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If there is anything that needs to be/should be discussed in a sysadmin meeting, please list it here.

Topics are arranged by priority with the most important at the top.

Northrop Grumman donation

  • Moving the Sun rack?
  • Specifications of Itanium nodes (use as VM hosts?)
  • Cabling provided - power, Infiniband, ethernet
  • Switches provided - just ethernet?
  • Power requirements? Cooling?
  • When would we get the equipment?

Sun equipment

  • Support contract
  • Kiosk deployment - status?
  • Smartcards with or instead of student IDs
  • Move to L1 because of NG grant?
    • Power & networking requirements
  • Sun Ray donation from Chantilly HS

Budget & purchases

  • 10 GigE uplink to main switch - when?
  • 48 port GigE module?
  • Consolidate and update servers
    • Itanium nodes as VM hosts? hard drives included?

RFID housekeeping

  • RFID cards MIA with graduated students
  • Current list of owners

Password card access

  • SSH keys when needed; root only for lead admins?
  • LDAP sysadmin auth for servers


  • Full backup system that handles most (all if possible) data in the lab - "protect the data"
    • Mainly a policy about how often the backup should be run.
  • AFS Backups (more than .backup volumes)
    • Integrate with the big backup system, or run separately?
  • "Off-site" backups?
    • Would actually need to be "offsite," not ten feet from the edge of the lab (119s).

Cleanup of AFS

  • Clean the service directory
    • Archive everything that is no longer in use
    • Archive everything that is no longer useful
  • One home directory per user
  • Web-docs volumes?
  • Audit permissions on all directories, including web, etc
  • Other cleanup tasks

Additional "Services" To offer

  • Postgresql (?)

Enable Dynamic Power Savings Mode on Intel HPs

  • Note to Lee: I have had no bad experiences with laptop power savings features (from an ancient P1 Toshiba to a 1-2 yr old IBM) and I was unable to find any problems online (either with laptops or with HP's) after a quick Google search. Please provide some links. FYI it is OS-independent.
  • HP's website