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EMC_Isilon.png On Saturday June 4th, CIS will be physically moving their EMC Isilon, the hardware that provides file services for the campus. The move is scheduled to commence at 6am and complete around 4pm. We currently have three production services relying on the Isilon: email lists, ownCloud, and time machine backups. In order to keep our ...

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network-2400px.png This was supposed to be a trouble free morning... just power up the switch we moved downstairs yesterday and add our redundancy back in. It seems to be a trend with this project, things not going quite as we planned...

07:14: The second distribution switch was powered on at 7am. Unfortuantely, something happened that ...

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network-2400px.png On May 31st @ 7am CIS will be shutting down one of our two distribution switches and, because it is directly attached, we will be shutting down our backup firewall. Because of redundancy, we do not expect this work to cause any network outages. CIS will spend the remainder of May 31st moving the switch to ...

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ibm-gpfs.jpg Overall, the migration of GPFS to the basement went remarkably well! We lost a total of two power supplies, both failures we could sustain through redundant hardware, and ran into a few bumps along the road, but it could have been a catastrophic failure and sure wasn't. We do have some additional cleanup that ...

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ibm-gpfs.jpg The GPFS hardware is scheduled to be moved starting May 23rd @ 06:30am. Please check this page on the day of the move for periodic status updates...

... and so it begins...

05:45: Prep work for the move has begun. We are working to ensure that the most critical services remain active during the file ...

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ibm-gpfs.jpg In just under two weeks, Tstaff will be physically moving our GPFS file system hardware from CIT 531 to the datacenter in the basement of the CIT. The purge of the upstairs machine rooms is the culmination of nearly two years of work by Tstaff. We will be shutting down GPFS @ 6:30am to begin ...

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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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openvpn.png We downgraded one of our VPN servers to the previous version debian, in hopes that this version of OpenVPN doesn't suffer from the file handle leak bug. This morning, we failed our VPN service to this downgraded server. So far, it looks like this version is immune from the bug. We are going to ...

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filemaker.jpeg We have just been informed of the following by CIS:

"Due to scheduled maintenance, FileMaker A will be unavailable on 3/15/2016 from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM.  During this time, you will not be able to access databases hosted on Brown's FileMaker A server, either using FileMaker or via a ...

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postgresql.png Tstaff will be upgrading the OS on the backend servers providing database service, for a number of our production services, starting at 07:30 on Tuesday, March 15th. This will affect: the CS website, CS email lists, our problem ticket system (RT), CS wikis, instant messaging service, and a variety of Tstaff utlitilies. Assuming all ...