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Quarterly patching downtime on 8/14/2020 and 8/15/2020

July 24, 2020 12:09 PM

As part of our ongoing commitment to security, the Unix Infrastructure group will be conducting its quarterly system patching on Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th.  While many of the systems will be patched without any service disruption, there are some systems which require the downtime of key services.  The schedule below outlines which key services will be offline and for how long.

Friday, 08/14/2020 between 4pm and 10pm (most systems will only be down for a short period during this time): 

  • Between 4pm and 5:30pm only: LDAP-Master and Webadmin will be taken down for system maintenance.  During this time account creations and password changes will be unavailable.  Account authentication and logins will not be affected.
  • Access to Cyrus and UMBC Webmail (accounts not migrated to UMBC Gmail)
    • All mail will be queued up and delivered after the server is patched
  • All HFS (afs) servers - gl.umbc.edu home directories will be offline
  • Between 9:15pm and 10pm only: Certain software licenses will be unavailable (autodesk, cadence, idl, schrodinger, xilinx, mathematica). 
  • Between 9:15pm and 10pm only: The web hosting environments (virthost) will be partially unavailable (pages will be available but any database calls will not work)

Saturday, 08/15/2020 between 9am and 11am(most systems will only be down for a short period during this time):

  • myUMBC lite page will be up resulting in reduced myUMBC functionality
  • Wiki will be unavailable
  • The sites (wordpress) web hosting environment will be unreachable

Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions.

Thanks!

Tim Champ

Manager of Unix Infrastructure

UMBC DoIT

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