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February 25, 2010

E-mail Performance Status Update

Audience: University of Minnesota Community
Action: None
URLs: System Status web page
Contact: System Status web page

Description of Problem

Over the past few days, some e-mail users have been experiencing significant delays in e-mail processing. These performance issues have been limited to the e-mail servers located at the St. Paul BioAgeng data center, and are the result of of disk failure in the e-mail storage array at that location. OIT engineers are working with the vendor to resolve this problem as quickly as possible and restore e-mail service to normal performance. This may take several hours, so some users may continue to experience performance issues throughout today.

University Services

* E-mail

CFANS Services

* None


In order to mitigate performance problems for all e-mail users, some of the larger active users on the St. Paul servers are being moved to servers at other locations. By moving these users, OIT is able to balance the demand more evenly across all email servers, thus increasing overall performance for all users. OIT will be closely monitoring performance today, and making adjustments as needed to optimize performance.

More Information

Updates to the status of e-mail performance will be posted to the System Status web page.

February 28, 2010: SAS license update deadline

Audience: SAS users
Action: Contact CFANS OIT
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

If you have updated your SAS license code you can disregard the rest of this message.

For those who have SAS installed and have not taken action yet, your SAS license code will expire after 2/28/2010. Failure to update will cause a disruption in your ability to use this application and will require a full reinstallation of SAS.

Each February, the license code must be updated when the vendor supplies the University with the update or the program will stop functioning. This does not mean you need to purchase a new license - you only need to purchase a new license once a year, and the Software Licensing group at the University will notify you via e-mail when it is time to renew.

Updating SAS License Code

To update the license code, locate the e-mail message you received from the OIT Software License Program (software@umn.edu) and follow the instructions. If you need help with the update, contact CFANS OIT at cfans.help@umn.edu with the following information:

1. A copy of the e-mail you received from software@umn.edu.
2. The nine-digit number of the U of M gold asset sticker CFANS OIT affixes to all CFANS computers.

CFANS OIT will deploy the license code update to you over the network or via Bomgar.

If you did not receive an e-mail message from the Software Licensing group (software@umn.edu) about updating your SAS license code, but you have an installation of SAS that displays a notice that it requires an update, contact the Software License Program at software@umn.edu.

If you have questions about the information contained in this message, contact cfans.help@umn.edu.

February 11, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 0600 to 1000: CFANS Server Maintenance

Audience: Users of CFANS server resources
Action: No action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu


CFANS server patching and maintenance for February will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2010, between 0600 and 1000.

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.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, 10p.m.: SSRS web server outage

Audience: Users of CFANS server resources
Action: No action required
URLs: None
Contact: cfans.help@umn.edu

Description of Outage

CFANS OIT is planning a short 30-minute service outage for Friday, February 12, 2010, at 10:00 p.m. This service disruption will affect our SSRS web server and all its web sites including the following:

  • All reports on ssrs.cfans.umn.edu/reports (this includes CFANS Financial, Admissions, HR, Payroll, Scholarship, etc.)

  • All web applications found at webapps.cfans.umn.edu, webapps2.cfans.umn.edu (including CFANS Scholarship app, Master Gardner, FFA and other related sites)

The SSRS server and all its web services should be up and running normally
by 10:30 PM.

Thank you for understanding.

More Information

For more information, write to cfans.help@umn.edu