Thursday, June 17, 2021

Multi-building power outage July 17/21

(Updated July 18)

All servers were restarted by about midnight Saturday night, and office workstations were restarted by about 3 pm Sunday afternoon.


(Updated July 17)

There was a temporary problem with the generator for MC. We were on the verge of running out of UPS battery to keep servers going, so we had to shut down several machines without notice to extend battery time. Some jobs were lost as a result. Sorry for the unexpected interruption.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Overnight Power Outage

Update: Power is on in MC and M3. The servers are now being rebooted. We are powering up office machines which may take the rest of the day.

Affects: M3 and MC

Date: June 8, 2021

Problem:  There has been an overnight power outage affecting the wireless and wired networks, and all Math Faculty computing servers.

We have since been told that the issue arises from an off-campus Hydro problem affecting multiple buildings on campus including MC and M3.

Friday, April 30, 2021

MC Power Outage Saturday May 15, 2021

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Electrical power will be shut off for more repairs to the building's main electrical service.

Affects: MC

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

What you need to do:

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Upgrade Windows 10 to release 20H2

Updated June 30, 2021 to reflect a July 28, 2021 deadline for the upgrade.

Updated July 13, 2021 to reflect an Aug 04, 2021 deadline for the upgrade.  Vacation schedules have made it necessary to delay the deadline by 1 week.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

MC Power Outage Saturday March 20, 2021

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Electrical power will be shut off during this time for installation of electrical equipment

Affects: MC

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What you need to do:

Saturday, February 13, 2021

file server transition update

Update as of 11:20 pm Sunday February 14:

The transition to the new central file server that is underway this weekend took longer than expected.  We ran into complications, but they've been overcome.  Most systems are up and running again now.

Snapshots (automatic backups) are still on the old file server so if you need to retrieve anything, let us know.  New snapshots will begin to accumulate on the new file server.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Replacement of central file server February 13

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What is happening?

As mentioned in our Fall newsletter, MFCF has acquired a new central file server to replace files.math and files.student.math. We will switch from the old to the new on Saturday, February 13.

What do I need to do?

Monday, January 25, 2021

MC double power outage, Thursday January 28

What is happening, and when?

On Thursday January 28th, electrical power in MC will be shut off by Plant Operations twice to deal with a serious problem. The first outage will be at 7 a.m. and the second at 3 p.m., each for about an hour. Office computers will lose power.  Some machines in the MFCF server room will be shut down; some will stay up on battery back-up power.  Please revisit this page for updates about what will stay up and what will be shut down.

What do I need to do?

Friday, January 15, 2021

Upcoming changes to the user sign in experience

Full details listed below

Who is affected?

This applies to faculty, staff, and graduate students who use a Nexus account to sign in to Windows machines (PC, laptop, windows.math.uwaterloo.ca remote desktop servers).  Undergraduate students are not affected by this.

What is happening?

MFCF is changing how some personal settings and files are stored.  We are stopping the use of roaming profiles and implementing Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

MC power outages, Tuesday December 22 and Tuesday January 5

Update as of December 28

The first part of a two-part power outage was completed on December 22nd.  The second is scheduled for Tuesday January 5th at 7:00 a.m. The same conditions will apply again, with shutdowns starting around 5 p.m. on Monday January 4th.

What is happening, and when?

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