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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 10th January 2018 in IF-4.31

Ross Armstrong, Richard Bell, Lindsey Brown, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Chris Cooke, Carol Dow, Alison Downie, Ian Durkacz, Graham Dutton, Jennifer Oxley, Stephen Quinney, Gordon Reid, George Ross, 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 (re-)deferred:

    Actions completed:

    Blog articles suggested:

  3. Report from Computing Executive Group

  4. Reports from Units

  5. Topics for discussion

    1. Post mortem on the KB network problems of Fri 5th Jan 2018

      Ian asked whether the above incident had led to any suggestions that a machine located at KB would be better placed downtown. The only suggestion for where this might possibly apply was compuing.help but it was agreed that this was located at KB so that users might be kept informed during incidents in the central area.

      Another question raised was whether, when it is necessary to get up to KB as soon as possible, it is permissible to summon a taxi at the School's expense. It was agreed that this would be investigated.

    2. Disc-zeroing station

      Ian mooted the possibility of setting up an easily accessible facility for zeroing faulty discs, where possible, before returning them to the manufacturer. It was mentioned that the default these days is to order servers with the option to retain faulty discs but that this may not apply to older machines. It should be possible to determine if a machine was ordered with this option from the Dell support pages. It was agreed that the Managed Platform Unit would update the documentation on contacting Dell to cover this procedure. Iain was volunteered in his absence to look into the practicalities of setting up a disc-zeroing facility.

    3. Bayes Centre Support

      Jennifer asked about how support was to be managed in the new Bayes building and suggested that it would make sense for Bayes admin people to use Office 365 for their mail. It was agreed that the sensible way to kickstart this discussion would be for Alison to raise it at CEG.

  6. AOCB

  7. Next meeting

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday 24th January at 10:00 in IF-4.31.

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