Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Building Power Shutdowns

What Is Happening

Plant Operations is upgrading electrical infrastructure to provide more power and generator capacity for SHARCNET, among other things. This requires complete power outages for the affected buildings. The buildings will be locked while work is underway. Temporary generator power will enable MFCF to keep a small number of the most important computers running, but many services will be severely reduced and some will be completely unavailable.

Schedule

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Windows 10 Release 1709 availability announcement

Software Center operating system upgrade warning

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. Machines running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are not affected. If your machine is already running release 1709, you won’t see the upgrade.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

POSTPONED - Windows Offline Files feature will be disabled on machines joined to Nexus on May 24, 2018

This has been postponed.

What is happening? Windows Desktop PCs joined to Nexus will have the offline files feature (also called client side cache) disabled on May 24, 2018. The change will take effect as part of the weekly Thursday morning reboot.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Windows 10 Semi Annual Channel releases

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. Machines running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are not affected. This is expected to become a yearly event so these Windows 10 workstations are always on a supported release.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New graphics workstation available

MFCF has built a workstation with high end graphics for Faculty of Mathematics researchers, graduate students, and instructors who want to get started with high end graphics computing.  More information including how to get started is here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Netapp Storage software upgrade

Teaching and Research Storage Software Upgrade:

We are upgrading storage software from ONTAP 8.3.2P5 to 9.0P3 on Sunday Aug 27 at 9AM for both the teaching and the research environments. This should take approximately two hours.

There should be no impact to the end user, but you could notice some pauses during the process. 

If you have any issue accessing storage during this time please log off, wait for some time and then log back on.

Contact MFCF for any questions or problems, mfcfhelp@uwaterloo.ca

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