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

<<< 11/17/2013 - 12/07/2013 >>>
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)
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)
12:01 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.
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
UTLogin Expedited, Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: UTLogin
Description: UTLogin will undergo an expedited, non-disruptive maintenance at this time. Users should experience no interruption in service.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
ITS MySQL Service Maintenance
Service: MySQL
Description: The MySQL (non-CAT1) and MySQL (CAT-1) service will be patched/upgraded on both replication slave servers. Production servers will continue to function during this time.
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.
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
CTL Credit by Exam system non-disruptive maintenance
Description: CTL Credit by Exam system modification for bug fix. Users have been notified and will not use the system during that time.
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)
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)
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ActivePower UPS Annual PM
Service: University Data Center
Description: UDC-FAC and ActivePower will be performing annual PM's on ActivePower UPS's A1, A2, B1 & B2. This work is not expected to have any impact on redundant systems.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED) routine maintenance
Service: uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED)
Description: Routine software updates will be done on TED (The uTexas Enterprise Directory) during this maintenance. No interruption of service is anticipated, however updates to TED may be suspended periodically ... (more)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MS SQL maintenance for SQL01 cluster
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: Upgrading MSSQL passive cluster node on SQL01. Active node remains online and available during this maintenance.
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
University Directory (White Pages) Routine Maintenance
Service: University Directory (White Pages)
Description: Planned software updates will be done on the University Directory (the White Pages). No service interruption is expected.
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)
All Day
Active Directory: Expidited, Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: To facilitate easier Office 365 migrations, changes will be made to user accounts with on-premises AEMS mailboxes. This change has been made for each user prior to migration and it will be done ... (more)
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Blackboard - Expidited non-disruptive
Service: Blackboard
Description: We will be updating database-side SQL for efficiency, using scripts supplied by the vendor.

There should be no user visible impact during the maintenance.
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
MS SQL maintenance for SQL01 cluster
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: As part of a previous maintenance event, MSSQL Cluster SQL01 will be failed over to the second node. MSSQL services on SQL01 will be unavailable during a portion of this maintenance event.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ActivePower UPS Annual PM
Service: University Data Center
Description: UDC-FAC and ActivePower will be performing annual PM's on ActivePower UPS's A1, A2, B1 & B2. This work is not expected to have any impact on redundant systems.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shibboleth (PROD) 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.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MS SQL maintenance for SQL01 cluster
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: Upgrading MSSQL passive cluster node on SQL01. Active node remains online and available during this maintenance.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Urchin Planned Maintenance Window
Service: Web Analytics: Urchin
Description: Planned monthly maintenance window for Urchin.
All Day
Active Directory: Expidited, Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: To facilitate easier Office 365 migrations, changes will be made to user accounts with on-premises AEMS mailboxes. This change has been made for each user prior to migration and it will be done ... (more)
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
MS SQL maintenance for SQL01 cluster
Service: Microsoft SQL Server
Description: As part of a previous maintenance event, MSSQL Cluster SQL01 will be failed over to the second node. MSSQL services on SQL01 will be unavailable during a portion of this maintenance event.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
PyPE Application Maintenance
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: Upgrades and Updates to PyPE Servers and Administration Server
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UTmail Signup Portal maintenance
Service: UTmail
Description: ITS will be performing maintenance on the UTmail signup portal ( https://get.utmail.utexas.edu/ ). No interruption in service is expected.
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)
All Day
Active Directory: Expidited, Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: To facilitate easier Office 365 migrations, changes will be made to user accounts with on-premises AEMS mailboxes. This change has been made for each user prior to migration and it will be done ... (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 - 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)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PROD uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance
Service: uTexas Identity Manager (TIM)
Description: We will be conducting routine maintenance on the PROD TIM system. There will be a complete outage during the maintenance period.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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: 11/23/2013
Start time: 10:00 AM
End time: 1:00 PM

