Network Outage Planned for Holiday Break

Posted: November 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

The Fairfax Campus computer network will be down from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. The planned outage is part of a multi-year upgrade to respond to the university’s need for a more reliable and robust network infrastructure. All network components in every university building will be upgraded and bandwidth will be increased during the project.

Upgrading the network backbone is one of the first steps of the project. “Once the backbone is upgraded, individual buildings can then be upgraded without overloading the campus backbone,” says John Hanks, University Computing and Information Systems (UCIS) network engineering manager and senior engineer on the outage project.

Almost every building on the Fairfax Campus will be affected at some point during the December outage. Depending upon the level of work being done, a particular location could be out for as little as five minutes or as long as a couple of hours, explains Hanks.

George Mason’s dial-up facilities should be up and running during the upgrade, and people with MEMO e-mail accounts will not be affected at any time during the outage because no upgrades are planned for the MEMO router. However, individual building outages will make other e-mail accounts inaccessible for short periods of time.

UCIS plans to have an outage schedule on its Network Information and Emerging Technologies web site in early December. The schedule will list what UCIS plans to do each day of the outage and how long each step will take. The Arlington and Prince William Campuses will receive no upgrades during the holiday break.

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