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IPv6 address changes

There has recently been a change to the IPv6 address allocations used in the University, though at present this affects relatively few people. The reason for the change is that the original allocation to Cambridge was not thought to be … Continue reading

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Problem with remote backups

Since the morning of Monday 30th January, we have had a problem with the offsite backup system; a number of filesystems, including the one containing user home directories, are not being copied to the offsite server. The problem began when … Continue reading

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Network problem 2011-11-25

There was a major problem with the CL internal network during the afternoon of Friday 25th November, believed to have been caused by a faulty switch. There were a number of consequential side effects on other systems, which we now … Continue reading

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Unix group cleanup

On departmental Linux systems, many Unix groups have been added locally, to facilitate groups of users jointly editing files. Use the shell command “id” to see which groups you are a member of. To avoid malfunctions, we now need to … Continue reading

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CentOS 5.7 released – kernel lock bug fixed

Although not yet announced on the CentOS web site, CentOS 5.7 has been released, which includes a new kernel which fixes the bug which caused the machine to OOPS if an NFS file lock was attempted. As such, there will … Continue reading

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Wireless network replacement – phase 2 complete

Phase 2 of the wireless network replacement is now complete, adding a number of mid-corridor access points. No further expansion is currently planned. Filling in any remaining dead spots should be technically straightforward, but will incur an additional cost.

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Phone outage Thursday 28th July

The Computing Service send their apologies for the telephone system outage this morning. A small and fairly routine reconfiguration was made to the West Cambridge routers during this morning’s CUDN vulnerable period, ironically with the ultimate goal of improving network … Continue reading

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Wireless network replacement – phase 1 complete

The initial phase of the replacement wireless network installation is now complete. All of the old access points have been decommissioned, and 24 Aruba access points have been installed. We now intend to assess the coverage before deciding whether to … Continue reading

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Password requirements change

Passwords created or changed from now onwards will need to be of higher complexity than was permitted previously.  Details of the requirements can be found at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/local/sys/access/kerberos/.  Existing passwords will continue to work as normal – you only need to be aware … Continue reading

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Wireless network replacement

On Monday and Tuesday of next week (18th/19th July) the long awaited upgrade of the wireless network in the building will take place. There will be disruption to wireless access as old access points are replaced with new, but I … Continue reading

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