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Dear all, 

as agreed at the last OMB (https://indico.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2281) the following SAM tests were removed from ROC and ROC_OPERATORS profiles:
- ch.cern.FTS-ChannelList
- ch.cern.FTS-InfoSites
- org.gstat.SanityCheck

As agreed these tests will be replaced by the new and better ones in the next SAM release.

Best regards,
Emir Imamagic
Due to a power outage, all cloud services related to server4-eupt will be unavailable from wednesday 22 00:00, to friday 24 14:00 (UTC time)


Sorry for any inconvenience.
Dear All,

We would like to announce that NGI AL (Albania) has started the decommission procedure.

Best regards,
Malgorzata Krakowian
EGI Operations 
Dear all, 

Gocdb will be set to read-only mode for ~2hrs on Mon 13th Oct (08:00 to 10:00 UTC) while some new PI updates are tested in production. Gocdb should be considered At Risk for this period[1]. The aim of this test is to try and expose any PI issues under a realistic load. 
Apologies for the inconvenience caused. 

David Meredith 

[1] https://goc.egi.eu/portal/index.php?Page_Type=Downtime&id=15718 
Dear all,

EUGridPMA have announced a new set of CA rpms. Based on this IGTF release a new set of CA RPMs have been packaged for EGI. 

Please upgrade within the next six days at your earliest convenience. When this timeout is over, SAM will throw critical errors on CA tests if old CAs are still detected.

Please check https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/EGI_IGTF_Release for more details

EGI TSA1.3 Team

Release notes:
European Grid Infrastructure EGI Trust Anchor release 1.59          2014.09.29

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Modifications compared to the previous release:
* updated to IGTF Accredited CA distribution version 1.59-1 Classic, SLCS and 
  MICS profiles, encoded in meta-package "ca-policy-egi-core-1.59-1" (for new 
  installs) and "lcg-CA-1.59-1" (for sites upgrading from EGEE/LCG releases).

* Location of the repository changed to repository.egi.eu.  See documentation
  for details and the updated repo files.

* Your may install BOTH the "egi-core" AND "lcg" meta-packages,  according to
  your  policies.   Note that  your organisation or  NGI may have  a specific 
  policy and may have added or removed CAs compared to the EGI core policy.

The following notices are republished from the IGTF and EUGridPMA, inasfar 
as pertinent to this release.  More information can be found in the 
EUGridPMA newsletter (see https://www.eugridpma.org/):

Changes from 1.58 to 1.59
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(release date 2014-09-29)

* Added accredited mics HPCI CA (JP)
* Updated crl_url for NCSA-slcs-2013 and NCSA-tfca-2013 (US)
* Renamed QuoVadis classic grid issuing CA to QuoVadis-Grid-ICA (CH, BM)
  NOTE: although this appears to obsolete the SWITCH-QV intermediate trust 
        anchor, it is merely a re-naming. The new QuoVadis-Grid-ICA 
        provides the same trust anchor and will continue to support the
        Swiss subscriber base of QuoVadis without any change.
  
The CA modifications, encoded in both "requires" and "obsoletes" clauses, have
been incorporated in the above-mentioned meta-package RPMs. This trust anchor 
release is best enjoyed with fetch-crl v3 or better, available from popular 
GNU/Linux OS (add-on) repositories Fedora, EPEL, Debian, and from the IGTF.

Version information: ca-policy-egi-core = 1.59-1
Dear All,

We would like to announce that NGI ZA (South Africa) is now closed. 
All references to NGI ZA (South Africa) were removed from operational tools. 
Sites belonging to NGI ZA are now part of ROC Africa Arabia.

Best regards,
Malgorzata Krakowian
EGI Operations

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Dear Users,


I'm happy to announce that e-GRANT  Resource Allocation Tool 2.0.0 is now online.

From now on, e-GRANT handles allocating EGI FedCloud resources. Main new features:

1) Creating FedCloud Pools for EGI FedCloud Providers
2) Creating Requests involving FedCloud resources for EGI Customers
3) Brokering FedCloud Resources

For the full list of features and improvements, please read the release note :
https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/E-GRANT


Don't hesitate to contact us for comments, feedback, bugs at 
egrant-support@mailman.egi.eu

Best regards ,
e-GRANT Team
Dear Resource Centre Administrators, NGI & VO Managers.
According to dCache release policy and support period, the dCache v. 2.2.X has reached end of support.
(http://www.dcache.org/downloads/1.9/index.shtml).

