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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 - Blackboard Weekly Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

6:00 PM - SBC Patching

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

5:00 PM - Blog Service Weekly Maintenance

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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6:30 AM - Expedited Non-Disruptive PROD uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

3:00 PM - UTBackup Vendor Maintenance

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7:00 AM - WebSpace planned database maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

9:00 AM - UTLogin routine maintenance

9:00 AM - PROD uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance

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12:00 AM - Blackboard Weekly Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window

12:01 AM - SharePoint 2010 Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

10:00 PM - SharePoint 2010 IIS Maintenance

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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7:00 AM - UDCC and UDCB Network Firewall Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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7:00 AM - MSSQL SQL01 maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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6:00 AM - Footprints Weekly Maintenance

8:00 AM - XML Gateway host OS Patching

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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12:00 AM - Blackboard Weekly Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Exchange Message Service (AEMS) Planned Maintenance

12:00 AM - Austin Disk Services Planned Maintenance Window

1:00 AM - Mainframe maintenance window

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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5:15 AM - UT Direct's Enterprise Data Broker service maintenance

7:30 AM - Virtual ID Cards Planned Maintenance

7:30 AM - ID Photo Gateway Planned Maintenance

7:30 AM - Student Photo Roster Planned Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

9:00 AM - TEST uTexas Identity Manager (TIM) Routine Maintenance

6

6:00 AM - Application Registry (AppReg) Server Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

5:00 PM - Blog Service Weekly Maintenance

5:00 PM - UT Direct Planned Maintenance

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7:00 AM - Setup HA cluster for standby F5 units

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

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9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

10:00 PM - SharePoint 2010 Upgrade

10:00 PM - SharePoint Friday Night Maintenance

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6:00 AM - Footprints Weekly Maintenance

9:00 AM - VM storage migrations to permit SAN OS upgrades

10:00 PM - SharePoint 2010 Upgrade


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