The University of Texas at Austin

ITS Services Status

Current Service Interruptions

8/1/2014
4:18 PM
On-Going UT-V Storage Issue
Under Investigation

3:58
The last event was 7/27. Since changing the storage controller driver, hosts with that driver have not had storage incidents. The UT-V team has re-enabled some features and processes that were disabled for troubleshooting purposes. We will continue to monitor the environment’s stability with these enabled before closing this incident.
Next scheduled update 8/4 at 16:00.


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.

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12:00 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)
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance
Service: Austin Exchange Messaging Service
Description: This maintenance includes any or all of the following maintenance tasks:

* Installation of security updates and hotfixes.

* Moving of user mailboxes to different mailbox databases to better ... (more)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campus Network Maintenance
Service: Campus Network
Maintenance blackout window
Description: Networking will be performing maintenance on the campus network. During this time, portions of the campus network may be intermittently unavailable. Hosts and services connected to the campus network ... (more)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Adobe Connect 9 Uprade
Service: Web Conferencing - Adobe Connect
Description: Adobe Connect Web Conferencing Service will be upgraded from version 8 to version 9
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
XML Gateway - host and database change
Service: XMLGateway
Description: The XML Gateway Service will be unavailable for upto 45 minutes, in order to move the production host to a new and updated Virtual Machine. The Gateway's production database will also be moved to an ... (more)
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Virtual ID Cards Planned Maintenance
Service: Virtual ID Cards
Description: On Tuesday, May 21th from 7:00 - 8:00 am the Virtual ID Cards will undergo routine scheduled maintenance. Users should experience no interruption in service.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
ID Photo Gateway Planned Maintenance
Service: ID Photo Gateway
Description: On Tuesday, May 21th from 7:00 - 8:00 am the ID Photo Gateway will undergo routine scheduled maintenance. Users should experience no interruption in service.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Student Photo Roster Planned Maintenance
Service: Student Photo Roster
Description: Due to maintenance on the XML Gateway, the Photo Roster may experience interruptions in service during this maintenance window.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) QUAL Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the TIM QUAL servers. There will two 5-10 minute outages.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shibboleth Routine Maintenance
Service: Shibboleth
Description: The Shibboleth production environment (idp.its.utexas.edu) will undergo routine scheduled maintenance at this time. Users should experience no interruption of service.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quarterly Java JDK update on utdirect.utexas.edu
Service: UT Direct
Description: We will be updating the Java JDK for java webapps and jwebagent on utdirect.utexas.edu to the latest version, Java 7 update 21

No user impact expected
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wiki Service Monthly Maintenance
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)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays 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)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
UDCC Out-of-Band Network Maintenance
Service: University Data Center
Description: Networking will be conducting network maintenance to replace the two Cisco Catalyst 6500 service chassis used to provide the out-of-band (OOB) service to UDCC. During each chassis replacement, the ... (more)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Javamail/FTPMail - outbound email routing change
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: The sub-net on which emails travel from the jmail-pxx hosts to relay.mail.utexas.edu is being changed.

For each of three hosts, the Javamail and FTPMail services will be stopped, host rebooted and ... (more)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
EMN$INET maintenance
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: We will be migrating code changes in EMN$INET to QUAL. No service disruption is expected.
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Footprints Weekly Maintenance
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Application or OS patching and updates.
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SecureDoc service and server maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Recurring maintenance window for SecureDoc services.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
WebSpace planned database maintenance
Service: WebSpace
Description: The database server for WebSpace will undergo routine software maintenance. WebSpace will be unavailable while this maintenance is being performed. We expect this maintenance window to be exercised ... (more)
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Blackboard Weekly Maintenance
Service: Blackboard
Description: Weekly maintenance event for Blackboard (courses.utexas.edu).

The service may be degraded or down during this time.
12:00 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)
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance
Service: Austin Exchange Messaging Service
Description: This maintenance includes any or all of the following maintenance tasks:

* Installation of security updates and hotfixes.

