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DICE VM for Staff

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252
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Description: This project will develop and roll out a virtualised version of the current DICE installation that will be usable on staff(and research student) desktops within the schools network

Deliverables: A working VM image that can be kept up to date and installed on DICE and Non DICE desktops (windows, mac, linux).
Infrastructure for allowing staff to self install.
Infrastructure to keep the image updated.
Documentation on install ing the image on Windows, Macos, Linux

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Customer: All staff and research students

Case statement: This would allow staff and students who run self managed machiens access to a DICE desktop on their desktop, it would also allow staff direct access to any customised DICE configuration (lab machine, testing release etc) for testing software.

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Proposal: The project should deliver a system allowing users to install a vm on their main client desktop.
It's highly desirable that this be done with the minimum of work from support.

Resources: 4 weeks effort
Consultancy from C(S)Os with expertise in various platforms to test the VM and generate appropriate documentation

Plan: Investigate install methods (e.g. create vm and run pxeinstall vs pregenerated vm image) and implement one.

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Dependencies: Installroot, probably needs to tie into the installroot build process.
networking
develop a delivery mechanism for staff to create an appropriate VM and install the image

Risks: We are effectively handing out rooted DICE images and should look at the implications this involved wrt networked services and DICE

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