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 Current Outages:

BEAR: Castles Filestore Issue

Updated: 14 Aug 2020 at 5:16pm

Dear Castles users,

We had an issue earlier in the week – this was due to the CaStLeS filestore becoming full.

Temporarily we have put in a few measures to stop the issue occurring, however this will mean that

  • CaStLeS filestore will likely become read only during the weekend
  • Backups of changes or additions since Wednesday will not be made

We are currently working on a solution and apologise for the break in service.

If you encounter any problems not caused by the filesystem being read-only then please raise a service desk ticket:

ARC Team

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IT Service Desk support due to COVID-19

Updated: 2 Apr 2020 at 10:34am

Due to COVID-19 and the restricted campus operations the IT Service Desk are making changes to our opening hours, to ensure that you can still reach us during the busiest times of the day.

Between Monday-Friday the Service Desk will be open between 09:00-17:00. Our phone support is very limited (closed between 12:00-14:00) so please call the Service Desk only when it’s an emergency.

We have added online Live Chat support to the IT Service Desk site at Just log in and the Live Chat option is on the main homepage. You can also log a ticket with us using the Report a Fault form at at any time of the day, even if you can’t log in.

Outside of these times you can still log a ticket with us using the Report a Fault form at

Our team are working hard to support the University community while they transition to working away from campus. Please help us by being patient, and remembering to check our working from home guidance before logging a ticket.

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 Known Issues & Workarounds:
We’re aware of an issue preventing external sharing. The only way to currently share data with someone outside the University is to add them to a Team. They will then be able to access data within that Team.

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Sharepoint: User profile service not accessible

Updated: 29 Jul 2020 at 1:54pm | Expected fix: 17 Aug 2020 12:00am  

We are making some changes to our SharePoint Servers, and whilst this work is going on you may not be able to access some user profile information.

If you experience this issue in the meantime you can access this information by logging onto the UoB VPN.

Information on how to do this is here

Workaround - Sharepoint: User profile service not accessible

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Whilst most of us continue working remotely off campus, we still need to regularly change our University password. It is University of Birmingham policy for passwords to expire after roughly 6 months (180 days) and the main reason why we do this is to prevent continued use of stolen passwords that have not been detected.

Passwords can become compromised after being stolen using a variety of techniques; these include phishing, malware and in some cases the use of hardware devices. By regularly expiring passwords it means that if a password is stolen it can only be used for a limited period of time. You can find out more about why University passwords expire at

Changing your password whilst working remotely

If your password is due to expire, you will receive an email from IT Services letting you know when this is going to happen. Once you receive this email, we recommend that you change your password when it is convenient, but before the expiry date.  We will remind you every day for 28 days or until you change your password (whichever happens sooner).


If you are working remotely on a University managed laptop, we strongly recommend that you sign in to the Remote Access VPN before changing your password. This will ensure that your new password is synchronised across your device and all other services. You can find guidance on how to do this in our Knowledge Base article


For all other situations where you are working remotely (e.g. using your own personal device) then you can find information on how to change your password using the University’s My Password service online at


Don’t forget that once you have changed your password you will need to update any other devices such as mobile phones, tablets etc. that will have your old password saved.

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Our Remote Access Service allows you to access your University files and data wherever you are. The service can be accessed on any computer running Windows, macOS or Linux.

**Make sure that you are registered for Remote Access Service in advance**

For off-campus access, you will also require a smartphone that has a Two-Factor-Authentication (2FA) application installed such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator.

Information and guidance about working remotely from home is available at KB14867.

For other related issues, please make sure you have read the latest University Coronavirus FAQs available at


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 Scheduled Maintenance:

MobileIron: Server Upgrades

Updated: 13 Aug 2020 at 12:10pm | Maintenance Window: 17 Aug 2020 10:00am to 17 Aug 2020 2:30pm  

We will be updating the version of MobileIron on our servers on Monday 17th August 2020.

While the upgrade is taking place you will be unable to install MobileIron on new devices. There may also be intermittent access to your email during the maintenance period while the servers are patched and rebooted.

If you have any issues with MobileIron after the maintenance has ended, please contact the IT Service Desk.

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Core Systems: Oracle Taleo Upgrade

Updated: 10 Aug 2020 at 9:03am | Maintenance Window: 14 Aug 2020 5:00pm to 20 Aug 2020 8:00am  

The Core Systems Optimisation Team (CSOT) are performing a routine System Upgrade on Oracle Taleo.

This will take place between 5.00pm Friday 14th August 2020 and 8:00am Monday 17th August 2020.

Oracle Taleo

You and external candidates will be unable to login or use Taleo from 5:00pm on Friday 14th August 2020 and 8:00am Monday 17th August 2020.

What do I have to do?

  • Ensure you are logged out of Core Systems (Oracle Taleo) by 5.00pm on Friday.
  • Please do not start any long running operations/tasks before 5.00pm on Friday, unless you are sure they will complete in time.
  • Use the Service Status page for information and updates
  • Core Systems may be slower than normal when you initially use the system after the maintenance is complete which is normal.

If you experience an outage outside of the maintenance timeframe, please raise a call at the IT Service Desk.


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 Recent Service Changes:

Student Leavers: Access to Email and OneDrive

Updated: 31 Jul 2020 at 10:08am

We have recently converted the email accounts for this years leavers to Alumni status. To login to your Alumni email:

  • Visit
  • Click on ‘Looking for Alumni Email?’
  • Type in your email address, using in place of
  • Enter in your University password

If you had data located in your OneDrive account, this will no longer be accessible as advised in the email we would have sent prior to your account closure.

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Intranet: The way you log in has changed

Updated: 31 Jul 2020 at 10:09am

On Thursday 23 July, we moved the University’s intranet from servers held on campus and into servers in the cloud. We now store and access our intranet data over the internet instead of from on premise, meaning that our intranet is better supported, more reliable and more resilient. This change helps us continue building strong foundations for our digital future, and better supports our global community.


As part of the move, we have introduced Microsoft Azure authentication which means that you will notice a small change to the way that you login to the intranet.


From 22 July, you will no longer type your email and password into the boxes on the University intranet login page. Instead, you will need to click the button ‘staff and student login (Sign in with AD FS)’.


You will then be taken to a standard Microsoft login page where you should enter your University email address and your University password. You will then be logged into the intranet as normal.


You can find further guidance on logging into the intranet using Microsoft Azure in our knowledge base article KB15016.

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