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  •  Commonspot Upgrade Schedule

    Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007
    We've completed testing of the most recent release for Commonspot, version 4.6 service pack 3, on our development platform. We plan to install this upgrade on the cms and www servers on Wednesday, Feb. 14th, starting at 7am.

    We've completed testing of the most recent release for Commonspot, version 4.6 service pack 3, on our development platform.  We plan to install this upgrade on the cms and www servers on Wednesday, Feb. 14th, starting at 7am.

    Commonspot authoring access will be disabled for a short time on Wednesday morning, and the content replication schedule will likely be off until early afternoon.

    Update: The upgrade has been installed on the cms server, and authoring access has been restored.  We still expect that replication will be back on schedule by early afternoon, following the upgrade installations on the www servers.

    Late Update: The upgrade installation was completed on two of the three www servers.  These two are responding slowly as they rebuild cache files when pages are requested.  Two attempts to install the upgrade on the third server have failed; we're now working to roll back the commonspot installation to the previous version.  Replication has not yet been restarted.

    Latest Update: We now have all three production servers upgraded to the newest version of Commonspot, and replication is back on the regular schedule.


  •  Internet Explorer 7 and Tables

    Friday, Jan. 5, 2007
    If you've upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, you may find that the option to insert or modify tables in the Commonspot rich text editor is not working. This is due to a default setting in Internet Explorer that disables "scriplets".

    If you've upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, you may find that the option to insert or modify tables in the Commonspot rich text editor is not working.  This is due to a default setting in Internet Explorer that disables "scriplets".  To restore access to the table menu, apply the following change in Internet Explorer:

    Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level > Allow Scriplets (enable)

  •  Commonspot System Maintenance

    Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007
    Over the next two days, we will be working with the Commonspot database servers, applying a change that will allow for more available memory and improved performance during periods of peak demand.

    Over the next two days, we will be working with the Commonspot database servers, applying a change that will allow for more available memory and improved performance during periods of peak demand.  This change involves the modification of a Commonspot database table, and rebuilding cache files throughout the site.  We plan to apply this change to each of the three www.scu.edu servers individually over the next three days to limit the short-term impact on Web site performance.  As each server rebuilds its own set of cache files, there will be a short-duration impact on performance on that system.   Once the cache files have been rebuilt, the additional free memory will increase the system resources available to Commonspot.

  •  Rounded Corners

    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006
    A new formatting option is available for text blocks in Commonspot pages - the "rounded corners" rendering option is described in detail in a Commonspot Step-by-Step guide. A new formatting option is available for text blocks in Commonspot pages - the "rounded corners" rendering option is described in detail in a Commonspot Step-by-Step guide.
  •  Post-upgrade Commonspot issues

    Thursday, Sep. 7, 2006
    We have been able to complete the upgrade on all production servers, and content replication is current as of 12:30 pm today. Some issues remain for Commonspot authoring; there are problems with the edit and delete options for some elements, and editing elements that are placed "below the fold" in a browser window can be problematic. Developers at Paperthin are testing these issues on our site, and we hope to resolve them soon. Site performance continues to be uneven, as page cache files are rebuilt. This issue should gradually become less noticeable as the collection of site cache files is updated via page requests.

    We have been able to complete the upgrade on all production servers, and content replication is current as of 12:30 pm today.  Some issues remain for Commonspot authoring; there are problems with the edit and delete options for some elements, and editing elements that are placed "below the fold" in a browser window can be problematic.  Developers at Paperthin are testing these issues on our site, and we hope to resolve them soon.  Site performance continues to be uneven, as page cache files are rebuilt.  This issue should gradually become less noticeable as the collection of site cache files is updated via page requests.

    Update - 9/8 1:45pm - The Commonspot editing interface bugs noted above were related to an included Javascript file for Firefox browsers, and an incompatibility with a custom style sheet in our site, which has been resolved.

