These were accepted.
Report from Computing Executive Group
Reports from units.
We are still waiting to hear from E&B whether an evening shutdown for the HV-work is feasible.
Until now, the server room has been cleaned once a month with the cleaning staff being let into the server room by Ian. There was some discussion over whether they should be given swipe card access now that the mag lock on the server room door has finally been commissioned. It was agreed that this was not something we were happy about and that the existing arrangements to allow the cleaning staff entrance to the server room when appropriate should be continued.
Neil asked whether some keys, particularly firesafe keys, should be moved to a key safe in the server room. There was general agreement that this probably wasn't worth it.
Stephen asked that when porting components to F12, we make sure that the component version is the same across all the platforms we support unless there are significant differences between the components on those platforms.
It was agreed that tummy (a PE2650) should be kept as a hot cold spare for nutty, the mail server.
Now that we have this new resource, it was agreed that more thought was needed on how to use it. All to give this some consideration for discussion at the next meeting.
Leading on from the discussion of tummy's fate, it was agreed that some rack space should be made available for spare, rather than scrap, hardware in B.03. It was pointed out that B.03 is getting rather full and it would be helpful if Units could decide what should happen to existing kit stored there. It would also be helpful if Units could wipe server disks using Dban before removing them from redundant machines. It was suggested that the student helpers could be used to wipe the existing rather large stockpile of disks removed from servers.
Iain reported via the chatroom:
All the rpms that are in the package lists and exist in F12 are now in the new ed_ and dice_ package lists, just dice_rat.master left to do. Started autobuilding rpms but the script periodically jams on rpms that don't build cleanly (including one so far which requires user input). We will be reworking the rpm lists to automatically update rpms (that are in the repository) when they become available. We will be drastically cutting back on the number of rpms at the ed level and deprecating it.
Have worked out and started adding bugzilla entries for Fedora 12, expect to get allocated bugs from this afternoon.
Alison announced that Ewan will be leaving us for pastures new on the 11th of June.
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.
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.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th June in room 4.31 chaired by Alison Downie.
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