The Infrastructure Unit operates the following general services across three sites: Informatics Forum, Appleton Tower, JCMB. Each site is set up so that it can operate as autonomously as possible, while at the same time providing redundant services to the other sites.
For the decant out of Appleton Tower we are operating the Forrest Hill and Wilkie buildings as virtual floors of AT, to minimise the amount of setup and reinstallation work required. There are edge switches only, with core infrastructure being provided from Appleton Tower. There are separate pages showning the network arrangements for Forrest Hill and Wilkie.
Each site's ether switch configuration has been tailored to the particular circumstances. At the time of writing (September 2015) we have 170 network switches in the Forum, 7 switches in Appleton Tower, 20 switches in Forrest Hill, 14 switches in Wilkie Building, and 3 switches in JCMB.
JCMB and the Forum also each have pair of FibreChannel fabrics. The Appleton Tower fabric has been discontinued, with the switches now being used as spares. FC is generally now being deprioritised.
The Forum and Appleton Tower each have four network infrastructure machines, as follows:
At JCMB we have only three machines: one combining the first three roles above, a second (VM) acting as external nameserver, and a third acting primarily as console server but set up so as to be able to take on the network roles if required.
Each site has one "console server" machine, acting as a central point for all of the site's IPMI, KVM and Lantronix-serial consoles. In addition, they act as console server for each other; and in a few cases we have an off-site console server set up for critical machines. There's also a console server on a VM for the Forum self-managed server room consoles, primarily to make access control easier.
A nagios monitoring service is integrated with our machine configuration system. We have two nagios machines:
The primary is a real machine, to minimise dependencies, and the secondary a VM.
We use kerberos for authentication. There is one master KDC, in the Forum, and one slave KDC at each site. The iFriend master KDC is in the Forum, with a slave in Appleton Tower, and an additional slave at KB (this one is non-operational and purely to provide a backup away from the central area)
Although we don't make a lot of use of kx509 at the moment, we still run a kx509 service. There are currently two KCAs, both on VMs.
Most web authentication now uses cosign. We currently have cosign servers (physical machines) in the Forum and Appleton Tower. These also co-host the iFriend KDCs. These services are not suitable for co-locating with the main KDCs for security reasons.
Hosts and services requiring a locally-signed X.509 certificate obtain this using the sixkts service. As this is not a high-availability requirement, we currently have one sixkts server on a VM.
The OpenLDAP master is currently in the Forum, and there are site slaves in the Forum, Appleton Tower and JCMB. There are also four VM lightweight slave servers. These seven slaves provide all client/server traditional LDAP provision via sssd on SL7. In addition, all SL6 DICE machines also currently run a full slave configuration.
The prometheus system runs on a VM in the Forum. This would not be an easy service to replicate, but immediate availability is not a requirement and we could move the service to another machine should the main one be unavailable. This could be either the development server or the JCMB OpenLDAP server (which is kept up to date nightly with prometheus data) or indeed another VM, as decided at the time.
Real machines, sorted by date and then hostname:
|Name||Type||Location||Role||S/N||P/O & date||Warranty||Replace||UPS|
|(GPS receiver)||ACUTIME 2000||Forum roof||Timestamps for NTP S1||82175548||a628299 2005-01-31||??||as and when||(Included here for completeness)|
|crystal||GX745||Forum 5A closet||NTP S1, DHCP (B)||428903J||ikb0153 2007-06-22||3Y||as and when||"Real" serial port required|
|hickox||R200||Forum server room||testloghost||C560D4J||inf0488 2009-06-30||3Y||??|| || |
|slatkin||R310||JCMB server room||Formerly KB netServ, consoles, ifriend KDC slave (unused)||4WL3C5J||inf1642 2012-05-10||5Y||2016-17||3kVA JS0510018437||Could become wallace|
|darwin||R320||AT server room||extDNS, extNTP||CB3YC5J||inf1748 2012-06-18||5Y||??||AT comms||Formerly norrington|
|linnaeus||R320||Forum server room||extDNS, extNTP||BB3YC5J||inf1748 2012-06-18||5Y||??||Formerly elder|
|WARRANTY EXPIRED ABOVE HERE|
|blatiere||R320||Forum server room||Forum consoles, DHCP||J9MM9X1||inf2541 2013-03-28||5Y||2017-18|
|hanlon||R210||Forum server room||cosign, iFriend KDC master||6LQM9X1||inf2539 2013-03-28||5Y||2017-18|