  •  Commonspot 4.6 SP2 upgrade

    Friday, Sep. 1, 2006
    We plan to install the most recent upgrade to Commonspot, Service Pack 2 for version 4.6, on Wednesday, September 6 starting at 9am. The installation process will require that we disable authoring access to Commonspot for an hour or so. Barring any surprises during the installation, we would expect that authoring access would be restored by noon on Wednesday.

    We plan to install the most recent upgrade to Commonspot, Service Pack 2 for version 4.6, on Wednesday, September 6 starting at 9am.  The installation process will require that we disable authoring access to Commonspot for an hour or so.  Barring any surprises during the installation, we would expect that authoring access would be restored by noon on Wednesday.

    The service pack includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements for Commonspot.

    Update - 9/6 4:30 pm - Following the installation of this release on the cms server, a number of user interface bugs have been identified. Some won't represent a significant obstacle to editing, but we'll try to have everything working normally by the end of the day tomorrow.  Replication has not yet been restored - one of the three www servers has not been upgraded to the new release at this time.  We hope to have all servers upgraded and replication tested and back on a regular schedule by Thursday morning.

  •  Labor Day Weekend Replication Schedule

    Friday, Sep. 1, 2006
    Replication will be running on an abbreviated schedule over the holiday weekend. It's scheduled to run at 7:15 am, 1:15pm and 5:15pm. We have experienced numerous replication errors during the week, and by going to a more compact schedule, we will minimize the possibility of a failed replication disabling the SCU Web site during off-peak hours, and during a time when server administrative support is not readily available. We are working with developers at Paperthin to resolve the recurring problems with replication.

    Replication will be running on an abbreviated schedule over the holiday weekend.  It's scheduled to run at 7:15 am, 1:15pm and 5:15pm.  We have experienced numerous replication errors during the week, and by going to a more compact schedule, we will minimize the possibility of a failed replication disabling the SCU Web site during off-peak hours, and during a time when server administrative support is not readily available.  We are working with developers at Paperthin to resolve the recurring problems with replication.

  •  Blog Custom Elements

    Thursday, Jul. 27, 2006
    Following some testing and modifications to the redesigned blog custom element, we've added documentation of the Blog and Blog Feature elements to the Web Publishing site.

    Following some testing and modifications to the redesigned blog custom element, we've added documentation of the Blog and Blog Feature elements to the Web Publishing site.  The new version of the blog element now includes support for uploading multiple images per blog item, classification of blog items by category, and the option to specify blog items as "featured" to highlight their presentation in the blog.

    A Blog Feature element was developed as a companion to the full Blog element.  The Blog Feature element will allow you to display the most recently added or featured blog items on a top-level page, and link to the full blog located elsewhere in your site.

  •  Replication schedule status

    Wednesday, Jul. 5, 2006
    Following a replication error this afternoon, we have turned off the regularly scheduled replication cycle. A site-wide database error was introduced in the 1:15pm replication, and we will need to identify and correct the cause of the error before replication runs again. We anticipate having replication restored by late Thursday morning.

    Following a replication error this afternoon, we have turned off the regularly scheduled replication cycle.  A site-wide database error was introduced in the 1:15pm replication, and we will need to identify and correct the cause of the error before replication runs again.  We anticipate having replication restored by late Thursday morning.

    Update: We've completed the file and data restoration on the production servers, and replication ran at 11:00 am.  The production servers are running slowly, and we're going to run replication less frequently until performance has stabilized.  We do plan to run replication again late Thursday afternoon.

  •  Replication Status Page

    Thursday, Jun. 1, 2006

    A new replication status page has been created that allows you to see the real time status of the Commonspot replication process. The status page can be found at:

    http://cms.scu.edu/webpublishing/cms/replication.cfm

    The status page will indicate whether replication is in progress, if any errors were experienced recently, or when the last successful replication ran.

    Replication is the automated process that copies content from the authoring (cms) server to the production (www) servers. Included in the status page is an in depth explanation of replication and the server setup, as well as some troubleshooting tips and how to know when to expect your content to replicate.

 
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