The minutes for 11th November were approved.
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Report from Computing Executive Group
Toby asked if the intention was to conduct PDR interviews remotely. Alastair replied that he didn't see any need for these to take place face-to-face.
Alastair mentioned that, as has happened in the past for events like security week, it was his intention to arrange a number of small group meetings among the computing staff to discuss what we might feed back to the University's futures working group.
Reports from Units
Stephen suggested that the old log entries from some machines might be due to them being turned on for the first time since lockdown started
Gordon noted that he had been affected by the Fortinet certificate issue yesterday.
This seems to be a RAT issue. It was agreed that there would be an action on them to take care of this
Ian pointed out that planning needed to be in hand to remove the old tape library from the server room.
There was some discussion about the jnotify issue. If was felt that Neil's cron solution might be overkill though there did not seem to be an obvious alternative. Toby suggested creating a new component to remotely manage the jnotify component and which could be called from the X509 component.
Neil asked if the last migration date for this year on the 15th of December was not a little too close to the University shutdown on the 18th of December. Jennifer replied that that she was not sure if we had any users scheduled to move on that date. Alastair then intimated that Jane was keen that some academics should move on the 15th to prevent the moves impinging on the start of the second semester.
Carol reported that the response to her emails to users on this subject has been poor. Alastair suggested that where a machine has been turned off for a significant period, its user should be informed that the machine is going to be removed rather than updated to see if this elicits any better response.
Topics for discussion
In a burst of meta-ness, Neil raised this question. The ensuing discussion may perhaps be best summed up as "Cor, I dunno" but there was a suggestion that our new way of working with its more frequent interaction had reduced the need for more formal discussion.
Nik reported that he was intending using the sublocation field of the new inventory system to record the exact location of servers in racks. He requested that if this would cause problems for anyone, they should get in touch. It was suggested that he should also send this request to the CO mailing list to catch anyone who was not at the meeting.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 25th November 2020 online at 10am.
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