Early today an electrical failure brought down the ITS server room. A temporary fix is in place. However, we must perform more extensive electrical repairs - or risk greater damage to our servers the next time power fails or surges.
In order to repair our electrical supply, we must take all IT services offline from 9:00 to 11:00 PM tonight, Wednesday September 28. All IT services - including, but not limited to Internet access, email, Banner, 1600grand, networked file servers, Moodle, CBORD card services and Macalester's Web server - will be shut down at 9:00 PM this evening. After the power reconfiguration, we expect to restore the most critical systems first (for example, Internet access and the Macalester Web site) beginning at approximately 10:00 PM. Other services will follow in tandem. All IT services should be fully functional again by 11:00 PM.
We regret the necessity for interrupting services to you. We would certainly defer it or avoid it altogether if those were workable options.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ramón Rentas at 651-696-6633.