Web Server Upgrades Scheduled

On July 13th, the University web server will be upgraded to address several security vulnerabilities. The upgrades will take place between 4:00 PM and 7 PM. The components involved are:

  • the web server software itself
  • the PHP scripting engine
  • the application server that will power the new Ingeniux Content Management System

A brief (ca. 10 second) outage may occur between 6:45 and 7:00 PM. Otherwise, no interruption in service should occur.

MX record change

The MX record on DNS zones was changed to mx00.ups.edu and mx01.ups.edu in an effort to normalize the naming convention for our mail exchange servers. This change resulted in some mail delivery problems since not also external mail servers picked up the change in a timely manner. A workaround was implemented to allow mail delivery to continue. Mail messages sent between 10:00am and 11:45am (-8:00 PST) seem to have been effected.

Faster Internet Connection

The University doubled the bandwidth (speed) of its Internet connection from 12 to 24 megabits per second (mbps) on June 30, 2004. The cost for the new connection is only slightly more than the old connection. The unit cost of the connection has dropped almost by half because many carriers overbuilt their networks and are loaded with excess capacity.