Please be aware that power will be off from 9am on the 30 July 2015 to all buildings on the North Haugh (bar the Technology Centre and Gateway which will be unaffected). This will be off for a maximum of 15 minutes to allow Scottish Power to carry out essential safety checks to their equipment.
You are advised to shut down equipment completely at the mains prior to the power outage (9am 30th July). This is both to prevent damage to your equipment being caused by possible surges as power is restored AND the load presented by your kit CAUSING the surges.
It is NOT sufficient to just shut down the likes of computers and many other electronics, these maintain power to the equipment even when shut down and must be powered off at the mains.
Also, be aware that some systems (Networking, Servers and Storage) may need time to be brought back online after this power off.
The power shutdown on Tuesday 14th July will require the power down of all devices in Node 2 (218) which include, but may not limited to:
- NAS storage servers (Buffalo and Netgear), so most CHSRV-??? storage will be down.
- Main chemistry server (chemistry.st-andrews.ac.uk) – affecting network shares for the Office, Stores, and any group, staff and web file storage etc. Also some pages for the school on the University website will be unavailable.
- Network connections in many parts of Purdie will be down. The server and NAS storage will need to be shut down in advance of the power shut down. I am planning to schedule this for 5 pm on Monday 13th. They will not be available again until power is fully restored, estimated for 9am the next day.
Please ensure you save any work that may be affected this loss of storage before this time. Also do not run any instruments that would require to write directly to these storage devices during the down period.
Network connections, internet and other university systems will remain available till the power off on Tuesday morning.
I have had a few Frequently Ask Questions regarding the email Migration.
- Do I need to download / install any new software?
- If you are using a recent Microsoft Outlook (2010 onward) as a client you should not need any new software.
- Will I need to make any changes to Outlook set-up?
- You may be prompted in Outlook to accept changes from autodiscover.st-andrews.ac.uk or to restart Outlook. Please accept these changes. Hopefully most users will not need to make any manual changes.
- Will My Outlook or mail folders look any different?
- They should look the same.
- Does this affect Saintmail (Gmail) users?
- Does this change or give me a new email address?
- Also no. You keep your current address(es).
- Will Unimail – webmail change?
Please note: My answers are given to the best of my current knowledge, and I can not guarantee the thing may change 🙂