The minutes for 23rd September were approved.
Report from Computing Executive Group
Reports from Units
Neil asked if there was an inactivity timeout on the School's VPN. George replied that there was and it was on the order of hundreds of seconds. Toby pointed out that on Mac OS at least, it was possible to configure this in the client.
Stephen asked if it was possible for the mappings for remote.inf and lab.inf to be regenerated automatically. Toby added that some time after 10:45 would be a good time to do this since all the day's new accounts will have been created by then. The Inf unit will make this happen.
All units were strongly encouraged to have their SL7.8 Upgrades done by Christmas.
The issue of fixing lab machines which had stopped responding was raised. Alison responded that time had been allocated in the lab schedules for this.
Neil asked if teaching support assistants should still be receiving extra print credit. Alison replied that this was being decided on an individual basis.
Topics for discussion
There was some discussion on how we should respond to a request for Mosh to be made available. After some discussion, it was agreed that there was no technical reason why this could not be done but that it should be offered as a full service. It was agreed to have this raised at CEG for a final decision.
Jennifer asked about a current vacancy within the Computing team, particularly why this had not been more widely publicised. It was agreed that this could have been handled better though it was realised that the forthcoming changes to the way HR is managed had meant that there was a lot of pressure to get the post advertised quickly.
Ian noted that the collection of CEG minutes was out of date. This will be updated.
It was noted that there had been no blog articles posted since July. There are a couple of CEG actions to produce blog articles.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th October 2020 online at 10am.
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