Dispatches From The Geeks

News and Announcements from the MCS Systems Group

Endnote X8 site licensing

We have updated packages for Endnote, now at version X8. The updated packages can be found at the links below.

Mac users: http://www.cels.anl.gov/macos#Mac_OS_X_Software

Windows users: http://www.cels.anl.gov/windows/Software#Endnote_X8

Please note these links are for CELS (MCS, ALCF, EVS, BIO, CELS & associated institutes) employees only. Do not distribute these files or licenses beyond your own use. The distribution links will require you to login to your Box account to retrieve the files.

Written by Craig Stacey

January 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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Systems Announce File Server Maintenance, Saturday Dec 17

Greetings,

The file server migration and maintenance project is complete.

We had to reboot the login servers and all the compute nodes, our apologies if any of your jobs were interrupted.

You may need to reboot your workstation if you are not able to write into your home directory.

Contact the CELS Help Desk if you notice any issues.

Thanks for your patience.

Written by Craig Stacey

December 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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File Server Maintenance, Saturday Dec 17

The file server maintenance we postponed in October is now taking place and will continue from 9AM onward (all day) to finally migrate the rest of our unix homes off the aging file server onto our new one. To do this, we have functionally taken the home filesystem offline. During this period, all home filesystems will be read-only, and could be unavailable for stretches of time.

This should not affect e-mail, web, or other services beyond the MCS linux computing infrastructure (https://wiki.mcs.anl.gov/IT/index.php/Linux). During this period, you will not be able to save any files to your home directory, you should be able to login to MCS workstations and compute servers, including login.mcs.anl.gov, but this is not guaranteed. After the migration is complete, all linux workstations and compute servers that use this home directory server will be rebooted.

Thanks!

Written by Craig Stacey

December 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

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File Server Maintenance, Saturday Dec 17

The file server maintenance we postponed in October will be taking place on this coming Saturday, Dec 17 from 9AM onward (all day) to finally migrate the rest of our unix homes off the aging file server onto our new one. To do this, we need to functionally take the home filesystem offline. During this period, all home filesystems will be read-only, and will be unavailable for stretches of time.

This will not affect e-mail, web, or other services beyond the MCS linux computing infrastructure (https://wiki.mcs.anl.gov/IT/index.php/Linux). During this period, you will not be able to save any files to your home directory, and may not be able to login to any MCS workstations or compute servers, including login.mcs.anl.gov. After the migration is complete, all linux workstations and compute servers that use this home directory server will be rebooted.

Thanks!

Written by Craig Stacey

December 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

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Reduced coverage tomorrow for CELS Service Desk and Support

Due to the lab’s recommendation on telecommuting tomorrow, our in-person presence will be reduced tomorrow. We’ll all be online and responding to requests. If something urgent comes up that requires an in-person presence, a number of us are prepared to come in and deal with it, but there will be obvious delays due to travel time.

If you need in-person help and are unable to use e-mail, please feel free to call the central CIS help desk at x-9999 who can open a ticket for you and assign it to us. Just ask them to assign it to the CELS Service Desk.

Thanks, and stay warm and safe!


Craig

Written by Craig Stacey

December 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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File Server Maintenance, Saturday Dec 17

The file server maintenance we postponed in October will be taking place on this coming Saturday, Dec 17 from 9AM onward (all day) to finally migrate the rest of our unix homes off the aging file server onto our new one. To do this, we need to functionally take the home filesystem offline. During this period, all home filesystems will be read-only, and will be unavailable for stretches of time.

This will not affect e-mail, web, or other services beyond the MCS linux computing infrastructure (https://wiki.mcs.anl.gov/IT/index.php/Linux). During this period, you will not be able to save any files to your home directory, and may not be able to login to any MCS workstations or compute servers, including login.mcs.anl.gov. After the migration is complete, all linux workstations and compute servers that use this home directory server will be rebooted.

If this poses an inconvenience to you that would require us to reschedule this, please let us know now. I will make another announcement on Thursday unless we reschedule due to your requests or issues we encounter in the prep for this.

Thanks!

Written by Craig Stacey

December 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

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COMPLETE: 11/12/2016 File Server Reboot

Greetings,

This is the ALL-CLEAR

The file server reboot completed without incident. All filesystems should be available again.

If you are having trouble do this first:

Restart your terminal session.
Reboot your workstation.

If this doesn’t seem to help then contact the CELS Helpdesk.

Thanks for your patience

Written by Craig Stacey

November 12, 2016 at 10:59 am

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REMIDER: 11/12/2016 File Server Reboot

File Server Reboot on Saturday, November 12th from 10:AM until 12 Noon

In order to apply important system updates and security patches we will be rebooting the file server called sto10.mcs.anl.gov this Saturday morning. We expect the work to take no more than an hour to complete but are scheduling a 2 hour “outage window” so we have time to take care of any unanticipated problems.

