These were accepted as a reasonable account of the last meeting.
Stephen will be moving all remaining machines to 7.3 after today's <stable> release, apart from the remaining KVM hosts which are being scheduled separately.
The conclusion was that the existing partition would be fine, once MPU adjust the quotas.
This action appeared to pre-date the recent review of functional accounts, and it probably wasn't appropriate for it to be a RAT action. Changed to ALL to review and document procedures for functional accounts. This to be done now, and then as an annual recurring action.
End-2015 for the current round, to be done by end September. The list is here. See also below!
It was decided to park this main action for now. However, there was a sub-action on MPU to think about "real" serial consoles for the KVM servers (though this might then make them susceptible to deadlocking at boot time. A separate action will consider this.
Actions added or revived:
... but beware of boot-time deadlocks!
NOTE that this refers to the next review round. The the ongoing current round is still expected to be completed by the end of September (see above).
fail2ban is on the MPU ToDo list
See also Topics for Discussion below
Blog articles completed:
Report from Computing Executive Group
Alastair gave a verbal update.
Understandably, teaching has been prioritised.
We should (re-)report items which were damaged or missing in the move, including for the "open area"
There followed some considerable discussion regarding the move, covering inter alia other agencies' part in this, and furniture There was a general disappointment regarding the way this had been handled, and that our detailed planning and specifications regarding our new accommodation had not been well acted upon. This seems to be a growing problem around the University. Whether we will eventually get what we deem to be reasonable remains to be seen.
A Grand Furniture Move is expected imminently (though we may still be disappointed). In expectation of this, if we see anything around the building which might be useful to us, we should label it in the hope that it might be moved in accordance with our wishes.
Neil volunteered(!) to coordinate our thoughts regarding the "open areas", He'll liaise with downstairs staff, and will come up with a unified furniture plan for the area (fwiw).
Apart from what's in the store and A12, there appears not to be a lot left (leaving ISS aside; that's for them to look after). Carol will do a final check, and then arrange for junk to be got rid of or recycled.
Reports from Units
This appeared to be a reasonable thing to do, and the dates also seemed reasonable.
The console problem with
knussen is a long-standing
problem which affects several models. The workaround is to hard-wire
the boot-menu entry in the machine's profile so that it's automatically
selected. It may be that turning on redirection would work, but we normally
have that turned off for reasons explained
Following the problems at MSc handin, there's now a wiki page which will be used to record Units' required actions regarding VMs.
The list is here
8U of GPU servers in a rack will be arriving Some Time Soon. Where do we want to put it? There is space in AT basement, and there was a vague feeling that this might be preferable to the Forum.
Topics for discussion
There should certainly be a process for clearing these out. Walking the filesystem might be necessary to find ACL entries, and it could all take rather a long time. Craig will discuss further with Toby.
It looks as though we can't avoid dealing with this. ALL Units to create lists of their sites which might be affected. Unfortunately it's not always just a case of firing up an https: listener, as in some cases assumptions have been made as to what "https:" means.
Neil suggested that the Pear Tree might be a possibility for this year's Solstice Celebration. He'll check it out some more.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th September at 10:00, in IF-4.31, chaired by Alison.
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