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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 24th September 2008
Room 4.31, Informatics Forum

Lindsey Brown, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles (convener and minutes), Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson, Carol Dow, Alison Downie, Bill Hewitt, Archie Howitt, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan,
  1. Apologies for absence


  2. Minutes of the last meeting.

    These were accepted (corrections received in email).

  3. Actions.

    All actions ongoing.

  4. Report from Computing Executive Group

    Building money is available to go towards replacing old servers and improving our power usage. We currently have 180+ servers and Alastair would like to see us lose 70+ through the use of this money and through virtualization. Machines paid for by research grants are not included in this exercise but will need to be considered in the future.

  5. Frontline Support Issues

    Alison reported that she now has keys for 2.09 and will give one to each member of frontline support and one to each unit.

  6. Reports from units.

  7. Topics for discussion

    There were none.

  8. AOCB

    Stephen had been tidying up profiles for the inventory changes and noticed that at least 100 profiles have specific package modifications in them - many with no indication of who had done this, when or why. Some were older versions of packages so we don't know if they should be updated, some were simply temporary until the next release and some were additional packages (in some cases the same additional packages in more than one profile). His recommendation was that we

    Roger asked if we needed to do anything for the Open Doors day at the weekend - we do not believe so.

    Iain mentioned that his swipe card had not worked to get into 2501. There have been ongoing works up there and something may have broken, Iain is chasing.

    Chris requested a more meeting friendly semi-circular chair arrangement for the next meeting.

    If Neil's Euromillions syndicate wins it may be very quiet in the Forum on Monday - find out by being in the pub after work on Friday.

    The next meeting will be on the 8th of October and chaired by Craig Strachan. Time and location to be confirmed.

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