Friday, September 23, 2011

Web Page Maintainers: Server Upgrade Notice

This message has been sent directly to individuals who maintain websites for college departments and offices.

The next phase of our Novell to Active Directory migration will occur next Tuesday, September 27, with the upgrade of the Novell Web server to the Active Directory platform.  This is what you can expect will happen over the next few days:

  • Friday, September 23:  The upgrade process begins during the evening with an initial file copy.   Web pages will still be available for editing during this time, but due to the way the file copy and synchronization works, we ask that you do not do major restructuring of websites until after the migration is complete.  Please avoid deleting files and moving files to new locations.  Editing of department Web pages is fine throughout the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Tuesday, September 27:  Beginning at 5:00 PM, there will be no access to the Novell Web server for Web page editing.  During the evening and overnight, a final file synchronization process will occur.  Web pages will be available for browsing/viewing during this entire time (the Macalester website will not be down; only page editing will be affected).

  • Wednesday, September 28:  Web files will be available for editing beginning at 8:00 AM.  Web maintainers will need to update file pathnames in Web editing software (Dreamweaver and/or Contribute) in order to access Web pages for editing.  Instructions will be provided to you next week, and personal assistance will be available from the ITS Help Desk and Web Services.
If you have questions about the server migration, please call the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525.

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