Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Upgrade Windows 10 to release 20H2

What is happening? As part of the continuous upgrade process for Windows 10, MFCF will be advertising a managed upgrade via System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for Windows 10 workstations that are joined to Nexus. The advertisement will allow you to select when the upgrade applies.

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?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New Linux servers and system upgrades

What is happening?

In September, two new machines (cpu150 and cpu151) were added to the fastlinux.math pool of servers. Throughout November and early December, we will be converting certain older machines in each pool from their old operating system (CentOS) to a new operating system (Ubuntu). All machines, old and new, will then be using the same OS. We will also move the two oldest fastlinux.math servers to the general linux.math pool, and retire the two oldest linux.math servers.

When is this happening?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Upgrade to Faculty of Mathematics print server

What is happening? The print server for the Faculty of Mathematics will be upgraded to a newer version of Windows Server on September 4, 2020.  This is part of regular work to keep our infrastructure running on the latest versions tested and supported by MFCF.

When is this happening? September 4, 2020 between 9am and 5pm.

Friday, July 31, 2020

new www.math server

A new server is now handling www.math. This has been tested intermittently for some time. The new server supports up-to-date security protocols that recent browser versions are either warning about or requiring. If you have PHP code in your public_html web pages you need to rewrite them to use PHP 7 instead of the deprecated PHP 5. If you have architecture-specific compiled code in your public_html web pages you need to rebuild it for Linux instead of Solaris.

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