Written by Will Montgomery

Network Maintenance

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This Friday the Technology department will be performing maintenance on several important network/server components. The services/functions affected, the estimated time to be started and estimated time to completion are below. Please remember that these times are estimates and are subject to change should issues be encountered. Internet access will only be affected during lunch(12:15-12:30)
Services:
9:00 – Update Technology Helpdesk(EMails sent will be received once it is back online) – Downtime ~30 minutes
9:30 – Update RCS Website Software – During this time the RCS website will be unaccessible. Downtime ~15 minutes
9:45 – Update Destiny-  Downtime ~ 1hour
10:45 – Update Guest Network Firewall ~ 15 minute downtime
11:00 – Run Windows Updates on servers. No downtime until they are manually rebooted.
11:50 – Start upgrades on VM Host. Users shouldn’t notice network impact except for H/G Drive Access. Downtime ~30 minutes.
12:15 Update Network Switches. Reboot during lunch to give the least impact. Will cause downtime while switch reboots(~5-10 minutes)
12:30 Wireless Software Updates ~15 minutes downtime
1:00 Start Phone System Updates ~20 minutes downtime
1:30 Start  Windows Updates on Virtual Machines. Users shouldn’t notice any impact.
We will also be implementing a policy that requires your computer to be rebooted weekly. This can be done at your leisure and not forced or you will get a 10-minute warning if your computer has not been rebooted in the past 7 days. If you have already rebooted once in that week it will not force you to reboot. This is to make sure that patches are being applied to software on your computer so that security of our computers/network is maintained and so to keep your computer performing optimally.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the maintenance being performed or the estimated times. We will try and work around any issues that you may have.