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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 6th September 2006
Seminar Room, Buccleuch Place

Toby Blake, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Alison Downie, Morna Findlay, Bill Hewitt, Julieta Pineda, Stephen Quinney, Gordon Reid, Simon Wilkinson
  1. Apologies for absence

    Alastair, Archie, Craig, George and Iain had sent their apologies.

  2. minutes of the last meeting.

    Neil requested a change to the minute of the Services Unit report; in the comment about thassos it should have said that it was labouring rather than failing.

  3. Reports from units.

  4. Appleton Tower power shutdown

    Various servers in the Appleton Tower basement will be shut down on Friday 15th September about 17:00 in anticipation of the disconnection of all power to the building the following morning at 08:00. The servers that will be shut down include the main kerberos KDC and the file servers roc and phoenix. Ken said that he had installed a cron job on all student lab and office machines in Appleton Tower to shut them down during the period 06:30 to 07:30 on the 16th.

    All units should mail details of how the power outage will affect the facilities that they are responsible for, to the User Support Unit by the end of this week. A message will be sent by the User Support Unit later today to sys-announce warning people of the severe disruption that weekend with further details to follow by the end of the week.

  5. Profiles vs Headers under Release Management

    Chris drew the meeting's attention to a guide on good practice in using Release Management on servers (see the DICE Releases FAQ). More specifically he noted that:

    Toby asked whether there were any reference machines for the different releases. There are none but it would be worth introducing them.

  6. AOCB

    There was none

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