now be shutting down supported desktops and affected angstrom compute nodes at ...

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The main CS server room has approximately 140 servers. The vast majority of these servers are partnered up, so a loss of any one server automatically fails associated services over to it's partner and the service continues to be available; albeit after a momentary blip as the services fail over. Unfortunately, we don't ...

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Power to the entire CIT will be shut off at 7am on Saturday, March 28th to accommodate some work being done in connection with the chiller replacement. They plan to lock building at 6am and reopen at 10am. If all goes as planned, our main server room will stay online as will the Sunlab. This ...

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Around 8:15am this morning, we experienced some sort of power blip. According to Facilities, many buildings around campus were affected and the issue was with power supplied by National Grid. We have reports of some offices being affected, machines suddenly shutting down, and about 70 grid nodes went down. Tstaff is working on bringing ...

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