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Report from Computing Executive Group
Reports from units.
We want to maximise remote server room management as far as possible. It was noted tha IPMI is configured for 1950s but not on 710s - they need add-on card. There is not IPMI control on UPS's.
Please keep the momentum going on the BP server room move.
Support will create a wiki page where we can record instances of machine problems being resolved by a re-install. Where possible, we will report the problem before taking any further action.
It was noted that the proposed changes will have implications also for ordershost.
Sphinx will replace ouroborous at some point to run networker restores. All networker backups have now been moved to TiBS. The option to purchase a new Sun was raised.
Chris noted that bugzilla has now been upgraded and is running on a virtual server.
George requested that all 'old' machines be turned off.
It was confirmed that drookit has now died. Once malcum has moved, it can be used once again for the mock exams.
It was suggested that RT statistics should be provided once again but should be automated. Currently there is only a brief quarterly summary in the us-unit CEG reports.
Topics for discussion
Power bars and BIOS settings.
The "switched" power bars we use in the Forum and JCMB can be used in a slightly more sophisticated way than we do at the moment. The code to control them had the basic functionality done in order to allow remote control at all, but additional hooks to control things like turn-on delays and power-on state were never implemented. It would be useful to know what kinds of things people would like to be able to do.
A possible solution was suggested as follows:
Each outlet can have a randomised or numerical delay. Define a macro in a power bar header that would define 3 levels - immediate, middle and last. Randomise the power delay within each category when the power bar gets power back.
The default BIOS power-on settings for servers probably leave the machines in the state they were in when the power went off. That may not be what's wanted, given that a machine might shut itself down in response to its UPS's status.
An outstanding question - if a UPS is out, when the power comes back on, will anything come back or be able to be remotely powered on. Should BIOS setting be set to power on ?
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