These were accepted as a reasonable account of the last meeting.
Please don't put anything in B.03 until Carol gives the all-clear.
Stephen has produced a list of pinned machines. Note that there's also a new kernel in today's <stable> release, but there won't be a corresponding one for SL6.6.
An initial page is here. There are some security fixes in 10.12.1 which we might want to recommend for that reason. Gordon will consider further and write a blog item.
There are still a few pages left in the list. RAT and Services still have a few to do, and US have one. "Who" to be updated accordingly. Deadline was end October.
We're receiving support queries regarding these, but can't do anything for Linux at the moment. US will write a page summarising the situation and the available options. Defer this action for a while.
Actions added or revived:
have definitions, which can be added to as required.
Alastair had emailed round a list of priorities. There's a CEG action to track the remaining work, so there's no point tracking it here too.
Blog articles suggested:
Report from Computing Executive Group
The current (as of this meeting) version of the SMSR draft space policy is here.
Reports from Units
It was agreed that it would be a useful exercise to re-try the upgrade with the CX4 links disabled. George to pick a date and time, and announce it beforehand.
There was general agreement that this had worked well. The only other obvious group would be "visitors", but in this case there's no obvious secondary ID to check against, as there doesn't seem to be anything corresponding to the "staff ID number".
There had been good feedback on this, but it does have its limitations (e.g. whiteboards, can't currently use laptops).
The lecture theatre PCs have a guest login which allows non-University users to drive panopto. We should think about this for G.07.
IS are currently consulting on a CapturED replacement, and are holding open sessions to discuss this. It'll be going through the usual procurement procedures, so might not be panopto at the end of the day.
It would be useful to know when the mock exams will be, as we normally try to avoid those dates for <stable> releases and other such things.
Topics for discussion
What's the general expectation for the use and purpose of local home directories; and what's the general expectation for the preservation of stuff in local home directories across reinstalls and upgrades (noting that an upgrade might require complete repartitioning)?
There was agreement that there was no particular expectation for these. It's generally not safe to rely on these being preserved across reinstalls, or even backed up. That the local home directories on the network servers are preserved is just a side effect of the partition being primarily a location for configuration and monitoring data which we do want to mirror for resilience and preserve across upgrades.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 10:00 in IF-4.31, chaired by Alison.
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