Klark, Gordon, Mark, Loren, Eric, Kevin*

'*' late as expected


Discussion Action

  • Work on health check script for uptime report
  • Collect and publish statistics for monthly report
  • Work with Loren to diagnose wiki slowness


Discussion Action

====Lab Migration==== Only outstanding item in the second floor is missing lights in Kent's lab. waiting for Kent to leave. Currently targeting May 7 for the date to move. Need to do a final walk through to be sure everything is done. and we are satisfied with the work. Tables move at 1:00 PM. Afternoon begins machine moves.

Kevin: email Lynn to see if we can move into the second floor Gordon, Klark, Loren, and Kevin: final walk through on construction today at 1:00 PM.

====Help Desk==== Loren is staffing help desk in the computer support office and using the quick tick. 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Monday through Friday. 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM on Saturday. Mornings are not when students are coming. More load comes at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

====VPN Docs==== Certificate should require a password authentication to download. Expires yearly.

Agenda: investigate VPN and certificate services — state policies on all major platforms and provide details on how to use the service.

  • Coordinate migration of labs when the second floor is completed with Parris
  • Help desk services: banner, cross training, and incentive program — appear on a future agenda as a report.
  • Move the VPN documentation into an area where students can access it (


Discussion Action

==== Media Lab Access Policy ==== Students in related classes and the animation emphasis are issued a Storytelling Lab Card at the start of the semester. They can use this to bump students from other classes. They post their card at the top of one of their monitors so other students to try to bump them. The card changes every semester.

I would add: One of the open lab machines is open to any student anytime and students using that machine can ignore students with Storytelling Lab Cards.

Online scheduling is set up for the demo room for any student to book it for 1 hour at a time.

Our vote: put up the sign, see what happens, if there is a problem, quickly implement the card rules. Test in spring to see what happens

Mark: move toward an on-line registration system for fall if we have an issue in the Spring/Summer.

Gordon: Post sign on Media lab stating purpose and restriction. Lab reserved for folks working on projects for graphics and animation.

==== Open Lab Usage Monitoring ==== We need to understand how our open labs are being used, and more importantly, be able to discuss current and future demands on our open lab resources. We also need to ability to monitor usage in our special purpose labs like 1106. It would be ideal if we could collect:

  • Console log times
  • Remote log times
  • CPU Usage – console versus remote
  • CS Net IDs
  • Classes for Net IDs

What is already being gathered? Most of it is already gathered. Many open source tools. NRTG. What's easy?

Klark: Reserve 20 minutes for demo on what we have by next week.

====Committee Direction==== Review discussion and focus

====State of the Union Address: 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?

====SVN Servers====

  • Make table showing current servers and services including wiki counts etc.
  • Email Daniel ticket reports each month


Discussion Action

  • Help Klark and Loren remove non-rack mounted items from server room


Discussion Action

1106 should be done today. Changing to 64-bit OS.

Migration started in two weeks to new servers.

Klark: articulate migration plan on Scheduled maintenance page

  • Setup 1106 by April 20 (clear 1027, move current 1106 contents to 1027, setup new equipment in 1106)
  • Remove cardboard airflow controls from downstairs server room by April 13th
  • Labmon report showing loads, usage, console, etc.
  • Email Daniel monthly downtime journal
  • Email Eric M. division of labor between you and Loren to post on wiki (done –> sent Saturday) (DONE)
  • Bring up labs 1066 (1066 mostly done need to fix NFS), 1057 (tables in room with 24 machines mounting brackets on table for machines), 1106, and 1062 (following 1066 and 1057 — one small table left in room with chairs). 1066, 1057, and 1062 done by next meeting: Basement is shutdown. Hold until August.
  • Assess battery status and replace batteries as needed for 3 hour coverage (low priority)
  • LDAP migration to new servers (Complete with blades – gin goes away)



Discussion Action

Loren: Migrate to use common database for tickets

  • Remove cardboard airflow controls from downstairs server room by April 13th
  • Help desk quick log for reporting (done)
  • Create area for upcoming maintenance on our wiki (done)
  • Email Daniel monthly downtime journal
  • Publish the VPN configuration file for general use
  • Move Wikis to new Ubuntu server using same version of MySQL and MediaWiki
  • Clearly define backup policy
  • Explore SAS versus SAN versus working within what we have.


Discussion Action

LDAP: couldn't connect to LDAP server
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