The Information Technology Services (ITS) Alerts System is a rapid-delivery method used to distribute timely information on major ITS services, unexpected outages, and maintenance schedules to the Penn State community.
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The TrackITS application will be unavailable during the 4-6 a.m. EDT maintenance window on April 24, 2014.
The CAT will be unavailable during the scheduled maintenance time [4am-6am EDT] on [24, April, 2014]. Certain features within LionSearch may not be available during this interruption.
Other library services such as the Libraries website (http://www.libraries.psu.edu/) and A-ZDatabase List (http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/databases.html) are not impacted by this work.
One of the NFS PASS Gateway servers started having issues this morning starting around 9:15am. These were intermittent. Some users may have experienced problems with accessing files. These issues also affected the sftp.personal.psu.edu. The servers were restarted and available at 9:31am.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Airwave service will be unavailable from 9 P.M.,due to a software upgrade to the server. Service should be restored by 7 a.m on Wednesday April 16, 2014
We appreciate your patience.
On April 14 from 10:05am - 10:09am, one of the University Collaboration Suite (UCS) servers experienced an unusually high load. ITS restarted the affected server. Some UCS may have noticed a degradation of service while the server was brought back online.
No e-mail was lost during this process.
InCommon/Comodo has added significant capacity to the backend. We are no longer seeing delays in certificate processing.
The technical difficulties preventing the normal operation of Skillport have been resolved by the vendor.
The University Libraries Website will be unavailable during the scheduled maintenance time [5am-7am EDT] on 15, April, 2014.
Other library services such as the The CAT (http://cat.libraries.psu.edu/) and the A-Z Database List (http://www.libraries.psu.eduare not impacted by this work.
ScholarSphere will not be available during this time period. This work is necessary in order to apply critical patches.
AIS will be implementing the second stage of z/OS maintenance to the IPO1
(ISIS) mainframe system on Monday morning 4/14/2014 to prepare for the new
z/OS version (V2.1) installation. This will be performed during the
scheduled weekly restart maintenance window of 5-7am Monday morning. We
do not expect this upgrade to impact our production systems during normal
We are experiencing an unplanned outage of the TrackITS Application.
The CAT is currently experiencing technical problems. Technicians have been notified and are working on a solution. Certain features within LionSearch may not be available during this interruption.
Other library services such as the Libraries website
, and A-ZDatabase List
are not impacted by this work.
On Wednesday, 04/09/2014, from 8:19 PM to 9:47 PM the Authentication Service for Access Accounts was operating in a degraded capacity. ITS identified and resolved an issue with one of the three authentication servers, scooby (126.96.36.199), for the dce.psu.edu Kerberos realm. During this time, authentications may have been slow, but should have eventually completed.
ITS Staff will continue to monitor the service.
From approximately 3:15 PM to 7:05 PM the wireless service to the Northeast section of University Park was operating in a degraded capacity. TNS identified and resolved an issue with the network infrastructure to restore service to normal levels.
This morning, April 9 at 6:00 a.m., the University Collaboration Suite (UCS) was updated with a patch, provided by Zimbra, to address OpenSSLâs (https://www.openssl.org) implementation of the TLS Heartbeat Extension, also known as the âHeartbleedâ Bug. Additionally, the new SSL certificate for UCS was updated this morning. The UCS SSL certificate was scheduled to be updated on April 22, but due to the Heartbleed Bug this process was expedited.
Additional information about the Heartbleed Bug:
Penn State SOS Statement about Heartbleed: http://sos.its.psu.edu/2014/04/the-heartbleed-bug.html
Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/720951
Website dedicated to this bug: http://heartbleed.com
ScholarSphere will be unavailable during the 5-7 a.m. (EDT) maintenance window on, Thursday, April 10, in order to apply updates.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Central ID Repository (CIDR) experienced an outage during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.). Identity Services (IdS) and Administrative Information Services (AIS) reverted back to the previous image and cleared server connection errors. The issue was reported at 7:09 a.m. through monitoring at the IT Service Desk and service was restored at 7:43 a.m.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5:00-7:00 a.m.), Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform a network upgrade affecting many AIS services, and other associated services. It is expected that the affected AIS services, and other associated services, may be unavailable for most of the scheduled maintenance window.
The following affected AIS services, and other associated services, may not be available during the scheduled upgrade:
Course Substitution Request System (CSRS)
Electronic Document Distribution System (eDDS)
Enterprise Information System (EIS)
Generalized Interface (GI)
Institutional Insight (iTwo)
New Student Placement Testing
Penn State Administrative Web Suite (PAWS)
Penn State Stewardship Program (eSteward)
Programs Submission and Consultation System (PSCS)
Risk Management (Modulo)
Schedule of Courses
Student Rating of Teacher Effectiveness (SRTE)
VISUAL Works Related:
On Monday, April 7, 2014, during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5:00-7:00 a.m.), Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade the CA Common Services software on some production mainframe environments. It is anticipated that this upgrade won't impact normal production hours.
Due to an unusual spike in activity for the core messaging service (email.psu.edu), some incoming mail was temporarily delayed from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. ITS has contacted the responsible departmental staff.
No messages or data was lost as a result of this issue. Messages that were delayed have since been delivered.