Boss Reports Server has been switched

In production, Boss had been using the rep_bossweb reports server which is not stable.

It was down this morning, so we switched it to use the UPS_REPORTS_NONSSO_PROD reports server in production. That worked fine.

There is still the issue of report output security, because anyone using that reports server can access other people’s report file output.

We will plan to test Boss with the SSO reports server and see how it functions and whether it would work for us.

Cascade Release 10.5 – 05.12.2010

Cascade Release 10.5 is planned for May 12, 2010.  This release will include the following features and fixes:

  • DL Change File Sort Order Problems (93354)
  • DL Add Credit Criteria to Disbursement (93600)
  • DL Incorrect Disbursement Code in Origination (93490)
  • DL Day Dependent Logic in Nightly Job (95488)
  • Update Card Deactivation in Basis (94968)
  • User Account Attribute Refresh in AD (95161)
  • Move Cascade Web Tech Tips to CMS Self Help (94308)

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[Complete] Pre-Production Maintenance Window 4/15/10, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Update at 8:24am:  all maintenance work is complete without incident.

On Thursday April 15th from 7am-9am all pre-production servers are to be patched.  This means that all test systems may be intermittently or entirely unavailable during this time.  Most users will not be impacted, as most users do not have access to preproduction servers.  Specifically, the following servers will be impacted:

  • lummi
  • pilchuck
  • mysqldev
  • VS0

[Complete] Production Maintenance Window 4/25/10 from 8:00 AM to Noon

Maintenance work for today is complete. All services have been restored.

The next production maintenance window is Sunday, April 25, from 8:00 AM to Noon.

All services may be intermittently or entirely unavailable during this time, including:

  • E-mail
  • Personal and departmental file shares (on Alexandria and Merlin2)
  • Database Applications: Cascade, FAMIS, Millennium, and Banner

[Resolved] Long running Database Job

Processing a large batch of account deletions over the night of April 1, took much longer than expected. The job was killed a third of the way through and restarted later in the day as it was not adversely affecting performance. The cause of this slowness has been isolated, but not fixed.

[Complete] Sophos PureMessage Quarantine Maintenance 4/2 – 4/6/2010

On Friday April 2nd starting at 1PM maintenance will be performed on our Sophos PureMessage spam quarantine.  During this time users may not have access to all their quarantined messages.  Users can continue to use the system during maintenance, but may experience poor performance.  We expect the system to be back online and fully functional by the afternoon of Tuesday 4/6/2010.

If you believe an important message was caught in Sophos PureMessage during this time, please contact the Service Desk at x8585.