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Service Migrations - Spring 2018

The Open Science Grid (OSG) is transitioning effort from Indiana, requiring a redistribution of support and services. Some services will be retired, most services will be migrated to other locations (with minimal expected sites impact), and some services will be migrated that will result in significant impact on sites.

This document is intended to guide OSG site administrators through these changes, highlighting where the site administrator action is required.


Specific service migrations will be announced prior to retirement or migration.

We understand sites will have many questions regarding this transition. The OSG Technology team will be holding office hours for any questions or comments about these service changes; see the Office Hours section for details.

Site Checklist Summary

The remainder of the document provides a service-by-service overview of site impacts. In this section, we provide a short outline of the steps sites are recommended to take:

  1. Review all site configuration (yum repositories, CVMFS configurations) to ensure they are the latest from the OSG. In particular, replace all references to with equivalent entries.
  2. Renew all local host certificates within the OSG CA prior to May 1. A list of affected hosts at your sites can be provided by OSG support upon request.
  3. LHC sites should verify local admins have a GGUS accounts and are familiar with its web interface.
  4. Sites at institutions with an InCommon CA subscription should determine their local procedure for obtaining certificates.
  5. Sites should transition to the LCMAPS VOMS authentication method if they have not done so already.

Office Hours


Office hours are canceled on 2018-05-22 and 2018-05-24 due to HTCondor week. We will resume office hours on 2018-05-29.

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed in this document, please join us for our office hours!



  • Tuesdays, 2-3 PM CDT
  • Thursdays, 10-11 AM CDT

We can also be contacted at the usual locations:

Service-specific details


The OSG CA service offers certificate request, renewal, and revocation through the OIM web interface, the OIM REST API, and the osg-pki-tools command-line tool. This service will be retired by May 31 but the OSG CA certificate will remain in the IGTF distribution, so your certificates remain valid until they expire. Therefore, to extend the window for transitioning to any new CA service, we have the following recommendations:

Action item(s)

  1. Request fresh certificates for each publicly facing host and service at your site, such as:

    • HTCondor-CE
    • GlideinWMS VO Frontend: frontend, proxy, and VOMS certificates
    • GlideinWMS Factory
    • GridFTP
    • XRootD
    • RSV
    • GUMS
    • BeStMan
    • VOMS Admin Server
  2. Renew your user certificate. LHC sites should take the opportunity to switch users to the CERN CA.

In the future, we will use the following CA certificate services:

For... We plan to use the following Certificate Authorities...
Host and Service Certificates InCommon and Let’s Encrypt
User Certificates CILogon Basic for non-LHC users
LHC users should continue to request their user certificates from CERN.
Web-Based services Let's Encrypt


The semantics of Let's Encrypt certificates are different from those of previous CAs. Please see the security team's position on Let's Encrypt for the security and setup implications of switching to a Let's Encrypt host or service certificate.

New processes for requesting host, service, and user certificates against the aforementioned CAs are forthcoming.

The exact date for the retirement of the OSG CA service will be announced, but will be around the end of May. If you experience any problems with the OSG CA service, please contact us at [email protected].

Software Repository


Migration of the software repository occurred on May 1, 2018. Retirement of the old host,, is planned for May 23, 2018 10AM EDT.

The OSG Software repository includes the YUM repositories, client tarballs, and CA tarballs. The physical hosting location of this service will be changing; no other changes are planned. To ensure a smooth transition at your site, verify that the OSG repository files are up to date on all of your OSG hosts:

Action item

  • If your OSG repository files have been installed via RPM, verify that the version of osg-release is at least 3.3-6 or 3.4-4, for OSG 3.3 and 3.4, respectively:

    [email protected] $ rpm -q osg-release

    If the version is older, update your osg-release RPM:

    [email protected] # yum update osg-release
  • If your OSG repository files have not been installed via RPM, ensure that there are no references to

    [email protected] $ grep /etc/yum.repos.d/osg*.repo

    Replace all instances of with

If you experience any problems with the OSG Software repository, please contact us at [email protected].



