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May 1, 2009

Short Notice UM Wiki Outage Sunday May 3rd

Starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday May 3, 2009, for up to 12 hours, centrally supported U of M applications, including UM Wiki, will be unavailable for use.


After all systems are shut down at 6 a.m., the leak in the cooling system will be repaired. When repairs are complete, all systems will be brought back online. Updates will be available at https://systemstatus.umn.edu/view/Main/OutageInfo, as well as on System Status pages for the affected systems.

The cooling system for the WBOB data center has developed a leak. To maintain operation of the data center and the applications housed within it, this leak must be repaired. This repair will require a complete facility shutdown, resulting this outage.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have any questions call 1-HELP at (612) 301-4357

September 2, 2008

Wiki Error on Save

Update: The problems have been resolved and we are looking into ways to avoid this incident repeating itself.

UM Wiki is currently experiencing RCS errors when saving a topic causes a new revision to be made. To put that in something closer to english:

When you make a change to your page you'll get an error message and the History page won't include your changes. Your changes will get added to the most current version of the page.

We're working to resolve this as quick as we can but its related to some other systems UM Wiki sits on top of so it may take a while to get this tracked down and resolved. It is a good idea to stop editing UM Wiki until we post an all clear here and on System Status. We appreciate your patience while we resolve these issues.

August 21, 2008

UM Wiki Move Scheduled August 26 at 8pm

On Tuesday, August 26 at 8pm UM Wiki will move to its new server. This process should take roughly an hour during which the wiki will be alternately read-only and unavailable while we copy data and point the wiki.umn.edu address at the new server. We're still very interested in your feedback on the new server.

August 21, 2007

The Big Day

So today is The Big Day™ for UM Wiki and we're pretty excited. To summarize what's new:

Continue reading "The Big Day" »

August 16, 2007

Wiki-Dev is Back!

We're up and running again. Our test server does not have the necessary disk space to host the attachments from production. What this means is although your wiki topics (pages) will have all of their text, attached graphics and docs will likely not be available. If this makes testing difficult or you have concerns about this send e-mail to wiki@umn.edu and we'll work with you to get the material you need to show up on wiki-dev so you can test properly.

Test Server Down

Wiki-dev is currently not responding due to a lack of disk space. While we had copied wiki data over from UM Wiki Tuesday 8/14, the attachments were not copied over to wiki-dev until last night. We misjudged the disk space on the test server (similar hardware/software but unfortunately not the same drive capacity of our production environment). We'll post a note here when the server is back in business. Again this is a space issue and not directly related to the changes we'll be making to production next Tuesday.

April 19, 2007


Welcome to the UM Wiki Development Blog. It's interesting that as I write the first entry wiki.umn.edu is not responding. Those of you who've taken a trip over to System Status know this is a short outage while the wiki's server finds itself a cooler facing direction in the data center. What better time could there be to usher in a new blog about UM Wiki and what we're doing over at JaWS and the Helpline to update and improve on this great online tool?

The idea here is to give our wiki users on campus and further afield a place to see what we're working on and to provide feedback, criticism and encouragement as we add features and fix bugs. The wiki itself is a powerful information management tool, but is not designed to be a blog. One feature we do hope to add in the future is the ability to read in XML content from an ATOM or RSS feed into the wiki so that things like the news feed for this blog can be displayed dynamically in a wiki topic, but in the meantime we'll be adding a link to Main.WebHome pointing interested users to this blog.

As we get some of our ideas for what we'd like to do next listed here please share your comments and feedback. Let us know what you think about these plans, what features you're excited about and what you'd really like to see us working on that we're not. We're looking forward to hearing from you our users and we hope your excited to hear a bit more from us.