Java plug-in update

The configuration for Cascade forms, Banner, Famis, Bosscops, and Bosscars was updated to require a new version of Java. The version to be used now is 1.6.0_18.

Note: this caused some issues this morning, when version 19 was inadvertently coded to be downloaded. Several users experienced problems which required their Java to be uninstalled and reinstalled. By 9:30 am, the configuration was updated to download the correct version.

Houdini DNS Server Moved to VMware

The primary DNS server for the University, houdini (internal: and (external: has moved from a physical server to a VMware VM as of 10 AM on 5/20/2010.  All tests show good results and no problems are expected.

Cascade Release 10.6 – 06.09.2010

Cascade Release 10.6 is planned for June 9, 2010.  This release will include the following features and fixes:

  • Cascade to Millennium Interface – Add Name Type(96220)
  • Fix Advising Seminar Auto-Enroll Process (92623)
  • Fix Statement Notification Timing Problem (93346)
  • Update Your Employment Text (95448)
  • Update Off-Campus Housing Email (95673)

Gehenna Rebooted 5/19/2010 7:30 AM

In order to ensure that our outgoing email server Gehenna has no stuck messages, it was rebooted this morning at 7:30 AM.  Any user trying to send mail outside of Exchange/Outlook around 7:30 AM may have seen warnings or failures, but could re-send messages starting at 7:40 AM.

Please contact the service desk at x8585 should you experience any email issues or significantly delayed messages.

Server Orion Retired

The server known as Orion is no longer available for general use and should be considered retired.  Currently it is completely unavailable, but will be relocated to the Science Center for Computer Science use only.  Orion previously served NTP (time) services for the University in addition to Computer Science use.

DHCP Disabled on Retiring Host

DHCP on the retiring server ( is now disabled.  All hosts requesting DHCP service on the 192.124.98.x subnet now must get this service from  No user interaction is needed, this should happen automatically.

However, there is a small chance this change will cause mis-configured servers in this subnet to go offline within 24 hours of 5/18/2010 @ 10:45AM when they are unable to renew their IP address.

NTP on tick/ Retiring

As of 3PM on 5/17/2010 tick and nor the IP addresses and should be used for NTP service.  Going forward, please use and only.

Tick/ will continue to work for a short amount of time, but directed at different systems.  Please contact the service desk at x8585 if you experience any problem using the new service.

[Complete] Production Maintenance Window 5/23/10 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Updated 5/23/2010 at 3:58 PM:  All services are now back online, including password synchronization.

Updated 5/23/2010 at 3:15 PM:  Currently all applications are available again, but desktop and email password changes are not currently syncing to Cascade; we expect this issue to be resolved by 5:00 PM.

The next production maintenance window is Sunday, May 23, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This month some database applications will be unavailable during the outage window including Cascade and Banner.  All other services will remain available throughout the maintenance window.