Migration of MyOSG and the OIM site topology, project, VO, and downtime data is planned for May 22, 2018 10AM EDT. Retirement of the old host,, is planned for May 23, 2018 10AM EDT.

The MyOSG service provides web and REST interfaces to access information about OSG resource topology, projects, and VOs. The MyOSG web interface will be retired but we will continue to offer the same REST interface. If you run a service that queries MyOSG:

Action items

OIM serves as the database for the information used by MyOSG with a web interface for data updates. The OIM web interface will be retired but we will migrate its data to a series of YAML files held in a GitHub repository. After OIM is retired, updates to the aforementioned data can be requested via email or pull request. Documentation forthcoming.


Please see the OSG CA section for information regarding the OIM certificate service.

The exact dates for retiring the MyOSG and OIM web interfaces will be announced. If you experience any problems with the OSG Software repository, please contact us at [email protected].

GRACC Accounting and WLCG Accounting

No changes are planned for the GRACC accounting service at this time. The integration of OSG with WLCG accounting should see no interruption. If you experience any problems with GRACC accounting, please contact us at [email protected].


The Footprints ticketing system at is used to track support and security issues as well as certificate and membership requests. This service will be retired in favor of two different ticketing systems, depending on the VOs you support at your site:

If your site primarily supports... Submit new tickets to...
Anyone else Freshdesk

Throughout this migration, [email protected] will be available for all support requests or inquiries. We do not expect this migration to require site administator action.

The retirement of the Footprints ticketing system will occur no later than May 31, 2018. The exact date will be announced. If you experience any problems with ticketing, please contact us at [email protected].


The OASIS (OSG Application and Software Installation Service) is a service used to distribute common applications and software to OSG sites via CVMFS. The OSG hosts a CVMFS Stratum-0 for keysigning, a repository server, and a CVMFS Stratum-1. The physical hosting location of these services will be moved to Nebraska but we do not plan any other changes and do not expect this to affect sites. The exact date for moving the hosting location will be announced. If you experience any problems with OASIS or CVMFS, please contact us at [email protected].

VOMS Admin Server


Retirement of the OSG VOMS service is planned for May 23, 2018.

The OSG VOMS service is used to sign VOMS attributes for members of the OSG VO and can respond to queries for a list of VO members. The deprecation of VOMS Admin Server software (and therefore VOMS servers), started 10 months ago; the OSG VOMS servers will be retired as previously planned.

Action item

If your site accepts OSG jobs, transition your hosts to LCMAPS VOMS authentication.



Retirement of the central RSV service occurred on May 15, 2018.

The central RSV service is a monitoring tool that displays every service status information about OSG sites that elect to provide it. It will be retired since there is no longer a need to monitor OSG site status as a whole. If you would like to monitor your OSG services, you can access the status page of your local RSV instance.

Action item

Before the retirement, you will need to disable the gratia-consumer on your local RSV host, which uploads status data to the central RSV service:

  • If you are on OSG 3.4, update the rsv and osg-configure packages:

    [email protected] # yum update rsv\* osg-configure --enablerepo=osg-testing
  • If you are on OSG 3.3, run the following commands:

    [email protected] # rsv-control --disable gratia-consumer
    [email protected] # rsv-control --off gratia-consumer

    And set enable_gratia = False in /etc/osg/config.d/30-rsv.ini.

If you experience any problems with the central RSV service, please contact us at [email protected].


The central Collector is a central database service that provides details about pilot jobs currently running in the OSG. The physical hosting location of the central Collector will be moved but we do not for plan any other changes and do not expect this to affect sites. The exact date for moving the hosting location will be announced. If you experience any problems with the central Collector, please contact us at [email protected].



Migration of the OSG homepage occurred on May 15, 2018.

The OSG homepage is a Wordpress instance that will be moved to a static site. You can preview the new website at If you experience any problems with the homepage, please contact us at [email protected].