How to Request Support¶
Before reaching out to us, try searching this documentation for keywords related to your issue. If you aren't able to find anything, please try checking our FAQ located on ask.cyberinfrastructure. If you still need help, please read on for how to send in a ticket and how to work with our ticketing system.
How Do I Create a Support Ticket?¶
To Create a support ticket, send a descriptive email to firstname.lastname@example.org to create a ticket. Bonus points for including the following details.
For general issues:
- What is your goal?
- What steps were taken?
- What was expected?
- What actually happened?
- How was the cluster accessed? Web Portal, SSH, VNC, etc.?
- What software were you using? Please be as specific as possible. The command
module listcan be helpful here.
- What part of the cluster is affected? Please list any relevant affected nodes or other hardware that is not accessible. If you are unable to access the cluster please state that instead.
- What were you working on when you noticed the outage?
- How were you accessing the cluster? Web Portal, SSH, VNC, etc.?
How Do I Work With Tickets I've Created?¶
UAB IT and Research Computing use ServiceNow for ticket management. When any email is sent to email@example.com, AskIT is notified and a ticket is created in ServiceNow and the ticket details are forwarded by email to every member of Research Computing staff.
When any email is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org the following happens:
- An RITM ticket is created in ServiceNow and assigned to Research Computing.
- The email is routed to Research Computing staff and the ticket creator from the
email@example.com list. Please do not reply. Replies create additional tickets and cause service delays.
- A monitoring email is sent from
firstname.lastname@example.org Research Computing staff and the ticket creator. Please do not reply to this email. Your email will not make it through, because the email address is closed to Research Computing staff.
A ticket creation email is sent from
email@example.com Research Computing staff and the ticket creator. Please do reply to this email. Replies to
firstname.lastname@example.org the correct subject line format will add your reply as a comment to the ticket. Before replying, please delete all previous quoted replies to avoid the accumulation of noise in the ticket. The images below show how to, and how not to, reply to
Please reply like this:
Not like this:
If you prefer to use email to manage your ticket, please use the method of replying to emails from
email@example.com. Note that you will not be able to see any attachments this way. They are stripped off and added to the ticket in the ServiceNow web interface, available through the
RITM0000000 link in the emails you've received.
If you prefer to use the ServiceNow web interface, please click the
RITM0000000 link in the email replies.
The UAB email server strips all potentially executable files from emails. This includes attachments with
.exe suffixes. Zip files containing those files will also be stripped. If you need to send script examples to us please rename the files to have a
.txt suffix and inform us of their original nature.
What Types of Files can I Attach to Tickets?¶
Certain common file extensions are filtered when sent via email or attached to tickets. Generally, any file that is potentially executable is filtered. Below is a list of file extensions known to be filtered, and there may be others.
- Executable files:
- Windows registry files:
- Code and script files:
- Log files:
- Rich document files containing macros. Essentially, any file extension from Microsoft Office ending with
- Files with special characters in the filename.
To ensure your files are attached to tickets as expected, try the following.
- Images, use
- Log files, rename
- Code files, rename
code.py, etc., to
- Change the name to only use ASCII letters, numbers, hyphen, and underscore.
Please do not try to attach executable files to tickets. If you have a legitimate need to give us executable files, mention it in the ticket and we can find a path forward on a case-by-case basis.
How Do I Request Or Change Shared Storage?¶
Please see our Storage page for more information.
How do I request new software installed?¶
If you are not able to find a suitable module or package and would like software installed on Cheaha, please create a ticket with the name of the software, the version number, and a link to the installation instructions.
For our office hours links please see Contact Us.
For status updates affecting our systems or services please visit https://uabstatus.statuscast.com/#!/incidentlist?componentId=34990.
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