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August 27, 2009

Mon., Aug. 31, 2009, between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.: Network Outage 5-10 minutes

Audience: Saint Paul Campus Community and data users on Como Ave near Printing Services
Action: No action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Outage Description

On Monday morning, August 31, 2009, between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., people on the Saint Paul campus can expect a 5- to 10-minute network outage. NTS Engineers will upgrade the Internet Operating System (IOS) on PSB-CN-01, GrnH-CN-01, BioSci-CN-01 and BioAgEng-CN-01 Core nodes. The network will be unavailable for 5-10 minutes while each core node reloads. NTS Engineers reserve the entire two-hour time frame for testing purposes.

University Services affected

  • Ethernet and wireless service

Process

NTS Engineers will upgrade the Internet Operating System (IOS) on PSB-CN-01, GrnH-CN-01, BioSci-CN-01 and BioAgEng-CN-01 Core nodes. The change will affect all data users on the Saint Paul campus and the area around Como Avenue near the Printing Services Building.

Explanation

This upgrade will give NTS more flexibility in implementing old and new technologies. The new software should also help with some current issues.

More Information

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

August 17, 2009

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009: Java 6 update 15 via SCCM

Audience: Java 6 users
Action: No Action required
URLs: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/6u15.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Wednesday, August 19, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Java 6 update 15 for CFANS computer systems that do not have the latest version of Java.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Java 6 update. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Java 6 will address a number of bug fixes that are present in Java 6 updates 13 and 14.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Java 6 update is available at this website

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2009: Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.1.3 Update

Audience: Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 users
Action: No action required
URLs: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/495/cpsid_49523.html
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description

On Monday, August 17, 2009, CFANS OIT will begin the installation of the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch for CFANS computer systems that currently have Acrobat Professional 9.1.2.

Process

SCCM will be used to install the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch. The installation will occur in the background with no interruption to service.

Explanation

Updating Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 to 9.1.3 will address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities.

More Information

Information about the issues addressed in the Acrobat Professional 9.1.3 patch is available at this website If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

August 16, 2009

COMPLETED: Sunday, August 16, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance

Topic: Sunday, August 16, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance
Audience: Users of CFANS server resources
Action: No action required
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Server maintenance and patching for August is complete.

CFANS server patching and maintenance for August will take place on Sunday, August 16 between 0600 and 1200.

During the maintenance window, all servers will be updated with the latest patches for their respective operating systems and may be rebooted.

An "all clear" will be sent once the maintenance is completed.

August 13, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance

Topic: Sunday, August 16, 0600 to 1200: CFANS Server Maintenance
Audience: Users of CFANS server resources
Action: No action required
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

CFANS server patching and maintenance for August will take place on Sunday, August 16 between 0600 and 1200.

During the maintenance window, all servers will be updated with the latest patches for their respective operating systems and may be rebooted.

An "all clear" will be sent once the maintenance is completed.

Mon., Aug. 17, 2009: UMN.EDU E-mail Parameter Changes in Effect

Audience: University of Minnesota Community
Action: Check "Trash" and "Sent" folder for messages over 30 days old
URLs: http://www.umn.edu/adcs/accounts/emailautofiling.html
Contact: help@umn.edu


Effective Monday, August 17, the University Office of Information Technology will implement changes to University e-mail parameters:

  • the maximum e-mail message size will be 25MB
  • IMAP Trash and IMAP Sent folders will be auto-filed after 30 days (IMAP vs. POP mail)

NOTE: No e-mail will be deleted. See below for recommended actions for "Trash" and "Sent" folders.

Message from University OIT

In order to optimize system performance and better align University of Minnesota e-mail services with industry best practices, the Office of Information Technology will make adjustments to selected University e-mail account parameters. The adjustments are consistent with recent conversations that have taken place in the technical community on this topic. In addition, the changes will help facilitate users' potential move to Gmail this fall.

Effective Monday, Aug. 17 the maximum e-mail message size will be 25MB, and Trash and Sent folders will be auto-filed after 30 days.

Any messages in your Trash or Sent folders that are more than 30 days old will be moved automatically out of those folders and filed in a folder called "AutoFiled," which will appear in your folder directory. Messages will be arranged by the date they were received in sub-folders named by year. For example, a message received to your Sent folder Aug. 13, 2009 will be filed in the folder called "2009.Sent" inside the AutoFiled folder.

It is important to note that no e-mail will be deleted and that the auto-filed e-mails will be easily accessible with any desktop e-mail IMAP client, such as GopherMail, Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail.

If you've been in the practice of storing important information in your Trash folder, it is recommended that you take this opportunity to go through those folders, move any messages that you need to keep into your inbox or other folders, and delete any unnecessary items. OIT also recommends that you do the same with your Sent folder, moving older items to other folders and deleting any unnecessary items.

If there are no messages older than 30 days in your Trash or Sent folders, automatic auto-filing will not occur.

More information about auto-filing can be found at http://www.umn.edu/adcs/accounts/emailautofiling.html. For additional assistance, contact the technology helpline at (612) 301-4357 (1-HELP on campus) or help@umn.edu.

August 12, 2009

Aug. 19, 2009, 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.: Power Outage in McNeal Hall

Audience: People in McNeal Hall
Action: Shut down computers and power off electrical devices before the outage
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Outage Description

On Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in the early morning between 12:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., a full power outage will be conducted in McNeal Hall.

Please shut down computers and power off electrical devices before the outage.

Process

All building systems not on emergency power will be out of power for the 5 hour outage. All building systems on the emergency generator will be out of power for 7 to 10 seconds while the generator starts.

Explanation

This power outage is necessary to conduct electrical maintenance of building transformers and electrical switchgear.

More Information

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu

August 4, 2009

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009: Power Outage

Audience: Saint Paul Community
Action required: None
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Outage Description


Two electrical feeder lines to Saint Paul have been cut. This power outage is not confined to the Saint Paul Campus, but extends into Falcon Heights.

There is no conclusive list of affected buildings or services available at this time.

No ETA is available as yet for repairs.

August 3, 2009

Thursday, August 6: Soil Science bldg power outage 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Audience: People in the Soil Science Building
Action: Please turn off computers, printers, etc., Wednesday evening before the power outage.
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Outage Description

On Thursday, August 6, 2009, in the early morning between 12:30 am and 5:30 a.m., there will be a full power outage in the *Soil Science* building on the St. Paul campus while FM electricians perform maintenance on building transformers and switch gear. All building systems not on emergency power will be out of power for the 5-hour outage. All building systems on the emergency generator will be out of power for 7 to 10 seconds while the generator starts.

Please turn off computers, printers, etc., on Wednesday evening before the power outage.

More Information

If you have questions, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.