RAL Tier1 weekly operations castor 22/10/2012

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Operations News

  • CMS upgraded to 2.1.12-10
  • RAL has entered the CMS Federation using its xroot service. This new service needs to be run through the New Service checklist.
  • Obtained internal consensus over the new improved Quattor CASTOR templates. These are planned to be introduced in 2.1.13 upgrade.

Operations Problems

  • Andrew Lahiff has reported continuing tape reporting discrepancies in the CIP (RT#103067). Investigations are ongoing.
  • A number of canbemigr files have remained since the CMS 2.1.13 upgrade.

Blocking Issues

Enabling central syslog collection of central service logs is needed before we turn off Amanda backups on all CASTOR headnodes

Planned, Scheduled and Cancelled Interventions

Entries in/planned to go to GOCDB

Description Start End Type Affected VO(s) Lead by
2.1.12-10 Stager upgrade 23/10/12 08:00 23/10/12 14:00 Downtime LHCb Matthew
2.1.12-10 Stager upgrade 30/10/12 08:00 30/10/12 14:00 Downtime Gen Matthew

Advanced Planning


  • Test and certify 2.1.13-5 with simplified Quattor templates


  • Upgrade stagers to 2.1.13 and central services (NS,CUPV,VDQM) from 2.1.11 to 2.1.13


  • Castor on Call person
    • Matthew
  • Staff absence/out of the office:
    • (Mon-Wed) Shaun at EUDAT
    • (Tue-Fri) Jens at Contrail
    • (All week) Rob A/L