Dispatches From The Geeks

News and Announcements from the MCS Systems Group

File services still offline

The maintenance announced for 5PM has not been going as planned. The file server is still offline, and we’re working on it. While this is down, login and other unix services are still offline. No ETA at this time.

Written by Craig Stacey

May 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

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Urgent reboot for fileserver sto10 at 5PM today, May 22nd


We must reboot the main MCS/CELS file server known as sto10.mcs.anl.gov at 5PM today, May 22nd. We anticipate the outage to last no more than one hour. During this time logins to the login machines and workstations will not be possible and access to most project directories will be offline. You may need to reboot your machine once the system has come back on line.

I apologize for the lack of notice on this, it is an urgent issue.

Thank you for your patience

Written by Adam Max Trefonides

May 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

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COMPLETE: BIO File Server downtime this afternoon (Y and Z Drive)

The updates have been applied. Thanks for your patience.

Written by Craig Stacey

May 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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BIO File Server downtime this afternoon (Y and Z Drive)

To apply important security patches to the file server, we’ll need to do a reboot of the services today. These are scheduled to begin at 5PM and will take approximately two hours. I’m hoping it will be shorter than that, but these can sometimes take a few reboots to get every patch available.

During this time, the Y and Z drives won’t be available. This will not affect your ability to login, use Box, or any other tools.

Sorry for the short notice. If there’s some reason this schedule doesn’t work for you, please let me know ASAP. Thank you.

Written by Craig Stacey

May 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

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Making sure Windows machines are up to date

As you’re no doubt aware, a malware worm has been infecting Windows machines around the internet. If you run your own Windows machine (even if it’s a VM), you really need to ensure it’s current on its patch level to prevent it from infecting and spreading.

This link from Microsoft lays out the details, but the key is to run Windows Update and ensure you’re current, or at least running MS17-010 security patch.


If your machine is not self-managed, we’re making sure the right patches are applied.

You’ll want to patch any personal machines as well.


Written by Craig Stacey

May 15, 2017 at 9:10 am

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File server back online


The main fileserver is back online, we had some complications and we have resolved most of them. There is more work to be done, we will endeavor to keep any more necessary interruptions to a minimum and to give as much notice as we can if we need to interrupt service again. You may need to reboot your workstation.

Thanks for your patience and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Written by Adam Max Trefonides

May 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Urgent File Server Reboot at 5PM tonight, May 8th, 2017


We must reboot the fileserver again tonight in order to configure it to produce better debugging information.

We do not expect it to take very long, but I’m setting a 1 hour window so we can deal with anything unexpected.

It will be shut down at 5 PM and should be back in service by 6 PM.

During this time logins will not be possible to workstations or the login machines

You may need to reboot your workstation after the outage.

We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Written by Adam Max Trefonides

May 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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Update: xgitlab.cels.anl.gov

After our migration of xgitlab to the new system, the host VM

experienced a crash and xgitlab.cels.anl.gov became unavailable.

Service has been restored, and xgitlab.cels.anl.gov is operational and

we are keeping an eye on it.

If we experience further issues, a snapshot of data prior to the

migration is available at xgitlab-old.cels.anl.gov. Any updates made to

xgitlab-old.cels.anl.gov will _not_ transfer to xgitlab.cels.anl.gov.

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and we are doing what we can

to ensure the service provided by xgitlab.cels.anl.gov is stable and



Written by Craig Stacey

May 8, 2017 at 10:48 am

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Experiencing issues with xgitlab.cels.anl.gov

We are currently experiencing some unexpected issues with the GitLab

service at xgitlab.cels.anl.gov

We are looking into the issue and working to get service restored as

quickly as possible.

While we are working on this, xgitlab-old.cels.anl.gov should be

available shortly to provide read-only access to your projects.

Please use this only as a temporary measure; any changes made on

xgitlab-old.cels.anl.gov will not quiesce with the new server.

Apologies for any inconvenience.


Written by Craig Stacey

May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

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Maintenance window for GitLab services 2017-05-07 (Sunday)

A maintenance window of our GitLab services has been scheduled for

2017-05-07 from 13:00 until 16:00 to migrate the services to new


During the maintenance window, both gitlab.cels.anl.gov and

xgitlab.cels.anl.gov will be inaccessible via the web interface.

Users will still be able to clone, pull and fetch from a git repository,

but write access (e.g. ‘git push’) will be disabled, preventing data

from getting out-of-sync.

Service is expected to be restored by 16:00 on 2017-05-07 and we will

announce when the work has been completed.

If this maintenance window poses an undue inconvenience, please let us

know, it can be rescheduled if necessary.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Written by Craig Stacey

May 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

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