Mail server update at 3:45pm on Wednesday July 19, 2017

An update of the mail server will be applied and the server will be rebooted starting at approximately 3:45pm today, Wednesday, Jul 19.  Some updates will be applied somewhat earlier if it appears that the impact on the system should be minimal, so minor software issues may be noticed.  Please restart any programs if you observe problems during the upgrades (and please let us know at requests@math.toronto.edu, so we can investigate).  We expect that the mail server will be back up in less than 10 minutes if there are no unforeseen problems.

Server updates on 2017jul12 were successful

The departmental servers appear to be working fine after the updates this afternoon.

Closing old blog/wiki sites. Update

As was mentioned in an earlier IT Status post (over 3 months ago) we have several old and apparently abandoned blog and wiki sites on blog.math.toronto.edu and wiki.math.toronto.edu.

Since we received no requests to preserve any wikis we will be shutting down that server in the near future and all data will be completely removed and no longer available.

The only requests to preserve blogs were for the Graduate blog, the Undergraduate blog, and the IT Status blog, so only those will remain.

Updates at 3:45pm on Wednesday July 12, 2017

The departmental servers coxeter, sphere, and the mail, web, share, and ptr servers will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, July 12, 2017 which will require rebooting (most servers will be unavailable starting at 3:45pm). Since some updates will be applied while the servers are still up there may be some temporary issues with some software. We hope that any such issues will be minor and by doing most of the upgrading before bringing systems down the shorter downtime will be worth the potential minor problems. Please restart any programs if you observe problems during the upgrades (and please let us know at requests@math.toronto.edu, so we can investigate). We expect the systems to be back up by 4:30pm.

Server updates on 2017jun21 were successful

The departmental servers appear to be working fine after the updates yesterday afternoon.

Updates at 4:15pm on Wednesday June 21, 2017

The departmental servers coxeter, sphere, and the mail, web, share, ptr, and blog/wiki servers will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, June 21, 2017 which will require rebooting (most servers will be unavailable starting at 4:15pm). Since some updates will be applied while the servers are still up there may be some temporary issues with some software. We hope that any such issues will be minor and by doing most of the upgrading before bringing systems down the shorter downtime will be worth the potential minor problems. Please restart any programs if you observe problems during the upgrades (and please let us know at requests@math.toronto.edu, so we can investigate). We expect the systems to be back up by 5:00pm.

Updates at 4:15pm on Wednesday May 31, 2017

coxeter and the mail server will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, May 31, 2017 which will require rebooting (the servers will be unavailable starting at 4:15pm). Since some updates will be applied while the servers are still up there may be some temporary issues with some software. We hope that any such issues will be minor and by doing most of the upgrading before bringing systems down the shorter downtime will be worth the potential minor problems. Please restart any programs if you observe problems during the upgrades (and please let us know at requests@math.toronto.edu, so we can investigate). We expect the systems to be back up by 5:00pm.

New phishing email

A phishing email with subject line:

        Migrate to The new Outlook Web app for Staff

has been sent to some people in our department.  Please just delete it if you receive it.

Latest UTmail+ news

According to UofT:

LATEST UPDATE TO CURRENT OUTAGE: (May 3rd, 2017 – 11:00 AM)

This is an update to the community in regards to the ongoing efforts to restore UTmail+ service. Microsoft has escalated the severity of the UTmail+ service issues to CRITICAL and is working to restore service as soon as possible.

At this time, Microsoft is unable to provide us with a service restoration timeline. The original target for restoration for Wednesday, May 3rd morning will not be met by Microsoft’s team. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing to UTmail+ users.

Once this information is available we will post it immediately. Thank you for your ongoing patience.

Please see http://www.systemstatus.utoronto.ca/ for the latest updates.

UTmail+ should be available on Wednesday (May 3) morning

The 72-hour UTmail+ outage that started on Friday at 6pm has had problems and currently Microsoft is saying that full email service will be restored tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

As UofT has said, DURING THIS OUTAGE, Students and Alumni will NOT HAVE ACCESS to email service.