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Virtualised DICE image - scoping

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172
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Description: A virtualised DICE image has been suggested in a number of meetings.
This would be, for example, a virtualbox image with the current supported
desktop OS and all the teaching applications installed that students
(and staff) could download to their own laptops and desktops. The image would be
preconfigured for use against DICE services (eg AFS, printing etc)

IS have indicated willing to consider running DICE VMs in the IS public labs,
so this should be investigated as part of this project.

This project would investigate the feasibility of creating and maintaining
such an image, including :-

  • investigating real demand
  • identifying what is the minimum useful functionality and what extras functionality would be useful
  • investigating issues such as authentication, image updates etc

This project would probably be a joint project involving MPU and RAT.

Deliverables: A report covering the possible solutions and the likely costs involved.
some exemplar images

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Customer: Staff, students...

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  • Get requirements from original requestors.
  • check for other requirements
  • check with IS about what they would accept in their labs
  • check technologies available, shortlist possible technologies
  • produce exemplar images
  • look at updating images and authentication
  • look at deploying images.
  • write report
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Milestones

Proposed date Achieved date Name Description
2011-07-01 2011-04-12 requirements ca Get a requirements capture from anyone likely to want to use a virtual DICE (or virtual DICEish) machine
2011-05-18 2011-04-18 techreview Quick review of available technologies.
2012-02-01 2011-04-18 IScheck Check with IS about whether they're agreeable to us installing DICE images in their labs.
2011-05-13 2011-04-24 buildimages create some exemplar images to play with
2011-09-04 2011-04-29 testimages See how viable using these images in anger is likely to be.
2012-03-03 2011-05-01 report write report