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Westport is in need of help – join SVA Floods Response clean-up

Westport is in need of help after the devasting floods. Just like the Christchurch floods cleanup, we need you! 

The UC SVA is planning to bring volunteers to the community on the weekend of 31st July. This camp may be a little different from our others as this is in response to a disaster. Expect to get stuck in for a hard day’s work on the Saturday.  Accommodation, food and transport are all covered so all we ask is for your time and hard work on the weekend. Tickets are out and will go fast so keep posted!

This event is still in the works so more info coming soon. Keep posted via the event on the UC SVA Facebook here

Technology Planned Outage – Advance Notice – Upgrade Isilon file storage

What’s happening?

We’ll be completing a rolling upgrade of our Isilon file storage which serves file.canterbury.ac.nz (including P Drive, K Drive).

When is it happening?

Start: Saturday 17 July 9am
End:   Saturday 17 July 5pm

How does this affect me?

The update will take about 8 hours in total. Each node will reboot one at a time and it’s unknown exactly when each reboot will occur. Most clients will only be impacted by one of the 8 reboots. 

When the node you are connected to reboots, you’ll experience the following impact: 

SMB (Server Message Block) protocol used for file sharing (Windows Share):

  • Connection will drop 
  • The application may send an error message 
  • The client can immediately re-establish the connection to another Isilon node by starting a new connection to file.canterbury.ac.nz. 

It’s recommended that you avoid working on file.canterbury.ac.nz on Saturday 17 July if possible, to avoid any impact from the upgrade. 

Note: If you are using Offline Files for your P Drive on a laptop while off the network you will not be impacted. 

What should I do if I think there’s a problem afterwards?

Please visit the Assyst Portal to raise a ticket.

Who can I contact if I need more info?
Please contact Dave Ewing

Reference detail Change Number: R86031

How SVA helped the Canterbury flooding clean up

The rain and flooding that affected Canterbury in the past few weeks left many communities in need of a hand to clean up. With shovels in hand and a trailer full of wheelbarrows, the UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) teamed up with the Christchurch Tramping Club to lend a hand in a disaster response once again. Four projects were taken on across the Canterbury region covering Geraldine, Glentunnel, Darfield, and Dunsandel.

A group of around 45 volunteers assembled at Haere-Roa carpark for an early morning briefing at 7am before splitting off into groups and travelling out to the locations in the UC and Hyundai vans. Vans were filled with care packages and baking to give to the affected communities, kindly organised by local charity New Zealand Gifts of Love and Strength.

The volunteering involved cleaning fences, moving furniture, and shoveling gravel with most of the projects involving over 6 hours of hard work. Thankfully, all vans made it back by 5.30pm and volunteers were invited to the SVA headquarters for a feed to say thank you for their work. It was amazing to meet some incredible people – both the communities we helped, and the volunteers from the tramping club. So many life stories to be told while we worked away.

Watch the UC SVA channels for more chances to help out and get involved in volunteering!