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Homeserver Maintenance Downtime

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010


Because of performance problems on our Homefileserver we need to reboot the server tomorrow Wednesday, 28th of April 2010. This will cause a downtime between 07:00 and approximately 07:30.

This will result in a short service interruption for the home directories!

To protect you from losing or corrupting any of your files, it is best to close all open files on the home directories.

Update, 07:20: the homes are back…

Update, 09:45: various people experience login problems. We’re working on it.

Update, Friday 10:00: problems resolved!

Windows 64bit printing problem resolved

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

We are happy to announce that our printer server now accepts print jobs sent by Windows 64bit-Clients.

Read our instructions if you are using our printer server.

Maintenance downtime of a group server

Friday, February 5th, 2010


Monday morning, February 8th 2010, we have to replace a broken system harddisk on one of the group fileservers. This will cause a downtime between 07:00 and approximately 07:30.

This will result in a short service interruption for all groupdrives!

To protect you from losing or corrupting any of your files, it is best to close all open files on the group directories.

Computer support during christmas holidays

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The ETH Zurich will be officially closed between Thursday, 24th of December 2009 and Sunday, 3th of January 2010. During this time, we can only provide limited support. Please follow these rules to save us from superfluous work:

  • Switch off printers
  • Switch off your personal workstation and notebook except for the following:
  • Do not switch off our managed Linux workstations.

We will try to follow our e-mail, but you may also have luck and meet some of us in our IRC channel.

Migration Home Directories

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


To get more free space for the home directories we need to move to a bigger fileserver.
This will be done on Thursday, 29. October, between 18:00 and 21:00.

During this time the home directories (winhome, machome, unixhome), the mail services and some websites will be not available.

To protect you from losing or corrupting any of your files, we strongly recommend you close all open files on the home directories.

Since we have switched to generic names for our services, the home directories will still be accessible the same way as before, so you don’t have to change anything.

Update 21:05: The migration is finished and everything should work again! In case of problems please contact the ISG Helpdesk (3 26 68)

Microsoft Security Bulletin for July 2009

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Last night Microsoft has released the Security Bulletin Summary for July, 2009.
If Automatic Update is not activated yet, then you must visit Microsoft Update to install the Security Updates.

Migration of group directories

Monday, March 2nd, 2009


We need to move most of the group directories to a bigger fileserver.
This will be done on Thursday, 5. March, between 19:00 and 21:00.

During this time most some of the group directories (windata, macdata, unixdata) will be limited to read-only access, and the others will have a short interruption of availability.

To protect you from losing or corrupting any of your files, we strongly recommend you close all open files on the group directories.

Since we have switched to generic names for our services, the group directories will still be accessible the same way as before, so you don’t have to change anything.

Update 20:40: The migration is finished and everything should work again! In case of problems please contact the ISG Helpdesk (3 26 68)

Microsoft Security Bulletin for February 2009

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Last night Microsoft has released the Security Bulletin Summary for February, 2009.
There are 2 critical and 2 important updates.
If Automatic Update is not activated yet, then you must visit Microsoft Update to install the Security Updates.

Maintenance downtime of a group server

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Tomorrow morning, 28th January 2009, we have to replace a broken system harddisk on one of the group fileservers. This will cause a downtime between 07:00 and approximately 07:30.

This will result in a short service interruption for the following groupdrives:

  • astro1, hhs, isg, iya, qo, qoarchiv, qpdata, rag, ragmast, ulp-stud, zimpol2, zimpol3

To protect you from losing or corrupting any of your files, it is best to close all open files on the group directories.

Computer support during the holidays

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The ETH Zurich will be officially closed between Wednesday, 24th of December 2008 and Sunday, 4th of January 2009. During this time, we can only provide limited support. Please follow these rules to save us from superfluous work:

  • Switch off printers
  • Switch off your personal workstation and notebook except for the following:
  • Do not switch off our managed Linux and MacOS X workstations.

We will try to follow our e-mail, but you may also have luck and meet some of us in our IRC channel.

We also plan to maintain some of our infrastructure servers during the holidays, but this should not disrupt any essential service.