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IT Alert - Resolved: Penn State Web Application Engines Upgrade: PHP Web Service, Phase II, Build 4


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Resolved: Penn State Web Application Engines Upgrade: PHP Web Service, Phase II, Build 4

Last updated on October 6, 2006 at 5:30AM

Update on October 6, 2006 at 5:30AM

The upgrade has been completed.

Original Alert

On Friday, October 6, 2006, during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5:00 - 7:00 a.m.), ITS will upgrade the PHP Web Service, During this time, very brief outages may be experienced, but are expected to last no more than a minute at any given time. Most major software components, including PHP and Apache, will be upgraded at this time. Additional database support including SQLite version 3 and Sybase/Microsoft SQL Server databases will be introduced. For specific details about the upgrade, please refer to General information on the service is available at

The new version is now available for testing at the URL The URL structure is the same as For example, a user with userid xyz123 may see his/her Personal Web site at the URL ITS would like to encourage users to test features of PHP applications they run from their respective Web spaces on to ensure a smooth transition to the new version. If any problems are encountered, please direct reports as soon as possible to, so they may be addressed prior to the upgrade to on October 6.

In addition, a new discussion/announcement list, has been created to facilitate discussion for users of the PHP service. Users may subscribe by sending an e-mail from their preferred e-mail address to, and leave the body and subject of the message blank. This list is intended to provide users who employ PHP on their Web sites with a method for discussing PHP problems and challenges with other users and the administrators; it also will serve as the main information dissemination avenue for announcements specific to

For more information, please contact Web Application Engine and Database Administrators (

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Impact Information

  • Incident Type:
    Scheduled Maintenance or Upgrade
  • Services affected:
    Web Services
  • Locations affected:
    All locations
  • Began on:
    October 6, 2006 at 5:00AM
  • Issue Resolved:
    October 6, 2006 at 5:29AM