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Updating the way our devices connect to the internet

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Work to take place on Monday 5 December and Tuesday 6 December 2022, with a minimal risk of disruption.  

The University is updating the way we manage domain names to identify and connect to devices on the network. 


This change will improve the way we manage the network infrastructure to make it more flexible and resilient.  

Phase one  (Completed) 

We have already updated the connectivity for 243 of our less frequently used domains, without any disruption or negative impact for students.  

Phase two  (Next phase) 

This will involve updating the more frequently used domains. These are,,, and These outstanding changes are scheduled for Monday 5 December and Tuesday 6 December 2022.   

What is the likely impact for students? 

If, as with phase one, everything progresses as expected, there will be no disruption, so students will not need to do anything.  

In the unlikely event that there is a problem, there is a minor risk that some students would not be able to access some University web pages while the changes are taking place. This would affect students’ ability to work via services such as My Manchester, Blackboard, Podcasts and Timetables. The risk of this happening is very low, and it is more likely that the work will not have any impact. 

In the event of such unforeseen issues, we will reconnect services as quickly as possible. However, should the resolution need external support then services would be reconnected at approximately 3.00pm. In this unlikely scenario any further changes would be put on hold to retain services. 

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