These were accepted as a reasonable account of the last meeting.
Do we want to run Server Room tours again? They would be good advertising for us, and were well-received last time. Volunteers?
Desktops are reasonably OK now, but there are still a few server oddities.
Fix/workaround for things like .doc files being worked on.
Actions added or revived:
Chris mailed round a link to the sorted-by-review-date list of the computing.help pages.
ALL to review as required, at least everything last checked before mid-2014.
Blog articles discussed:
The general meeting happened, so this can be unblocked now.
Report from Computing Executive Group
ALL to check their "keep" kit in B.03 and label as appropriate. Anything not labelled by the end of February will be assumed to be no longer required!
Reports from Units
The AT server room will be done first thing on a morning or two, on the assumption that any machines which are important will have bonding set up.
First thing in the morning is also best for
cs0 at KB.
Post meeting comment: somewhat inevitably, now that we've (just about) finished the current round of firmware-reboots, there's a new major version out. It's currently a ".01" version, but once it stabilises we'll take a closer look at it. It does appear to have had ARP throttling added, which might have been useful to keep the cluster under control. It does require a reasonably recent switch model, though, and we do still have a lot of Forum edge switches which are too old. Then there's FH and Wilkie...
Process accounting doesn't give as complete a picture as auditd, but is useful and considerably lighter-weight.
There was general agreement that the autoreboot delay for COs' machines should be shorter, and that for <testing> machines it should be shorter still.
RAT noted that they had shipped one VirtualBox image for a course, for good reasons, and knew of a couple of others that lecturers and/or TA's had done. They'll pursue those latter ones.
RAT and MPU will take another look at these in June. Graham noted that the ordering was necessarily somewhat convoluted because of the various reconfiguration requirements.
Diffs against the last one would be useful. Chris will see what he can do.
Upgrade instructions are here.
Topics for discussion
The meeting discussed and agreed with Stephen's proposal.
asu's additional /admin password essentially provides for a second authentication factor. Arguably we should do this elsewhere too.
Something on the recent power outage. Or perhaps a computing.help page, or both. How to handle the SMSR was deferred to another discussion.
Alastair noted that as a matter of policy IS would like to become more closely involved with Schools. To that end, we'll invite Angus to Operational (and Development?) meetings. It might also be useful to have a "Report from IS" section, analogous to the reports from CEG and Units. There was some discussion, most of which centred around whether this might inhibit what might then be said at these meetings.
The next meeting will be on 10th February 2016 at 10:00 in IF-4.31.
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