Project updates


MSI Monthly Maintenance August 5 2015

posted Jul 31, 2015, 12:51 PM by Thomas McGowan

Dear MSI Users,

On Wednesday 5 August 2015, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Mesabi will be unavailable for infiniband testing and hardware maintenance.
   * Nice3D systems will be unavailable for network modifications. 
   * Lab systems, Nice, login nodes and galaxy will be offline for network maintenance and OS updates.
   * NX will be unavailable to deploy a new version of the server software.
   * Brief network maintenance for firmware updates.  
   * Citrix/Xen will be offline for system updates.   

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI Monthly Maintenance July 1 2015

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:16 PM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday 1 July 2015, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Mesabi will be unavailable for infiniband testing, software and network updates.
   * Lab systems, login nodes and galaxy will be offline briefly for network additions and OS updates.
   * The MSI Lab queue will be offline for software updates.
   * Nice systems will be offline for software updates. 
   * Citrix/Xen will be offline for system updates.   

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI Monthly Maintenance June 3 2015

posted May 29, 2015, 12:07 PM by Thomas McGowan

Dear MSI Users,

On Wednesday 3 June 2015, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Mesabi will be unavailable for firmware and network updates.
   * Lab systems, login nodes and galaxy will be offline briefly for OS updates.
   * Citrix/Xen Active Directory will be offline for failover testing. 

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

Regards,
MSI Support Team

MSI Monthly Maintenance 6 May 2015

posted May 1, 2015, 11:04 AM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday 6 May 2015, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas Connectivity.  

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Panasas switch firmware and client updates.
   * Infrastructure hardware replacements.
   * Kernel updates for Lab and login nodes. 
   * Citrix/Xen Active Directory switch-over to new server.
   * Migration of windows licensed software servers to a new system.

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI February 4, 2015 Maintenance

posted Feb 2, 2015, 11:25 AM by Thomas McGowan   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 11:25 AM ]

On Wednesday, February 4, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Network upgrades (4:00 am - 5:30 am)
• Upgrades to the Citrix system
• Cascade system software upgrades and moab/torque upgrades
• MSI-wide system reboot for new system kernel patches

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI December 3 2014 Maintenance

posted Dec 1, 2014, 1:31 PM by Thomas McGowan

Apologies for the late announcement due to the holidays.   

On Wednesday 3 December 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Lab Queue and Workstation Panasas Client Updates (briefly affecting login nodes most DB hosting machines, galaxy and login nodes) 
   * Lab Queue Moab and Torque Updates
   * Launch of MSI's global scratch system via Panasas  (28 days deletion policy and existing scratch systems will be seamlessly replaced except the lustre scratch system on itasca)
   * Network Media Changes (briefly affecting connectivity)

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI November 5 Maintenance

posted Nov 4, 2014, 7:27 AM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, we will merge our new Panasas Acquisition with the existing Panasas System which will add an additional 1 PB to the storage system and we will launch a global scratch with 400 TB of space and a 30-day purge policy.   The merging will include a software upgrade to the existing system and will result in a system-wide outage lasting several hours.    

MSI will be performing the following updates:

   * Network updates and reconfiguration (briefly affecting external connectivity) 
   * Panasas filesystem software will be updated
   * New Panasas storage will be merged with existing
   * Itasca IB core switches to be reset
   * XenServer updates and reboot
   * TINT and IDBS servers to be migrated

Please note that in addition to the maintenance work the SDVL labs (575 and 585 Walter) will be shutdown Wednesday for electrical work and will re-open on Thursday with limited capacity. 

Systems status is always available on our Status page:


If you have any questions, please email help@msi.umn.edu.

MSI October 1 Maintenance

posted Sep 29, 2014, 6:59 AM by Thomas McGowan   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 7:00 AM ]

On Wednesday 1 October 2014, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:

   * Itasca will undergo extensive updates and reconfiguration--we expect the work to last into the afternoon of 1 October 
   * Network testing and reconfiguration (affecting external connectivity) 
   * Panasas filesystem software will be updated 
   * Remote Xen desktops will be unavailable 
   * CEPH S3 storage system will be unavailable for relocation 
   * Elmod system will be updated and rebooted 

 Systems status is always available on our Status page:

MSI August 20 Maintenance

posted Aug 19, 2014, 7:41 AM by Thomas McGowan

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 4:00am to 5:00pm, MSI systems will be part of a construction downtime and MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. The construction will be simultaneously mechanical and electrical work. The electrical work will require all MSI systems to be powered-off and unavailable during this period. Some key systems will remain online during the process but user (ssh) access to key systems will not be allowed until the electrical work is complete. The mechanical work will affect only the Itasca system and is expected to last until 5:00pm on August 20 and may be extended should any issues arise.

In addition to the site-wide outage, we will be performing the following updates:
• New resource manager versions for lab queue and Galaxy systems
• All infrastructure Linux systems will be updated and rebooted
• NICE drivers will be upgraded
• Network hardware will be replaced affecting all external network connections

Due to this late August downtime, we will skip the September downtime and our next scheduled maintenance will be on October 1.

MSI August Maintenance

posted Aug 6, 2014, 7:31 AM by Thomas McGowan

Due to utility construction in the MSI data center, the monthly maintenance day for August will be held on August 20. Because of this late date, there will be no downtime for September. After the August maintenance day, the next scheduled downtime will be on October 1.

Details about the August maintenance downtime will be sent out on August 15.

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