December 9, 2011

NHU-PAC Unavailable Next Wednesday through Friday

The connection testing and equipment shifting/installing is all complete and the switch over from the old NHU-PAC server to the new one is scheduled to happen starting next Wednesday.
As we announced back in November:

NHU-PAC, for all searching and cataloging, will be unavailable from 8am on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 until AT LEAST the end of the day (4:30pm) on Thursday, December 15, 2011, and PROBABLY the end of the day on Friday, December 16, 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 should 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 8am on Wednesday 12/14/2011. 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 Notes Blog. If everything goes smoothly and we are able to bring the system back up sooner than expected, we will announce the revised plan on the blog and get things back online sooner. If you always access the blog from the 'system messages' link on NHU-PAC, take a moment to bookmark (or favorite, or whatever) the direct link to the NHAIS Notes Blog ( as you won't have access to your usual path during the server switch. If you haven't already done so, you may also want to sign up to have the messages sent to your RSS reader or to your email. The links to do this are on the right hand panel of the NHAIS Notes Blog.

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. Similarly, trying to get a bunch of stuff in right before 8am on the day we shut the server down may lead to lost work.

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