Apologies for absence
minutes of the last meeting.
These were accepted.
(See also item 2 of the Managed Platform report.) As the new mechanism was failing for large monitors, of which there are quite a few, MPU have reverted to the previous mechanism. This will require headers to be added to those (few) machines which are having problems, but this was felt to require less effort overall.
US would love to help, but would like instructions for next time. RAT will oblige.
Reports from units.
It was noted that Inf-unit were testing LDAP configurations in the North AT5 lab. This wouldn't be used for the initial lab-exams run-through, but Toby would remove the changes in time for the Real Thing. Iain will check the condor situation. Tim mentioned that he had a script which could easily adjust the configuration of a batch of machines as necessary, and that once the profiles are generated machines should switch easily between "lab" and "open" states without requiring rebooting. He expected that the machines would be locked down even more for the final exams.
The following topics were discussed:
As a result of the IS Awareness Sessions, which take place on Wednesday mornings, being opened to all computing staff, it had become necessary to review the times of our Wednesday meetings. For simplicity and to fit in with the shuttle-bus timetable it was generally felt it would be best to move the start times of all our Wednesday meetings to 11:00. Ken had adjusted our room-booking for next week's technical talk accordingly (after the meeting he also did the needful for our other bookings).
Nick Stroud had been made aware of web page access problems, and would be taking corrective action.
Following extensive discussion, the following points emerged:
Services-unit raised the question of having an advertised system maintenance slot, particularly with reference to patching the fileservers. It was felt that this should not be within "normal" working hours, even if this meant that some maintenance plans would need to be upgraded to ensure that hot-line cover would be available. It would also be good to check with the ITO, to avoid deadlines and booked classes.
George reminder the meeting again that the next edition of the newsletter is due to be published in early December meaning that the deadline for articles is the end of November. All computing staff are encouraged to suggest possible articles.
There was none.
The next meeting will be on November 28th in the JCMB 2511, chaired by George Ross.
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