Project Development Meeting (IF-2.33 10:00 - 12:00) - Minutes 2013-12-04

Present: Ian, Roger, Craig, Iain, George, Stephen, Alison, Neil, Tim (convener and minutes)

1. Minutes of last meeting


2. Matters arising

Update on actions from last meeting.

  • Take to CSG policy on not archiving and just deleting accounts after grace period. [Action Alastair]
  • Webmark Reform
    • Do a demo of prototype. Talk scheduled.
    • Do a talk on "connection pooling". Talk scheduled.
  • Software Download Portal/Repository: Stage 1s
    • Need to raise awareness, e.g. blogging and telling incoming PhD students. Alison will add link from "new user" page on
  • Redevelop User Documentation
    • Submit the skeleton system status summary from Nagios project (for maintaining the status tab). [Action Stephen]
    • We should be getting emailed (annually?) when pages we own need to be reviewed. Turn this on. [Action Alison]
    • Run a scan of pages in www.dice and wiki.inf/DICE which need to be pulled into Done fair bit, ongoing. [Action Chris]
    • Look at the support contact page to see if we can migrate into Drupal. [Action Alastair]
  • Software Download Portal/Repository: Stage 1s, Redevelop User Documentation
    • Take to CEG for ratification. Done.
  • Produce project sign-off checklist. Should include (among others) check boxes for end-user and technical documentation having been provided. Has been included in projects review proposals.
  • Account reconciliation
    • Find email evidence for IS having changed UID values. Done.
  • Streaming Media Service Requirements
    • Send draft document to IS for comments. Done.

New actions from this meeting:

  • Account reconciliation
    • Can we use a trigger such as a host drop-off spanning map for a number of weeks to automate host key principal deletion (in some fashion) and could this be part of Prometheus? For consideration and comment. [Action Toby]
  • Deploy Git/Gerrit as full services
    • Add security header to Git server as ssh will be accessable from outside ed. [Action Craig]
    • Use of AFS+SSH to solve end user managed access control means that iFriend write access to Git repositories for collaboration will probably not work as-is (would require full DICE account). Needs consideration (e.g. use https instead) but does not need to block this approach. [Action Craig]
  • Review of OpenLDAP DICE client configuration
    • Investigate using SSSD minimal cacheing to protect against connectivity issues, although this may just be an action to create a separate project. [Action Ian]
  • Securing School Web Servers
    • Sends notes from meeting to COs. [Action Neil]
  • Options for two-factor authentication
    • Include investigation of whether OTP support can be done at the same time. Add to project descriptor. [Action George]
  • Windows 7 Upgrade
    • Take to CEG for ratification. [Action Tim]

3. Approved Projects

See Activity with annotated comments from meeting.

4. Project Status Changes

5. System Blog Articles

  • Git

6. Technical Talk

Postponed until next meeting.

7. AOB

Next months meeting (Jan 1st) will be shifted one week to Jan 8th.

-- TimColles - 07 Jan 2014

Topic revision: r1 - 07 Jan 2014 - 10:49:14 - TimColles
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