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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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