Nevis VAX Migration
The VAX computers are being phased out at Nevis. The following is a memo
on 06-Nov-1998 (revised 5-Jan-1999) that describes the migration procedure.
As previously mentioned, the VAX cluster is scheduled to be
decommissioned starting the end of this year. In order to establish a
smooth transition, I am publishing the phase out schedule and
migration information in order to help you plan your activities and
not be adversely affected. Reminders will start
going out 2 weeks prior to an event.
There is much work to be done and I believe that I have covered all
the bases. However if you see something missing or have concerns as to
the timeline or procedures, please contact
directly at x2830.
During the week of January 18, 1999, the VAX mail server WILL be terminated. This means that any mail you normally
receive on the VAX will not be accepted by the VAX. In order to minimize the inconveniences I am planning
on the following:
- On January 18, 1999, the Domain Name Servers will be updated
informing the Internet community that the node Nevis with the IP
address 220.127.116.11 will now be known as the address 18.104.22.168. This
is the same address as the SGI so all mail will be ACCEPTED by the
SGI. The SGI will then STILL be known as NEVIS1.
- On or around January 18, 1999 - The entire VAX cluster will be
shutdown for an extended period (2-3 days) for the purpose of totally
rebuilding the cluster. At that time, the dual boot node operation
will be removed and Nevis6 will be decommissioned. Files currently on
Nevis6 will be moved over to Nevis0. NevisM and one of the Alpha
machines, either Nevis4 or NevisO, will be decommissioned as well.
- On or around January 30, 1999, normal backup operations will cease
on the cluster. A final image backup will be made and all other
backups will be done at the request of specific users - for example
Matt Moulson who is completing his work on the system.
On the SGI, aliases in the postmaster account will be created to
handle certain incoming mail messages and forward them
accordingly. For example: if your user name on the SGI is not the same
on the VAX, a postmaster alias will be used to make sure that mail
being sent to your VAX address will be received by your SGI account.
Listserver mailing will be initially sent to the postmaster account to
be reviewed. If the person is still active with the lab, the mail will
be forwarded to the appropriate account on the SGI and an alias will
be made in the postmaster account.
- MISSING ACCOUNTS
For those persons who don't have an account on the SGI, an account
will be created for you and your mail will automatically be sent to
the new account.
For those persons not familiar using UNIX mail, Bill
Seligman and I are available upon request to provide detailed
training. Please contact us directly.
- MAIL FOLDERS / DISTRIBUTION LISTS
A real concern for everyone is existing mail folders and distribution lists.
A procedure has been created that automatically duplicates the mail folders and distribution lists from the
VAX over to the UNIX system. In order to provide a more personalized service to you, I ask you to please
contact Bill Seligman or myself prior to November 15 and setup a schedule where we can spend the necessary
time with you to ensure that the conversion goes smoothly.
My resources and time will mostly be devoted to the smooth and orderly
phaseout of the VAX cluster during the months of December and
January. This means that while I will always be available to help you
and take care of installation/integration issues, I might not be able
to work with you in a timely fashion. If you know of an upcoming issue
regarding your system, please see me directly so we can schedule a
mutually agreeable time.
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