|mcintyre||R210||AT server room||cosign, iFriend KDC slave||31JFWX1||inf2539 2013-03-28||5Y||2017-18|
|rattle||R320||Forum server room||Forum netServ, site DNS, OpenVPN, DHCP (static)||G1KL9X1||inf2540 2013-03-28||5Y||2017-18||3kVA XL QS0348111013|
|gatti||R320||AT server room||AT netInf, DHCP||BKZKT02||inf3726 2014-03-18||5Y||2018-19||AT comms|
|grepon||R320||AT server room||AT consoles||4KZKT02||inf3726 2014-03-18||5Y||2018-19|
|knussen||R320||Forum server room||Forum extRt||9CKKT02||inf3719 2014-03-18||5Y||2018-19||3kVA JS0511022795|
|curtis||R220||JCMB server room||JCMB KDC||C4B3952||inf5359 2015-04-29||5Y||2019-20||Replaces hati|
|heaton||R220||Forum server room||Forum KDC||35B3952||inf5359 2015-04-29||5Y||2019-20||Replaces fenrir|
|moffat||R220||AT server room||AT KDC||H2B3952||inf5359 2015-04-29||5Y||2019-20||Replaces skoll|
|runnicles||R320||AT server room||AT extRt||9HJ8952||inf5382 2015-05-07||5Y||2019-20||AT comms|
|campbell||R320||AT server room||LDAP site-slave||D4J8952||INF5380 2015-05-07||5Y||2019-20||Replaces blackwell|
|nelson||R320||Forum server room||LDAP site-slave||J2J8952||INF5380 2015-05-07||5Y||2019-20||Replaces mckinley|
|polly||R320||Forum server room||LDAP master||34J8952||INF5380 2015-05-07||5Y||2019-20||Replaces reeves|
|Machines below are outwith the current three-year kit planning period (F/Y 2017-20)|
|copernicus||R330||AT server room||loghost||4RTZGD2||inf6533 2016-06-13||5Y||2020-21?||AT comms||Replaces tycho|
|dutoit||R330||Forum server room||Forum netInf||4SQYGD2||inf6532 2016-06-13||5Y||2020-21?||??|
|klaxon||R330||Forum server room||Nagios master||DS6RGD2||inf6531 2016-06-13||5Y||2020-21?|
|klein||R330||JCMB server room||LDAP site-slave/prometheus DR||DS5SGD2||inf6531 2016-06-13||5Y||2020-21?||Replaces hall|
|maytals||R330||Forum server room||KDC master||5RM6DK2||inf7210 2017-06-02||5Y||2021-22??||Replaces bevan|
|pappano||R330||AT server room||AT netServ||5RZ4DK2||inf7207 2017-06-02||5Y||2021-22??||AT comms||Replaces norrington|
|pinnock||R330||JCMB server room||KB extRt, netInf, DHCP||5SJ6DK2||inf7208 2017-06-02||5Y||2021-22??||Replaces elder|
|sinopoli||R330||JCMB server room||KB consoles||5SC5DK2?||inf7209 2017-06-02||5Y||2021-22??||Replaces slatkin|
Virtual machines, sorted loosely by name and functionality:
|descartes||KB||Test RADIUS server|
|euclid||AT||Test RADIUS server|
|pelerins||IF||Forum self-managed consoles|
|pythagoras||IF||Test RADIUS server|
|damflask||IF||LDAP lightweight slave|
|hutter||KB||LDAP lightweight slave|
|redmires||IF||LDAP lightweight slave|
|schneider||AT||LDAP lightweight slave|
Machines in the Forum and AT server rooms are covered by the inbuilt UPSes, and are shown with a blank in the "UPS" column unless they have some additional provision. Machines in the JCMB server room may be powered by one of the "rack" UPSes, and in this case are shown with a blank in the column unless they have some additional provision.
|Name||Type||Role||Location||S/N||P/O & date||Rating||Battery replaced||Comments|
|Smart-UPS 3000 RM||AT core network||comms cabinet||JS0510018447||a631778 2005-07-11||3kVA||2013-02||Formerly AT5; battery moved from AT8 (RT#63576)|
|Smart-UPS 3000 RM||AT core network||comms cabinet||JS0714011688||ikb0141 2007-06-19||3kVA||2013-09||Formerly AT8|
|at6.ups.at.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||AT6||AT6 comms room||JS0511022967||a631778 2005-07-11||3kVA||2014-10|
|at7.ups.at.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||AT7||AT7 comms room||JS0714011678||ikb0141 2007-06-19||3kVA|
|core.ups.f.net||SMART-UPS 3000 RM XL||Forum core0||comms racks||QS0348111013||a614789 2004-02-04||3kVA||2013-01 (main), 2017-09 (ext)|
|netInf.ups.f.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||Forum core1||comms racks||JS0511022795||a631778 2005-07-11||3kVA||2017-03|
|netServ.ups.f.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||Forum core2||comms racks||JS0510014805||a631753 2005-06-15||3kVA||2016-03|
|(USB)||Smart-UPS 1500||Test & development||IF-2.36||YS0315121217||a609907 2003-08-14||1500VA||2013-03|
|rack0.ups.kb.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||JCMB server room||Rack 0||JS0617023553||Probably a637388 2006-06-27||3kVA||2016-11|
|rack1.ups.kb.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||JCMB server room||Rack 1||JS0511022966||a631778 2005-07-11||3kVA||2016-07|
|rack2.ups.kb.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||JCMB server room||Rack 2||JS0510018437||a631778 2005-07-11||3kVA||2017-02|
|rack3.ups.kb.net||Smart-UPS 3000 RM||JCMB server room||Rack 3||JS0617023554||a637388 2006-06-27||3kVA||2014-10||Formerly AT4|
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