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About neilb

Computing staff at the University of Edinburgh. Part of the Services Unit.

mailman anti-spam filters

There has been a recent spate of spammers forging list member or list admin emails, and thus are able to post directly to the corresponding targeted list (as typically list members are always allowed to post to the list they … Continue reading

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Changes to local mail service

There have been a couple of changes to the local mail services recently. None of which Informatics users should have noticed, but for the record … Continue reading

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New smtp.inf.ed.ac.uk certificate

The x509 certificate used to secure communications with smtp.inf.ed.ac.uk changed this morning. The authenticated SMTP service uses an automatically generated certificated, ultimately signed by the University’s root CA. The service certificates only last a year, and this morning it was … Continue reading

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blog.inf.ed.ac.uk to be updated to 4.5.2

Our blog service, blog.inf.ed.ac.uk, is overdue an update. It is currently running 4.2.7 of WordPress, the current version is 4.5.2. The plan is to update blog.inf.ed.ac.uk to 4.5.2 (Coleman release) next Thursday 19th May at 9am. We’re not expecting any … Continue reading

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Planned down time for some group space

We have several terabytes of new disk space to attach to our SAN. Unfortunately this will mean shutting down the disk array ifevo3 to do the work. The data on ifevo3 is nearly all group space, plus some of our … Continue reading

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HTTPS Everywhere and problems accessing www.inf.ed.ac.uk

We’ve recently been getting an increased number of support tickets about problems accessing Student Services pages. The common thread in most of these tickets is that the person involved is incorrectly trying to do so using an HTTPS URL. In … Continue reading

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Planned group space downtime

The disk array ifevo3 has a fault with its flash memory. Though it may be just about possible to replace the faulty memory without disrupting the file service, the recommendation is to shut down the the disk array to do … Continue reading

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Explanation of Yesterday directory

As happened today, “Yesterday” isn’t always yesterday! A brief explanation. All AFS home directories (and some group areas) contain a Yesterday sub-directory. This directory contains a copy of your home directory from “Yesterday”, which can be useful if you accidentally … Continue reading

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SAN firmware update April 2015

AFS file space at risk this coming weekend. Continue reading

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Changes to default apache configuration

A few weeks ago we rolled out some new sensible default apache configuration to all our web servers. These configuration changes will affect all DICE web servers unless their manager has chosen to exclude or modify some of these settings. … Continue reading

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