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Questions Related to April 11-12 Testing

NFC will be testing in the new data center again on the maintenance weekend of April 11 -12. Production URLs will be used for this test, HOWEVER, no data transmitted during the test window will be retained. Any data transmitted during this window will be considered test data and discarded.

What are the time frames for the testing?

Will there be a notification sent out as soon as the switch has been flipped so we can begin testing on Saturday?

No. Assume testing is ready at 9 AM CDT.

How do customers test their printers?

Many people are concerned about printing standard reports that contain PII if they are not in the office to pick them up. If you have access to your printers or can print something that does not have PII, please send a job to your printer.

How do customers notify NFC of success or issues?

Do customers need a test plan for this weekend?

Are you looking for a test summary after we complete testing Saturday?

Yes, please email your summaries to OSC.ETIX@USDA.GOV

Do you have a timeline/schedule planned for the full migration?

The final cutover will happen the weekend of April 25 -26, 2020. All systems and environments will be moved over this maintenance weekend. NFC expects to have all systems available in the new location by the beginning of business April 27th. External testing will be allowed the two maintenance weekends prior to the cutover, which are March 28, 2020, and April 11, 2020.

Who are you contacting in each Agency?

Agency contacts have been culled from ISAs, firewall contacts and responses to the request for contact memo distributed. Updated information will be distributed to those subscribed to receive updates from NFC (see NFC Home Page).

Will there be an impact to RUMBA?

RUMBA will function if the communication paths have been established and tested.

What is the impact of this in general?

Anything that uses an IP address instead of a name to connect to NFC applications will have to be changed. For example, if you connect to mvs.nfc.usda.gov (the host name) you will not have to change anything. If you connect to 199.141.111.34 (the IP address) you will have to change, preferably to mvs.nfc.usda.gov.

What is the new remote connection product that will be implemented?

The replacement solution involves Secure Pulse and soft token credentials. Customers currently using the desktop VPN product have been contacted by NFC’s security staff and will receive further instructions.

What action do customers need to take now?

Every agency should have been contacted by now. If you do not think your agency has been contacted, check with your ISSPM first and then have them follow the instructions on the customer notifications to reach out regarding the data center migration.

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Last Updated / Reviewed: March 31, 2020