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PLEASE PASS TO THE MIC/HIC, SOO, ESA, ITO AND AFP:
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THERE WILL BE AN OPERATIONAL TEST OF THE AWIPS
NETWORK CONTROL FACILITY (NCF) BACKUP SERVERS.
NCF SERVER OPERATIONS WILL BE SWITCHED FROM THE
PRIMARY AWIPS NCF (ANCF) IN SILVER SPRING, MD TO THE
BACKUP NCF (BNCF) AT FAIRMONT, WV. THE SWITCH IS
SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 31 AND THE SWITCH
WILL TAKE PLACE AS FOLLOWS:
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1415 TUESDAY 3/31 SBN SWITCHED TO BNCF
1515 TUESDAY 3/31 MHS SWITCHED TO BNCF
1615 TUESDAY 3/31 DSUP SWITCHED TO BNCF
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1415 THURSDAY 4/2 DSUP SWITCHED TO ANCF
1515 THURSDAY 4/2 MHS SWITCHED TO ANCF
1615 THURSDAY 4/2 SBN SWITCHED TO ANCF
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THE SWITCH WILL NOT BE DONE ON A CRITICAL WEATHER DAY,
OR IF THERE ARE OTHER SIGNIFICANT OPERATIONAL ISSUES
WARRANTING POSTPONEMENT.
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ALL ANCF MESSAGE DISTRIBUTION (MHS) WILL BE REPOINTED
TO THE BNCF. THE SWITCH WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES.
DATA WILL QUEUE WHILE THE SWITCH IS IN PROGRESS AND
WILL BE SENT ONCE THE SWITCH IS COMPLETE. THIS
WILL AFFECT DATA ORIGINATING AT NWS FIELD OFFICES
AND NATIONAL CENTERS ON THE AWIPS NETWORK
INCLUDING RADAR DATA.
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REPOINTING OF OPERATIONS BACK TO THE ANCF WILL
ALSO TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES DURING WHICH DATA
WILL BE QUEUED. QUEUED DATA WILL BE SENT WHEN
THE REPOINTING IS COMPLETE.
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NCF



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