Mail server update on Wednesday Mar 7, 2018 from 3pm-5pm

The mail server will be taken offline on Wednesday Mar 7, 2018 starting at 3pm for a hardware and software update.  We will be adding some extra diskspace to the server and also implementing a newer RAID configuration for the disks.  We expect to be back up by 5pm at the latest.

Mail server is back online

The mail server update ran into an issue (the Puremessage spam-filtering system would not start) that made finishing before 5pm infeasible so the update was cancelled.  We now expect that we can avoid that particular issue and will reschedule the update at a later date.

Mail server update on Wednesday Feb 28, 2018 from 3pm-5pm

The mail server will be taken offline on Wednesday Feb 28, 2018 starting at 3pm for a hardware and software update.  We will be adding some extra diskspace to the server and also implementing a newer RAID configuration for the disks.  We expect to be back up by 5pm at the latest.

Old hardware available as is (before disposal)

We have many (29) old monitors which are small and/or old (at least 10 years), 5 old printers and 2 boxes of 3.5″ floppy disks which we will be giving to the swap shop after the end of this week.

If you are interested in any of this then we can show you the hardware and you are invited to take some home.  This is “as is”…we don’t know if anything works, what resolution the monitors are, if toner cartridges are still available for the printers, etc.  We can only provide power cords and a video cable if you want a monitor.

Please email requests@math.toronto.edu if you would like to see any of this.

Server updates on 2018jan31 were successful

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

Updates at 4:15pm on Wednesday January 31, 2018

The departmental servers coxeter, sphere, and the mail, web, share, and ptr servers will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, January 31, 2018 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.

Server updates on 2018jan05 were successful

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

Special server updates at 4:15pm on Friday, January 5, 2018

As you may have read recently two critical vulnerabilities in most modern processors have been announced. They are called Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown only affects Intel processors and there is a patch for our systems that became available shortly after we restarted our systems after last night’s power outage. We will be applying the Meltdown patch tomorrow afternoon, hence an unusual Friday downtime is scheduled. It is unclear when Spectre will be fixed.

An update of coxeter and the mail, web, and public servers will be applied and they will be rebooted starting at approximately 4:15pm tomorrow Friday, January 5. We expect that the servers will be back up around 4:45pm if there are no unforeseen problems.

Bahen and 215 Huron Power Shutdowns starting at 7pm on January 3, 2018

A major electrical shutdown has been scheduled by the University.  Bahen  will have a complete power shutdown on:

Wednesday January 3, 2018 starting at 8:30pm and ending at 8:30am the next day

All the departmental systems (coxeter, sphere, mail, web, etc.) will be brought down starting at 7:00pm before the outage and brought back up the following morning.  We estimate that things should be back to normal by about 9:30am.

We will also have to shutdown the machines in 215 Huron since there will be several brief (less than 1 minute) power interruptions in that building during that time.

In the event that special circumstances arise then, if time permits, a notice will be posted here.

Very serious macOS bug in “High Sierra” has been fixed

Apple has released an update for the bug mentioned in the previous posting.

Please ensure that you have this update if you are running “High Sierra”.