These were accepted.
Report from Computing Executive Group
Reports from units.
inf-unit will document the issues with bonded interfaces somewhere.
Alastair noted that he hadn't tested AFS performance with RAID 10 arrays, just VMs. We should probably also get hold of some SSDs for testing.
Clients are now using the new component too. There'll be a week or two of "stopped component" reports while this shakes down.
Services-unit will be looking at ways to throttle excessive web server traffic.
Topics for discussion
Alastair raised the question of local home directories on desktop machines: if we did provide these, what issues would arise? Considerable discussion ensued, with the following points made (in no particular order):
Alastair will think about where to go from here.
Simon had noted three AFS areas which could be improved upon, as a result of his "CO clinic" discussions:
Other documentation is available, but some of it is a bit out of date. Perhaps we should put some effort into improving it and submitting it back upstream, as we might expect to benefit from this in the longer term?
Adopting AFS has meant that kerberos is much more visible now than it was in the past, and there's a whole new vocabulary and set of concepts for users to learn. Workshops for users were suggested, and thought to be a very good idea. They could be short and concentrate on specific issues, such as "what's a principal", ACLs and so on. Presentation material could be useful as user documentation, and we might even record them for future reference.
The documentation project will pick this up.
The idea of packaging up the necessary commands and checks in a script received unanimous support. Such a script could check the user's environment, prompt for additional information as necessary, send messages to support, and generally hide all the nasty bits.
The services-unit will get something put together.
Simon suggested that we should set up a "scripts server", akin to scripts.mit.edu, which would know how to handle users' credentials. This would also have the advantage that desktop machines could be put to sleep for longer periods, with a saving in energy efficiency.
The services-unit will look into this too.
Creating projects for the above would be a good way to record the ideas; and if anyone asks we could point people at them.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10th March in room 4.31.
Please contact us with any comments or corrections.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all material is copyright The University of Edinburgh