The University of Texas at Austin

ITS Services Status

Current Service Interruptions

7/31/2014
9:51 PM
RESOLVED: Box service is currently down
Service Restored

The Box service for UT Austin has returned to normal.
The Box status page hasn’t yet been updated as of 21:45, but the service is once again functioning.


Box is currently experiencing a technical issue. The initial description of the issue is as follows:
“As of 6:45 pm PDT, Box is down for all services. Customers may see this in their browser: ‘Sorry we can’t access that page.’
“Our engineers are actively working towards a resolution. We will inform you as soon as we have more information on this issue and a projected time to resolution.
“Updates are also available at status.box.com
“Thank you for your patience.”

7/31/2014
3:46 PM
RESOLVED: Emergency Maintenance on UTLogin
Service Restored

Emergency maintenance is complete. System functionality has returned to normal.

We have determined that this issue affected a portion of UTLogin customers. The duration of the issue was approximately from 3:17PM – 3:29PM.

IAM staff is investigating the root cause of the issue.


Our monitoring system indicates that one of the UTLogin servers is experiencing issues. We will be restarting it shortly.

We have not yet determined if this issue is impacting customers.

IAM staff is investigating the issue. 


We are experiencing issues with UTLogin.  System staff is being engaged.

7/29/2014
4:59 PM
On-Going UT-V Storage Issue
Under Investigation

4:58
The UT-V environment has been stable so far today. UT-V staff continue to monitor the issue and prepare for a rollback to ESXi 5.1 if the driver change does not resolve the issue.
Next scheduled update 8/1/2014 at 16:00.


17:00
The final host’s storage controller driver has been changed.
The UT-V environment has been stable so far today. UT-V staff continue to monitor the issue and prepare for a rollback to ESXi 5.1 if the driver change does not resolve the issue.
Next update 7/29/2014 at 17:00


10:01
The UT-V hosts are in the same state as last night. All UT-V hosts have had their storage controller driver changed except for one host in Commodity 2. The final host has only one VM and we will be working with the owner this morning to gracefully migrate the VM so that we can change the driver on the final host.
The Enterprise cluster (with only ITS VMs) did have a period of high storage latency early this morning and a host connection issue that lasted under 1 minute, however, we believe these are different issues at this point and have a case opened with the vendor.
The UT-V team continues to monitor the situation and a new host issue like we have been seeing will trigger a rollback to ESXi 5.1.


7/27/14 11:36 pm
The UT-V team has completed applying storage controller driver changes for all UT-V hosts with one exception in the Commodity 2 cluster. The final host has only one VM running on it that cannot be migrated. It will be addressed tomorrow after reaching out to the VM’s owner.

Next update by 10:00am.


7/27/14 8:38 pm
Vent17 is restored and affected services have been confirmed functional by service owners.

The UT-V team will be doing rolling reboots (transparent) to apply storage controller driver changes in the Commodity 2 and Enterprise clusters to further stabilize the environment. We do not expect any downtime for VMs.


7/27/14 7:51 pm
Vent17 is being restarted. We expect VMs to be back up by 8:15 at the latest.  Service owners should check their VMs for functionality.

Affected services include:
ApplyTx, Austin Disk, Java Mail, MyBenefits, PYPE, UTWeb, Texas Enterprise Directory


7/27/14 7:24 pm
Affected services for Vent12 include:

Apply Texas, DocRepo (Test), JavaMail, UTWeb, MSSQL, Austin Disk


7/27/14 7:16 pm
Vent12 is scheduled to be restarted at 7:15. We expect VMs to be back up by 7:45 at the latest.  Service owners should check their VMs for functionality.

Vent17 is currently scheduled to be restarted at 7:45.


7/27/14 6:15 pm
We are beginning the rollout of the driver change to the other UT-V clusters. The hosts experiencing issues will be restarted after ITS VM administrators have had a chance to attempt graceful VM shutdowns.


7/27/14 5:55 pm
The hosts have now stopped responding in vCenter. It does appear VMs beyond Austin Disk are affected. This cluster contains only ITS VMs.


Two hosts in the UT-V environment appears to be having storage issues with a particular array. ITS Systems staff are investigating.


7/27/14 5:24 pm
Two hosts in the Enterprise cluster (which has not had the HBA driver change applied) are experiencing storage issues. The known impact is limited to Austin Disk Services at this point but may be wider.


July 27, 2014 2:52pm
The HBA drivers have been changed in the Commodity 1 cluster. It continues to operate stably. UT-V staff are monitoring the environment.


