• APAN Group Setup to Support NEPAL Earthquake Humanitarian Response

    APAN group has been setup here to provide information sharing and collaboration concerning the Nepal Earthquake:

    https://community.apan.org/pacom-hadr/nepal_hadr/default.aspx

    APAN Support Team

  • APAN v8.0 UPGRADE DELAYED UNTIL DECEMBER 2015

    The UISS - APAN Application Services Provider (ASP) Team has decided to delay the deployment of APAN v8.0 until December 2015. There was just too much RISK involved with deploying a major change to the APAN user interface during the season of significant planned exercise and event support operations around the globe. Additionally, the delay will enable the ASP Team to continue to work with our stakeholders to ensure we meet their expectations and increase enhancements to APAN v8.0 software capabilities.  

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

    Sincerely,
    APAN Application Services Provider Team  

  • APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG) Meeting on Weds 15 April

    The monthly ASPUG meeting will be held on Weds 15 April at 0830 HST/1430 EDT/1830 GMT. We will provide an update on the APAN 8 upgrade, status report of issues, and an open forum. We will take a peek at how the APAN SharePoint communities will look when APAN 8 is rolled out. Because the APAN branding is going away, system owners will have more freedom to brand their sites. The training session will be how to convert an image to an image map to jazz up up site with a neat navigation tool, that is easy to make.

    Join the APAN Connect Room for the live event or visit the ASPUG homepage to view the recording. .

  • APAN v8.0 UPGRADE COMING SOON !!!!

    The APAN Application Service Provider (ASP) Team is in its final stages of going live with an APAN "BETA" site for our power users to test out and provide feedback on the new APAN v8.0 (actually we will be deploying v8.5 in the beta site).  The feedback will be used to make changes to the new version of APAN and also provide information for future changes to the APAN platform. Depending upon the feedback response and level of effort from recommended changes, we hope to deploy the new APAN 8.0 version NLT May 1st (sooner if all goes well). 

    Over the next 4 weeks I will be providing various "snipets" via this blog of what the new APAN v8.0 will provide to the APAN customers. Thank you for your service and support

    UISS-APAN Application Service Provider Team

  • APAN Community Vanuatu Assist Launched for Tropical Cyclone Pam Response Efforts

     The APAN community created to support organizations responding to Tropical Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Assist group, is open to the public and can be found here: https://community.apan.org/pacom-hadr/vanuatu-assist/default.aspx

    This community is administered by Australia HQJOC and USPACOM staff.  The community offers file sharing space, translation services, maps, and more.

    Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) teams worldwide have benefited from sharing information and collaborating online in APAN communities since January 2010 when earthquakes in Haiti inspired an international and inter-agency response effort that used APAN. To see the many varieties of HA/DR communities built on APAN over the past 5 years, see our Case Studies page here: https://www.apan.org/pages/case-studies

    For assistance with this or any other APAN community, please visit the APAN Support page, submit a Support Ticket via web form, or call the APAN Help Desk directly at (808) 472-7841.

  • Monthly APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG) Meeting on Weds 11 Mar 1830 GMT

    The monthly meeting of the APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG) will take place on Weds 11 Mar at 0830 HST (1430 EST/1830 GMT) via APAN Connect. We will talk about the latest APAN SharePoint News and what's going on with the development team.

    The #1 complaint about SharePoint is that we can’t find files. We will show you how to organize documents so that you can find them easily. With a few simple steps, your frustration with SharePoint can be reduced greatly. This session is for all SharePoint contributors and Site Owners.

    The meeting will conclude with an open forum for users of all levels. The meeting will last from 40-60 minutes.

    Join us in the APAN Connect Room for the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, we will record the session and post it on the ASPUG Homepage.

  • APAN LATENCY OUTAGE UPDATE - 23 FEB 2015

    BLUF: No “Smoking Gun” Reason Found – Latency Less of a Problem Last Three Days - Troubleshooting Continues.

