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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 in IF-4.31

Ross Armstrong, Richard Bell, Toby Blake, Lindsey Brown, Chris Cooke, Carol Dow, Ian Durkacz, Adam Kirylczuk, Mohammed Javaid, Jennifer Oxley, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, Gordon Reid, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan (convener and minutes)
  1. Minutes of the last meeting

    These were approved.

  2. Actions and blog articles

    Actions discussed:

    Actions added or revived:

    Actions completed:

  3. Report from Computing Executive Group

    1. Cyber Essentials

      Our application has been approved!

  4. Reports from Units

  5. Topics for discussion

    1. Informatics 'sysman' privileges

      Ian brought his document Future approaches to Informatics 'sysman' interfaces to the meeting to give C(S)Os an opportunity to comment. See Ians's notes here for details of the discussion.

    2. Going self-managed

      There was some discussion on the recent discovery that a CDT student had configured his DICE machine to be dual boot. The conclusion reached was that although the student had correctly notified us that they wished to go self managed, the proper procedures to be followed when moving a machine to self managed, such as ensuring that all the disks on the machine had been wiped, had not been followed in this case. It was agreed that the Managed Platform Unit would conduct a review of the procedures to be following when a machine goes self-managed, noting in particular the importance on making sure the machine's host principal is deleted. User support wil check the other CDT machines to make sure none of them are in the same condition. They will also check whether the machines' BIOS are locked down.

      Stephen observed that most scenarios for going self managed might be better met with a solution involving VirtualBox. Jennifer and Lindsey pointed out that the documentation for VirtualBox could do with some iprovement.

  6. AOCB

  7. Next meeting

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10th January at 10:00 in IF-4.31.

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