July 25, 2014 8:43pm
UT-V staff continue to work with vendor support to resolve this ongoing issue.  The UT-V team is actively working the following plan:

1. Change the default Host Bus Adapter (HBA) driver for the VMware hypervisor in Commodity 1 cluster and reboot all hosts to register the new driver.
2. Observe cluster functionality to determine if HBA driver change has a positive impact on the current issue.
3a. If no further host drop outs in Commodity 1 cluster, change default HBA’s in remaining UT-V clusters.
3b. If host dropouts continue in Commodity 1 cluster, rollback all UT-V clusters to ESXi 5.1, the last stable install base.

Next update Saturday July 26, 2014, 9pm.


July 25, 2014 6:02pm
The UT-V team continues to roll out a configuration change to attempt to stabilize the most problematic cluster.
Next update at 9:00 PM.


July 25, 2014 3:19pm
All VMs affected this afternoon have been powered back on.
UT-V are working to implement a change we hope will mitigate the issue.
Next Update 6:00 PM


July 25, 2014 2:24pm
The host currently affected by the issue will be rebooted at 3:00pm.


July 25, 2014 2:02pm
Another host is experiencing the storage issue. VM admins will be contacted.


July 25, 2014 11:06am
All affected VM’s have been powered up.


July 25, 2014 7:59am
UT-V staff are investigating a current issue with 3 hosts in UT-V.  Some VMs maybe be non-responsive.  UT-V staff are in the process of compiling lists of affected VMs.


UT-V is experiencing ongoing issues with the DDN storage arrays.  VMware and DDN support groups are engaged.  This alert will remain open for the duration of this ongoing issue. 
Next Update EOD July 25, 2014.

7/25/2014
12:23 PM
University Wiki Service intermittant instability
Service Functioning, Temporary Solution in Place

2:10 pm
The University Wikis Service is experiencing intermittent outages. ITS staff continue to monitor and investigate the root cause of the issue but users should expect slow or unresponsive service. 


1:37pm
ITS Staff are investigating.


1:21pm
As of approximately 1:14 PM, ITS Help Desk staff observed that pages on the University Wiki Service were loading slowly (>45 seconds) or not at all.

Past Service Interruptions

Upcoming Maintenance

<<< 09/09/2012 - 09/29/2012 >>>
12:01 AM - 2:00 AM
Blackboard maintenance window
Service: Blackboard
Description: Regularly scheduled Blackboard maintenance window
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window
Service: Austin Disk Services
Description: Customers utilizing the following dependent services may be affected:

* Austin Disk shares (user home directories and departmental shares)
* Stat Apps Server (user profiles, redirected documents ... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint Maintenance Window
Service: SharePoint
Description: Service availability may be intermittent during the maintenance window.
6:30 AM - 7:00 AM
EMN$MAIL PROD Maintenance
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: We will be moving some bug fixes into PROD for the backend of the EMN$MAIL delivery system. There is no expected downtime or service interruption.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
PyPE Planned Maintenance
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: The Pype deployment interface will be undergoing maintenance to release a new pype tools version.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Planned Apollo Mainenance
Service: Apollo
Description: Routine Apollo maintenance will take place in PROD.
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
UT Direct Planned Maintenance
Service: UT Direct
Description: On Tuesday, September 11, from 10:15a - 12:15p, we will deploy the new UT Direct Application Registry to the BETA environment.

There should be no interruption of UT Direct services for users or ... (more)
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wikis Monthly Maintenance
Service: University Wiki Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance for the University Wiki Service occurs the second Tuesday of the month from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application and security ... (more)
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and midnight. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application, and security updates will be performed during ... (more)
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SecureDoc service and server maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Recurring maintenance window for SecureDoc services.
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window
Service: Austin Disk Services
Description: Customers utilizing the following dependent services may be affected:

