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Many services were affected by a GPFS filesystem issue this morning.  An NFS server in our GPFS cluster failed, affecting filesystem access generally, and services that rely on filesystem access.  Systems were affected by at least 10am, and possibly much earlier.  The filesystem was restored to normal operation before 2pm.  A VMWare host server also ...

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A number of services were intermittently unavailable today.  These include VPN, the list server and the website.  The cause of the problems is not yet known and we continue to investigate.  There remain lingering problems - intermittent authentication failures on the website in particular - and we have posted a notice on the system status page.

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The Technical Staff has several new members.  Paul Vars joined tstaff back in June as Senior Hardware Technician.  Shaun Wallace became Senior Systems Programmer last month, and David Serpa takes on the role of Lead Systems Administrator today.  With David's arrival, the technical staff has a full roster for the first time since 2016 ...

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On the morning of Wednesday, January 17th, CIS will change the VLAN numbers of seven of the department's virtual network segments, affecting up to 422 systems, mostly desktop machines.  A simple bookkeeping change, users who are up very early that morning should notice only a brief network outtage.   The change is necessary for a ...

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Due to campus-wide service outages, the main sections of the CS Dept website, including the home page, have been inaccessible for an extended period of time today, and remain down.  We are monitoring CIS' progress in addressing their issues, and we will ensure that the CS website returns to service when they are resolved.

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For several days in the past week email messages sent to some CS users were forwarded to an incorrect address, causing them to "bounce."  Those messages were not delivered, and the senders were informed that the intended recipient's account does not exist.  This was due to an error on our part that has been ...

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This Thursday, August 24th, your CS login password will change.  From that day forward, to log into a CS Linux system, you will use your Brown University login credentials.  For those of us whose "short id" (e.g. jbazik) is different from our CS logname (e.g. jsb), we will thenceforth use our short id ...