The University of Texas at Austin

ITS Services Status

Current Service Interruptions

9/19/2014
2:44 PM
RESOLVED: Expedited Non-Disruptive Maintenance: UT Direct
Service Restored

14:43
This change was successfully completed without impact.


14:29
ITS Systems staff will make a configuration change at 2:30 PM to correct a problem with the UT Direct production environment.

There is no user impact or down time expected with this change.

9/19/2014
2:32 PM
RESOLVED:University Wiki Service being restarted
Service Restored

2:19
Wikis is back online.
2:14 pm
University Wikis Service’s server was restarted.  It will be back online momentarily.

9/19/2014
2:13 AM
RESOLVED: Reboot for PHAROS UTPrint server
Service Restored

2:11 AM
The PHAROS UTPrint server is back online with functioning services.  The server is accepting print jobs from clients, though it remains to be seen if this reboot resolved the issue for SOA.  For the purposes of campus notification, this maintenance is complete.


12:22 AM
The PHAROS UTPrint server will be rebooted shortly after 12:00AM Friday morning to complete periodic patching and resolve an EDI service problem related to School of Architecture printing.

Any persons attempting to print using UTPrint during this reboot/maintenance window will be denied at the output terminals and by the print client software.

The demands on the UTPrint service require rebooting and maintenance during off-peak hours.

I will followup to this list once the maintenance is complete and printing services are verified as properly restored (which may take several hours).

At the direction of Pharos, it will be necessary to apply a service pack for Uniprint 8.3 Revision 396 which will enable consistent printing from Windows 8.1 (a problem which becomes more apparent every day).  The application of this service pack relates to client packages created and distributed by the server and will not directly affect the Pharos Uniprint print service on the server.

9/18/2014
4:42 PM
RESOLVED: UT Direct PDF Generator
Service Restored

16:37
This is the FINAL update to the “UT Direct PDF Generator” alert, posted at: http://www.utexas.edu/its/alerts/main.php

Good news!  The bug with redirection has been fixed in Production.  We are considering this issue entirely closed, and there will be no further updates to this list.

Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.

If you have specific concerns with the PDF Generator apart from UT Login, the team can be reached directly at pdfgen-admin@utlists.utexas.edu


14:17

ITS has placed a new version of PDF Generator into UT Direct in production as of about 11:15 AM today, and all Administrative Systems testing areas have reported success with it.

We believe this version fixes all reported problems.

There remains one known but rare bug: if you request a secured document but are not logged in, you will be prompted to login but not returned to the document.

You can still get the document by asking for it again after logging in, and many report that the browser’s “back” button works for this purpose.

ITS continues to work to correct this known bug.  Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.

The next update will be Monday 9/22 at 2:00 PM or earlier as warranted.


11:15

ITS has placed a new version of UT Direct PDF Generator into the production UT Direct environment.

We believe this version fixes all reported problems. 

One known bug exists: If a secured document is requested and are you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login.  Instead of redirecting you back to your original request (and handing you the document), the you will be redirected to the UT Direct homepage.  ITS will continue to develop a fix for this condition.

An update will follow at 2:00 PM, or earlier as warranted.

Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.

This issue will remain under investigation. 


10:14
ITS has placed a new version of UT Direct PDF Generator into the Qual UT Direct environment.  We are planning to release to Production UT Direct today.
Until then, ITS continues testing in the Qual UT Direct environment with assistance from groups that have reported problems from the University.
An update will follow at 2:00 PM, or earlier as warranted.
Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.  Please include:
What is the level of impact lack of PDF generation is causing in daily operations?
Are there any workarounds (like using the application/browser “print to PDF”) that are applicable in any situations?
Are there any “critical” periods happening soon that would change the level of impact in daily operations?


17:10
ITS has completed remediation and initial testing of a fix to the UT Direct PDF Generator. 
ITS will continue testing in development and qual UT Direct environments, with assistance from groups that have reported problems from the University.
An update will follow at 9/18 10AM, or earlier as warranted. 
Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.  Please include:

What is the level of impact lack of PDF generation is causing in daily operations?
Are there any workarounds (like using the application/browser “print to PDF”) that are applicable in any situations?
Are there any “critical” periods happening soon that would change the level of impact in daily operations?


12:16
This is an update to the “UT Direct PDF Generator” alert, posted at: http://www.utexas.edu/its/alerts/main.php
Attempts to generate PDFs from within UT Direct have proven inconsistent; PDF creation success and failure are intermittent, even using the same combinations of browser and OS.
ITS has begun prototyping solutions for the PDF Generator application, and we hope to be able to test with a wider audience this afternoon.
An update will follow at 4:30 PM, or earlier as warranted.

Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.  Please include:
- What is the level of impact lack of PDF generation is causing in daily operations?
- Are there any workarounds (like using the application/browser “print to PDF”) that are applicable in any situations?
- Are there any “critical” periods happening soon that would change the level of impact in daily operations?


