Service Alerts

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RISC Website Maintenance 26 Jun 2019

June 24, 2019 3:44 pm - 6:44 pm

Research IS & Computing website maintenance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 between 7-8a.m. EDT. The https://rc.partners.org website will be offline for approximately five minutes during this downtime window to apply security patches and bug fixes.

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Action Required: Linux Updates

June 19, 2019 3:10 pm

Applies To: Linux & FreeBSD (SACK Panic)

A new vulnerability has been discovered in the Linux kernel handling TCP Selective Acknowledgments (SACKs). A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service attack, interrupting systems operations. 

This affects many current distributions being used, as RHEL 4, 6, 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 12.xx to 19.xx (or kernels 2.6.29 and above). This is being tracked as CVE-2019-11477 and is considered important and high impact. 

Please note that this might also impact appliances or IoT devices built based on those versions of the Linux kernel.

Some patches are already available and some vendors are still issuing software packages to fix the kernel vulnerability. If you manage Linux or FreeBSD systems please patch asap and reboot accordingly. If you can’t patch a system, please use compensating controls (as sysctl filters disabling tcp probing) as appropriate.

References:
http://packetstormsecurity.com/files/153346/Kernel-Live-Patch-Security-Notice-LSN-0052-1.html              
https://access.redhat.com/security/vulnerabilities/tcpsack  
https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/davem/net.git/commit/?id=3b4929f65b0d8249f19a50245cd88ed1a2f78cff
https://github.com/Netflix/security-bulletins/blob/master/advisories/third-party/2019-001.md  
https://support.f5.com/csp/article/K78234183          
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/KnowledgeBase/SACKPanic

 

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Firefox Web Browser Update Needed

June 18, 2019 9:00 am

Security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1

Please update your Firefox web browser.

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Select About Firefox
  3. Select Update

Announced: June 18, 2019
Impact: critical
Products
Firefox, Firefox ESR

Fixed in
Firefox 67.0.3
Firefox ESR 60.7.1

Learn More

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List Manager (Lyris) Alert: Downtime on 23 June 2019

June 23, 2019 8:00 am - June 25, 2019 9:00 am

The database was successfully migrated to the new server, all systems are green. If you have any questions or concerns, relating to this change, please email us at  rcc@partners.org

On June 23rd at 8 AM we will be migrating our backend database for List Manager (Lyris) from Microsoft SQL 2008 to Microsoft SQL 2016.  During this migration, the List Manager web application (https://researchlist.partners.org and https://researchlistadmin.partners.org) will not be available.  We will be moving the database from one system to another. (CHG0147108).   Any scheduled emails will be sent after the system comes back online.  If you have any questions or concerns, relating to this change, please email us at  rcc@partners.org

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REDCap Service Alert: Scheduled Downtime

June 12, 2019 2:55 pm

REDCap (https://redcap.partners.org/redcap) upgrades to v8.10.18 scheduled for Tuesday June 18th, 6:30AM EST are complete. REDCap was offline from 6:28 to 6:44 AM EST. 

This upgrade will include a number of new features and bug fixes. These include:

  • New feature: REDCap Messenger
    • REDCap Messenger is a communication platform built directly into REDCap. It allows REDCap users to communicate easily and efficiently with each other in a secure manner. At its core, REDCap Messenger is a chat application that enables REDCap users to send one-on-one direct messages or to organize group conversations with other REDCap users. REDCap Messenger is also the best and easiest way to share documents with other REDCap users, in which you can upload documents and embed pictures inside any given conversation.
    • Watch 10-minute video on REDCap Messenger
  • Improvement: Performance boost – Certain pages in projects with thousands or more records should now load much faster in most cases. This includes the Record Status Dashboard, various pages utilizing Data Access Groups, and certain reports. Reports A and B should especially see significantly faster loading (excluding when viewing “all” pages in report A or B).
  • Change: Changed the text "Manage Survey Participants" to "Survey Distribution Tools," which more clearly describes the pages in that section.
  • New feature: Report Folders - Reports can now be organized into folders in any given project. If a user has "Add/Edit Reports" privileges, they will see an "Organize" link on the left-hand project menu above the project’s reports. They will be able to create folders and then assign their reports to a folder, after which the project's reports will be displayed in collapsible groups on the left-hand menu.
  • New feature: “Edit Access” for reports - In addition to setting "View Access" when creating or editing a report, users can now set the report's "Edit Access" (under Step 1) to control who in the project can edit, copy, or delete the report. This setting will be very useful if one wishes to prevent certain users from modifying or deleting particular reports.
  • Improvement: A project's Record ID field can now be used as a Live Filter in any given report, thus allowing users to easily view the report for a single record.
  • Improvement: New optional parameters added to the API Export Records method to filter data returned based on when a record was created or modified
    • dateRangeBegin – To return only records that have been created or modified *after* a given date/time, provide a timestamp in the format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS (e.g., '2017-01-01 00:00:00' for January 1, 2017 at midnight server time). If not specified, it will assume no begin time.
    • dateRangeEnd – To return only records that have been created or modified *before* a given date/time, provide a timestamp in the format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS (e.g., '2017-01-01 00:00:00' for January 1, 2017 at midnight server time). If not specified, it will use the current server time.

