Planning Easter downtime?

You’ve probably seen the notice from JANET concerning shib 1.3 -2.0 migration.

“We strongly recommend that sites currently running Shibboleth 1.3 in production plan to upgrade to the current version of Shibboleth well in advance of the announced EOL date. This will protect against the possibility of a forced but unplanned migration from 1.3 should a security issue or incompatibility be discovered after the EOL date has been reached.”

Well the time factor here is June, which given that falls within the teaching calender means for many institutions the next appropriate downtime when they can schedule such a transition is easter. I know of a number of institutions who are already planning what they will do IT infrastructure wise during Easter, so if you are a 1.3 institution get it onto the agenda! In some cases where the library has been pushing the Shib agenda, and the IT dept has been doing the actual work- it might mean flagging the issue again to the IT team. I would be interestedto hear any migration experiences….?

Some advice here.