One More Lesson

We have learned one more lesson about the server migration: it ain’t over ’till it’s over! In the stretch run of the installation, we ran into a number of unanticipated time sinks with regard to setting up groups, folder permissions, and DNS. As a result, we decided it would be better to more thoroughly test the migration during the spring semester and cut over in June than to sick 500 users onto immature servers this week. As there was no critical reason to move to the new servers now, the main consequence of this change is that we have had to “unprepare” our users for the switch. Users who had anticipated downtime and new passwords are now surprised to find that the status quo remains in place.

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