Now that more and more of you are asking to connect to our servers from your own computers (e.g., so that you may hand in assignments), we have tried to open up additional methods of connection to facilitate that. Unfortunately, we are starting to see failures with those new methods, even though they did work for many at one time. We have tried the simple fixes. The next step will be to rebuild the server from scratch, upgrading to newer technology. There is no reasonable way we can do this in the middle of the busiest term in the Lab's 21-year history. So here is what we can tell you for now:
- The method of connecting to the server via the Dock on all Lab computers (Connect icon > Lab Server) works reliably.
- Connecting from any other Mac using AFP (i.e. Finder, Go > Connect to Server…, then connecting to afp://lab.ffa.ucalgary.ca) works reliably.
- Connecting from a Windows computer using SMB, or from a Mac running OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later without specifying "afp://" is failing regularly.
- Connecting via FTP does not work.
Sorry for any inconvenience, but we must have a working solution for the computers in our labs in support of the classes taught here. We will endeavour to re-introduce these features once we can take the server offline.