During the next few weeks, I will be doing operating system updates on
most of our servers.
As I did earlier this year, I am giving myself extra time because I
will be doing full OS updates on the remaining few of our servers
going from FreeBSD 4.11-STABLE to FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE where it is
appropriate. As before, these updates will require a full reinstall
of the operating system and software packages we operate with. Most
of the servers have already been upgraded.
Most of our servers are clustered, so these updates should have
minimal to no impact on services to customers.
Updates for servers that aren't clustered will occur overnight so as
to reduce impact to services on our network.
The goal is to do updates every 6 months on our servers to make sure
we are staying up to date. The last update was done early-March of
Security updates are updated as they are released and the updates that
will happen next week are not because of security issues.
Updates that will occur:
clustered inbound greylisting SMTP servers
clustered delivery SMTP servers
clustered outbound SMTP servers
clustered POP/IMAP servers
clustered WWW servers
clustered NNTP servers
master authentication server
clustered slave authentication servers
primary DNS (domain hosting) servers
caching DNS (domain resolution) servers
legacy BSU web cluster database server
legacy backup MX server
legacy BSU clustered web servers
Frontpage, ASP, ASP.NET, MS-SQL, and IIS servers
reviewing software and operating system needs and
doing upgrades as appropriate
I will also be setting up a trial install of new POP and IMAP server
software that potentially will increase performance. Another
announcement will be made when it is time to test this out so that
users of our mail services can test it out. This only affects the
reading of email and will require only minor changes to the client
The new software is already in operation on our mail cluster but has
not been rolled out to all configurations. If you wish to try this
out early, please contact me directly via email. Until such a time
that this is cutover to production, the only support received will be
directly with me and not the support staff.
Support can be reached Monday thru Friday from 8:00am until 8:00pm,
Saturdays from 11:00am until 4:00pm via phone at 612-337-6340, or via
email at [log in to unmask]
Mike Horwath [log in to unmask]
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