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Applying updates to self-managed laptops

Apologies for the broad announcement on this, but it’s important to reach everyone in the divisions managed by CELS Systems. This message is targeted specifically toward people who manage their own laptops. If we handle the updates on your machines, you’re fine.
I’ve received word from Cyber indicating there are a few machines not current with their patch levels based on outbound traffic from ANL wireless networks. Bearing this in mind (and given there’s a current vulnerability with macOS High Sierra 10.13), I want to remind everyone part of the deal with having a self-managed machine is keeping it up to date.
Please take a moment to ensure your laptop (whether it’s Windows, macOS, or some flavor of Linux) is not running with unpatched vulnerabilities. If you need help applying updates, let us know and we’ll help you.
I also encourage you to subscribe to a couple of discussion lists helpful for people who manage their own laptops. For historic reasons, they’re hosted in the mcs.anl.gov domain, but anyone in CELS is welcome to join. They’re low traffic mailing lists where people ask questions and share tips and other helpful information.
Mac users: mac-users@mcs.anl.gov – sign up by sending an email to mac-users-join@mcs.anl.gov.
Linux users: linux-users@mcs.anl.gov – sign up by sending an email to linux-users-join@mcs.anl.gov.
We don’t really have a Windows users group – but I’ll happily create one if there’s interest.
Thanks!

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Written by Craig Stacey

November 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Maintenance window for GitLab services 2017-11-29 12:00 – 13:00 CST

A maintenance window of our GitLab services has been planned for tomorrow 2017-11-29 from 12:00 to 13:00 CST to update the software.

GitLab services provided by gitlab.cels.anl.gov and xgitlab.cels.anl.gov will be unavailable during maintenance.

Service is expected to be restored by 13:00, and may be available sooner than that.

If this window poses undue inconvenience please let us know, we can reschedule if needed.

Written by Craig Stacey

November 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Reminder: Migration of svn.mcs.anl.gov / trac.mcs.anl.gov

We will be migrating services of svn.mcs.anl.gov and trac.mcs.anl.gov today from 13:00 to 15:00 CST. Services provided by these two hosts may experience outages during this window.

Written by Craig Stacey

November 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Migration of svn.mcs.anl.gov / trac.mcs.anl.gov

A maintenance window for migrating the services hosted by svn.mcs.anl.gov and trac.mcs.anl.gov to a new host is scheduled for Monday, 2017-11-06 from 13:00 to 15:00 Central time.

During that time, services provided by svn.mcs.anl.gov and trac.mcs.anl.gov may become temporarily unavailable.

If you are a user of these services, and have time during that window to help validate the migration, please let us know.

If this poses an undue inconvenience, let us know, we can reschedule as necessary.

Written by Craig Stacey

November 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

GitLab maintenance Thursday, 2017-10-26 from 12:00 to 13:00

A maintenance window of our GitLab services has been planned for Thursday 2017-10-26 from 12:00 to 13:00 CDT in order to update the software.

GitLab services provided by gitlab.cels.anl.gov and xgitlab.cels.anl.gov will be unavailable during maintenance.

Service is expected to be restored by 13:00, and may be available sooner than that.

If this window poses undue inconvenience please let us know, we can reschedule if needed.

Written by Craig Stacey

October 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Unexpected server outage has been fixed

All systems that were affected are back in service. Two of our login severs also had unexpected outages, login1.mcs.anl.go and login2.mcs.anl.gov they are back online now as well.

Thanks for your patience.

Written by Craig Stacey

October 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Unexpected Service outage

One of the systems involved in account management is unexpected down. We are investigating the issue. As far as I can ascertain this should only effect a users’ ability to make changes to their settings in accounts.mcs.anl.gov. logins to our systems seem to be unaffected. Please alert us at help@cels.anl.gov if you have an issue logging in to some service that you were recently able to log into.\\\

Thanks

Written by Craig Stacey

October 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Monthly GitLab maintenance, Today 12:00 – 13:00 CDT

A maintenance window of our GitLab services has been planned for today from 12:00 to 13:00 CDT in order to update the software.

GitLab services provided by gitlab.cels.anl.gov and xgitlab.cels.anl.gov will be unavailable during maintenance.

Service is expected to be restored by 13:00, and may be available sooner than that.

If this window poses undue inconvenience please let us know, we can reschedule if needed.

– CELS Systems

Written by Craig Stacey

September 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

Posted in Uncategorized

WordPress upgrade complete, mailman service restored

The wordpress upgrade announced yesterday was completed by 9, however, there were some wrinkles that we needed to iron out and service was fully stable by 9:30 this morning.

Shortly thereafter our mailing list server had an issue that required a reboot. As such some mail to mailing lists will have been delayed. Service has been restored as of 10 this morning.

Thank you, and sorry for any inconvenience.

Written by Craig Stacey

September 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Maintenance window: Migration of wordpress sites 2017-09-20 08:00 – 09:00 CDT

A maintenance window has been scheduled to migrate WordPress sites to new hardware. The window scheduled is tomorrow morning (2017-09-20), from 08:00 to 09:00 CDT.

The following sites will be temporarily off-line while we perform the migration:

– anlpress.cels.anl.gov
– argo-osr.org
– blog.metagenomics.anl.gov
– earthmicrobiome.org
– escience-conference.org
– esp.alcf.anl.gov
– estrfi.cels.anl.gov
– events.alcf.anl.gov
– events.cels.anl.gov
– extremecomputingtraining.anl.gov
– gust.mcs.anl.gov
– hepfce.org
– hpcport.alcf.anl.gov
– inside.cels.anl.gov
– jlse.anl.gov
– nek5000.mcs.anl.gov
– ngs.igsb.anl.gov
– papka.alcf.anl.gov
– petrel.alcf.anl.gov
– press3.mcs.anl.gov
– press.igsb.anl.gov
– qmcpack.org
– scdoe.info
– sigma.mcs.anl.gov
– smallworlds.cels.anl.gov
– symposium30.cels.anl.gov
– tcs.anl.gov
– terragenome.org
– virtualhelpdesk.cels.anl.gov
– wiki.mcs.anl.gov
http://www.mpich.org

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know, we can reschedule if this is inconvenient.

Written by Craig Stacey

September 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

Posted in Uncategorized