Impact: This ... (more)
All Day
Active Directory: Expidited, Non-Disruptive Maintenance
Service: Austin Active Directory
Description: To facilitate easier Office 365 migrations, changes will be made to user accounts with on-premises AEMS mailboxes. This change has been made for each user prior to migration and it will be done ... (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 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)
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)
12:01 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.
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 - 7:00 PM
UT Direct Planned Maintenance
Service: UT Direct
Description: UT Direct will be performing planned maintenance to deploy user-requested enhancements and bug fixes. A small percentage of users may experience a very limited interruption in service.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Group E-Mail maintenance
Service: Group E-Mail
Description: Regular OS maintenance on Group Email. This will involve updating OS packages to their latest version. Service will be down for approximately 10 minutes.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
PyPE Deployment Interface Outage due to MYSQL Planned Outage
Service: Python Production Environment (PyPE)
Description: MYSQL Maintenance Planned Outage at this time. Service will be restored once MYSQL maintenance completes. PyPE servers (including PROD) will not be affected; however, PyPE-based apps that use MYSQL ... (more)
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
MySQL (cat1 and non-cat1) Planned: Outage
Service: MySQL
Description: MySQL service for CAT1 and non-CAT1 environments will undergo disruptive maintenance that will impact production service availability.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
XML Gateway outage caused by MySQL outage
Service: XMLGateway
Description: XML Gateway service will be interrupted due to a planned outage of Cat 1 MySQL server, on which it depends.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
MySQL (cat1 and non-cat1) Planned: Outage
Service: MySQL
Description: MySQL will undergo disruptive maintenance that will impact production service availability.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Expedited UT Lists database maintenance
Service: UT Lists
Description: The UT Lists mailing list service will be unavailable between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 26th due to the recently announced MySQL database server maintenance scheduled for this timeframe.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Web Central, Wikis, & Blogs affected by MySQL outage
Description: Several services will be affected by the MySQL outage. These services include Wikis, Blogs, and any application on Web Central that depends on MySQL. These services may be offline for the duration of ... (more)
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)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Installation of CAS role to select MBX servers
Service: Austin Exchange Messaging Service
Description: The CAS (Client Access Server) role will be installed on EXMBX01 and EXDMBX01 to facilitate a possible future configuration change. This should have no end-user impact.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SBC Code Verify
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Our VoIP Vendor will load Session Border Controller software to resolve some outstanding issues. There should be no negative customer impact.
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)
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. No impact is expected.
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)
9:00 PM - 8:00 AM
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)
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Footprints Weekly Maintenance
Service: Footprints Incident Tracking System
Description: Application or OS patching and updates.
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 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)
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)
12:01 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 PM - 10:00 PM
Utdirect update to Java
Service: UT Direct
Description: We will be updating the Java JDK on utdirect, no downtime expected.
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 web applications will continue to run with diminished capacity but no ... (more)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
remove MGMT route from F5 load balancers
Service: Core Load Balancing Services
Description: A route on the F5's MGMT interface is no longer needed and will be removed. The MGMT interface doesn't process production traffic. Service disruption is not expected.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED) routine maintenance
Service: uTexas Enterprise Directory (TED)
Description: Routine software updates will be done on TED (The uTexas Enterprise Directory) during this maintenance. No interruption of service is anticipated, however updates to TED may be suspended periodically ... (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 - 6:00 PM
Non-disruptive Core Mainteannce
Service: Campus Network
Description: Networking will be making configuration changes on the campus core routers. This is being done as an expedited, non-disruptive change.

The changes are not expected to impact any operations (... (more)
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Non-disruptive Data Center Router Maintenance
Service: University Data Center
Description: Networking will be conducting emergency maintenance on one of the routers in UDC-C to remove a malfunctioning line card from service. Network traffic has already been shut down on the affected line ... (more)
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Session Border Controller software upgrade
Service: Voice Services (VoIP)
Description: Our VoIP vendor will be installing updated software in our Session Border Controllers (p/o the VoIP system). We expect no customer impact as the systems are redundant.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
UTmail Signup Portal maintenance
Service: UTmail
Description: ITS will be performing maintenance on the UTmail Signup Portal ( https://get.utmail.utexas.edu/ ) in order to migrate the site's authentication to UTLogin. No interruption in service is expected.
8:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SharePoint DB Server Migration
Service: SharePoint
Description: Planned overnight outage for approximately 12-18 hours. Database Server Migration.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Blackboard - Emergency maintenance
Service: Blackboard
Description: We will be installing additional RAM into Blackboard's database server.

There will be some instability as we failover to Blackboard's standby database before the maintenance, and some when we fail ... (more)
8:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SharePoint DB Server Migration
Service: SharePoint
Description: Planned overnight outage for approximately 12-18 hours. Database Server Migration.

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