Following the Network meeting, there was an impromptu System Administration
- Current Network Status
There was only one incident to report:
On July 18th, starting at around 9:30 am, there was an outage of
major services offered by UH-ITS due to a router failure. Services
included mail, web services (www.hawaii.edu), banner, MyUH Portal,
DHCP, and some DNS and networking services associated with that
router. Router and services were restored at approximately 4:30 p.m.
- Update of the SX TransPORT 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) links and
extension to MK
- The SX TransPORT 10 Gbps circuit between Hawaii and Seattle was
successfully launched on July 7th. An initial 1 Gbps ethernet
connects the University to the 10 Gbps circuit. This became our
current access path to Internet2. The 1 Gbps ethernet can be upgraded
to higher bandwidth as needed.
A downside to this upgrade is that current US policies prohibit
federal networks from peering with international networks such as
Aarnet. Until limitations are resolved, UH is routing these packages
through the commodity network with priority.
- Paperwork for the upgrade of the common DS3 between Hilo and the
summit to Fast Ethernet is finally processed and sent to Verizon.
Upgrade has been scheduled for the late September to early October
- On the extension of the 10 Gbps to Waimea
There has been no further development since the June meeting. Our
plans remain the same however.
- Funding for the HP dormitories network wiring
Pui Hin has heard from almost every observatory in support
of a method of costs allocation proportionate to the bedroom quota
Instead of collecting funds from the observatories, Bob McLaren
suggested using the Common Shared Area (CSA) credits - approximately
$54,600 - from the new office project to pay for the wiring and
equipment. Since the CSA was paid for by the users in proportion to
their bedroom quota, the use of the credit for the wiring will produce
the same proportionate cost allocation. The remaining credit will be
refunded to the users in the same proportion.
This funding method will be discussed at the upcoming Oversight
- New DNS for hawaii.edu
On July 30, 2005, UH-ITS deployed a new DNS server named dns4.hawaii.edu
located in the Denver area. UH-ITS hopes to improve and reduce the time
required to query an offical entry. This server will also function
as an offsite backup in case of network outage due to major
island power failure or other problems. To take advantage of this
new DNS, Pui Hin asked everyone to make the necessary changes to their
firewall and DNS server configurations to allow zone transfer to the
- Deep Impact Networking - a brief report
Pui Hin thanked everyone for participating in the networking testing
in June and reported that the video conference on an UH-ITS MCU with an
audio bridge went very well for the Deep Impact event. The video
conference provided a place for participants to meet anytime between
July 3, 03:00 UT and July 7, 06:00 UT. During the impact, we had
the highest number of participants, 18 through the MCU and another 5
through the audio bridge.
The MCU and audio bridge are available for any meeting involving a
UH facility for free and we might keep it in mind as an available
- Cell phones on the summit - a follow up from our March meeting
There was a discussion at the March meeting on cell phone usage on
the summit. As a result of this discussion, Pui Hin has talked to
Ron Koehler about putting signs up to remind people to keep their
cell phones off above HP. Ron Koehler will bring this matter up
at the Oversight Committee.
- Other Business
Welcome to Nick Lock who has replaced Nick Johnson of the Gemini
Observatory and attended the quarterly working group meeting for
the first time.
On behalf of the working group, I would also like to welcome Herb Woodruff
from CFHT who also attended our quarterly meeting for the first time.
- Next meeting
December 8th Thursday, 10:00 AM at Subaru, Hilo