The University of Texas at Austin

ITS Services Status

Current Service Interruptions

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.
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.
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
Shibboleth (PROD) Maintenance
Service: Shibboleth
Description: Shibboleth will undergo maintenance during this time. This maintenance should cause no disruptions to the Shibboleth production service.

Service Providers have been notified of this maintenance ... (more)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Group E-Mail Planned Maintenance
Service: Group E-Mail
Description: The Group E-mail system will undergo regular maintenance on the third Monday of every month. This maintenance may be minor and non-disruptive or may consist of OS updates that would require a reboot ... (more)
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Expedited VoIP Patch Application
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Vendor will apply patches to VoIP core to bring to current level. We expect no service disruption.
9:25 PM - 10:00 PM
CTL's Credit by Exam System maintenance
Description: Non-Disruptive maintenance of the Center for Teaching and Learning's Credit by Exam system.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
XML Gateway PROD - quarterly host OS patching
Service: XMLGateway
Description: XML Gateway service will be interrupted, for about 15 minutes, while the PROD host's OS receives quarterly patches.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Shibboleth (PROD) Maintenance - Non-Disruptive
Service: Shibboleth
Description: Shibboleth will undergo maintenance during this time. This maintenance should cause no disruptions to the Shibboleth production service.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Central Web Authentication Maintenance - Non-Disruptive
Service: Central Web Authentication (CWA)
Description: Central Web Authentication will undergo scheduled maintenance. Users should experience no interruption of service.
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.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CTL's Credit by Exam system maintenance
Description: The Center for Teaching and Learning's Test Registration system will undergo maintenance. Users may experience a momentary interruption in service.
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
SharePoint Maintenance (Tue)
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)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Planned University Directory Maintenance
Service: University Directory (White Pages)
Description: Routine maintenance will take place on the University White Pages (WHIPS). No user impact is expected.
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Planned Disruptive TED Maintenance
Service: uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED)
Description: Routine maintenance will take place on the uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED). No user impact is expected between 2:30 and 5:00 PM. There will be a brief disruption to TED updates between 5:00 and 5:30... (more)
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
UT Lists planned maintenance
Service: UT Lists
Description: The UT Lists mailing list service at utlists.utexas.edu will undergo routine service maintenance. List mail delivery and access to the Web interface at https://utlists.utexas.edu may be unavailable ... (more)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
UTForge monthly application maintenance
Service: UTForge
Description: The UTForge service will undergo application maintenance monthly on the fourth Thursday from 8 - 9 a.m. Subversion and Trac will be available throughout this maintenance event.
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)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
DDN Storage maintenance
Description: Maintenance will be performed on DDN storage arrays in UDC-C and UDC-B. Power maintenance will be performed on Beryllium (UDC-B) starting at 10AM. Controller replacement will be performed on Lithium (... (more)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DDN Storage Maintenance
Description: Vendor replacing failing hardware.
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 planned maintenance for OS patching
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Reserved window for weekly maintenance events -- mostly OS patching.
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Upgrade to UTD development, shared storage filer
Service: UT Direct development environment
Description: We will be switching from our netapps filer to the HNAS filer
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.
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.
12:01 PM - 1:00 PM
CTL's Credit by Exam System Maintenance
Description: CTL's Credit by Exam system will undergo maintenance. Users may experience a momentary outage.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Network Maintenance - Core Router Software Upgrade
Service: Campus Network
Description: Networking will be conducting maintenance on the core router in NOC A to upgrade the router software to support specific optical transceiver modules. No service interruption is expected (services ... (more)
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM
SharePoint Maintenance (Tue)
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)
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)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Planned University Directory Maintenance
Service: University Directory (White Pages)
Description: Routine Maintenance will take place on the University White Pages (WHIPS). No user impact is expected.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CTL Credit by Exam System
Description: The Center for Teaching and Learning's Credit by Exam System will undergo maintenance. There will be no interruption in service.
6:00 PM - 11:59 PM
VoIP Core Patch Application
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Vendor will install software patch to VoIP core components. We expect no effects on service.
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)
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
CTL's Course Instructor Survey system non-disruptive maintenance
Description: The Center for Teaching and Learning's Course Instructor Survey system non-disruptive maintenance.
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.
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Upgrade to utdirect's shared storage filer
Service: UT Direct
Description: We will be switching from our netapps filer to the HNAS filer

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