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2021/12/07 - Scheduled maintenance, 7 December
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During the Tuesday, 7 December maintenance window, maintenance work affecting a number of services will occur, starting at 5:30 PM and being completed before midnight. The following work is planned:

  • IMAP discontinuation: as part of the process of discontinuing IMAP mailboxes which have been migrated to Gmail, the following will occur. Should these changes affect your access to email, please contact support@ru.ac.za (046 603 8288) for advice on alternatives.

    • The webmail service at https://webmail.ru.ac.za/ will be shut down.

    • All IMAP mailboxes will be set to read only. Existing messages in mailboxes will still be accessible, but it will not be possible to move messages into IMAP mailboxes.

  • Access switches: software will be updated on the network switches in the buildings listed below.  All network services (including Wi-Fi and IP telephones) may be disrupted in those buildings for up to 30 minutes.

    • 19 Somerset St

    • 4 Gilbert St

    • 5 Rhodes Ave

    • Adamson House

    • Allan Gray House

    • Allen Flats

    • Amina Cachalia House

    • Atherstone House

    • Beethoven House workshops

    • Beit House

    • Botany (front Schonland Building section only)

    • Campus Protection Unit HQ

    • Canterbury Annexe

    • Celeste House

    • Charlotte Maxeke House

    • Chris Hani House

    • Confucius Centre

    • Continuing Education Centre

    • Cullen Bowles House

    • De Beers House

    • Drostdy Lodge

    • Ellen Kuzwayo House

    • Enoch Sontonga House

    • Fine Art Photography

    • Goldfields House

    • Guy Butler House

    • Helen Joseph House and Annexe

    • Highway Africa Building

    • Hilltop 7, 8 and 9 Houses

    • Hilltop Hall admin block

    • ILAM

    • Joe Slovo House

    • Library (certain L3/L4 areas only)

    • Lincoln House

    • Livingstone House

    • Margaret Smith House

    • New House

    • Oakdene House

    • Olive Schreiner House

    • Oriel House and Annexe

    • Prince Alfred House

    • Robert Sobukwe House

    • Royal Engineers Building

    • Ruth First House

    • Sisulu House

    • Stanley Kidd House and Annexe

    • Stockenstrom Place

    • Thomas Pringle House

    • Victoria Mxenge House

    • Walker House

  • Server software updates: software on the servers which provide the following services will be updated, resulting in outages of up to 15 minutes per server.

    • DNS

    • DHCP

    • NTP

    • RT

    • Web proxies

    • Registration system

    • Incoming e-mail

    • Outgoing e-mail

    • IMAP e-mail mailboxes

    • Webmail

    • Mailing lists

    • SMS

    • Provisioning (web proxy autodiscovery)

    • Wi-Fi and VPN authentication

    • CHERTL Evaluation Assistant

    • Network graphs

    • Network monitoring

    • Terminal Four content management system

    • RU Single Sign-On system

    • Main web server (www.ru.ac.za, etc)

    • University administration and meal booking systems

    • SEALS Library consortium services

    • Network printing services (iPrint/PaperCut)

    • File servers/home directories (gnu, serval)

While we try to publish a list of all service-affecting work here in advance, the list should not be considered exhaustive and other low impact work may also be undertaken during the maintenance window.

This maintenance work is being undertaken in the ITSC-approved scheduled maintenance window.

 

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