Category Archives: Service Update

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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