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Report from Computing Executive Group
The University network replacement project has been stalled by the COVID19 crisis. The intention was to migrate early adopters and install distribution routers across the University during the summer but this had not been possible due to the lack of building access. Work that could be done from home on things like the network configuration software, SOLIDserver, and the new firewall had been carried out however. George is currently working his way through the SOLIDserver manuals.
Instead of deferring the entire project, the project board has decided to focus on the one University building that is still open, the main library. This will become the sole early adopter. The migration from the old distribution router to the new took longer than expected. This may have implications for the wider deployment when it happens.
The current intention is to have migrated to the new distribution routers by the end of November this year. Once that has happened, Informatics will start routing through these routers.
Work on the edge + wireless firewall is now complete but there have been issues with the NAT VPN firewall. Work is ongoing on the datacentre firewall configuration. There are a lot of rules to migrate from the old Cisco setup, though there are automated tools to help with this. The intention is to bring the datacentre firewall into service on the 18th of July, a Saturday. It is thought that this should not have much of an impact on Informatics but the situation will need to be monitored. Alastair and Graham have volunteered to do this.
Neil asked if the bug with the new Fortinet VPN had been fixed. Alastair replied that he assumed that this was the case since IS intended turning the old VPN off but that he would check. Adam offered to try out the new VPN again to see if the problem still existed.
Reports from Units
Neil noted that we now have a way of automatically populating teams from a CSV file though at thei moment this requires a Windows machine. Graham wondered whether this might be possible from DICE. This will be investigated.
Craig mentioned that macOS AFS users were being strongly advised to update their client. He will publicise this across the School.
Topics for discussion
Neil mentioned that he has seen a few pallets piled up in the Forum and wondered if they were up for grabs? Others also expressed an interest. Alastair said they should feel free to take them but should talk to Dave H about access.
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