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XRDP service

Prior to lockdown we only had a single “staff” server and a single “student” server but with the need to provide adequate facilities to allow working from home, we had to expand our provision. Based on the work of FreeRDP … Continue reading

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Development GPUs in lab machines

Just before the shutdown we replaced some lab machines with desktops with lower spec GPUs These are elitedesk 800 g4s with gtx 1060 cards which can be used for development work and for short or small scale processing. Please do … Continue reading

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IPv6 addresses

As we prepare to enable IPv6 on the “static self-managed” wires, there are a few aspects to IPv6 addressing which you need to know. The most obvious difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addresses is that the latter are 128 bits … Continue reading

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IPv6 for the Forum static-self-managed subnets

Following the introduction of IPv6 for the Forum self-managed dynamic-address subnet (and the ironing out of a couple of teething problems), we would now like to roll IPv6 out to the two “static-self-managed” subnets (“SM164” and “SM197”). We propose enabling … Continue reading

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IPv6 for Forum self-managed subnets

It’s now more than three years since we implemented IPv6 for the School’s managed Linux (DICE) desktops and servers, and in that time we have seen very few issues which were specifically related to IPv6.  We were not, unfortunately, able … Continue reading

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Change Freeze during strike action from 21st November 2019 to 10th December 2019

In order to minimise the risk to computing facilities during the strike action there will be a ‘change freeze’ for those computing systems managed by the School’s computing staff: the University’s Information Services are implementing a similar ‘change freeze’. This … Continue reading

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What Do You Want From A Network File System?

We’ve been using OpenAFS as the School’s network file system (i.e. the thing that lets you access your DICE home directory and research group space on pretty much any machine from pretty much anywhere in the world) for the best … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE has been updated

We’ve updated Virtual DICE! Both “little” and “large” VMs have been updated. There are two changes compared to last month’s release: VirtualBox Guest Additions has been updated to a much newer version, so the Virtual DICE VM should now be … Continue reading

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macOS Catalina

We advise waiting a while before updating your Mac to the new macOS version, Catalina, for two reasons: firstly it has bugs, which Apple is steadily fixing; secondly it introduces a security system which is causing problems for software which … Continue reading

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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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