* Moving of user mailboxes to different mailbox databases to better ... (more)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Campus Network Maintenance
Service: Campus Network
Maintenance blackout window
Description: Networking will be performing maintenance on the campus network. During this time, portions of the campus network may be intermittently unavailable. Hosts and services connected to the campus network ... (more)
All Day
UTBackup Monthly Application Maintenance
Service: UTBackup
Description: Monthly Patch window for the (Application) of the UTBackup Service
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UTBackup Monthly OS Maintenance
Service: UTBackup
Description: Monthly Maintenance window for (OS) patching of the UTBackup service.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ERP Web Infrastructure Maintenance Window
Service: ERP UI Web Infrastructure
Description: ERP UI, ERP Application Registry, ERP UI Site generator application upgrades occur during this time. Minimal impact on users should be expected.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow Planned Maintenance
Service: DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow
Description: *DEFINE Internals/Enterprise Workflow will be performing planned maintenance to deploy user-requested enhancements and bug fixes. A small percentage of users may experience a very limited ... (more)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays 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)
7:00 AM - 7:15 AM
XML Gateway certificate change
Service: XMLGateway
Description: XML Gateway PROD host will have a digital certificate changed, and the Tomcat app server will be restarted.

Users will experience a short outage expected to last a few minutes.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
EMN$INET maintenance
Service: Mainframe Email
Description: Code changes for the module EMN$INET will be moved into production. No service disruption is expected.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shibboleth Routine Maintenance
Service: Shibboleth
Description: The Shibboleth production environment (idp.its.utexas.edu) will undergo routine scheduled maintenance at this time. Users should experience no interruption of service.
1:00 AM - 9:00 AM
WebSpace planned database maintenance
Service: WebSpace
Description: The database server for WebSpace will undergo routine software maintenance. WebSpace will be unavailable while this maintenance is being performed. We expect this maintenance window to be exercised ... (more)
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Footprints Weekly Maintenance
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Application or OS patching and updates.
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SecureDoc service and server maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Recurring maintenance window for SecureDoc services.
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Blackboard Weekly Maintenance
Service: Blackboard
Description: Weekly maintenance event for Blackboard (courses.utexas.edu).

The service may be degraded or down during this time.
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)
12:00 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)
12:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance
Service: Austin Exchange Messaging Service
Description: This maintenance includes any or all of the following maintenance tasks:

* Installation of security updates and hotfixes.

* Moving of user mailboxes to different mailbox databases to better ... (more)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
NFS Server Maintenance
Description: ITS will be performing storage maintenance that affects a number of IT services across campus. We are updating the operating system on the StoCon file servers to the latest supported revision.
10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
OS upgrade on the F5 load balancers
Service: Core Network Services
Description: The OS on the F5 load balancers will be upgraded to install security and performance enhancements.

There may be momentary interruptions to some load balanced services, but most services should ... (more)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
PyPE OS Security Patching - Test & Qual
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: Apply OS Patch Stream to PyPE Test and Qual environments. Servers are paired and will be updated in sequence, so PyPE-based applications will continue to run with diminished capacity but no ... (more)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Upgrade DR cluster vCenter server
Service: Virtual Servers
Description: Upgrade the vCenter server at the DR site to revision 5.1. No user impact anticipated.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED) routine maintenance
Service: uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED)
Description: Routine maintenance on TED (The uTexas Enterprise Directory) will be done at this time. No interruption of service is anticipated, however updates to TED may be suspended periodically during this ... (more)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wireless Network Maintenance
Service: Public Internet Access
Description: Networking will be conducting maintenance on one of the core wireless routers to replace a failing module (faulty hardware). Wireless clients in some areas of campus may experience a momentary drop (... (more)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Blog Service Weekly Maintenance
Service: University Blog Service
Description: Scheduled maintenance may occur weekly on Wednesdays 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)
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Upgrade vCenter server
Service: Virtual Servers
Description: Upgrade the vCenter server to revision 5.1. VMs will be unaffected, however during this outage access to VM consoles (which goes through vCenter) or other VM provisioning tasks that require vCenter ... (more)
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Footprints Weekly Maintenance
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Application or OS patching and updates.
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SecureDoc service and server maintenance
Service: Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption
Description: Recurring maintenance window for SecureDoc services.

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