    Background:  On Wednesday 18 Feb APAN users began experiencing significant performance latency within the APAN platform.  Several events around the globe who were using APAN communicated to our Help Desk that the APAN latency was significantly and negatively impacting their event mission / business objectives.  The APAN latency was disrupting operations to a point where we decided to recommend an APAN outage notification be released.

    The APAN Application Service Provider Software & SQL Database Engineers along with DISA DECC System Admin and Network Engineers (where APAN Production System resides) have conducted several conference calls to troubleshoot the problem. During our troubleshooting activities, we scoured the system logs, rebooted various APAN components, reviewed operating system metrics, reviewed network monitoring vehicles, and even considered the possibility of network defense issues.  We still have not narrowed down what specifically caused the problem.  On Friday afternoon Hawaii time, 23 Feb, we decided to disengage various “behind the scenes" services that are routinely scheduled to occur on APAN. This includes various logging events, actions that synchronize Zimbra community with SharePoint, metrics computing routines and various other system operations.  This effort appears to have reduced the latency issues. However we still have not discovered the reason why.  These are relatively minor services that run on APAN in the background, so we still need to monitor APAN over the next few days while we continue searching for more clues to the latency and why removal of these services had a positive impact on reducing latency. 

    The APAN Applications Service Provider along with the DECC engineers have plans to implement additional troubleshooting actions if the latency issue raises its ugly head again.      

    Thank You for your Understanding and Support. We will continue to press.  


    //S//
    APAN Applications Service Provider and DECC Egineering Teams  

  • APAN OUTAGE DUE TO LATENCY ISSUES

    As you are well aware by now APAN has been having significant latency issues over the past week to a point where APAN is unusable.  The UISS - APAN DISA Program Management Office, UISS-APAN Applications Service Provider (ASP) and the DISA Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) software / hardware / network engineers are hard at work troubleshooting the problem.

    We will use all our assets and options available to us until we find and fix the issue (s). 

    UISS-APAN Team

     

  • Monthly APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG) Meeting Weds 11 Feb

    The monthly meeting of the APAN SharePoint User Group will take place on Weds 11 Feb at 0830 HST (1330 EST/1830 GMT). We will talk about the latest APAN SharePoint News and what's going on with the development team. There will be 2 training items. We will present how to incorporate Easy Tabs 5.0 on your pages so that they have neat tabs instead of just scrolling and scrolling. In addition, we will demonstrate how to add a survey to your site. We will show how you can provide a Thank You screen and redirect your users so that they don't see the input of others in the survey. The meeting will conclude with an open forum for users of all levels. The meeting should last from 40-60 minutes.

    The meeting will be held via APAN Connect. Visit the ASPUG Homepage for details.

  • UPDATE: APAN PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT TECH REFRESH PROJECT - APAN v8.0 ON THE HORIZON

    APAN Customers:

    We have one more server to build and move over to the APAN production environment to complete the tech refresh. Unfortunately that means one more service interruption.  We will review all events and come up with a time with the least amount of interruptions.

    Unfortunately the tech refresh of the production servers in Alabama did not go as smoothly as we wanted, but then again what ever does.  During the month of January we had numerous problems with SharePoint and other APAN applications (map, passport and latency).  We have attributed this pretty much to the changes made to the production environment or the changes not made to the production environment. Unfortunately the production environment and the development/testing/replication environments are not in the same location which makes it more difficult to schedule and coordinate. However, APAN seems to be "settling" down (an advanced computer networking term)  :)  and we can now move on to our next big change, APAN v8.0.

    APAN version 8.0 has been a major component of our product teams development for the past eight months.  This is a significant software change and therefore plan on implementing a strategic communications program by the end of February. We also plan on having a temporary "beta" site up for some of our power users to get a head start on the changes and provide feedback to our product teams prior to deployment to the production environment. We don't have a specific date for the APAN v8.0 deployment at this time because we want to ensure our customers are ready for it, it works and it does not interfere with the major operational events for your organization. In the meantime we will start to provide regular updates via this blog and by other means concerning APAN v8.0.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions please respond to this blog entry.

