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  •  Database Server Maintenance

    Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2007
    Maintenance is planned for one of the database servers that is used to supply content for the www.scu.edu Web site, on Thursday morning, 4/19 from 5 to 7 am. Maintenance is planned for one of the database servers that is used to supply content for the www.scu.edu Web site, on Thursday morning, 4/19 from 5 to 7 am.  Web sites that may be impacted by sporadic errors or missing data are the Campus Event Calendar, Press Releases, Course Availability, blogs, online surveys, and others.  The system administrators will work to ensure that the database servers are offline for a short duration - the entire maintenance process may take up to two hours, but any interruption in database access on the www.scu.edu site will likely be limited to 5 to 10 minutes.
  •  CFMX 7 Update

    Thursday, Mar. 29, 2007
    The ColdfusionMX application server software on the cms and www servers has been updated to the current release, 7.0.2. This update includes a number of security enhancements and bug fixes, and is certified for use with the current Java version running on these systems. The ColdfusionMX application server software on the cms and www servers has been updated to the current release, 7.0.2.  This update includes a number of security enhancements and bug fixes, and is certified for use with the current Java version running on these systems.
  •  System Patches

    Monday, Mar. 26, 2007
    Over the last two weeks, several updates and patches have been installed on the cms and www Web servers. Operating system patches were installed to handle the Daylight Savings Time change, and update the system's Java Runtime Engine to a current release. Over the last two weeks, several updates and patches have been installed on the cms and www Web servers.  Operating system patches were installed to handle the Daylight Savings Time change, and update the system's Java Runtime Engine to a current release.  The Java update has improved system performance on the production servers; the Commonspot application uses Java, and the current release handles memory management and other processes more efficiently.  Along with the operating system and Java updates, a few patches Commonspot have been installed to correct issues that were identified following last month's 4.6sp3 installation.  The most noticeable issue was related to Special Character rendering, which is detailed in another post to this blog.
  •  Web Hosting Survey

    Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006
    The Information Technology department will be replacing the www-acc.scu.edu server with a new system. This system has been used as a Web server host for SCU student, faculty, and staff personal home pages, course web sites, and student club and organization Web sites. The new system will continue to serve this function, and will potentially include capabilities beyond FTP access for file storage and a Web server for hosting HTML pages. The Information Technology department will be replacing the www-acc.scu.edu server with a new system. This system has been used as a Web server host for SCU student, faculty, and staff personal home pages, course web sites, and student club and organization Web sites. The new system will continue to serve this function, and will potentially include capabilities beyond FTP access for file storage and a Web server for hosting HTML pages.
  •  Commonspot 4.6 SP2 upgrade

    Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2006
    Paperthin has released an update to Commonspot 4.6; Service Pack 2. This release corrects a number of issues found in the initial 4.6 installation.

    Paperthin has released an update to Commonspot 4.6; Service Pack 2.  This release corrects a number of issues found in the initial 4.6 installation.  For us, we anticipate improvements in the replication process.  Paperthin developers have isolated a JVM conflict that caused servers to consume all available memory during replication.  Frequent readers of this blog will note that we encounter replication problems with some regularity, and we're looking forward to improved stability following the upgrade.  At this time, we're planning to install SP2 on Tuesday morning, July 18th.  This will require disabling authoring access to Commonspot for a short duration (about an hour), and a longer interruption (probably 3 to 4 hours) in the regular replication cycle as we install the upgrade on all four Commonspot servers.

    Update: The installation of the upgrade has been postponed until support is available to create database backups prior to installation.

  •  Commonspot database server replacement

    Thursday, May. 25, 2006
    We are planning to replace the server that hosts Commonspot's database on Wednesday, May 31st starting at 9am. Commonspot authoring and content replication will be disabled for a period of time while the databases are migrated to the new server. Access to Commonspot authoring and the automated replication cycle should be restored by early Wednesday afternoon.

    We are planning to replace the server that hosts Commonspot's database on Tuesday, May 30th starting at 10am Wednesday, May 31st starting at 9am. Commonspot authoring and content replication will be disabled for a period of time while the databases are migrated to the new server.  Access to Commonspot authoring and the automated replication cycle should be restored by early Tuesday Wednesday afternoon.

    The replacement database server has considerably enhanced resources compared to the original server, and we hope to see this translate to improved performance for Commonspot authoring.

  •  Web Server added to www.scu.edu

    Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006
    A third Web server has been added to the www.scu.edu production cluster. The added server will help to improve reliability and availability for the SCU site. Content on the three www.scu.edu servers will continue to be updated from the cms (Commonspot) server on an automated schedule, currently at 2-hour intervals.

    A third Web server has been added to the www.scu.edu production cluster.  The added server will help to improve reliability and availability for the SCU site.  Content on the three www.scu.edu servers will continue to be updated from the cms (Commonspot) server on an automated schedule, currently at 2-hour intervals.

  •  Coldfusion MX7 upgrade scheduled

    Monday, Mar. 27, 2006
    We plan to upgrade to CFMX7 on the staging (cms) and production (www) web servers on Wednesday, March 29. The upgrade process will start with the cms server. During the installation of the upgrade on the cms server, access to Commonspot will be unavailable. We anticipate that the installation will take between 1 to 2 hours on each server. Update - 3/29 11:45 am: The installation is complete on the cms server, and commonspot authoring access has been restored. Commonspot replication to the www servers will likely be delayed until later this afternoon. We plan to upgrade to CFMX7 on the staging (cms) and production (www) web servers on Wednesday, March 29.  The upgrade process will start with the cms server.  During the installation of the upgrade  on the cms server, access to Commonspot will be unavailable.  We anticipate that the installation will take between 1 to 2 hours on each server.

    Update - 3/29 11:45 am: The installation is complete on the cms server, and commonspot authoring access has been restored.  Commonspot replication to the www servers will likely be delayed until later this afternoon.
  •  Commonspot server OS patch

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005
    The Commonspot server will be unavailable between 6 and 9pm on Thursday, Nov. 3rd.  We'll be installing an operating system patch on the server at that time.
  •  Commonspot server upgrade

    Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2005

    The cms.scu.edu Web server is scheduled for an operating system patch installation this evening.  Commonspot will be unavailable during this time.  The installation is scheduled to start shortly after 5pm, and will take 2-3 hours to complete.

    update: The cms.scu.edu server is available now - Commonspot authoring access was restored at 9pm.

 
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