The minutes for 7th October were approved.
Report from Computing Executive Group
Reports from Units
Neil asking if it was still necessary to shut down KVM guests to migrate them between servers. Stephen replied that this was the case, but that outstanding migrations were not urgent.
Alastair asked if there was any progress on the virtual DICE image. Richard replied that work was to be done on it on the 15th of October.
Jennifer asked if there was a deadline for the Xerox supplies stocktake. Neil replied that to the best of his knowledge there was not.
Topics for discussion
It was noted that on Mate, the shutdown button for a lab workstation is right next to the logout button. This may explain the recent spate of lab machines being shut down. It was asked why lab machines did not reboot automatically, or at least respond to wake-over-LAN calls. Stephen replied that it would be possible to stop users using the shutdown button and that in addition it would be possible to permit reboots while blocking shutdowns. Wake-on-LAN should be available for all Ubuntu machines but was not currently working. He added that keeping a log of all problems with lab machines would greatly help with identifying any issues with Ubuntu machines.
The question was also raised of what our response should be to issues with lab machines. It was agreed that support staff should only enter the labs during the booked maintenance periods though every effort should be made to fix machines remotely. Carol pointed out that the lack of student helpers this semester meant that the task of looking after the lab machines was falling more heavily on the shoulders of the User Support Unit.
Chris asked if all students had swipe access to the AT labs. Craig replied that presently, only those students with bookings had swipe access enabled.
The question was raised about what should be done to notify users about the potential issues with updating MacOS to the forthcoming new version. It was agreed that Services should mail sys-announce.
Neil observed that the boot disk of our "new" fileserver gooch comprises twin RAIDED SSDs. These do not appear as separate disks so he wondered how we would know if one side of the RAID had failed. Alastair stated that the MPU should be involved in investigating this.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 21st October 2020 online at 10am.
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