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Looking up DICE user/group information

Users of DICE machines may have noticed that system utilities such as getent and finger are no longer returning a full list of Informatics users. We use sssd (System Security Service Daemon) on DICE to cache LDAP data, such as … Continue reading

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Cloud Printing for the Forum

Cloud based printing is becoming more and more widespread across the University. Instead of needing to remember the queue name of the nearest printer, jobs are sent to a single cloud queue (to be strictly accurate, there are in fact … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE – new version

We’re pleased to announce a new version of Virtual DICE for the 2017-18 session. Here’s how to download it. If you don’t know what Virtual DICE is, read on. The managed Linux machines here in the School of Informatics run … Continue reading

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Lecture Recording – MediaHopper Replay

The new lecture recording facility, MediaHopper Replay, is now live (as of 5th September) and by the start of teaching, the service will be available in 114 teaching spaces. Further details can be found on the IS page which includes … Continue reading

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Software Collections

The standard versions of various developer tools provided as part of a Scientific Linux release (e.g. SL6 or SL7) can become quite old. To gain access to newer versions various software collections can be added to a system. Redhat summarises … Continue reading

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Staff NX server reboot

We need to reboot the staff NX server (jubilee) to upgrade it to SL7.3. We plan to start this work at 9am on Thursday 29th June, we expect the service to be unavailable for approximately 1 hour. During the period … Continue reading

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ScientificLinux 7.3 upgrade

The 3rd minor update to ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics SL7 DICE office and student lab machines. A minor update like this provides us with the opportunity to update important … Continue reading

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SSH Server Reboot

We need to reboot the general access SSH server (bruegel) to upgrade it to Scientific Linux 7.3. This is just a minor upgrade from SL7.2 to SL7.3 which will have very few user-visible changes. We plan to do this at … Continue reading

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Staff SSH server reboot

We need to reboot the staff SSH server (brendel) to upgrade it to Scientific Linux 7.3. This is just a minor upgrade from SL7.2 to SL7.3 which will have very few user-visible changes. We plan to do this at 8am … Continue reading

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New SSH server

On Monday 3rd April we will replace the SSH server named schiff which hosts ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk and student.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk with a machine named bruegel. All that will happen is that at about 08:00 on Monday we will change the DNS aliases to … Continue reading

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