Apologies for absence
minutes of the last meeting.
These were accepted.
The auto-reboot to pick up the kernel changes had gone pretty smoothly on the whole. Only a handful of machines didn't reboot properly. There didn't seem to have been any complaints from users.
Reports from units.
Tim is happy that the SL5-for-FC6 kernel is OK. It should go into this week's stable release.
Following disc problems which resulted in some data loss, mpu have been reviewing all their backup arrangements. This had shown a few areas of concern, and it was suggested that other units should also review their own backup arrangements.
It might be a good idea to have a "backups" field in the service catalogue. Tim will think about adding one.
Although the copying around of key material isn't a good idea in general, as there's too much scope for it to leak out, it does seem possible for the install process to preserve a limited set of known items across machine reinstalls. MPU will think about this some more.
(Discussed under item 1 of the RaT report.) MPU will put a development project into the pipeline to take another look at SELinux on DICE machines.
MPU will fix the bug which has been identified (sed delimiters).
The services unit has been investigating MFDs (specifically, a Canon i2880, known as bp21c) with a view to deploying them in the Forum. They'll act as colour copiers/printers/scanners/fax-machines. They're projected to be cheaper to run than separate pieces of kit.
So far it has been well received by the BP admin staff who have been the main guinea-pigs, though a few issues have been flagged up:
There was a discussion of how much information should be given, and to whom, for things which were expected to cause only brief disruption or none at all, and when such things should be done. The following main points emerged:
The next meeting will be on March 12th in the Buccleuch Place Seminar Room, chaired by Tim Colles.
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