In compliance to the EGI Service Operations Security Policy (https://documents.egi.eu/document/669) [1], unsupported software SHOULD be decommissioned or updated to a supported version before its End of Security Updates and Support, and MUST be retired no later than 1 month after its End of Security Updates and Support. After this date, if a critical vulnerability were to emerge in the software, EGI CSIRT can request the service to be shut down immediately [2].

Because of this, as of September 22 2014, Resource Centre Administrators will start getting alerts about dCache 2.2.Xs deployed in their site. The list of the affected service end-points will be available on the Operations Dashboard of your site: https://operations-portal.egi.eu/dashboard.

Purpose of these alarms is to:
1- pro-actively alert administrators about the need to upgrade dCache services before they reach end of security updates and support;
2- collect information about decommissioning/upgrade plans of the affected products.

IMPORTANT. According to the EGI decommissioning policy [2], the decommissioning deadline expires one month after the end of security updates and support of the software.

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*For dCache 2.2.X the hard deadline is: 31-10-2014 [3].*
****

dCache software versions are in general detected through nagios tests, which query the information discovery system (BDII), on whose accuracy they depend on.

Please get in touch with your NGI operations staff for more information, or open a GGUS ticket.

Best wishes
EGI Operations

[1] a Resource Centre Administrator ''SHOULD follow IT security best practices that include pro-actively applying software patches, updates or configuration changes related to security''.
[2] https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/PROC16#Policy
[3] https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/Software_Retirement_Calendar#dCache_v._2.2.X
Dear Users,


The Operations Portal  3.0.5 is now online.

For the full list of features and improvements, please read the release note :
http://operations-portal.egi.eu/home/tasksList


The main changes are :

1)  ROD DASHBOARD 

You can attach alarms to a notepad and then transform the notepad into a ticket .

2) VO DASHBOARD

The VO dashboard is available .
All VOs using a VO SAM Nagios Box with the nagios notifications enabled can use the VO dashboard . You just need to ask us to enable it into the portal .


Don't hesitate to contact us for comments, feedback, bugs at 
cic-information@in2p3.fr

Regards ,
Operations Portal Team
Dear ROD teams,

EGI Operations Support team is preparing webinar "ROD Dashboard Training", that will be held in Adobe Connect on **03.10.2014** at **11:00 CEST** (Amsterdam,Warsaw)
 
URL: https://meet.plgrid.pl/rodtutorial/

The topics:
- Introduction to ROD team duties
- Becoming ROD team Member (GOCDB, GGUS, dteam)
- Introduction to Operational Dashboard
- Performing typical tasks in Dashboard
-- Issues handling (grouping, creating tickets)
-- Tickets handling (types, updates, closing)
-- Handover tool

If you have questions or comments you would like us to address please let us know in advance till **26.09.2014**. 

Best regards,
Tadeusz Szymocha
on behalf of EGI Operations Support Team
The RAL Tier1 (RAL-LCG2) currently offers access to batch services via both
CREAM and ARC CEs. We plan to stop access to the CREAM CEs from all VOs
(with the temporary exception of ALICE) on Tuesday 30th September 2014.

The relevant cream CEs are:  cream-ce01.gridpp.rl.ac.uk & cream-ce02.gridpp.rl.ac.uk

The available ARC CEs at the RAL Tier1 are: arc-ce01. gridpp.rl.ac.uk, arc-ce02.gridpp.rl.ac.uk, arc-ce03.gridpp.rl.ac.uk and arc-ce04.gridpp.rl.ac.uk.

A list of non-LHC VOs authorized to use the two CREAM CEs is given below. At present jobs can arrive on these CEs by the WMS matching resources. From this date (30th September) our two CREAM CEs will no longer advertise services to these VOs so the WMSs will no longer send jobs to them. Direct submission to the CREAM CEs will also be blocked.

