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owncloud.png This past weekend, Tstaff upgraded our ownCloud instance to version 8.1.3, the latest stable release. To the best of our knowledge, everything is working as expected, but please email problem@cs.brown.edu if you are experiencing any issues.

What is ownCloud you might ask? It's a departmentally hosted file syncronization system ...

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CIS informed us of the following upcoming maintenance:

As part of a planned maintenance being performed by CIS, FileMaker A will be unavailable tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6th, from 6:30 am to 6:35 am. During this time, you will not be able to access databases hosted on Brown's FileMaker A server, either using ...

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ssh.png Tstaff is in the process of virtualizing all of our servers onto CIS managed vSphere instances. Over the next 10 months, you will be hearing about progress we are making and services that have been moved. Our initial focus will be on easier to move services and those that will most benefit from the move ...

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One of our five LDAP slave servers is experiencing issues. We've pulled it out of the cluster and will further investigate tomorrow. While it was misbehaving, you may well have experienced intermittent authentication errors for any applications backed by LDAP auth, including: the web, ownCloud, email lists, etc. This misbehaving node also managed to ...

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CIS has scheduled maintenance for the FileMaker server hosting the CS databases on Thursday, August 13th from 5:30am until 8am. During this time, you will not be able to access any databases hosted on their servers. Before 5:30am, please save all your work.

If you experience any issues with the FileMaker server outside ...

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Since the unplanned network outage on July 2nd, our compute grid has been unstable. We've been scouring grid logs, examing network switches, and generally pulling our hair out. The issue could be replicated by simply restarting the grid master service. We may have, finally, located a corruption in the underlying configuration files that was ...

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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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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 ...