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Forum server room UPS upgrade programme

Earlier this year, we mentioned that we intended to replace the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system which supplies power to all of the server rooms located in the Informatics Forum – see our blog post Forum server room UPS from … Continue reading

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Upgrade of rack power bars in Forum self-managed server room IF-B.Z14

We are about to upgrade all rack power bars in the Informatics Forum self-managed server room IF-B.Z14. We will be replacing the existing metered power bars (APC models AP7853 and AP8853) with switched versions (APC model AP8953). The new power … Continue reading

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Forum server room UPS

Last weekend (Saturday 19.1.19), the UPS system which supplies power to the various server rooms located in the Informatics Forum developed a fault which meant that one half of the pair of units which comprise the UPS went off-line. As … Continue reading

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Forum network switch upgrade

We will soon be replacing all existing 100 Mb/s network switches in all of the Informatics Forum IT closets with new 1Gb/s switches. There are 17 IT closets in the Forum, each of which provides networking connectivity to its nearby … Continue reading

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Self-managed server room – planned power outage

Good news! We are extending the Forum self-managed server room facility by adding three brand new racks in a nearby room. Bad news! To arrange the necessary power feeds to the new room, we will need to completely switch off … Continue reading

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OpenVPN configuration file updates

Of interest to users of the Informatics OpenVPN service: Please note that – as announced via email to the sys-announce list – an updated set of configuration files for our OpenVPN service was put in place in late July 2015. … Continue reading

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Self-managed server room – ventilation and noise levels

In a previous post we mentioned that noise levels in the self-managed server room (i.e. B.Z14) of the Informatics Forum were higher than we might like. And users of that room can’t have failed to notice that it’s also been … Continue reading

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Noise levels in the Forum self-managed server room

We have recently measured the average noise levels in the ‘self-managed server room’ (i.e. B.Z14) of the Informatics Forum. The noise levels are not excessive, and they don’t present any Health & Safety issues given our expected working practices – … Continue reading

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