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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Printing etc.

  • Networked B&W and Colour printers
  • Includes HP plotter (DesignJet 800PS)

Gareth Smith

RAL PPD

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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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