Tstaff

Debian Bullseye Linux Upgrade

Starting Wednesday, August 18th through August 27th, we will begin upgrading all tstaff managed linux machines, fastx clusters and compute clusters to Debian 11, aka "Bullseye.” For more information about what is new in bullseye see:https://www.debian.org/releases/bullseye/**The upgrade to bullseye will be a re-install.  This means the hard drive will be reformatted and any …

FastX authentication change - FastX and VPN downtime on Monday, July 12th

On Monday morning, July 12th, between 7 am and 8am, there will be scheduled downtime for both the FastX cluster and the CS department VPN.After this maintenance window, FastX will use the same authentication mechanism that the department SSH gateway now uses, namely SSH keypairs (see https://cs.brown.edu/about/system/connecting/ssh/). Keys can be …

And We're (Partially) Back

Early on Tuesday, March 30th, the Computer Science Department lost access to critical services provided by CIS (Computing and Information Services), due to a security incident.  The department's website, list server, compute cluster, and access to filesystems were among the services affected.  On Wednesday evening we were provided a path …

CS Home Edition

Brown CS runs on Linux.  A common platform for teaching and research has long been a hallmark of the CS Department.  Working remotely has forced many of us to choose between sessions over the wire (via ssh or FastX), or cobbling together a usable environment at home.  Now there's a …

Steve Martins Joins CS Technical Staff

Steve Martins joins the Technical Staff today as Lead System Administrator.  He brings more than 20 years' experience with Unix, Linux and Windows systems with a strong background in storage technologies.   Having been in both commercial and non-profit settings, Steve says he's excited to work in academia.  As Lead …

Outage affecting multiple services

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Thanks to a poorly-tested configuration change by yours truly, several services went offline at approximately 12:30am EST this morning. Among the user-facing services affected were the main department website as well as several subdomains, the department list server, our ticketing system, and multiple user-managed VMs.Most of these were restored over …

Summer Projects 2020

Amidst the chaos of a global pandemic, the technical staff (tstaff) remained busy this past summer, coping, like everyone else, but also tackling a number of projects.  Here's a summary of what we've been up to.Working From HomeIn March, tstaff retreated to our homes and quickly set up shop.  While …