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A new Virtual DICE for 2019-20

A new version of Virtual DICE is out – in fact, two new versions! They have the software for the 2019-20 session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer. … Continue reading

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OpenVPN configuration files

The new OpenVPN configuration files which we have been beta-testing for the last month or so have now gone live, and our computing.help pages have been updated. These configuration files are intended to have essentially the same effect as the … Continue reading

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New staff SSH server

On Monday 19th August we will replace the SSH server named “hare” which hosts staff.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk with a machine named “steen”. All that will happen is that at about 08:00 on Monday we will change the DNS alias to point to … Continue reading

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OpenVPN beta-testers wanted

Several people have opened support tickets recently asking about warning messages being produced by OpenVPN when connecting to Informatics.  The reason for these warnings has been that the configuration syntax has gradually changed over time to accommodate new features, and … Continue reading

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SL7.6 Upgrade for desktop machines

The 6th minor update for ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics DICE office and student lab machines. A minor update like this provides us with the opportunity to update important software … Continue reading

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Forum core network upgrade

We will shortly be upgrading the remaining Forum core network switch.  With this one there will be some (expected) visible effects, as follows: This switch is normally the “root bridge” for the entire Informatics network.  While we do have extensive … Continue reading

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Computing Help updates

The computing help elves have been busy. In the past few weeks they’ve overhauled the pages on Printing and on Audio-visual facilities. In particular there are now pages on AV in Appleton Tower (formerly not covered at all) and AV … Continue reading

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Network disruption yesterday

Apologies for the short network disruption yesterday afternoon.  It was caused by a 10Gbps forwarding loop, which was created as the second-last fibre was being connected as part of our core switch upgrade programme.  As soon as we realised there … Continue reading

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Informatics network core upgrade

We will shortly begin the process of upgrading the switches which form the core of the Informatics network in the Forum and Appleton Tower.  The network has enough resilience built into it that this can happen mostly transparently to users.  … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE has been renewed

We’ve made a new version of Virtual DICE for the new session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer (here’s how to install it). We release a new version … Continue reading

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