Server updates on 2017sep20 were successful

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

It took slightly longer (less than 15 minutes) than expected to bring coxeter back up.

web server update slightly delayed

The web server update is delayed by approximately one hour.

Web (www) server update at 3:45pm on Wednesday August 30, 2017

An update of the web server, www, will be applied and the server will be rebooted starting at approximately 3:45pm on Wednesday, Aug 30. 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, so we can investigate). We expect that the web server will be back up by 4:30pm 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 and

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.

Server updates on 2017jun21 were successful

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

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:


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 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.

Non-ASCII characters in URLs in firefox

On coxeter we have changed the default in firefox so that URLs that have non-ASCII characters will be displayed using punycode (which only uses ASCII) to alert users to potential homograph attacks.  If you need to allow non-ASCII characters in URLs then you can type about:config in the Location Bar (sometimes called the Address Bar) to change your setting for the network.IDN_show_punycode variable to false.