The original schedule of beginning the mail migrations has been pushed back a bit due to the project lead for the migration expecting to begin a brief paternity leave right around when we’d planned to start the migrations. As such, we’re currently targeting the migrations to begin on November 4. I’ll be shifting the schedule to accommodate anyone who’s expressed a preference in when they would or would not like to be migrated.
Just as a reminder, the Zimbra migrations are being led by CIS who has a team to do this. I and my team will be assisting them in scheduling and other issues that may arise. When you’re scheduled to be moved, you’ll get contacted by them at various points leading up to your actual migration day with helpful information and instructions.
Also, as a side note, the migration of accounts from the MCS account system to ANL accounts has been shelved for now. There were valid concerns of the administrative burden in handling accounts for outside collaborators, so we’re taking a slightly different approach to the problem. More details will come later, but for the time being, there will be no further merging of MCS and ANL accounts. In the future, resources that are not related to research will instead switch to using the ANL account instead of the MCS account, with a goal of having MCS accounts be generally only used by those who use MCS research resources. MCS employees and other appointments who don’t do any research in MCS will only need the ANL account.
We will be upgrading and moving our WordPress 3 installation to a new server beginning at 11:30am on Thursday, October 10th. We expect this to take no longer than 30-60 minutes. During this time, all WordPress 3 blogs will be temporarily unavailable. The following sites will be affected:
• http://press3.mcs.anl.gov/ (and all subsites)
We will update you when the work has been completed.
CIS is seeking input on their proposed 4 quarterly maintenance weekends for the coming FY. If the dates below post an issue you know of, let me know. There will be reminders sent as each date approaches should situations change in the intervening time.
As you’re probably aware, CIS schedules four maintenance weekends every year. These are weekends in which we do extensive maintenance to IT systems and services and, therefore, can’t guarantee that IT services will be running. With that said, we do make every effort to communicate what we believe will be impacted based upon the planned work. We are proposing the following dates for these maintenance weekends in FY14.
- November 8-10, 2013
- January 17-19, 2014 ♦
- May 16-18, 2014 ♦
- August 15-17, 2014
♦ Scheduled APS maintenance period
After a [much!] longer than anticipated downtime the Apple File Server named silver.mcs.anl.gov is back on the network and available.
Thank you all for your patience with this and I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, we migrated up 2 major OS releases and to new higher capacity hardware. It should feel pretty snappy.
Please let us know immediately if you experience any unexpected issues
The planned maintenance is (mostly) done, with all externally exposed servers now back.
Things went well. Only the upgrade to our Mac file server (silver) is taking longer than planned and likely won’t be done until tomorrow.
Thus endeth the maintenance haiku festival on twitter.com/mcssys.
Thanks for your patience, all.
Hey, folks. Just a reminder this work is happening this weekend. I’m including a brief summary below, but you should see the following blog posts for further details. I’ve been updating them as appropriate.
From 8AM until 8PM on Saturday, September 28th, we will be performing necessary maintenance on a number of servers to improve reliability and stability. The following servers and services will experience an outage in this window, some of them will be down for the entire window. We hope to not need the full 12 hours for this, but better safe than sorry.
- silver.mcs.anl.gov (Mac server, administrative file shares)
- variant.mcs.anl.gov (Subversion/Trac for MCS, ALCF, KBase, MPICH)
- caveat.mcs.anl.gov (trac.mpich.org)
- coredb-2.mcs.anl.gov (backup mysql server)
- blizzard.mcs.anl.gov (collab.mcs.anl.gov aka Confluence)
- licman3.mcs.anl.gov (License server)
- dust.mcs.anl.gov (ALCF Drupal staging server)
- squall.mcs.anl.gov (ALCF Drupal production server — http://www.alcf.anl.gov)
- owney.mcs.anl.gov (All mailman lists provided by MCS Systems)
- rt.mcs.anl.gov (ticketing system) *5 minute window for reboot only
The full list of affected mailing list domains can be found on the blog posts linked above. We will be tweeting progress on the work as it happens at http://twitter.com/mcssys for those that want to keep a close eye on things.
Thanks for your understanding and patience.
We’ve fixed the issue with repocafe and all repos should be back and operational. Please report any issues to systems. Thanks!
We’ve encountered a problem with repo.anl-external.org and it will be offline until the issue is resolved. It may not be back until tomorrow morning. Sorry for any inconvenience.
This announcement is being sent out to anyone with a mailbox on the ANL Zimbra server in MCS, CELS, or ALCF rather than the broader CELS Systems Announcements list. You can also find this on the MCS Systems Blog at http://www.mcs.anl.gov/systems/blog, and the Systems Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/mcssys.
CIS is expecting to be able to start migrating MCS/LCF/CELS Zimbra users to Exchange beginning in mid to late October. Our group is going to work out a preliminary schedule for this migration, with the general expectation being 100 mailbox accounts per week.
If you have a reason to delay your migration (travel, upcoming events, etc.) between now and the end of November and would like to be instead scheduled in December, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating as such. Otherwise, we will include you in the scheduled moves prior to Thanksgiving.
Once you’re scheduled, you’ll get contacted by the CIS migration team who will walk you through the process. The MCS Systems Group is going to be migrated first, currently scheduled for October 14. Other migrations are tentatively scheduled to start 10/21.
As part of the migration, CIS will provide documentation and instructions on how to access your new mailbox. MCS Systems will help where we can.
Please see the previous announcement here: http://wp.me/p3jwfN-4O
The outage window will start at 8AM on Saturday, September 28th. We’re allowing for a 12 hour window, though we hope to be done in half that time.
git.mcs.anl.gov and git.kbase.us are added to the list of affected servers and services.
Once this work is complete, all of the affected services should be much more reliable, since we’re moving the various servers and services from older hardware or hardware that has developed issues to newer and more reliable machines.
We’ll send another update prior to the work starting, and will send an all-clear when it’s complete.