Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Downtime and Lab Closure due to PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown

Campus has notified us that we are likely to lose power early Wednesday (10/9) as part of the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS). The lab will be closed and all OCF services will be offline starting Tuesday night until power is restored. Campus has indicated that power may be off for 48 hours or more. We will be posting updates about lab closure and service status on this blog, so check back for updates.

Update 10/8 10:50PM: We will be starting to shut down services at 1AM.

Update 10/9 10:40PM: Since we did not lose power within the 8-10PM timeframe indicated tonight by PG&E, we are turning our most critical servers back on until we hear a definitive time. We're sorry that everything was down today without any actual power outage, but this was due to a conservative policy on our part and misleading and vague communication from PG&E. At this point, webhosting and email hosting should be working. If we lose power or it is clear that we will lose power soon, we will post another update here.

Update 10/10 1:30AM: As campus power outage is supposedly imminent, we are shutting down servers again. We expect everything to be down until power is restored, excepting other surprises. The lab will be closed Thursday Oct. 10.

Update 10/11 2:15PM: Power has been restored and we are beginning to power on the OCF servers. We hope to have all services functional as soon as possible. The lab will remain closed and will reopen tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 12 at the normal time, 9am.

Update 10/11 3:00PM: All services should be available at this point. We are monitoring for any lingering problems. If you're having any trouble, send us an email at help@ocf.berkeley.edu.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Increased Disk Quota and More Printing Pages

We have recently undergone an infrastructure upgrade and have doubled the amount of pages you can print per day, from 100 to 200 a semester and 10 to 20 per day!

We have also increased our Disk Quota, from 5 to 15 Gigabytes!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Scheduled Maintenance on 2019-09-21

The OCF will have scheduled downtime from 9pm - 12am on Saturday 9/21. The hypervisors are scheduled to be restarted to apply security updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any issues resulting from the restart, please don’t hesitate to contact OCF staff at help@ocf.berkeley.edu.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Scheduled Maintenance on 2019-06-15

On this Saturday, June 15 2019, between 7-10pm the OCF expects to undergo a short period of downtime to reboot our physical servers in order to apply security updates. We do not expect the maintenance to be longer than an hour. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for flying OCF!

Update (10:30PM): although maintenance is progressing, it is taking slightly longer than expected. We hope to have primary services restored shortly.

Update 2 (12:20AM): All primary services were restored around 11:30pm.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Downtime on May 21, 22:40 to 22:50

Due to a misconfiguration of OCF's network switches related to changing settings for STP (Spanning Tree Protocol), the OCF experienced brief downtime from 22:40 to 22:50 PST on 2019-05-21.

The issue has since been resolved and we expect no further issues.


We have completed an internal postmortem review of the incident to prevent and mitigate future issues.


Thanks for flying OCF and contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Introducing the OCF Mastodon Service!

We’re excited to announce that the OCF is now the proud host of its own Mastodon instance run by our volunteers! Many thanks to our hard-working volunteer staff for getting it set up and working on Kubernetes. Anyone with an OCF account can sign up for our instance with their OCF email (username@ocf.berkeley.edu). If you don’t have an OCF account and are eligible, make one for free!

What is Mastodon? 
Mastodon is a free and open source federated social media platform. What does that mean? It’s kind of like email. Anyone can host their own Mastodon instance (like email servers) and talk to people on other instances (like a GMail user to a Yahoo! Mail user). This allows each instance to have its own moderation (in our case, it’s the OCF volunteer staff) while still being able to talk with the wider community. If you’re looking for an android app to browse Mastodon with, Tusky and Fedilab are both free and open source applications!

Friday, January 04, 2019

Introducing OCF PGP Keyserver Service

The OCF is happy to announce the public release of our PGP keyserver service, available at pgp.ocf.berkeley.edu. We are proud to be a part of the community supporting reliable public key infrastructure!

At present, we are providing HKP and sks-recon on IPv4 and IPv6, as well as HTTP and HTTPS access. We are building out support for HKPS and keyserver pool membership. The following domains are supported, at the accompanying ports.
  • ppg.ocf.berkeley.edu (80, 443, 11370, 11371)
  • keyserver.ocf.berkeley.edu (80, 443, 11370, 11371)
  • pgp.ocf.io (443: HSTS)
  • keyserver.ocf.io (443: HSTS)
We will soon be providing service at pgp.berkeley.edu and keyserver.berkeley.edu as well.

If you would like to peer your SKS server instance with ours, please feel free to submit a pull request against our membership file!