    Aloha,
    UISS-APAN Applications Service Provider Team

  • UPDATE 16 JAN 2015: APAN Tech Refresh Authorized Service Interruptions (ASI)

    We have documented your exercise / conference dates provide to us by our APAN Support team and have added it to our APAN support schedule spreadsheet.

    As of Friday 16 Jan at 1624 HST, we only require one more additional Authorized Service Interruption to finish up the tech refresh and SharePoint server rebuild.  However, the only day we can conduct this last ASI is on Wednesday 21 January from 1000 HST/ 1500 EST until 1400 HST / 200 EST.  Regret any inconvenience this may cause. APAN will be “intermittent” during this time period.   If all goes well on Wednesday 21 Jan, this should be the final ASI associated to the APAN Tech Refresh.

    Thank you for your understanding & continued support.

    UISS-APAN Application Service Provider (ASP) Team

  • Announcing the APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG)

    We are announcing the kickoff of the APAN SharePoint User Group (ASPUG). The ASPUG will keep users informed about APAN SharePoint activities. The ASPUG will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and information.  The ASPUG is not meant to replace the APAN Support Desk or the Customer Engagement Specialists.

    The success of ASPUG depends on the participation of the community.

    Please join us online at our first meeting on Thursday, 15 Jan at 0830 HST/1330 EST/1830 GMT using our APAN Connect Room.  https://connect.apan.org/aspug/?launcher=false (Link is on our web page.)  If you cannot attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted. We will include a brief session on how to add a map from map.apan.org to your SharePoint site.

    Our web site is up and running at 

    https://wss.apan.org/s/aspug/default.aspx

    You must sign in with your APAN account to contribute to the web site. 

    Please note that there are several planned APAN maintenance periods for this week. The site might not be available during the maintenance.

    Agenda

    • Introduce the Users Group
    • New Web Site
    • Update on APAN
    • Training Session – Add a Map to your SP Site from map.apan.org
    • Open Forum
  • UPDATE 09 JAN 2015: APAN TECH REFRESH PLAN & AUTHORIZED SERVICE INTERRUPTION (ASI)

    APAN has received the Support Tickets submitted by customers outlining their required dates / times for uninterrupted APAN operations. 

    The DISA Unclassified Information Sharing Service (UISS), Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) and APAN Applications Service Provider (ASP) Teams have developed a plan to minimize interruptions to your operations. However in order to execute this plan and complete the APAN tech refresh before it impacts our customers events, APAN outages will need to occur on 12, 13 & 14 January.

    The ASI's for next week will be up to six hours each day on 12, 13 & 14 January.  A banner on the front page of APAN will identify the time periods.

    If additional information is required to be sent to APAN concerning this subject please send to:  https://apan.org/pages/supportticket

    Thank you for your patience, feedback and support.

    UISS-APAN Applications Service Provider (ASP) Team
    (808) 472-7732

  • GOT AN IMPORTANT EVENT / EXERCISE IN JANUARY or FEBRUARY? APAN SUPPORT NEEDS TO KNOW THE DATES

    Is your organization using APAN SharePoint Site or Group for an important operation or conference in January & February? 

    APAN is planning its final tech refresh phase of its production environment. The last phase includes the server rebuild & refresh of the SharePoint servers. Please let our APAN Support team know what specific dates (and times if known) are important to your organization to maintain APAN services in January and February 2015.  Send your event / exercise dates in an APAN Support Ticket located here: https://apan.org/pages/supportticket

    Thanks for your understanding and support.

