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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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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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alpine on DICE

I’ve posted some information about the future of alpine on DICE on my blog. But don’t worry, it’s good news.

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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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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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Removal of RC4 from HTTPS Cipher Suite

In line with current best practice we will shortly be removing the RC4 stream cipher from our Apache HTTPS sites. Indeed we’ve already removed it from https://wiki.inf.ed.ac.uk without any apparent issues. For more details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RC4 Modern browsers will connect … Continue reading

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Cloud survey results

Earlier this year we conducted a survey of VM/cloud usage. The project has now concluded and a formal report on the project can be found on the Rat Unit wiki This includes a link to the survey report itself. Copies … Continue reading

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Local addition to mailman (lists.inf.ed.ac.uk)

We’ve recently made a small local change to mailman that allows users with the appropriate entitlement, automatic access to a list admin web page. Similarily, entitlements can now also be used to limit the visibility of the mailing list archives. … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE – please help us test it

We’re delighted to announce Virtual DICE. It’s like a DICE desktop, but running in a virtual machine. It’s currently in a testing phase – see below. Everybody in the School of Informatics is welcome to use Virtual DICE, but you … Continue reading

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SAN Disk failure

Virtually all of Informatics storage is via our redundant Storage Array Network (SAN). All our arrays are configured as either level 1, 5 or 10 RAID. Meaning that if one of the physical hard disks fails, the data on the … Continue reading

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