ICT Maintenance Windows

ICT Services Stay Informed ICT Maintenance Windows

Information and Communications Technology schedules maintenance windows to perform regular work on its infrastructures. This comprises of network, servers and software services. Regular maintenance is important to ensure that software and infrastructure is properly patched, and changes to provide better services can be implemented on a timely basis.

There are two types of scheduled maintenance windows: Minor ICT maintenance windows and Major ICT maintenance windows, and each are discussed in the following sections.

Minor ICT Maintenance Windows

Minor ICT Maintenance Windows are regular publicly advertised time slots which allow the implementation of changes that will impact services. There are two (2) minor maintenance windows scheduled each week; one on a Wednesday evening (8 pm to 2 am AEST Thursday); the second on a Sunday (6 am to 10 am AEST).

All scheduled service outages are notified via ICT Bulletins.

The Minor ICT maintenance windows are used for regular computing and communications upgrades and maintenance. Where possible, any scheduled upgrades and/or maintenance of ICT computing and communications infrastructure requiring service shutdown or restart, will be scheduled during these maintenance windows.

Major ICT Maintenance Windows

Major ICT Maintenance Windows occur once every six (6) months, as listed in  Table 1 schedule below, are weekends (from 7pm Friday to 11pm Sunday AEST) when the entire JCU network - and all services - will be unavailable to allow upgrades to be performed.
Note: These will be server and/or network upgrades - not application upgrades. These scheduled outages are notified in advance via ICT Bulletins.

These major ICT maintenance windows should be taken into account when planning any University event that requires any computing and/or networking services on-campus, including video conferencing.

These weekends were chosen after extensive consultation with the University community to avoid study periods one and two, as well as taking into account constraints such as:

  • Study period census dates

  • Subject result release dates

  • QTAC offer dates

  • Enrolment periods

  • Graduation ceremonies

  • Payroll runs

The overall criterion we were adhering to in selecting these dates was to minimize impact on academic activities.

The major ICT maintenance window dates for 2016 and 2017 are listed in Table 1 and Table 2 respectively.

Table 1 Schedule of 2016 Major ICT Maintenance Windows

2-3 July 2016

3-4 December 2016

Table 2 Schedule of 2017 Major ICT Maintenance Windows

1-2 July 2017

2-3 December 2017