Category Archives: Service Update

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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groups.inf web server upgrade

The web server that hosts the groups.inf.ed.ac.uk web site (and various others) is one of the last to be upgraded to SL7. I had hoped to squeeze it in before the end of the year, but it will now happen … 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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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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