Full REDCap 8.10.18 release notes

New Features and Major Bug Fixes

If you have any concerns about REDCap being offline at this time or any questions about these new features, please email edcsupport@partners.org

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Freezerworks Service Alert: Maintenance

June 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Partners Healthcare Freezerworks: Scheduled Downtime

On Thursday June 6th from approximately 6 pm to 6:30 pm (EST), the Freezerworks application will be taken offline for maintenance. During this timeframe, we ask users to log out of the system so we can complete this necessary work. We apologize for any inconvenience during this interruption. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about email: edcsupport@partners.org

 
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CrashPlan Access Resolved

June 5, 2019 3:53 pm - June 6, 2019 6:53 pm

The authentication server backup01.partners.org is up and running.  All services are green.  If you are having any issues email us at rcc@partners.org.

Currently, our CrashPlan authentication system (backup01.partners.org) is not functioning correctly.  We are in the process of rebuilding the system.  During this time you will not be able to backup or restore files.  Your backup client might report we are out of space, but that is a false message.   We will up this alert when everything is resolved.

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MySQL and DIPR VM Problems

June 1, 2019 1:34 pm - June 3, 2019 5:00 pm

The ERIS MySQL Service and parts of the DIPR Virtual Machine service experienced problems over the weekend and had to be rebooted. The outages were related to the Compellent patching on Saturday, June 1st however, some work extended into Sunday, June 2nd and Monday, June 3rd. If you experience a problem with a DIPR VM please send a note to rcc@partners.org and the ERIS Infrastructure team will investigate.

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Compellent Outage 1 Jun 2019

June 1, 2019 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
On Saturday, June 1st, 2019 around 1:45 pm ET, during a scheduled firmware upgrade of our backend Storage Area Network (CHG0145888), we experience an issue that caused some hosted servers that utilize this storage to be impacted.  The servers had to be rebooted, or our engineer team had to run file system consistency check to resolve the issue.
 
 Compellent Storage Area Network (SAN) service was fully restored with completed maintenance on Saturday, June 1 around 2:45p.m. EDT.
 
Many of our services rely on Compellent Storage Area Network (SAN) for underlying storage. Please check the Service Alerts for service-specific instructions and impact. Please make sure you subscribe to receive appropriate email notifications for the services you subscribe to: https://rc.partners.org/subscribe.
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GitLab Unexpected Downtime

June 1, 2019 2:00 pm - June 3, 2019 9:30 am
Partners' GitLab: Intermittent service was unavailable between 2 PM on Saturday, June 01, 2019 until 9:30 AM, June 03, 2019.
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JIRA is now available

June 3, 2019 8:49 am - 11:49 am

Edit 10:38am: JIRA is now back online.  We apologize for the inconvencience

JIRA is currently down and unavailable.  An update to this alert will be posted shortly

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Research Computing Ticketing System 29 May 2019

May 29, 2019 12:00 pm

Research Computing Ticketing System Now Online

The email component of the internal ticketing system (Kayako) used by ERIS has not been working properly. The issues started Wednesday, May 29 around 12p.m. EDT and are not yet fully resolved. 

The system may be delivering several of the same email or none at all. At times, ERIS was not receiving your tickets at all, so slightly longer than usual response times may be experienced.

Affected Services
Emails and requests sent to the following addresses were not accessed during this service disruption:
edcsupport@partners.org - REDCap-generated requests to approve, copy or move projects to production have not been received.
hpcsupport@partners.org
rcc@partners.org 
ideasupport@partners.org

Please allow our staff time to catch up on the tickets submitted while the system was offline.

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ACTION REQUIRED: Urgent Microsoft Patching

May 23, 2019 8:08 am - 11:08 am

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of releasing sweeping system patches for older or unsupported but widely used Windows operating systems on Tuesday May 14 that include one critical patch that should be applied immediately. Details Here

 

 

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Oracle PPM Database Work Extending Past Noontime

May 11, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Oracle patches scheduled for the Partners Personalized Medicine team on Saturday morning is taking longer than anticipated and will extending past noontime. We anticipate another hour of patching and rebooting as we should complete our efforts by 1:00pm.

