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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

>>> More news <<<

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.
The FTS2 service at the RAL Tier1 (lcgfts.gridpp.rl.ac.uk) will be decommissioned.

The service will be stopped on Tuesday 2nd September 2014.

A replacement FTS3 service is already in operation (lcgfts3.gridpp.rl.ac.uk).
Dear all,

According to the plan, which was announced at  2014-07-10
(https://operations-portal.egi.eu/broadcast/archive/id/1174),
all brokers within the TEST broker network will be shutdown
and decommissioned today (2014-07-31).

On behalf of the EGI brokers activity,
George Fergadis
Dear users,

due to maintenance issues we regret to inform you that cloud resources hosted at BIFI will be in scheduled downtime since Tuesday 12th August until Friday 15th August.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to you.
Dear users,

due to maintenance issues we regret to inform you that cloud resources hosted at BIFI will be in scheduled downtime since Moday 4th August until Thursday 7th August and since Tuesday 19th August until Friday 22th August.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to you.
Dear users,

due to maintenance issues we regret to inform you that resources hosted at ARAGRID-CIENCIAS will be in scheduled downtime since  Tuesday 5th August until Friday 8th August.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to you.
Dear users,

due to maintenance issues we regret to inform you that resources hosted at BIFI will be in scheduled downtime since Tuesday 5th August until Friday 8th August

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to you.
Dear all

We would like to announce that the decommissioning of the Operations Centre NGI_ZA (South Africa) has begun. This operations centre has been superceded by the AfricaArabia Regional Operations Centre, to which all ex-NGI_ZA sites have been transferred.

The ticket tracking the progress is : https://ggus.eu/index.php?mode=ticket_info&ticket_id=107310
Dear all,

UMD v. 3.8.0 was released today, 24/07/2014. It is the eighth update of the third Major release of UMD (Unified 
Middleware Distribution) made available for the EGI production infrastrutture. This release contains support for both Scientific Linux 5 and 6 and also Debian6 (Squeeze). 

The products included in this updates are the following:

CREAM v.1.16.3, versions for SL5 and SL6:
- This is a bug fix release which among other fixes solves the issue with the typo in the CREAMCE yaim config_canl_java_tomcat, handles the continuous configuration reload occurs if triggers are defined and also avoid to log the full stack trace.

dCache v. 2.6.28, versions for SL5 and SL6:
- This release provides an update of jblobus version which improves the error reporting together with a fix for the cases were the DN in certificates was not handled correctly. This version also provides a fix for the words-by-accent bug affecting the info-provider and a new xrootd back-port door.

DPM-DSI v. 1.9.9-3, versions for Sl5 and SL6
- This release fixes an issue with transfers managed by FTS2, "EOF is not detected at block boundary". FTS3 transfers are not affected by the bug.

GFAL2 v. 2.5.5, versions for SL5 and SL6:
- This release present several functionalities like implement lfc logic that allows third party copy logic with SRM or the the implementation in gsiftp of meta-data cache. Also several bug fixes are provided like the problem with dates in gfalFS or the fact that when using an invalid proxy no error message was displayed.

GridSite v. 2.2.5, versions for SL5, SL6 and Debian:
- This is a revision release providing a fix to the memory handling issues, mostly around GRSTx509MakeProxyCert(), and incorporating a community fix for the htproxyput utility.

L&B v. 4.1.2, versions for SL5, SL6 and Debian
- This release provides extended support for sites wishing to move the L&B Server's database to a remote DB server (improved support for connection strings in config), moves the location of the L&B Client JAR file to comply with Fedora/EPEL packaging rules, fixes build on the Power PC platform, updates packaging to comply with DH7 packaging standards, and makes sure zombie jobs are properly recognized and reported over L&B server's http interface (i.e., when a JobID is used as an URL in a Web browser). It also provides a fix for an issue discovered in the 4.1.1 version (not released in UMD).

STORM v. 1.11.4, versions for Sl5 and SL6:
- This release provides several bug fixes namely at the WebDAV service responds on the /webdav/[storage-area] path. Also now the token used to secure all communication among the storm-frontend and gridhttps services and the backend is configured using the STORM_BE_XMLRPC_TOKEN YAIM variable.

WMS v. 3.6.5, versions for SL5 and SL6:
- This is a bug fix release providing a fix for the case were the glite_wms_wmproxy_load_monitor does not check ICE jobdir and for the glite-wms-job-info -p triggers which triggered a bug in the WMProxy. Also a change was made in yaim which now provides a WMS optimization in the my.cnf configuration file.

You can find more info at: http://repository.egi.eu/2014/07/24/release-umd-3-8-0/

All the Best,
UMD Release Team