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RAL Particle Physics Dept. Site Report. Who are we…. About 2 staff mainly on windows and general infrastructure About 1.5 staff on departmental Linux and Tier 2. Part of one manager ‘Year in Industry’ (gap year) student summer 03-04 and again summer 05-06. Gareth Smith RAL PPD.

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Ral particle physics dept site report

RAL Particle Physics Dept.

Site Report


Ral particle physics dept site report

Who are we….

  • About 2 staff mainly on windows and general infrastructure

  • About 1.5 staff on departmental Linux and Tier 2.

  • Part of one manager

  • ‘Year in Industry’ (gap year) student summer 03-04 and again summer 05-06.

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

Developments in CCLRC / RAL

  • Central infrastructure upgraded to Windows 2003 / Active Directory

    • Keeping existing Windows domain structure. I.e. many separate forests.

  • Exchange upgraded to Exchange 2003 (from 5.5)

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

PPD Desktops / Laptops

  • Approx 130 desktop systems running Windows XP (Sp1) with Office XP

    • Use UpdateExpert to rollout patches

    • Site-wide Sophos anti-virus license

  • Approx 10 desktops running Linux

  • A few MACs

  • Significant numbers of Laptops (around 40).

    • Mostly Windows XP.

      • In PPD domain for central Sophos updates.

      • Use central SUS server for updates

    • Some Linux, some dual-boot

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

PPD Servers

  • Windows

    • 2 file servers. Approx. 500GByte available

    • Backup to tape auto-loader (Scalar24) with SDLT.

    • Three web servers – plan to consolidate

    • Citrix terminal server for ‘special’ applications.

  • Linux

    • Departmental servers RH7.3. (Update to SL over summer)

    • Web server RH Enterprise 3 & Apache

    • CVS Server (SL)

    • Approx 10 desktops running Linux

  • Use of samba to access Linux file servers from Windows.

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

Tier 2

  • Currently

    • 42 dual nodes

      • mix of 2.4 and 2.8GHz Xeons.

    • 0.8TByte disk.

    • LCG SL 2.4.0

    • In two racks

  • Future:

    • Additional 6TB to bring into use (DCache)

    • Additional rack with disk / tape.

    • SL4 …..

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

Printing etc.

  • Networked B&W and Colour printers

  • Includes HP plotter (DesignJet 800PS)

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


Ral particle physics dept site report

Future & Issues

  • Increase in user filespace for Windows and Linux

    • Network appliance ?

  • Power (and cooling) available in computer room is limited.

  • Ongoing patching etc.

  • Growing numbers of Laptops – not so easy to manage

    • Also visitors arriving with laptops.

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD


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