CDS News - System Changes   [updated 07 Apr 2012]

This section includes details of planned and completed system changes. We will endeavour to post details of planned changes a reasonable time before these changes are enforced. If you anticipate major problems please contact cdsbb@stfc.ac.uk

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Item added 07/04/2012

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Item added 11/06/12

CrystalWeb v22.7 with the new CrystMet v4.8.0 update will be released at 5pm today.

Please restart your browser in the unlikely event of any problems being seen in CrystalWeb or CrystalWorks

Item added 06/04/12

Refresh your browser

There have been changes to web page formatting - you may need to refresh your browser display. Do this for both the frontpage and at least one lower lower page. Please report any problems you may encounter.

Item added 05/03/2012

CrystalWeb v22.40 will be released tomorrow, Tues 6th March at 2pm ** COMPLETE ** This release contains the CSD data update from Feb2012

This will involve little or no disruption

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Item added 22/02/12

The Homepage has been changed

You may need to refresh your browser display

There have been changes to the CDS homepage. You may need to refresh your display to see the Twitter and RSS icons and change some of the text formatting.

Item added 09/03/2011

Upgrade of Detherm server and Detherm on the Web to v2010-2 Thur 10th March 10am [Complete]

This will involve only a momentary disruption of Detherm operation

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Item added 16/02/2011

CrystalWeb v21.1 will be released tomorrow, Thur 17th March at 10am. ** COMPLETE **

This release contains the CSD data update from Feb2011

This will involve little or no disruption

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Item added 07/02/2011

Expired CDS Certificate for https web access updated and SpecSurf (Specinfo) database restarted

The certificate expired today and the SpecInfo server failed to reboot after the recent power dip.

If these are not working as expected please contact cdsbb@stfc.ac.uk

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Item added 26/10/10

SpecSurf (Specinfo) database using new server again, after repair of databases (from 2.15pm)

If this is not working as expected please contact cdsbb@stfc.ac.uk

Item added 22/09/10

Change to user CDS Accord Database Explorer setup needed after Wed 22nd Sept

All CDS users of Accord will now need to make a small change to their Oracle client file, located on the Windows PC, in order for it to operate following system mods made on 22nd Sept.

The file that needs changing is the Oracle file "tnsnames.ora" to be found in the \network\admin folder e.g. c:\oracle\network\admin\tnsnames.ora but it may be located elsewhere on your system.

The ACCORD3.DL.AC.UK PORT number needs to be changed from 1521 to 1522

i.e. the existing entry :

ACCORD3.DL.AC.UK =
(DESCRIPTION =
(ADDRESS_LIST =
(ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = cds10.dl.ac.uk)(PORT = 1521))
)
(CONNECT_DATA =
(SERVER = DEDICATED)
(SERVICE_NAME = ACCORD3.dl.ac.uk)
)
)


becomes :



ACCORD3.DL.AC.UK =
(DESCRIPTION =
(ADDRESS_LIST =
(ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = cds10.dl.ac.uk)(PORT = 1522))
)
(CONNECT_DATA =
(SERVER = DEDICATED)
(SERVICE_NAME = ACCORD3.dl.ac.uk)
)
)


If you do not have write access to the tnsnames.ora file, then you will have to arrange with your system administrator to do it for you after 22nd Sept.

Progress during the changeover will be posted on CDS Twitter or RSS feeds.

Item added 11/08/09

There is now an online facility which lets you replace a lost password

Access this via the "Registration" heading in the top pull-down menu on all CDS pages pages under "Lost Password or Unsubscribe".

You will, however, need to be already registered as a CDS User.

On submission, an automatic email will be sent to your registered email address, containing a web link. This link will generate a temporary password for you when opened in a web browser.

This password should be changed to a permanent via the "Registration" heading in the top pull-down menu under "Change your Password"

In case of problems contact CDS.

Item added 19/11/08

Terminal logins into the cds service must use encryption software (SSH level2)

In order to improve our security, we will withdraw support for normal terminal clients that transmit plain text passwords over the network.

Terminal logins into the cds service must use encryption software (SSH level2)

Please use appropriate clients - e.g. for Windows use Putty
[ this has now been enforced ]

For details about Putty click on the "Links..." menu bar.

Item added 15/10/08

Plain ftp is no longer supported for file transfer

In order to improve our security, we have withdrawn support for normal ftp clients so that plain text passwords are not transmitted over the network. The protocol must be level 2 not 1 for safer password encryption.

Please use sftp clients - e.g. for Windows use WinSCP
[ this has now been enforced ]

For details about WinSCP click on the "Links..." menu bar.