Scheduling z/VM upgrade at Marist

Martha McConaghy

Hi, folks, its been awhile.  I hope that everyone is staying safe, healthy and relatively sane. 

I'm sending this note because I need to do an upgrade on the z/VM system that hosts your servers.  It is currently running version 6.4 of z/VM, which goes out of service at the end of 2020.  I would like to do an upgrade to 7.1 to bring it in line with the other z/VM systems I'm running.  The outage will be relatively short, an hour at most.  All of your servers will be recycled during this outage.

Before I pick a date, I'd like to know if any of you have any "black out" dates  from now until mid August that I should avoid?  For example, do you have a product deadline you have to meet, or are planning on a new service push out on a specific week? 

Please let me know of any dates to avoid by the end of this week (July 17).  I'll then pick a couple of dates and run them past you before setting the final date/time for the outage.


Martha McConaghy

Marist:  System Architect/Technical Lead

SHARE Association:  Vice President

Marist College IT

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601