Over the winter break, we’ve been beavering away to get things shipshape for the new semester as well as some physical changes in our IT labs.
The largest piece of work has been ongoing in our Networking Lab, N424. It has been rebuilt as a 36 seat lab and the bulk of the work was completed for the End of January with some additional features being added in between classes.
- Some things stay the same: Still 3 data networks, R/G/B for VMs and Still 3 console cables, Router/Switch1/Switch2. However the cabling has been tidied up massively with patch trunking as opposed to the DIY effort in there previously.
- There is now (will be as of yesterday) the option to teach cybersecurity classes, with the ‘dirty/dangerous’ network available in the room
- It’s now possible to network N424 and N523 together via fibre links
- There is a HI-Spec Workstation acting as a ‘server’ hosted in each room with fast 10Gb network for pushing VMs to the desktops far more quickly than was possible previously.
- Additional rack space in N424 will be populated with servers to host services such as DNS, DHCP, etc (coming soon).
- Projector facilities have been improved; The near throw projector in there has been removed and replaced with two newer ones with a crisper image to look at
N525 is now Dual booted with a Windows partition. Work is still ongoing to complete the software build on there as it does deploy a little differently than all the other labs … There have also been some cosmetic changes made to the lab to add whiteboards and pin boards to the room.
The machines boot up to a bootloader screen where the user can select their OS of choice or leave it and get the last used one. We’ll be dropping some instructions in there while people familiarise themselves with the change.
All rooms have been repainted over the break… The smell of paint is slowly dissipating. The paint is more durable than just a simple emulsion but despite this, there is a wall already marked in n527
We have a new member to the IT Support team since the start of January… He has come to us from ITS but we’re not holding that against him.. Andrew Shearer is fitting in with the team well and has already knee deep in fixing problems with the Mac dual boot and the raspberry Pi’sconnecting to eduroam for the IOT module and a snarkey “little” problem we were having with student logins over the break..
- N526 has been chosen as our new project lab/cool things lab. Need to sit with course leaders on how this room will operate. The dual booting of the Mac Lab also allows the space to be set aside for projects outside of teaching. Work will begin in May
- N523 work will also start in May to expand into N519. This will give us 36 seats in here as well as in N424.