User Support Unit SL7 Project

  • dice-invtools - Done (in dice_sl7_env_common.rpms)
  • server upgrades - see table below
  • podium machines - Done
  • webkiosk machines - Done

colour meaning
hostname Already done
hostname Never being done
hostname No date set for upgrade
hostname Date set for upgrade

Servers to Scientific Linux 7 2016

Machine Group Service Who Scheduled Scheduled Date Date Completed Who Upgraded Comment Local Data (Gb) Is it backed up? Location
aristo CSTR server Compute server         retired 5/9 168    
ashbury student.compute Compute server                
bakersfield   kvm- computing.help test staging server         is now discuss.inf      
cameleopard   student login server         to be retired 6.3    
cannabich touchscreen Touchscreen         retired      
castor rmirror server Rmirror server           1.8T on sda    
catzilla   Compute server           328Gb data to be moved. Could go on 2nd disk ?    
charlotte   Ex-Student sl6 Compute server         retired 6.3MB    
closeburn   level 3 touchscreen                
colonsay   Compute server         retiral agreed with steedman, see email 13/6 498    
cup01   Compute server                
cup03   Compute server                
cup04   Compute server                
dalfaber   Compute server                
darkstar   Compute server           668GB to be moved    
drem touchscreen Touchscreen                
dumpling   level 2 touchscreen                
enceladus ANC machine learning group Compute server         Schedule retirement - emailed Amos 20/7 data copied 337    
forteviotvb2   kvm - drupal server         no longer required      
forteviotvb3 2nd test drupal form kvm- drupal server                
haight staff compute server Compute server                
hp1   Compute server         to return to diydice      
hp2   Compute server         to return to diydice      
hp3   Compute server         to return to diydice      
hubel ANC compute server rmirror server rmirror/Compute server           3.2T on sda    
humbie   level 1 touchscreen                
hyde   rmirror/Compute server           2.6T on sda    
inxs touchscreen Touchscreen                
jekyll   rmirror/Compute server           2.8T on sda    
joule   Compute server                
jupiter1 Jim Bednar DTC server Compute server         negotiate retiral, emailed csutton 24/6, completed 1.1T    
jupiter2 Jim Bednar DTC server Compute server         negotiate retiral, emailed csutton 24/6, completed 1.4T    
jupiter3 Jim Bednar DTC server Compute server         negotiate retiral, emailed csutton 24/6, completed 1.1T    
lindor CSTR server Compute server         retired 5/9 144    
lochmaben   level 5 touchscreen                
mercury ANC compute server Compute server         Schedule retirement to be retired 09/09/16 4.5    
mondonville touchscreen Touchscreen                
nelo   level 4 touchscreen                
nimrodkvm Replacement ANC web server kvm -web server         will move remaining website to groups.inf. Emailed Carl Rasmussen on 19th May. Completed.      
oduya touchscreen Touchscreen                
patty rmirror server rmirror/Compute server                
pollux rmirror server rmirror/Compute server           1.8T on sda    
ratte CSTR Server Compute server         Schedule retirement      
rockefeller staff login server Login Server         Retired      
salmon ANC compute server Compute server   08/12/16            
sanquar   Ground floor touchscreen                
scargill TXM server Server         Schedule retirement - message sent 26/07 149    
selma rmirror server rmirror/Compute server                
stakhanov TXM server Server         Schedule retirement      
titan ANC compute server Compute server         Schedule retirement, emailed Amos 13/7 to be retired 09/09/16 8.5    
torridon staff.compute64.inf.ed.ac.uk - 64bit large memory 16Gb machine Compute server         Schedule retirement 0    
trout ANC compute server Compute server   08/12/16            
venus ANC compute server Compute server         retired 22/03/17 143    
vetinari Sharon Goldwater Server                
vivaldi touchscreen Touchscreen                
vulcan student.login Login Server                
wiesel ANC compute server rmirror server rmirror/Compute server           2.8T on sda    
zondar CSTR server Compute server         retired 5/9 151    

Touchscreens

All touchscreen machines were replaced with slightly newer models. Thanks to Ian for his help in upgrading these machines.

Institute Machines

We were able to negotiate the retiral of a number of machines - see the table above.

Although upgrading our Institute machines was not necessarily technically challenging, preparing for the upgrade is what took the time and effort in most cases. The challenges included:

  • Negotiating retirals!
  • Encountering data on machines 'owned' by staff who have left Informatics
  • We had to find temporary alternative space for user data (with disk sizes generally increasing, this will be a continuing problem)
  • Negotiating suitable time slots for upgrades

The three ANC jupiter machines were re-purposed and taken off our list.

Observations

  • We still have a number of machines that are only used by a few users (and infrequently at that)
  • Despite best efforts at keeping inventory information up to date, we don't always have the correct details for the owner of the machines.
  • We are not given sufficient notice (if any) when people leave. This needs to be addressed.

Discussion Forum

We have now removed EASE authentication. This was only required for the IJP course. There is only 1 course using the site now (inf2b) so we should consider whether to re-advertise the site or retire it and recommend that users use an alternative. Piazza seems to be used by a number of our courses.

Effort

  • CO effort: - 17 days
  • CSO effort: - 30 days

-- AlisonDownie - 06 Apr 2016

Topic revision: r63 - 02 May 2018 - 07:49:05 - AlisonDownie
 
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