The departmental servers coxeter, sphere, and the web, share, ptr, and blog/wiki servers will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, March 1, 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 email@example.com, so we can investigate). We expect the systems to be back up by 5:00pm.
We will also be moving some network switches to a UPS (in order to handle minor power outages) so some departmental servers (such as the mail server) will temporarily not be reachable during this update time.