October 25, 2011

NHU-PAC will be down week of November 7th

We will be installing a new NHU-PAC server in the next couple of weeks--this is the main server where all the NHU-PAC data resides--which will require the system to be shut down almost entirely for 3 days the week of November 7th.

Every time I have been ready to write this post and let NHAIS libraries know what to expect there has been a change to the plan (NHSL, SirsiDynix, and NH Department of Information Technology staff are all involved, so there are a lot of moving parts to coordinate). What has to happen, and how long it will take is fairly solid, when it will happen has been a constantly moving target. Consequently, I would pencil the following into your calendars:
  • NHU-PAC, for all searching and cataloging, will be unavailable from 4:30pm on Monday, November 7, 2011 until the end of the day (4:30pm) on Thursday, November 10, 2011.
  • You will not be able to start new interlibrary loan transactions during this period of time, because searching will be unavailable in the ILL system as well as the rest of the NHU-PAC. According to SirsiDynix (but untested until we actually disconnect the old server) you will be able to access your existing ILL transactions in the system to fill, or return, or set to not available requests that are begun before 4:30 on Monday 11/7/2011. As NHU-PAC will be down your usual path to the ILL system won't be available, but there is a direct link to the NHAIS ILL system on the NHAIS Services ILL Resources web page.
  • Updates on progress will be posted, as usual, on the NHAIS Blog. If everything goes smoothly and we are able to bring the system back up before the end of the day on Thursday we will announce the revised plan on the blog and get things back online sooner.
  • Until we announce that everything is back DON'T go online and modify holdings or start ILL transactions. Once things are installed we will test them, and it is possible that you might see what looks like the NHU-PAC available for use but is actually a temporary test environment and any work you do there will be lost. We won't forget to let you know when everything is ready.

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