What do you need to do?
Before the outage begins you should suspend any automated scripts or processes that would access any of the subdirectories of the affected NFS mountpoints, (listed below). You should save any work you are doing in them and try to get any active terminal sessions out of the affected mountpoints. If you need advice on how to do this contact the CELS Help Desk
After the outage is over (indicated by our “all-clear” messages) you may need to reboot your work stations or log out and back in to your open ssh or terminal sessions.

If you feel that this outage window is unacceptable get in touch with us immediately so we can try to address your needs.

What are we doing?
We are shutting down and rebooting the file server named sto10.mcs.anl.gov

Why are we doing this?
There are a number of important operating system, security and service software updates available for the system.

When are we doing this?
We will begin work at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 16, 2016

What services will be affected?
The UNIX NFS mounted “project directories” (listed below) will be offline for the duration of the outage.

How long will the outage last?
We anticipate that the outage will only last for about an hour, but it could be offline for up to 2 hours.

How will you know that the service is back online?
We will send an “all clear” message to this list, as well as a notice via twitter ( follow us at @mcssys ) and an update to the “Dispatches from the Geeks” blog https://mcssys.wordpress.com/

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience

List of NFS mountpoints that will be OFFLINE during the outage:

/nfs/UncertaintyClimate
/nfs/alcf-admins
/nfs/cels-media
/nfs/cels-systems
/nfs/geassm
/nfs/gtr.globus.org
/nfs/mcs-proj-climate
/nfs/mcs-proj-dynamics
/nfs/mcs-proj-magnetic
/nfs/mcs-proj-magnetic2
/nfs/mcs-proj-source
/nfs/ms-software
/nfs/ms-users
/nfs/noaa
/nfs/proj-climate1
/nfs/proj-climate2
/nfs/proj-davidk
/nfs/proj-dsl
/nfs/proj-emconsta
/nfs/proj-fischer00
/nfs/proj-fischer01
/nfs/proj-fischer02
/nfs/proj-fischer03
/nfs/proj-flash
/nfs/proj-fluids
/nfs/proj-genogrp
/nfs/proj-genomics
/nfs/proj-lans1
/nfs/proj-mpich
/nfs/proj-swat
/nfs/proj-sysbio
/nfs/proj-tpeterka
/nfs/sharp
/nfs/uso
/nfs/proj-phasor

Written by Craig Stacey

November 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

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NOTICE: 11/12/2016 File Server Reboot

File Server Reboot on Saturday, November 12th from 10:AM until 12 Noon

In order to apply important system updates and security patches we will be rebooting the file server called sto10.mcs.anl.gov this Saturday morning. We expect the work to take no more than an hour to complete but are scheduling a 2 hour “outage window” so we have time to take care of any unanticipated problems.

What are we doing?
We are shutting down and rebooting the file server named sto10.mcs.anl.gov

Why are we doing this?
There are a number of important operating system, security and service software updates available for the system.

When are we doing this?
We will begin work at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 12, 2016

What services will be affected?
The UNIX NFS mounted “project directories” (listed below) will be offline for the duration of the outage.

How long will the outage last?
We anticipate that the outage will only last for about an hour, but it could be offline for up to 2 hours.

How will you know that the service is back online?
We will send an “all clear” message to this list, as well as a notice via twitter ( follow us at @mcssys ) and an update to the “Dispatches from the Geeks” blog https://mcssys.wordpress.com/

What do you need to do?
Before the outage begins you should suspend any automated scripts or processes that would access any of the subdirectories of the affected NFS mountpoints, (listed below). You should save any work you are doing in them and try to get any active terminal sessions out of the affected mountpoints. If you need advice on how to do this contact the CELS Help Desk
After the outage is over (indicated by our “all-clear” messages) you may need to reboot your work stations or log out and back in to your open ssh or terminal sessions.

If you feel that this outage window is unacceptable get in touch with us immediately so we can try to address your needs.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience

List of NFS mountpoints that will be OFFLINE during the outage:

/nfs/UncertaintyClimate
/nfs/alcf-admins
/nfs/cels-media
/nfs/cels-systems
/nfs/geassm
/nfs/gtr.globus.org
/nfs/mcs-proj-climate
/nfs/mcs-proj-dynamics
/nfs/mcs-proj-magnetic
/nfs/mcs-proj-magnetic2
/nfs/mcs-proj-source
/nfs/ms-software
/nfs/ms-users
/nfs/noaa
/nfs/proj-climate1
/nfs/proj-climate2
/nfs/proj-davidk
/nfs/proj-dsl
/nfs/proj-emconsta
/nfs/proj-fischer00
/nfs/proj-fischer01
/nfs/proj-fischer02
/nfs/proj-fischer03
/nfs/proj-flash
/nfs/proj-fluids
/nfs/proj-genogrp
/nfs/proj-genomics
/nfs/proj-lans1
/nfs/proj-mpich
/nfs/proj-swat
/nfs/proj-sysbio
/nfs/proj-tpeterka
/nfs/sharp
/nfs/uso
/nfs/proj-phasor

Written by Craig Stacey

November 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

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gitlab and xgitlab will be down from noon-1PM today for security patches.

Written by Craig Stacey

November 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

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