10:41
This is an update to the “UT Direct PDF Generator” alert, posted at: http://www.utexas.edu/its/alerts/main.php
Attempts to generate PDFs from with UT Direct has been inconsistent; PDF creation success and failure are intermittent, using the same combinations of browser and OS.
ITS has begun remediating the sections in the PDF Generator application which cause the undesired behavior.
An update will follow at noon, or earlier as warranted. 

Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.  Please include:

What is the level of impact lack of PDF generation is causing in daily operations?
Are there any workarounds (like using the application/browser “print to PDF”) that are applicable in any situations?
Are there any “critical” periods happening soon that would change the level of impact in daily operations?


17:04
ITS Systems Middleware continues to investigate and has obtained assistance from developers in ITS Applications in the effort.

No workaround has been identified yet, though the team has identified promising leads.  We will update the list again on Wednesday at 12 noon.


17:02
This is an update to the “UT Direct PDF Generator” alert, posted at: http://www.utexas.edu/its/alerts/main.php

Attempts to generate PDFs from with UT Direct has been inconsistent; PDF creation success and failure are intermittent, using the same combinations of browser and OS.

Analysis of code and transactional process traces have resulted in identification of sections in the PDF Generator that may be responsible for the undesired behavior.  ITS continues to investigate and debug this issue. 

An update will follow no later than 10:00AM, or earlier as warranted.

Please contact the UTLogin team at utlogin@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any issues, questions or concerns.

Please include:

What is the level of impact lack of PDF generation is causing in daily operations?
Are there any workarounds (like using the application/browser “print to PDF”) that are applicable in any situations?
Are there any “critical” periods happening soon that would change the level of impact in daily operations?


11:30
ITS has been notified of problems using the “PDF generator” within UT Direct.

This service is most commonly used to create electronic copies of W-2s and systematically generated letters.

ITS is attempting to reliably reproduce the problem and troubleshoot the issue.

An update will follow no later than 1.30PM, or earlier as warranted.ITS continues to investigate and debug this issue.

9/11/2014
8:09 AM
Deprecating selected older, weaker SSL ciphers for Canvas
Under Investigation

We’re deprecating a handful of older, weaker SSL ciphers effective EOD next Wednesday (9/17/14); we believe very few, if any, of you will be impacted by this change.

Past Service Interruptions

Upcoming Maintenance

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12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Blackboard Weekly Maintenance
Service: Blackboard
Description: This window is for weekly planned maintenance, disruptive and non-disruptive, and may include OS patching for application servers or infrastructure dependencies, as well as database or application ... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint 2010 Maintenance
Service: SharePoint
Description: During the weekly maintenance window, SharePoint 2010 farm will have SharePoint updates (product updates and security updates) installed.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Pype maintenance
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: We will be deploying code to Pype's deployment interface. The deployment interface may be down during this time but deployed applications will be unaffected.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Urgent Email Maintenance
Service: Urgent Email System
Description: We are updating the User Interface.
12:01 PM - 1:00 PM
CTL's Credit by Exam system improvements
Description: CTL's (The Center for Teaching and Learning's) Credit by Exam system will undergo maintenance. Users may experience a momentary outage.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CTL Test Registration System Maintenance
Description: CTL's (The Center for Teaching and Learning's) Test Registration system will undergo maintenance. Users might experience a momentary outage.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Monthly JIRA Application Maintenance
Service: Jira
Description: JIRA will undergo application maintenance every first Tuesday monthly.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Austin AD Name Server Refresh
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: An Austin AD Name Server will be refreshed to new hardware. No customer impact is expected due to the redundant architecture of the service.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Short Links Service Expedited Maintenance
Service: Short Links Service
Description: Shortlinks subdomain links.utexas.edu will have it's DNS records updated to function with the subdomain's new IP-based VHost on Webcentral. The service is expected to function during this change.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UT Direct Notifications Retirement
Service: UT Direct Notifications
Description: UT Direct Notifications is being retired. The UT Direct Message Center will remain for programmatic notifications.
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Web Central Biweekly Scheduled Maintenance
Service: Web Central
Description: The servers and software associated with www.utexas.edu, custom websites hosted on Web Central, and Web publishing on UNIX (UTS, uts.cc.utexas.edu) will undergo scheduled maintenance. During this ... (more)
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
UTLogin routine maintenance
Service: UTLogin
Description: ITS Applications will be conducting maintenance on the UTLogin system that will result in a partial system outage.