* Austin Disk shares (user home directories and departmental shares)
* Stat Apps Server (user profiles, redirected documents ... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint Monthly Maintenance
Service: SharePoint
Description: Installation of monthly SharePoint and Windows Server patches/updates
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint Maintenance Window
Service: SharePoint
Description: Service availability may be intermittent during the maintenance window.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mail Filtering Service logging maintenance
Service: Mail Filtering Service
Description: The Mail Filtering Service (aka the IronPorts), will be updated so that it logs directly into Splunk rather than using an intermediary. There will be no customer visibility to this event.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Group E-Mail Planned Maintenance
Service: Group E-Mail
Description: Planned maintenance is scheduled for the Group E-mail System. No disruption is expected.
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monthly Group E-Mail Maintenance
Service: Group E-Mail
Description: Monthly maintenance window for the Group E-mail server.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Upgrade ESXVCTR01 vCenter5 with update1
Service: Virtual Servers
Description: Snapshot ESXVCTR01, perform upgrade, test version, test webclient, commit snapshot.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
University Directory ( White Pages ) Maintenance
Service: University Directory (White Pages)
Description: Routine software updates for the University Directory (White Pages) will be implemented. No interruption of service is expected.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mail Filtering Service network maintenance
Service: Mail Filtering Service
Description: The servers comprising the Mail Filtering Service (aka the IronPorts), have a subtle misconfiguration in their network connections, which this maintenance will correct. No customer visibility is ... (more)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
utdirect update of jwebagent runtime
Service: UT Direct Q/A environment
Description: Update of the webagent runtime to fix a bug. No visible change in functionality
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Transitioning anti-spam for UTmail from on-premise to Google
Description: Anti-spam and anti-virus protection for UTmail will be changed from our on-premise filters to Google.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Define Internals/Enterprise Workflow Planned Maintenance
Service: DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow
Description: Planned maintenance to deploy necessary fixes and user enhancements.
A small percentage of users may experience a very limited interruption in service during this maintenance period.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PNA Maintenance
Service: Public Internet Access
Description: On Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 5-7pm, Networking will be physically relocating a PNA server in NOC B to make room for other equipment. During this time, the "guest.utexas.edu" wireless network will not ... (more)
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and midnight. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application, and security updates will be performed during ... (more)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TEST and QUAL uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: This is for routine maintenance of the TIM TEST and QUAL systems. PROD will not be affected. There may be connection resets for users using the TEST or QUAL web application during the maintenance.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
UTDirect Application Registry
Service: UT Direct
Description: This is a small mod to the current UT Direct Application Registry. The addition of a redirect will allow us to redirect to the new registry for prod deployment Oct. 1 2012
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SecureDoc service and server maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Recurring maintenance window for SecureDoc services.
12:01 AM - 2:00 AM
Blackboard maintenance window
Service: Blackboard
Description: Regularly scheduled Blackboard maintenance window
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window
Service: Austin Disk Services
Description: Customers utilizing the following dependent services may be affected:

* Austin Disk shares (user home directories and departmental shares)
* Stat Apps Server (user profiles, redirected documents ... (more)
12:01 AM - 6:00 AM
SharePoint Maintenance Window
Service: SharePoint
Description: Service availability may be intermittent during the maintenance window.
12:01 AM - 2:00 AM
Blackberry Enterprise Server Upgrade
Service: Austin BlackBerry Service
Description: Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) will be upgraded to the latest maintenance release
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Com-plete Logon Maintenance
Service: TN3270
Description: Maintenance will be performed on the logon functionality for Com-plete, the mainframe 3270 application server. No user disruption is expected.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UTS server maintenance
Service: Web Publishing on Unix
Description: The server hardware hosting the UTS Unix timesharing and Web publishing service (uts.cc.utexas.edu) will undergo hardware maintenance on Tuesday, September 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. UTS services ... (more)
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and midnight. To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application, and security updates will be performed during ... (more)
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
ITS MySQL Maintenance
Service: MySQL
Description: *note, only the the non-CAT1 mysql environment will be done on the 27th. The CAT1 maintenance is now moved to October 1st at 6:00AM

both ITS MySQL host environments (non-CAT1 on ... (more)
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
UT Lists maintenance
Service: UT Lists
Description: The UT Lists mailing list service at utlists.utexas.edu will be unavailable during MySQL database server maintenance.

Mail sent to utlists.utexas.edu lists during the maintenance period will be ... (more)
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
DNS Maintenance in UDC-C
Service: Departmental Networks
Description: Networking will be bringing two new recursive DNS servers online to service UDC-C. This is being done to provide the UDC-C network with DNS resolvers independent of the main campus servers (see point ... (more)
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
UT Direct maintenance window
Service: UT Direct
Description: Obsolete link removal from UT Direct homepage.
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Add new datastores to Virtual Infrastructure
Service: Virtual Servers
Description: New datastores will be added to the Virtual Servers infrastructure for VM provisioning.

No service interruptions are anticipated.
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Upgrade of AEMS to SP2 RU4
Service: Austin Exchange Messaging Service
Description: Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 will be applied to the Austin Exchange Messaging Service (AEMS), along with Rollup 4. Since RU4 remedies the Document WebReady Viewer security vulnerability, the ... (more)

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