Here is the list of VOs enabled on the CREAM CEs. Those VOs that have not
run any jobs in the last two months are marked with an asterisk (*).
(Alice)
Biomed
enmr.eu
epic.vo.gridpp.ac.uk
fusion
geant4
ilc
mice
na62.vo.gridpp.ac.uk 
pheno
snoplus.snolab.ca
superbvo.org
t2k.org

Should there be a specific problem for your VO with this change please report that by e-mail to support@gridpp.rl.ac.uk.
Dear NGI/Site Managers,

This is a reminder about EGI Resource Allocation survey.

On July OMB Resource Allocation team got an action to contact NGIs to find out the situation of the local policies in order to understand obstacles in taking part in EGI Resource Allocation process.

We have prepared the survey on the page:
https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/RA_policy_survey

We would like to ask NGI Managers to fill the upper table in the row
corresponding to their NGI. Site Managers are also welcome to
contribute to this survey if they wish to make the picture more detailed or complete - please use bottom table.

As the last OMB was canceled we would like to encourage those that have not yet done so, to fill the survey untill 17.09.2014 (before OMB meeting).

In case of questions, please, send us an e-mail
(operations-support@mailman.egi.eu).

Best regards,
Tadeusz Szymocha
on behalf of Resource Allocation team
Dear colleagues,

first another reminder of the broadcast sent on March 17:

    https://operations-portal.egi.eu/broadcast/archive/id/1102

Please refer to that page for _configuration_ details.

New information:

1. Please ensure your site has the following rpm on affected node types:

	bouncycastle-mail-1.46-2     (SL6)

	bouncycastle146-mail-1.46-2  (SL5)

   The affected node types are:

	Argus
	CREAM
	UI (including SAM-Nagios and WLCG-VOBOX)
	WN

   Note that the Java daemons of Argus and CREAM need to be _restarted_
   after the rpm was updated.

2. The new VOMS servers will start getting used by normal jobs _and_
   by SAM tests as of:
   
	-->   Monday September 15   <--

   Please ensure your services support the new VOMS servers ASAP.

3. The old VOMS servers need to _remain_ supported for the time being.

4. The SAM pre-production instances for the LHC experiments will use
   the new VOMS servers earlier, thereby allowing sites to _verify_
   their configurations on the following pages:

	ALICE:  http://cern.ch/go/6fbH  - since Jul 23

	LHCb:   http://cern.ch/go/Zj9z  - since Aug 22

	ATLAS:  http://cern.ch/go/R9vf  - planned as of Aug 28

	CMS:    http://cern.ch/go/GQ6h  - planned as of Aug 28

5. Please ensure a correct configuration also for the "ops" VO.
   We are looking into a way for sites to check also this case.

Further developments will be announced in due course.
Dear NGI/Site Managers,

On July OMB Resource Allocation team got an action to contact NGIs to find out the situation of the local policies in order to understand obstacles in taking part in EGI Resource Allocation process.

We have prepared the survey on the page: https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/RA_policy_survey

We would like to ask NGI Managers to fill the upper table in the row corresponding to their NGI. Site Managers are also welcome to contribute to this survey if they wish to make the picture more detailed or complete - please use bottom table.

We would appreciate filling in the survey to 27.08.2014 (before OMB meeting).

In case of questions, please, send us an e-mail (operations-support@mailman.egi.eu).

Best regards,
Tadeusz Szymocha
on behalf of Resource Allocation team
The latest version of the APEL software (version 1.2.1*) contains a bug in the parser which prevents it from working in the most common cases: it is unable to open uncompressed accounting logs for parsing. More details below **.

We have fixed the bug and built a new set of rpms.The fixed version is available here:

https://github.com/apel/apel/releases/tag/1.2.2-1

Sites who have installed version 1.2.1 should upgrade to 1.2.2 immediately.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
Stuart Pullinger
APEL Accounting Team

*
in the release EMI3 Update 19 (07.08.2014) - v. 3.10.0-1
in EMI versioning, this is APEL Parsers, v. 2.3.0 & APEL publiser 4.2.0 (APEL 1.2.1-1)

**
Sites with this problem will have version 1.2.1 installed and see many log messages like this:

2014-08-11 12:54:11,819 - parser - ERROR - Cannot open file blahp.log-20140811: Not a gzipped file

in their parser log file - usually at /var/log/apel/parser.log.