Date: Wed 4/2/2014
Start time: 6:00 AM
End time: 7:00 AM

Impact: This ... (more)
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Adobe Connect database maintenance
Service: Web Conferencing - Adobe Connect
Description: Adobe Connect's database server will undergo planned maintenance from 6:00 - 8:00 AM. There will be intermittent outages during this maintenance window.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Maintenance for MSSQL
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: Regular monthly maintenance period for ITS MSSQL Servers
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
QUAL Blackboard outage
Service: Blackboard
Description: The QA Blackboard database will be upgraded to Oracle 11.2.0.3. This upgrade is to an internal database only. External customers do not access this database and will not be impacted by the upgrade. ... (more)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application, and security updates will be performed during ... (more)
5:50 PM - 6:00 PM
DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow Expedited Maintenance
Service: DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow
Description: *DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow will be performing expedited maintenance to deploy user-requested enhancements. Users should not experience any interruption in service.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Production ITS central RAC Database Server OS Patching
Service: Oracle
Description: We will be patching the operating system on the database servers that run the production ITS Central RAC. While no outage is planned, there could be a brief moment of disruption as services are ... (more)
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Austin Domain Controller Refresh
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: An Austin Domain Controller will be refreshed to new hardware. No customer impact is expected due to the redundant architecture of the service.
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
SharePoint Maintenance (Fri)
Service: SharePoint
Description: Regularly scheduled SharePoint maintenance each Tuesday and Friday 10PM to midnight. This maintenance may be minor and non-disruptive or may consist of component or service resets which will ... (more)
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
EWDE Maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Enterprise Whole disk Encryption serviece (SecureDoc) maintenance
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Mainframe maintenance window
Service: Mainframe
Description: The UT Austin mainframe will undergo planned maintenance early Sunday morning beginning shortly after 12:00 AM midnight and lasting approximately 1 hour into Sunday morning. UT Direct, applytexas.org,... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint 2010 Maintenance
Service: SharePoint
Description: During the weekly maintenance window, SharePoint 2010 farm will have SharePoint updates (product updates and security updates) installed.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FC switch replacement
Description: Two FC switches will be swapped out for newer devices in UDC-C. Affected customers have been notified.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
TEST uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the TIM TEST system.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Group Email and Urgent Email Nondisruptive Expedited Maintenance
Service: Urgent Email System
Description: The Group and Urgent Email Systems will be patched to perform a necessary security update. The patch should not cause any downtime.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Shibboleth Expedited - Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Shibboleth
Description: Shibboleth (idp.its.utexas.edu) service will be restarted. We should be able to perform a rolling restart of the service and should cause no disruption to users.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UTLogin Expedited - Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: UTLogin
Description: ITS Applications will be conducting an expedited, non-disruptive maintenance on the UTLogin system.

Date: Wed 4/10/2014
Start time: 6:00 PM
End time: 8:00 PM

Impact: None expected
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Javamail, FTPMail Qual and Test host patching
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: Javamail and FTPMail QUAL and TEST hosts (jmail-t01 and jmail-t02.its.utexas.edu) will be patched serially, with accumulated patches from Red Hat.

There will be no service interruption, as at ... (more)
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Emergency non-disruptive maintenance on WebSpace
Service: WebSpace
Description: Emergency maintenance will be performed on WebSpace to remediate a security issue. No user-visible outage is expected.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Shibboleth Expedited - Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Shibboleth
Description: Shibboleth (idp.its.utexas.edu) will undergo a brief, non-disruptive maintenance.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Expedited Non Disruptive maintenance of Document repository
Service: Document Repository
Description: Perform a security update to remediated the OpenSSL bug. Less than 3 minutes interruption is expected on each server.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
SDS - Digital Download Service maintenance
Service: Software Distribution and Sales
Description: SDS-DD will be temporarily disrupted for emergency maintenance. The disruption should not last for more than 10 minutes
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UTLogin Expedited - Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: UTLogin
Description: ITS Applications will be conducting an expedited, non-disruptive maintenance on the UTLogin system.

