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The Dice Project


Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 26th May 2010
Room 4.31, Informatics Forum

Present:
Toby Blake, Lindsey Brown, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Carol Dow, Alison Downie, Ian Durkacz, Stephen Quinney, Gordon Reid, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan (convener and minutes)
  1. Apologies for absence

    None

  2. Minutes of the last meeting.

    These were accepted.

  3. Actions.

    Actions completed:

    Actions added:

  4. Report from Computing Executive Group

  5. Reports from units.

  6. Topics for discussion

    Giving student helpers the BIOS password so that they can kick off lab machine installs.

    There was some discussion of the risks of giving the student helpers the BIOS password for our machines. Having this password means that they could in theory boot the machine from an external device and gain full access to its filesystems. It was agreed that the benefits outweighed the risks and that a small number of student helpers should be given the password. It was noted that a tool allowing us to change the bios password on our machines remotely would be helpful.

    This led on to a discussion on root passwords. After some lively debate, it was agreed that responsibilty for root passwords lay with the Infrastructure Unit and that they should consider some of the issues raised at this meeting for discussion at the next meeting.

  7. AOCB

    1. Using netgroups

      Neil asked whether there was any reason why he should not make use of netgroups in the future. After some discussion, it was agreed that there was not.

  8. Next meeting

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th June in room 4.31 chaired by Alison Downie.


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