Technical support issues should be routed to either Art or Jason, depending on the base operating system of the issue. Windows related problems should be routed to Art Kleyman Ph: (404) 727-4734 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linux and Macintosh related problems should be routed to Jason Boss Ph: (404) 727-4089 Email: email@example.com Both Art and Jason are fairly busy (we are a growing department) and in general, with the exception of emergencies, support requests should be sent to us in email. This gives us the opportunity to prioritize and get things done in an efficient manner. Some projects may take time to accomplish and I (Jason) want to let you know that it is ok to check on the progress of a project, but please use common sense. I have recently received multiple email during the course of one day, concerning one issue and it took longer to read the letters, than to fix the problem.
While we are happy to see customers try to solve problems independently, you should be aware of some ground rules. As with all rules, some situations would supersede these, such as fire or flood, again, use common sense. A) Hardware No one should alter a lab computer's hardware setup with the following exceptions: 1) Jason Boss 2) Art Kleyman 3) Jon Carr 4) Someone who has my blessing B) Network Workstations may be removed from the network, but primary multi-user machines are not to be removed from the network by lab personnel, other than Eric. Primary multi-user machines include: 1) Spicysquid 2) Curveball 3) Mockr (the IDL license server next to the Wiki computer) Before you disconnect a workstation, you *must* check to see who is currently logged on (the w or who command will give you this information). The workstations are being used by multiple people (running simulations remotely, etc). It is important that they log off before the workstation is removed from the network. C) Software Generally speaking you are able to install what software you would like, but you should keep in mind that these are lab machines and the installation and use of peer-to-peer file sharing software (just as an example) is an excellent way to infect subject machines with viruses, spyware, to get banned from the network (this is done by Office of Information Technology, not me), a violation of Emory's computer use policy, and is usually not professional. Additionally, it is forbidden. Software installation for Linux machines is limited to your personal use. If you have a super program you think that everyone should use, talk with Eric. If he approves I can add it to the general distribution set that I use. Software installation on Windows is limited to customers with administrative access on individual machines. rpm -qa will reveal all packages installed on the linux machine, but beware, the listing on Diomedes, alone, is 18 pages long. Currently installed 3rd party software: IDL 7 MatLab R2008B gqview 2.0.1 gifsicle 1.44 grace 5.1.21 pov-ray 3.6 First Class 8.047 latex2rtf 1.9.16a pine 4.64 qhull 2003.1 xv 3.10a
A) Remote access Due to security concerns, remote access is currently limited, while a more robust solution is implemented. If you need specific access to a Linux machine remotely we can discuss options to find a solution that balances security with usability. Keep in mind that Eric will have to approve of any plan we develop. B) Increased privileges All requests for increased privileges *must* be approved by Eric, in email. The easiest procedure for this is to email Jason Boss with your request, and cc: Eric on the email. C) Backups Currently, none of the computers in the lab are being regularly backed up. If you are using a windows computer, we strongly recommend storing your data on //luma/gr_weeks (which *is* backed up each night). You are responsible for backing up your data. Eric.s home directory on Static is currently being backed up and soon, the Spicysquid home directories will be similarly backed up in the near future. D) Screen savers/xlock Locking your screen with xlock or a screen saver is against the rules. It makes it difficult to service or use the machine and may require an administrator to force a log off (in which case you will lose your unsaved work). If you are finished with a machine for the evening, my suggestion is to log off. If you have an ongoing computation (for example, if one were running overnight) then you may want to post a note on the machine. If you aren't sure how to disable the password protection feature of your screen saver, ask someone in the lab or Jason Boss. E) Personal machines Personal machines are a part of the lab, and the technical team will do our best to help you get your machine working in the lab environment. In exchange we expect that you will behave responsibly when installing software (see above), creating passwords, etc. and you may need to compromise, to assure the security of the laboratory (for example: Linux machines in the lab need restrictive firewalls to help prevent hack attempts.) Don't let all of this discourage you from contacting us. We want to work with you to create a superior computing environment and need your cooperation to make that happen.