Date: Wed 4/10/2014
Start time: 2:00 PM
End time: 3:00 PM

Impact: None expected
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Campus RHNS: Emergency Security Maintenance
Service: Campus Red Hat Network Satellite (RHNS)
Description: Campus RHNS will undergo emergency disruptive maintenance to address a security issue. Service will be unavailable during the maintenance event.
12:01 PM - 1:00 PM
CTL's Credit by Exam system maintenance
Description: CTL's (the Center for Teaching and Learning's) Credit by Exam system will undergo maintenance. Users may experience a momentary outage.
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Austin Domain Controller Refresh
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: An Austin Domain Controller will be refreshed to new hardware. No customer impact is expected due to the redundant architecture of the service.
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
SharePoint Maintenance (Fri)
Service: SharePoint
Description: Regularly scheduled SharePoint maintenance each Tuesday and Friday 10PM to midnight. This maintenance may be minor and non-disruptive or may consist of component or service resets which will ... (more)
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
EWDE Maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Enterprise Whole disk Encryption serviece (SecureDoc) maintenance
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Footprints weekly maintenance for OS patching
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Reserved window for weekly maintenance events -- mostly OS patching.
8:00 AM - 11:59 AM
Web Central Monthly Scheduled Maintenance
Service: Web Central
Description: The servers and software associated with www.utexas.edu, custom websites hosted on Web Central, and Web publishing on UNIX (UTS, uts.cc.utexas.edu) will undergo scheduled maintenance. During this ... (more)
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Blackboard Weekly Maintenance
Service: Blackboard
Description: This window is for weekly planned maintenance, disruptive and non-disruptive, and may include OS patching for application servers or infrastructure dependencies, as well as database or application ... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint 2010 Maintenance
Service: SharePoint
Description: During the weekly maintenance window, SharePoint 2010 farm will have SharePoint updates (product updates and security updates) installed.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
PROD uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Non-disruptive Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the TIM PROD System. No disruption to services is expected.
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
VoIP System Patch Application
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Our vendor will be applying a patch to the VoIP system core. We expect no disruption of service.
6:30 AM - 7:00 AM
PROD uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the TIM PROD system. Users of the EID Administrative Application or the EID Self Help Application may experience connection resets during the maintenance ... (more)
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Pype WPA upgrade
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: The newest UTLogin WPA will be installed on pype.its.utexas.edu to resolve logout issues.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Emergency Information Security Maintenance for MSSQL SQL01
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: SQL01 cluster will undergo emergency maintenance to replace an SSL certificate. Service will be unavailable during the maintenance.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Austin AD Name Server Refresh
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: An Austin AD Name Server will be refreshed to new hardware. No customer impact is expected due to the redundant architecture of the service.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Natclipse server maintenance
Description: The natclipse servers will undergo regular operating system (OS) maintenance on the third Tuesday of every third month. No user disruption is expected due to service architecture.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
QUAL uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the TIM QUAL system.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
University Wiki Service Monthly Maintenance
Service: University Wiki Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance for the University Wiki Service occurs the third Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application and security ... (more)
8:00 PM - 11:55 PM
Web Central planned maintenance: UT Login transition for protected pages
Service: Web Central
Description: The Web servers hosting www.utexas.edu, UTS (uts.cc.utexas.edu), and associated virtual Web hosting sites will be reconfigured to employ the Transitional Fat Cookie, a UTLogin-based authentication ... (more)
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
VoIP System Patch Application
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Our vendor will be applying a patch to the VoIP system core. We expect no disruption of service.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Shibboleth (PROD) Maintenance - Expedited Non-Disruptive
Service: Shibboleth
Description: Shibboleth will undergo maintenance during this time. This maintenance should cause no disruptions to the Shibboleth production service (idp.its.utexas.edu).
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Activate Outbreak Filters on our IronPort appliances
Service: Mail Filtering Service
Description: The Outbreak Filters feature will be activated on our IronPort appliances. This feature detects virus and phishing outbreaks based on broad message characteristics and mail flow patterns rather than ... (more)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Campus VPN Maintenance - Non-Disruptive
Service: Virtual Private Network
Description: Networking will be conducting maintenance on the campus VPN system to install fixes for recently announced security vulnerabilities. VPN servers are configured in a redundant pair, and maintenance ... (more)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Campus Network Maintenance - Non-Disruptive
Service: Departmental Networks
Description: Networking will be conducting maintenance on the campus facilities network firewalls to install fixes for recently announced security vulnerabilities. The firewalls are configured in a redundant pair,... (more)
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Javamail, FTPMail PROD host patching
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: Quarterly OS and JVM patching of the Linux hosts that handle email from the mainframe (PROD environment).
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Javamail/FTPMail - expedited. Update sendmail config
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: The Javamail/FTPMail PROD hosts will have their sendmail max load settings updated.

This is a non-disruptive maintenance, which is urgently required to address an issue seen earlier today.
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application, and security updates will be performed during ... (more)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Expedited Legacy VoIP Repair
Service: Telephone Service (Retirement in Progress)
Description: We will be applying the vendor's fix for the problem which caused the outage and configuration freeze on the legacy VoIP phones. We expect no service to be affected.
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Austin Domain Controller Refresh
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: An Austin Domain Controller will be refreshed to new hardware. No customer impact is expected due to the redundant architecture of the service.
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
SharePoint Maintenance (Fri)
Service: SharePoint
Description: Regularly scheduled SharePoint maintenance each Tuesday and Friday 10PM to midnight. This maintenance may be minor and non-disruptive or may consist of component or service resets which will ... (more)
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
EWDE Maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Enterprise Whole disk Encryption serviece (SecureDoc) maintenance
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weekly planned maintenance for OS patching
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Reserved window for weekly maintenance events -- mostly OS patching.

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