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Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014
We plan to migrate the www database server to a new host on March 25th, starting at 11pm. Updates to some databases accessible from www will be unavailable during the migration, although read-only access will be supported. We expect the migration to be complete by 12:30 am on the 26th.
Update: the migration has completed, and database update access has been restored.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
We have OS patches scheduled for cms and the www servers this Thursday morning, starting at 9:30 am. Here's the schedule:
9:30 - Authoring and Replication are suspended on cms. Patches are applied on cms, and the server is rebooted. This process should take less than 10 minutes. Authoring will be re-enabled after that (9:40 or so).
9:45 - 10:30 - OS patches are applied on each of the three www servers. Replication will be offline while this is going on, but external access to the www servers will not be interrupted.
10:30 - (or sooner, if the patches on www are complete) - Replication will be back on its regular schedule.
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
We'll be working with IT Operations to install OS updates on cms and the www servers next Tuesday morning, Dec. 12. We'll start at 9am, turning off authoring and replication on cms. Once cms is updated, authoring will be enabled but replication will be off until all three of the www servers are updated. This could take an hour or more to complete.
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
The last remaining system to be migrated to the virtual environment was the Commonspot authoring server. That's now completed, and authoring and replication have been re-enabled.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
As mentioned in this week's Site Administrator meeting, we're planning to migrate the remaining www servers to the virtual environment. This had been planned for Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, but has been rescheduled for early morning on March 1st.
Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010
The database server used by Commonspot is scheduled to be upgraded on Thursday morning (3/25/10), beginning at 6 am. During the upgrade, Commonspot pages that rely on dynamically-generated content from the database will not be displayed. We expect that the upgrade process will take less than an hour.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
The blog system has been updated to include email notification for blog comments. When a blog comment is submitted, an email will be sent to the contact email address set for a blog. You can manage comments, as well as set your blog's contact email address, through the Blog Manager system.
Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2009
We're planning an application server upgrade on the cms server on Thursday (10/1) morning. The upgrade is scheduled to start at 8am and should be completed by mid-morning, Authoring access will be unavailable during the upgrade. Sorry for the short notice on this system upgrade - the new version of the application server should improve the performance and server stabiity issues we've been seeing in recent weeks.
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
The Commonspot database server will be offline for maintenance for a brief period of time on Wednesday evening, Jan. 14th. We expect the actual outage to be for 15 minutes or less. Commonspot pages will not be served from the cms or www web servers during the outage. Commonspot authoring will be disabled on the cms server between 9 and 11pm on Wednesday, to avoid interference with the database server maintenance process.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008
The Commonspot web and database servers have moved from the IT building to the new Data Center, in advance of the major migration for university systems planned for this weekend. With the cms web and database servers already in place, we should have a stable and available Web presence throughout the weekend.