Daniel, Kevin, Gordon, Klark, and Eric

Discussion Action
Virtual Server RAID data performance report


Discussion Action
====Access Point Funds==== Access point funds are not provided for 2009. The missing funds will impact our budget and affect both open lab resources as well as faculty office resources. We are going to notice its impact on next years budget, and we are going to take back concessions made to college earlier when we were understanding access point funds to be forthcoming (not canceled). ====Windows Lab for Help Sessions==== Eric R. is requesting an open lab for Windows help sessions. We concluded to use 1121 as the windows help session lab, and it needs to scheduled like any other resource. Part of the decision was influenced by the fact that we do not have a projector to use any more because our prior projector broke, and 1066 is going to be a Linux lab rather than a Windows lab to make room for the change in 1106. We do need lab monitoring to better understand usage demands.

  • Prepare new budget for 2009 and 2010 including impact of missing access point funds
  • Help desk services: banner, cross training, and incentive program


Discussion Action
====Committee Direction==== What do we want to accomplish in the next 3 years? Next five years? The focus from last year centered on wikis and backups. We still have work to do in both of these areas which is ongoing, but what other things should we be considering?

  • Video streaming for lectures and classes
  • Should consider faculty needs separate from student needs as they are two different targets
  • Faculty just want things to work: we should make things work and give faculty tools they need when they need them much in the way we are handling wikis right now. What about SVN? What about web servers? Provide on demand solutions that just work.
  • Try to remove “admin” issue from faculty and just provide working services.
  • Research teaching and support.
  • How many of our services should be outsourced? Should, for example, youtube handle all of our video streaming?
  • Keeping services local preserves BYU branding
  • Outsourcing often does not save money (many direct and indirect costs)
  • What happens if campus IT policies conflict with department policies? (especially a problem if outsourcing to OIT)
  • Typical model is to put something out for faculty to try and they see if they buy in. Wiki's followed the put it out and see model
  • Training and support: improve student tools, provide better support to faculty for training and support in general.
  • Lab model is somewhat broken, and we need to rethink how the lab space is going to be used in the future. How do we make labs more conducive to group work? What about pair programming?
  • Lab design affects group interaction. How should it change in the future?
  • Virtualization: what if all our lab computers could run any systems? The open screen first has you select a system, it loads the system, and then you authenticate. Labs no longer have system designations. You can go to any machine in any lab and run any system.

====State of the State in Computing Facilities==== We need to report to faculty what we are doing on the computing committee. How are we using our time and efforts? What are we trying to accomplish?

====VPN Services==== ====SVN Servers====

  • Lab statistics from Nagios: does it work?
  • Computing committee report: what are we doing and why?


Discussion Action
====Construction Report==== 1066 ready and being cleaned by Klark this week. Carpet scheduled this week for 1057. Laptop lab should be back in order this week too Current order of lab bring up: 1066, 1057, and then 1106. Target to complete all labs in 3 weeks


Discussion Action
====Server Maintenance==== We need to move servers out of the second floor when they rip down the ceiling etc. if at all possible to avoid the mess. We also need to order new servers since we lost the server for our NFS mount point. A blade system is preferred and hardware for all servers being the same. We need to also assess our batteries and replace any that no longer hold charge. The goal is that we can weather a 3 hour power outage.

We are also having issues with FC9 dropping the NFS mount point in the Linux open labs. We want to migrate to FC10, and we are currently looking at some test images. We also need to resolve licensing for MatLab which is used in 412 and 470 (Warnick and Goodrich).

  • OIT to provide wireless services?
  • Division of labor page on wiki to define Klark and Loren's roles for committee and faculty*
  • Monitoring and reporting for open-lab statistics
  • Bring up labs 1066, 1057, 1106, and 1062
  • Assess battery status and replace batteries as needed for 3 hour coverage
  • Migrate servers downstairs in advance of second floor construction
  • Prepare proposal for new bladed systems
  • LDAP migration to new servers
  • Bring backups on home directories back on line

Discussion Action
====Wireless infrastructure for TMCB==== ====TMCB door lock system==== ====Server Room Protocol====

  • Migration to new server room report
  • Backup policy
  • Mail forwarding service



Discussion Action

Avoid assignments

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