These were accepted
Report from Computing Executive Group
It was agreed that the remaining pandemic actions should be completed before the next operational meeting.
Reports from units.
It was agreed by the meeting that our existing switch hardware would provide sufficient capacity for the KB server room.
There is a delay in new MPD machines at Appleton Tower picking up their IP addresses, possibly due to an issue with the AT edge switches.George stated that he was unconvinced that upgrading these switches would provide a solution for this problem.
Toby announced that as of the stable release of 12/11, slapd will no longer log anything to disk.
George asked whether there was a way of telling what state a machine is in, for example whether it is being installed and has not yet performed the big RPM install. Alastair reminded the meeting about contexts, particularly booting and install contexts. These are documented in the DICE wiki here and here.
The possibility was raised of automatically generating a web pages showing who has the ability to make and amend room bookings.
Alison announced that the oldest desktop machines now in service should be GX620s. Alistair suggested that we should have a firm cut-off date for the various models of hardware in use within the School beyond which DICE will not be supported.
Topics for discussion
It was agreed that disks should be wiped when desktop machines move to being self managed. This should soon be easier to do since the option to wipe the machine's disk will soon be appearing in the PXE boot menu. It was further agreed that we should adopt a policy of locking the BIOS of all DICE machines.
The pros and cons of doing this,especially with regards to making it clear when a homepage link leads to a non-University website were discussed at some length. Eventually it was agreed that Alastair should raise the issue with Perdita.
The next Operational meeting will be on Wednesday 25th November in IF-4.31 chaired by Craig Strachan
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