MPU Meeting Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Inventory

Alastair has been using the new inventory API for the latest insurance valuation. This has been a good practical test and it's led him to flesh out the API's query facilities and the documentation. Once he's finished the documentation he'd like people to try out the new API. The update part of the API is still a work in progress.

A new script syncs from the old inventory to the new one.

LCFG Client Refactoring

Stephen has been writing documentation. This will take some time. So far the documentation has focussed on the Perl modules. As ever this is proving to be a useful way to show up inconsistencies and gaps in the API. These are being fixed as they are discovered.

MPU SL7 Server Upgrade

  • Neil has got waklog working. Its absence was a block on upgrading a number of our services, so we can now think about more upgrades.
  • Alastair has got the NFS component working, unblocking several upgrades in other units.
  • We've realised that fail2ban doesn't yet work for IPv6. Until it does we plan to run the SSH services on SL7 on an IPv4 only basis.
  • In the coming week we hope to upgrade staff.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk, staff.nx.inf.ed.ac.uk and rsync.pkgs.inf.ed.ac.uk/exporthttp.pkgs.inf.ed.ac.uk.
  • After having found that guest migration doesn't work to SL7-based KVM servers (as we don't use shared storage), we've found that it does work if we use the -ev package versions produced by the Centos Virtualization SIG. We're looking into this.

Miscellaneous Development

lcfg-fstab-1.9.0 has a new cryptopts resource for partitions. This can be used to specify crypttab options for the partition.

Operational

Nothing of note.

This Week

  • Alastair
    • Inventory project
      • continue working through InvProjectWorkFlow
      • Document clientreport (eg how to add modules)
      • Document order sync code
      • Document hpreport processing script
      • Continue work on RESTful API - InvProjectRESTapi
      • Continue populating new inventory so other folk can play with API
      • Start work on final report!
    • Remove default pool if ops meeting agrees
    • Dump 'atom'
    • Deploy encrypted /tmp and swap conversion script
      • Deploy on office desktops
      • Need to warn users that Gnome3 may pop up a window about /tmp being full (when script is run)
    • Schedule MPU meeting to discuss systemd ordering
    • Reschedule MPU futures meeting
    • Continue building computing.help honeypot
    • package up ILW stuff and document process
    • submit polkit bug to redhat - with Stephen
    • Chase Toby again about testing latest perl-Moose under prometheus (and then make live) after August 15th.
      • Toby has tried. Prometheus isn't happy. Toby reckons traits behaviour has changed.
    • After next kernel update - Run named existence report on bandama
    • Finish deploying lcfg-fstab-1.9.0
    • Continue researching whether 'discard' or fstrim is appropriate/possible for cryptab partitions
    • Once Stephen updated DNS part, submit SL7 server base project to August devel meeting for closing
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList
    • Try bringing up an SL7 test server akin to 'porto' - package slave export
    • Create a header for SSD devices

  • Chris
    • Inventory project
      • Continue work on 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
    • MPU SL7
    • Investigate R730 iDRAC with Ian D
      • firmware upgrade
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList
    • Upgrade staff.NX to SL7
    • More research on KVM s/w versions under SL7 (inc consultant Matthew R)
    • Try LCFG compiler on 'muro'

  • Stephen
    • LCFG client refactor stage 1
      • schedule debrief meeting
    • LCFG client refactor stage 2
      • testing and documentation
      • blog article (once documentation complete)
    • Investigate kernel component pipe moan by using shell commands instead of RPM module => waiting on 7.2 => activities list
    • LCFG server symlink to exam branches - produce reporting script and discuss with Graham
    • Circulate dmesg proposal
    • Apply firmware patches - circle
    • submit polkit bug to redhat - with Alastair
    • SL7 MPU
      • Upgrade staff ssh server to SL7
    • Work on RT tickets
    • Add something about DNS to FinalProjectReport356
    • Investigate journald logging problem (rabbit)
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList
    • Nag people about old sl6 profiles
    • Document BIOS settings for Lenovo box
    • Investigate removing cracklib from PAM stack (so Toby can introduce new password strength checking)
    • Raise possibility of 6.8 support for servers at LCFG deployer meeting

-- AlastairScobie - 03 Aug 2016

Topic revision: r9 - 11 Aug 2016 - 10:06:31 - AlastairScobie
 
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