Archive for February, 2008

File System Issues

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

We seem to be having issues with the server that handles project file systems. We are investigating the problem.

Update 12:37pm: We are heading into the department to perform a reboot of the file server. This involves a shutdown and restart of most of the systems.

Update 5:40pm: Systems are now back up. Due to some tempermental hardware the process did not go particularly smoothly.

Downtime: Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday, February 18th, 2008

On Monday, February 18, 2008, we will have a scheduled downtime of the Linux public cycle servers during normal business hours.

Who is affected:

  • This downtime will impact users of the 32-bit Linux cycle servers (tux, opus, and willy) and the 64-bit Linux cycle servers (soak, wash, rinse, and spin).

What is happening:

  • The operating systems on these machines will be upgraded. Note that this upgrade will take place during normal hours. We will upgrade the machines in stages (one 32-bit and one 64-bit machine at a time) to minimize disruption. Users logged in will be given a 5-minute warning before each machine is brought down. We expect that each machine will be down for less than an hour.
  • Note that we will begin the upgrades at approximately 10:30am.

Special Note: because these upgrades involve a re-install of the operating system, crontab entries will be lost. If you have cron jobs that run on these machines, be sure to re-establish them after the upgrade.

Why it is happening:

  • These upgrades address several critical security issues.

As of 2:09pm all updates have finished.

Downtime: Thu, February 7, 2008

Friday, February 1st, 2008

On Thursday, February 7, 2008, we will have a scheduled downtime from 4:00am to 8:00am EST.

Scheduled work includes:

  • Firmware updates to the disk array on our home directory file server
  • Upgrade virtual hosting web server to Apache 2
  • Operating system patches

Why is it happening:

  • Ordinarily, we would avoid having a downtime during the first week of classes; however, our file server vendor has classified a recent firmware update as “critical” meaning there is the potential for data loss.
  • While our systems are down, we plan to upgrade the virtual host web server (virtweb) that hosts URLs of the form http://[projectname] to Apache 2. This will allow web pages to host files larger than 2G.