RAL Tier1 weekly operations castor 07/05/2012

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Operations News

  • (Wed) Increased xrootd job slots limit after large number of failed jobs on LHCb
  • Preprod upgraded to 2.1.11-9. Another smooth test upgrade.

Operations Problems

  • Attempting to upgrade repack to 2.1.12-4 has been delayed as this version requires ORACLE 11g - which is not possible yet as it uses the production RAC. We have been forced to rolled back repack to 2.1.11-9.

Blocking Issues

  • none

Planned, Scheduled and Cancelled Interventions

Entries in/planned to go to GOCDB

Description Start End Type Affected VO(s) Lead by
Switch from rtcpclientd to tapegatewayd 10/05/12 09:00 10/05/12 10:00 Downtime Gen Matthew
CIP 2.2.0 upgrade (STC) TBD TBD At-risk All Matthew

Advanced Planning


  • Test and re-apply CIP upgrade (Jens, Matthew)
  • Test and certify 2.1.12-4 and 2.1.11-9 (Matthew, Chris)
  • Stress testing of Transfer Manager (TM) (Shaun, All) DONE
  • Ganglia monitoring for TM (Rob, Chris) IN PROGRESS
  • Re-instantiate certification on HyperV VMs using Quattor+Puppet (Rob)
  • Stress testing of CV11 generation disk servers on preprod (Rob, Matthew) DONE
  • Selection of disk-only prototype solution (Shaun, Rob, Brian, James)
  • Switch to Tape Gateway on repack and test (Tim, Matthew) DONE


  • Upgrade repack to 2.1.12-4 (Apr)
  • Switch from LSF to TM after 2.1.11-8 upgrade. Will need to better stress-test TM on preprod with more disk servers. (Apr)
  • Switch to Tape Gateway (TG) once it has been tested on repack (May)
  • Upgrade Castor Facilities and Tier1 instances to 2.1.11-9 (Jun)
  • Upgrade Oracle to 11g (Jun)
  • Upgrade to 2.1.12 on Tier1 instances once we are happy with TM and TG in performance (Jul)


  • Castor on Call person: Matthew
  • Staff absence/out of the office:
    • Bank Holiday Monday