    UISS-APAN Applications Service Provider Team 

  • APAN Authorized Service Interruptions (ASI's) Between 18 December to 31 December 2014

    APAN will be conducting various ASI's between 18 - 31 December in an ongoing project to refresh / replace APAN servers within the Production Environment. APAN access will be intermittent during these time periods and as usual a banner on APAN's home page will identify the date and time of the ASI.  Regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

    However, IF there is an operational requirement to keep APAN operational for a specific time period or day during a planned ASI, please call and / or submit an APAN Support Ticket with your information. 

    Thank You for your Consideration,
    UISS - APAN Application Service Provider Team

  • Visit the APAN Support Info Media Gallery to effectively promote APAN in your organization

    Do you need to brief leadership on APAN capabilities? Do you want to better understand how APAN fits into the Unclassified Information Sharing Services portfolio provided by DISA? Do you need a brochure or handout about APAN for your own event?  APAN has existing documentation and briefing material for your use.  We encourage you to visit the Support Info media gallery to leverage these existing resources:  

    https://community.apan.org/support/m/info   

    Material in this gallery was updated as recently as 1 December 14.


    If you need any assistance implementing or customizing the documentation found in the Support Info media gallery, please submit an APAN Support Ticket here: https://community.apan.org/support/p/supportticket.aspx or call the APAN 24 hour Help Desk at (808) 472-3361 or click on the "Support" tab from anywhere in APAN.  After submitting your request, an APAN Team Member will reach out to you to provide assistance.

  • NEXT WEEK FROM 1-5 DEC APAN TEAM IN TAMPA FLORIDA ATTENDING COALITION CAPABILITIES EXCHANGE MEETING (CCEM)

    Next week from 1-5 December, the APAN Applications Service Provider Technical Manager, Project Manager, 2 Knowledge Managers, and a Software Developer will be manning one of the CCEM break-out rooms at the Davis Center. If you are attending the CCEM and would like to discuss likes & dislikes about APAN, please stop by the room.  We will be presenting a brief on last years and upcoming years software development, road ahead and providing a preview of our new APAN v8.0 which will have some significant changes to APAN group development & ownership.  We look forward to meeting you.

    Cheers,
    Jerry G.

    Come see our new APAN display on the 2nd floor!

    Click here to request access to the CCEM collaboration group on APAN: https://community.apan.org/CCEMpublic/ccemprivate/default.aspx

  • UPCOMING PROPOSED APAN AUTHORIZED SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS (ASI) DURING WEEK OF 24 NOV 2014

    Below are submitted APAN Authorized Service Interruptions (ASI) request for period 24-26 November 2014:

    Monday 24 Nov: Tech Refresh - 0400-1200 HST (241400-242200 UTC) (APAN Intermittent service outages)
    Tuesday 25 Nov: Patching - 1000-1600 HST (252000-260200 UTC) APAN Intermittent service outages)
    Wednesday 26 Nov: SharePoint Maint / SQL SP - 0800-1200 HST  (261800-262200 UTC) (Intermittent SharePoint only service outages)

  • New APAN Chat APP for Android and iOS Devices

    APAN has developed and deployed a Chat App for Android OS and iOS devices. The APAN Chat App for Android OS devices can be downloaded from Google Play Store and iOS devices from the Apple App Store. The APAN Chat App allows APAN members to conduct peer-to-peer chat with ANY of their APAN colleagues.  Additionally, the APAN Chat App provides the ability for APAN members to use the APAN Translation capability currently available on the full APAN platform.

  • APAN Community Launched for Ebola Outbreak Response Efforts

    The APAN community created to support organizations responding to the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, the Ebola Response Network community, is open to the public and can be found here: https://community.apan.org/apcn/ern/default.aspx

    This community is administered by the US Africa Command, and anyone worldwide is invited to participate.  The community offers maps, file sharing space, translation services, live online chat (including live translation for group chat rooms or private chat), and live news feeds from organizations like the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Relief Web, and more.

    To participate, create an APAN account by clicking here and follow the instructions.

    Next, visit the Ebola Response Network community on APAN by clicking here, and click “Join Group” as shown below to participate.  No approval is necessary.

    Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) teams worldwide have benefited from sharing information and collaborating online in APAN communities since January 2010 when earthquakes in Haiti inspired an international and inter-agency response effort that used APAN. To see the many varieties of HA/DR communities built on APAN over the past 5 years, see our Case Studies page here: https://www.apan.org/pages/case-studies

    For assistance with this or any other APAN community, please visit the APAN Support page, submit a Support Ticket via web form, or call the APAN Help Desk directly at (808) 472-7841.

  • APAN MAINTENANCE - SOFTWARE UPDATE FROM 182000SEPT GMT to 190400SEPT GMT

    We are going to proceed with our APAN software push tomorrow.  We are well aware of the ongoing APAN support operations in Africa, however we will push the software in a method that will keep APAN operational during the entire maintenance period. This software push is important to release prior to support operations in Africa.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Jerry G.
    UISS-APAN Applications Service Provider Technical Dir.

     

     

  • APAN Help Desk Resumes Regular Service

    As of 12:00 am Hawaii Standard Time (1000GMT) on Sunday, August 10th, the APAN Help Desk has returned to regular operations following Tropical Storm Iselle.  If you need APAN assistance, please contact the APAN Support Hotline at (808) 472-3361 or submit a support ticket.

  • Limited APAN Help Desk Support Due to Hurricane Iselle and Julio

    Starting at 3:30PM Hawaii Standard Time (2330GMT) 07 AUG 2014, the APAN Help Desk will be providing limited support due to Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. If you need assistance, please send an email to support@apan-info.net. We will NOT be able to access our APAN Hotline or APAN Ticket System during the limited support period. If you are experiencing an outage or critical error on APAN, please call the APAN Technician Pager at (808)363-0831 and leave a telephone number that you can be reached at. We anticipate resuming regular APAN Help Desk support on the morning of Sunday, 10 AUG pending the outcome of the hurricanes.

  • APAN Metrics is now available!

    We are pleased to announce to Community Owners the release of APAN Metrics.  APAN Metrics provides APAN Community Owners information on Groups and Sites.  Community Owners are now able to: 

    • Identify features or settings used within a group or site.
    • Create reports specific to membership.
    • Identify counts of wikis, blogs, forums, lists and content pages.
    • Review reports that have already been created, or create customizable reports.
    • Save reports to dashboards and arrange the reports using drag and drop features. 
    • Export data within a CSV format.

                   

    If you are a Community Owner, read the APAN Metrics FAQs and explore various reports specific to your APAN Community with APAN Metrics.  If you are not a Community Owner and would like metrics information about a community, contact the owner of that community.  For additional assistance, contact the APAN Help Desk at (808) 472-7841 or submit a help ticket at https://community.apan.org/support/p/supportticket.aspx.

     

  • LET US KNOW YOUR JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2014 SIGNIFICANT EVENTS / EXERCISES / CONFERENCES

    APAN is planning routine information assurance patching and software development update changes for the period June through September 2014.  When we conduct these routine APAN maintenance and software updates there will be "intermittent" periods of APAN non-availability. We try and plan our routine maintenance and software changes around significant COCOM, agency or organization events, but we don't always get informed of your event dates or times which could lead to us negatively impact your mission or business objectives. 

    If you want APAN to be aware of your event during June through September 2014, and enable APAN to better plan maintenance and / or software change intermittent outages, please submit an APAN Support Ticket at: https://community.apan.org/support/p/supportticket.aspx with the following information:

    Subject: Support Request
    Add Event Name
    Add Dates of Event
    Add Times of Event (daily, 24X7, etc.)

    IF your event is operationally significant enough to your organization to not to have ANY intermittent interruptions due to APAN information assurance patching or software changes, then please identify this in your support request and we will follow-up with your organization to get more information so we can forward your request to higher HQ's.

    Thanks for you continued support of APAN.

    Jerry Giles
    UISS-All Partners Access Network (APAN)
    Applications Service Provider Technical Manager