Please forward any questions or concerns to rcc@partners.org

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Completed the ERIS PostgreSQL Service Maintenance on Saturday

April 27, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The ERIS Infrastructure team will perform maintenance on the PostgreSQL Service on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST.

Impact: All databases hosted on the ERIS PostgreSQL service will be impacted by one or two short reboots during this maintenance window.

Action Required: If you are the owner of a database on the PostgreSQL Service, we encourage you to check your applications after the maintenance window.

Completed

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Problem on Mysql.dipr.partners.org

April 22, 2019 11:04 am - 11:20 pm

Hi, We have a problem on mysql.dipr.partners.org and need to restart the node to get it online again. We are restarting mysql.dipr.partners.org

Completed Maintenance 

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Completed Emergency Postgres Maintenance

April 20, 2019 9:00 am - 10:15 am

The ERIS Infrastructure Team completed the emergency Postgres maintenance and all Postgres databases are online and available.

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MySQL Hosted Database Services DownTime on 30 Mar 2019

March 30, 2019 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The ERIS Infrastructure team completed the on the MySQL hosted database Service on March 30, 2019. Please forward any questions to rcc@partners.org.

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Research Computing Website Downtime 30 Mar 2019

March 30, 2019 7:00 am - 10:00 am

This website may have been offline for a brief period during the maintenance window for MySQL Server patching on Saturday, March 30 between 7:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. EDT. This website, https://rc.partners.org, may have been unavailable for a few minutes while the system is rebooted to apply patches.

Please contact rcwebmaster@partners.org if you have any questions or concerns

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List Manager (Lyris): Expected Downtime on 14 April 2019

April 14, 2019 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We are upgrading the List Manager (Lyris) system to v12.3.5 on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 9 PM. We expect this release to take, up to an hour, so please expect the List Manager (Lyris) service to be offline from 9:00 to 10:00 PM. If you have any questions or concerns, relating to this upgrade, please email: rcc@partners.org

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Research Computing Ticketing System 22 Mar 2019

March 21, 2019 10:04 pm - March 22, 2019 12:30 pm

Research Computing Ticketing System Online

The MySQL Hosted Database Services outage impacted the internal ticketing system (Kayako) used by ERIS. The outage started Thursday, March 21 around 10p.m. EDT and services restored around 12:15p.m. EDT on Friday, March 22.

Affected Services
Emails and requests sent to the following addresses were not accessed during this unanticipated downtime:
edcsupport@partners.org - REDCap-generated requests to approve, copy or move projects to production have not been received.
hpcsupport@partners.org
rcc@partners.org 
ideasupport@partners.org

Please allow our staff time to catch up on the tickets submitted while the system was offline.

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Research Computing Core Service Catalog 21 Mar 2019

March 21, 2019 10:40 pm - March 22, 2019 12:30 pm

RC Services Online

The outage started Thursday, March 21 and we expect services to be restored around 12:30p.m. EDT on Friday, March 22. This downtime is related to the MySQL Hosted Database Services outage.

We will update this message when service is restored. 

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MySQL Hosted Databases Restored 22 Mar 2019

March 21, 2019 10:58 pm - March 22, 2019 12:30 pm

MySQL Hosted Database Services Online

The outage started Thursday, March 21 around 10p.m. EDT and was restored around 12:00p.m. EDT on Friday, March 22.

Action Required
If you are the owner of a system on mysql.dipr.partners.org, we strongly encourage you to check your application connection and reboot if necessary.

Affected Services
All systems hosted on mysql.dipr.partners.org
Research Computing ticketing system (Kayako tickets.partners.org)
Research Computing ordering/request system (RC Services rcservices.partners.org)

We will update this posting once service has been restored. Please contact rcc@partners.org with any questions or concerns.

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REDCap Scheduled Downtime 19 Mar 2019

March 18, 2019 4:21 pm

REDCap (https://redcap.partners.org/redcap) upgrades to v8.5.28 scheduled for Tuesday March 19th at 6:30AM EDT are complete REDCap was offline from 6:30AM-6:48AM EDT.

This release includes a number of bug fixes. 

8.5.28 Release Notes

If you have any concerns about REDCap being offline at this time, please email edcsupport@partners.org

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Emergency Maintenance HPCWIN3

March 6, 2019 5:00 pm - March 11, 2019 9:00 am

The hpcwin3.partners.org Windows analysis server has presented several freeze instances in the last few days. To evaluate the usage and logs we need to take the server out of service for a few days. During this window time we will perform test and review the information of the processes that have been causing the system to crash.  Future actions needed to be taken after for repair or control will be announced to the users. 

Existing remote desktop sessions will be terminated. Please save all open files and exit from your remote desktop session as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. 

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