Many UVic online information systems, including uSource, Banner and FAST, will be unavailable from 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 to 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The extended outage is necessary as University Systems coordinates significant upgrades to these resources. This outage period, which includes reading break, was chosen to minimize disruption and inconvenience.
Systems and services that will remain available during the outage include Moodle and Blackboard (though no enrolment updates will occur from Banner during the outage), SharePoint, UVic Directory, wired and wireless networks, Emergency Notification System and the events calendar.
Exchange (email and calendaring) will remain available through http://mail.uvic.ca, and UVic student email will be available through www.uvic.ca/webmail.
The most visible change will be a replacement for the UVic web portal uSource. The technology behind uSource is out of date, and the community has been asking for a new, cleaner interface.
As well, Banner and all of its related systems are in need of an upgrade to a more current technology to ensure continued support and reliability. The major new release of the Banner system includes a variety of changes and new features, but the biggest changes are behind the scenes at the database level.
As of Nov. 15, the functionality and services provided by uSource will be available from the "Current students, faculty and staff" page http://uvic.ca/current. Users will sign in to UVic to find "My page" which is tailored to their role at the university. Once signed in, students can register for courses, view courses they are enrolled in, and view their fee and grade information in the Student Services channel. Faculty and staff can access their Exchange mail and calendar, and view their pay and job-related information in the Employee Services channel.
Further details, including a complete list of affected systems, are available at www.uvic.ca/help/faq
For additional information not covered in the FAQ, contact the Computer Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org