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The Dice Project


Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 12th March 2008
BP Seminar Room

Present:
Toby Blake, Neil Brown, Tim Colles (convener and minutes), Ken Dawson, Ian Durkacz, Graham Dutton, Bill Hewitt, Stephen Quinney, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan, Simon Wilkinson
  1. Apologies for absence

    Alison, Carol.

  2. minutes of the last meeting.

    These were accepted.

  3. Report from Computing Executive Group

    Alastair went over the planned schedule for kitting out the Forum. We need to think about how we will scheduling server moves. Not clear what swipe access will be available and when.

  4. Frontline Support Issues

    The mock lab examinations had run smoothly. Some machines seemed to be very slow in picking up their profile changes - Stephen thought this may be that they are missing their UDP packets and then relying on the client profile poll time of 10 minutes.

  5. Reports from units.

  6. Topics for discussions

    There was a discussion about implementing a test infrastructure. The following main points were:

    Neil asked about the status of local teaching, research and environment packages for SL5. At the moment a few have been done (by auto build) but specific ones will be done quickly if requested. In the future Simon would like to see renc tools integrated with Gnome (eg. keyrings).

    Neil noted that it is not possible to use Capabilities for authorization control when using iFriend accounts. He will use Plone to manage for now. Simon expects the new Account Management system to be ready for trial in Summer.

  7. AOCB

    The next meeting will be on March 26th in JCMB-2511.


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