GADS Training for Conventional Generators

by ronfluegge 18. April 2016 12:49

Meeting Announcement
NERC GADS Training for Conventional Generators

June 28, 2016 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT
June 29, 2016 | 8:00 am – Noon MT

Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Office
155 North 400 West, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103-1114
801.582.0353 | List of Area Hotels | Public Transportation Information

Click here for:  Training Registration
Registration is limited to 50 people
Registration requested by COB Friday, June 17 

Training topics
• Welcome and Intro
• GADS – The Big Picture
• How GADS data is used
• Training slides on events and performance
• Combined cycle component vs. block reporting
• Case for event reviews
• Review of cause codes
• Examples of poorly reported events to NERC
• Understanding Appendix F: Equations
• OATI System
• Wind – coming soon
• GADS resources on NERC website

For more information or assistance, please contact Donna Pratt, NERC (via email) or at 404-446-9789.

GADS Training for Conventional Generators

by ronfluegge 4. April 2016 14:15

Meeting Announcement
Generating Availability Data Systems Training for Conventional Generators
April 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
April 27, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon ET

NERC Headquarters
Click here for directions and hotel information

Click here for:  Registration

Registration is limited to 50 people
Registration requested by COB Monday, April 18

Training topics

  • Welcome and Intro
  • GADS – The Big Picture 
  •  How GADS data is used
  • Training slides on events and performance
  • Combined cycle component vs. block reporting
  • Case for event reviews
  • Review of cause codes
  • Examples of poorly reported events to NERC
  • OATI System
  • Wind – coming soon
  • GADS resources on NERC website

Note: An additional GADS training is planned for June 28-29, 2016 at the WECC Offices in Salt Lake City, UT

For more information or assistance, please contact Donna Pratt via email or at 404-446-9789.


Some .NET Framework 4 Versions Losing Product Support Next Month

by ronfluegge 30. December 2015 09:41

Microsoft issued a reminder to organizations that it will be ending product support next month for .NET Framework versions 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1.

Starting on Jan. 12, 2016, those versions of the product will become unsupported software. As a consequence, they won't get future updates from Microsoft, including security patches. The lack of patch support could pose risks for organizations continuing to run the software.

The January deadline maybe will come as a surprise for some organizations because Microsoft accelerated its traditional product support deadlines for those .NET Framework versions. Previously, the .NET Framework product lifecycles had been associated with underlying Windows product lifecycles. Instead, Microsoft switched to a more arbitrary January deadline for versions 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1. The policy change was announced in August of last year.

Microsoft made the change in order to "invest more resources towards improvements of the .NET Framework," per its announcement.

Microsoft is claiming that organizations can simply install .NET 4.5.2 or higher versions and most things will work. The most recent version of the product is .NET Framework 4.6.1.

The newer versions of the .NET Framework will install as "in-place" upgrades, which means that older versions don't have to be uninstalled first. The .NET Framework versions from 4.5.2 and newer will support applications that used the older .NET Framework versions in most cases, Microsoft has indicated. However, it's still up to organizations to test their applications first and see if they'll be compatible.

Microsoft's announcement explained that .NET Framework 4.5.2 and higher versions have a so-called "quirking" feature. This quirking feature "maintains the semantics of earlier versions" of the .NET Framework, assuring compatibility.

Microsoft is also claiming that developers likely won't have to recompile or rebuild their applications after upgrading the .NET Framework -- at least when using .NET Framework versions 4.5.2, 4.6 and 4.6.1.

One exception to this accelerated product lifecycle pertains to .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. Its lifecycle is still based on the product lifecycle of the underlying Windows version used, according to this Microsoft FAQ. Depending on the Windows version used, it'll still be supported after the January deadline.

The Jan. 12, 2016 deadline for .NET 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1 coincidentally is also the same accelerated product support deadline for organizations to move to the latest version of Internet Explorer. For most organizations, this policy change means that they must have migrated to using IE 11 by that Jan. 12 date or they'll lose IE product support. However, the policy just states that organizations need to use the latest version of IE per supported Windows version, so it's a little nuanced. For example, Vista users can still continue to use IE 9 and have a supported browser since IE 9 is the most current browser for that Windows operating system.

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