On Saturday 23rd July we'll be upgrading the operating system on the University's main database server (protea). This is a major upgrade and is expected to take the better part of the day. During this time all services provided by this machine, including the student records, financial, purchasing, meal booking and maintenence request systems will be unavailable.

Sunday the 24th is reserved for unexpected eventualities. Users should plan accordingly and assume that protea will be unavailable from the close of business on Friday until the University opens for business on Monday morning. Access may be available intermittently between these times but is not guaranteed.

Protea is a Sun MicroSystems Sunfire V880 server and is being upgraded from the Solaris 8 operating system to Solaris 10.