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RAL PPD Site Report. RAL Particle Physics Department Overview. About 90 staff (plus ~25 visitors) Desktops mainly Windows LINUX servers Grid Tier2 (Part of SouthGrid). Staff: Departmental Unix plus Tier 2 etc. 1.5 Departmental Windows etc: 2 (currently plus 1 ‘Year in Industry’ student).

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Ral particle physics department overview
RAL Particle Physics DepartmentOverview

  • About 90 staff (plus ~25 visitors)

  • Desktops mainly Windows

  • LINUX servers

  • Grid Tier2 (Part of SouthGrid).

  • Staff:

    • Departmental Unix plus Tier 2 etc. 1.5

    • Departmental Windows etc: 2 (currently plus 1 ‘Year in Industry’ student)


Windows systems
Windows Systems

  • Desktops (total of ~120 systems) running Windows XP. Systems cloned from a master system.

  • NT4 domain controllers. CLRC domain is updated to Windows 2003, PPD will do the same.

  • Windows 2000 member servers (including web servers running IIS – note use of central support for these.)

  • Xerox Docushare repository

  • Citrix terminal server (Canvas; Illustrator, Framemaker, AutoCAD Lt…)

  • Pool of 7 laptops for loan. (Windows 2000, migrating to XP).

  • UpdateExpert for Desktop updates; SUS for laptop updates;

  • Sophos anti-virus.

  • Backup to tape autoloader (ADIC Scalar24 with SDLT).


Unix services
UNIX services

  • Currently RedHat 7.3

  • File servers and Web server (also CVS server)

  • Needs hardware and software upgrades…

    • Possibly move to rack mounted systems

    • Scientific Linux ?

  • LINUX on desktop

    • Currently not encouraged, self-managed.

    • RAL looking at central rpm repository used with yum

      • Possibility of standard PPD configuration, with yum for updates, and yumit monitoring.

      • Looking to ‘discourage a bit less’


Tier2
Tier2

  • Currently offering to LCG:

    • 21 dual-CPUs (mix of 1.4GHz PIII and 2.4GHz Xeon, (along with 8 infrastructure nodes)

    • 500GB disk

  • Just (about) delivered:

    • 24 dual 2.8 Xeon

    • 4TB disk

  • Plan future expansion in racks

    • Looking at space / power / cooling in computer room.


Networking and vms
Networking and VMS

  • Gigabit fibre to router – possibly adding second gigabit link for Grid.

  • Gigabit switch central to networking. 10/100 to ports in offices

  • Gigabit over copper in server room.

  • Possibility of separate link from site router for GRID.

  • VMS expected to be turned off soon now…….

    • Financial information for budget holders being provided in another way.


Security
Security

  • May 2004: Possibly a CVS exploit. System re-installed anyway.

  • Nov 2003: Did have a scare on Windows server when user directories vanished. Believe it was a false alarm, and really caused by a program running awry.

  • Scanning:

    • Lab scanning from ‘outside’ firewall

    • Microsoft HFNetChk – Windows patches

    • Nessus learning to identify false positives.

  • Just starting to look at running some spyware detection.