July 2007

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There is a power cut affecting Winkwork House at the moment. SWEB know about the problem and are working on it..

Obviously this effects resnet in the building, and probably the computers that want to use ResNet.

It’s one of *those* Fridays.

It seems we’ve been having problems inserting data into the main ResNet database.  I’m not sure how long it’s been a problem, but it looks like it may have been a couple of days now.  I’ve cleared the problem now – if you were having problems registering, please try again.

If your connection is fully working, there is no need to take any action.

Most people on ResNet won’t have noticed, but one of our servers dropped off the network at about 7pm last night due to a problem with one of it’s network interfaces. Things that will have been affected include:

  • Registration System
    The server that fell over provides the DNS for the registration network. It’s set up to redirect all requests for web pages to our registration system. Your connection will have fallen over to the secondary DNS, but the secondary isn’t set up in the same way – so your web page requests won’t have been diverted.If you typed in the url for the registration system directly, you will have been able to register OK.
  • Manage My Resnet
    Bandwidth reports for last night won’t have been updated.
  • Network Status Monitoring
    The traffic lights on the ResNet home page which monitor the status of the network won’t have been updated.

Normal service was resumed at 9am this morning which was the first available opportunity for me to have physical access to the server.

One of the central University database servers is being restarted at 8m on Friday 27th July 2007. This is expected to take about half an hour.

This maintenance will cause problems with the following parts of ResNet;

  • Registration system
    New users will not be able to register for the duration of the maintenance period.
  • Manage My ResNet
    Some parts of Manage My ResNet will be unavailable for the duration of the maintenance period.

Existing ResNet connections will remain active, and most users won’t even notice. For more details about other University services which will be affected by this maintenance – see http://www.bris.ac.uk/is/news/2007/stellar27jul.html

We are delighted to announce details of ResNet subscriptions for academic year 2007/08.

We have once again been able to keep the subscription prices at the same level – £55 pounds for three terms (suitable for undergrads), £75 for 12 months (for postgrads) or £20 for one term only.

Most students will receive a ResNet application form with their offer of a place in University accommodation. If you prefer you can also get an application form to print out from our website.

This is an email we received from Freewire (the people that stream the channels to us)…

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Dear Customer

Please be informed that essential maintenance has been scheduled on the Freewire network infrastructure on Monday 23rd July between 19.00 and 21.00.

During this time our Engineers will work to minimize any disruption to the Freewire services, nevertheless please be aware that the planned maintenance is taking place.

Best regards

Freewire Support

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We (ResNet) hope that this will not cause too many problems.

Some of the equipment serving the Langford residences will be switched off tomorrow morning (11/07/07) at around 8am. This is due to an upgrade of the UPS for this equipment. The downtime is expected to be very short (less than 10 minutes).

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