Dispatches From The Geeks

News and Announcements from the MCS Systems Group

Reminder: Tomorrow???s big outage

I’m going to keep this brief and to the point, since we’re all going a bit nuts getting things in place for tomorrow.MCS is going offline tomorrow from 6:00 AM until 6:30 PM due to a building-wide power outage.  Any and all malfunctions and outages are expected and known.  We’ll be doing some work on some systems that may have UPS power.  But if you get access to anything, this should not be construed as an all clear and it may suddenly power down without warning.  LCRC, TeraGrid and ALCF are handling announcements for their gear (though ALCF’s only outage is the BG/L rack, I believe).In short: No computing tomorrow.  No e-mail, no web (except a placeholder), nothing.  The whole building is losing power.  No lights.  No air conditioning.  Nothing.  Stay away.  Computer no workee. In fact, before you leave tonight, make sure you’ve saved everything and logged out.If you send us mail saying something isn’t working, and it’s between 6 AM and 6:30 PM on Saturday, you will be mocked.  Mercilessly.  Sorry, but we need to entertain ourselves somehow during this. :)Please read the last 5 or 6 posts on http://www.mcs.anl.gov/systems/blog if you’ve no idea as to the scope of what’s going on.  But, when we’re done, we’ll have successfully completely hosed up your mail and printing.  The good news is that we’ll also send directions on how you can unhose it.Specifically, after things are back up, the all clear will be sent, and a whole fresh set of documents will be published showing how to connect to your new mail account, how to add your new printers, and how to take advantage of all the blinky lights and gadgetry the deployment of the new services provided.So, enjoy yet another computing-free Saturday!  In the immortal words of former Vice-President Al Gore… Peace out, y’all!


Written by Craig Stacey

April 26, 2008 at 2:30 am

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