MPU Meeting Tuesday 2nd February 2016


Nothing happened.

LCFG Client Refactoring

Nothing happened.

SL7 Server Base

Stephen will finish the network device naming changes by adding support in the hardware headers for the server models we have available. Alastair will document the new naming system on the LCFG wiki and blog with a link.

Alastair noticed that there are some package conflicts when using the dice/options/server.h header on SL7, Stephen will investigate and fix any issues.

Fibre channel support is waiting on SL7.2 being ready.

The DNS component has become an urgent issue for SL7 server support, Alastair will raise the issue with George.


Nothing happened, Stephen is hoping to get some to focus on this in the next week.

MPU Services SL7 Upgrade

Nothing happened.

Miscellaneous Development

Disk encryption
A bug was discovered in the conversion script, it has been fixed and some more testing is required. We need to warn people that during the conversion process when /tmp is overwritten the Gnome disk space watcher application moans to any users who are logged in and using Gnome.

virtualbox 5
We now have the latest version of VirtualBox 5 and it seems to work fine on SL7. We will make this the default for SL7.2 machines.

Project milestones
various projects need milestones adding.

SL7.2 upgrade
The SL7.2 upgrade is nearly ready for the first phase of testing. Still need to look at lightdm and xscreensaver updates.


AMD FirePro
The new AMD FirePro card has been installed into theia, it all went very smoothly. The packaging of the Catalyst Pro driver worked as required.

ILW Week
Alastair has been working on the ILW virtual machine.

HP EliteDesk 800 G2
Stephen has managed to install SL7.2 onto the new G2 machine but it is not booting from the disk. Alastair will take a look to see if he can spot the cause.

KVM server usage
Should we move important VMs to a separate server to keep them apart from the more risky servers? We will start with a survey of what is currently running.

This Week

  • Alastair
    • Inventory project
      • continue working through TartarusWorkFlow
      • consider what next can be integrated into existing system, if anything
      • Check for systemic errors from clientreport
        • Look now that servers don't check monitors
      • Document clientreport
      • Document order sync code
      • Continue work on hpreport processing script
    • Remove default pool if ops meeting agrees
    • Experiment with different window managers under VNC (making the assumption that performance under NX will be similar)
    • Think of a use for 'atom'
    • Deploy encrypted /tmp and swap conversion script
      • test revised version on another set of machines.
      • Need to warn users that Gnome3 may pop up a window about /tmp being full (when script is run)
    • SL7 base server
      • Localhome functionality - use mkhome_dir instead?
      • check metropolitan USB and CD
      • Continue work with FC and LVM (awaiting 7.2)
        • investigate interaction between multipath and UDEV
        • check nagios notices if FC cable removed
      • network and bonding
        • more experimenting required (and documenting)
        • would be good if network component commented which tag was used to generate each ifcfg-{n} file
          • would need better "compare" to avoid unnecessary reboot requests
        • blog article required (give example of sauce and metropolitan)
    • Schedule MPU meeting to discuss systemd ordering
    • Continue building honeypot
    • Take MPU SL7 server project start to dev meeting - once Chris has published project plan
    • Finish work on ILW virtualbox image and look for docs branch in LCFG svn
    • Read through SL7.2 release notes
    • Consider milestones for inventory project

  • Chris
    • Inventory project
      • continue working through TartarusWorkFlow
      • Look at clientreport modules for replacing firmwarereport
    • pkgsearch for SL7
      • reimplement as a yum web front end (yum search for keyword produce an html file of links to cgi to do yum info)
      • Need support multiple platforms
    • Liaise with George over iDRAC documentation (look through ops reports to remind)
    • SL7 -
      • test out rsync / rmirror (both client and server ends) - liaise with Neil
    • SL7 MPU servers
      • update project plan
    • RT tickets close
    • Continue investigating SL6 sleep problem
    • Schedule MPU stargazing meeting
    • Consider milestones for SL7 server coord

  • Stephen
    • LCFG client refactor stage 1
      • schedule debrief meeting
    • LCFG client refactor stage 2
      • document API
      • blog article (once documentation complete)
    • Think about PD - Interested in ZeroMQ
    • Investigate kernel component pipe moan by using shell commands instead of RPM module => waiting on 7.2 => activities list
    • continue thinking about apacheconf
    • SL7 server
    • rkhunter config needs fixing
    • LCFG server symlink to exam branches - produce reporting script and discuss with Graham
    • Circulate dmesg proposal
    • Continue work on HP 800 G2
    • Consider milestones for apacheconf

-- AlastairScobie - 02 Feb 2016

Topic revision: r5 - 23 Sep 2019 - 13:33:38 - AlastairScobie
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