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  Fall 2017 Term Plans
Posted by: ITZach - 08-16-2017, 06:24 PM - Forum: General On Topic - Replies (3)

Hey guys! It's getting pretty close to time to get back to school and that means we need to start thinking about the term and what we want to accomplish. Last term we spent a lot of time on networking but this term I really want to keep the topics of meetings and workshops really diverse. We have a really good list of topics that people would like to learn about and of course we are always looking for more. We also need to think about how we want to organize the term, do we want to have a lot of workshops on topics, or do we want to have days for just exploring topics in a less structured group environment? Things like that need to be addressed, but I need your input!

Last term we had a few days where we had pizza and played minecraft and those kinds of events are great group events. I think a fall LAN party is in order for this term as well so ideas for that would be great!

So give me some ideas! What do you want to gain from being a club member this term?

So far these are the topics that people have expressed interest in:

  • How to build a computer/server
  • How to properly pick parts for a computer/server
  • All things networking
  • Redundant storage systems (RAID or ZFS)
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
  • Cluster computing
  • User management (Active directory etc)
  • Powershell, batch files, and shell scripting
  • System management and monitoring
  • Back end server programming
  • Remote access
  • Picking and configuring a proper operating system
These are all awesome topics and I'm going to try and squeeze in as many as I can this term. Please please please! let me know if there are topics that you are more interested in or if you have other topics in IT that you want to cover. I need your input because I have no idea what you already know or want to learn!

Hope to see you all soon!

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  TLS and this forum
Posted by: Joe_Fet - 08-07-2017, 02:57 PM - Forum: General On Topic - Replies (1)

Radiian, I think the IT club forum should be swagged out with an SSL cert from LetsEncrypt, which is an open source CA. That way we would use HTTPS here and look like we know something about network security (even though the green padlock is just a status symbol-- itd be a start).

What say you?

Go beavs,

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  Minecraft version notice
Posted by: ITZach - 06-16-2017, 08:45 AM - Forum: General Off Topic - No Replies

Just a heads up, the minecraft server is still running 1.11.2 so if your launcher has updated to 1.12 you will need to create a new profile for version 1.11.2 to play. If I get enough request to update I'll go ahead and do it, but since we're running bukkit it can be a huge pain in the ass to update.

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  Adventures in OpenStack
Posted by: ITZach - 06-08-2017, 09:16 AM - Forum: General On Topic - No Replies

Some of you probably know that I've been trying to learn OpenStack so we can set up an awesome virtual lab for everyone to use. Initially I had tried using PackStack, a scripted installation package used for deploying small OpenStack instances for testing, but I wasn't having any luck with that. Too much trying to run at once without enough of a chance to fix issues as they come up. So I said screw that and pulled out the CentOS OpenStack deployment guide and got to work. I've jumped over quite a few hurdles and gone through two different installations to get a working deployment but I actually got it working! I was even smart enough to document the whole process to make replication easier. This should make deploying an instance for the club much much easier since I now have a small arsenal of tools and knowledge and experience. If you're interested in OpenStack at all please let me know! It's actually not terribly hard to install and if you can get PackStack to work it'll deploy with no hassle on a single machine for testing. If you want to help me design or setup our cloud for when we get a lab let me know too, I'd love to have a hand and it'll give people a chance to learn as well!

All the juicy details are posted on my blog under the OpenStack category.

I'm going to try and start doing write ups for all my projects too since a lot of people on reddit seem to be enjoying these posts. My goal is that my blog will be a sweet resource for learning about new things and maybe even finding new ways of looking at problems. So if you're interested keep an eye on it, I'll try to keep it updated often!

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  End of the term
Posted by: ITZach - 06-07-2017, 08:26 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Well the end of the term snuck up on me. I wanted to have one last meeting before the term ends, but it seems we're out of time (unless anyone wants to have a meeting at the end of finals week). I wanted to talk about how far we've come and our goals for next year but I think that can be accomplished here.

So here we are. We've come a long way this term. I conceived the idea of this club about mid way through last term as a way to both give engineering students more tools to use in the field as well as a way to give people with some interest but no hardware a place to play. Both of those were pretty ambitious goals but I think we're well on our way to reaching them. I didn't expect to meet those goals this term but in spite of that I feel that this term was a much bigger success for this club than I had anticipated. As of right now we have 12 members registered here on the website and 11 members registered through SLI. We've had regular attendance at all of our meetings this term, even it was only 3 people. We've seen a lot of new faces show up to meetings and I've heard a lot of interest from all over.

We also managed to become sponsored by the school of EECS which opens the door to finding dedicated space for a lab as well as funds for hardware (as well as other things like being able to reserve rooms for meetings and such).

I think we even managed to teach people a few things. We had a lot of talks about networks this term so hopefully members were able to learn some new things about the networks they've been using. 

Looking back if I could have done things differently I think I would have tried to cover broader topics as well as trying to do some more recruitment in places other than the college of engineering. All things for next year now.

So moving forward we have a lot to do, but now we have the tools to do it. We should be able to hit the ground running next year with early recruitment of new members. My hope is that we can pull in more people with an understanding of IT concepts to help foster an extensive learning environment for members. Don't be afraid to do some recruiting yourself to! With any luck we will also have a dedicated space with some hardware for people to learn on.

Recruitment is important, but my main goal for next year is to spark interest in broader topics. We covered mostly networking this term but there have been interest in other topics as well. We want to be able to cover all the topics in a useful way that everyone in the club can learn something from. Trying to pick topics and actually teach about them can be a challenge, so finding a way to face that challenge is a big goal for me next year.

Probably one of my biggest goals for next year is to make connections with other clubs on campus. In particular I think we could benefit from connections with both the gaming club and the linux users group. I wanted to try and start that this term but I just couldn't get to it. 

Lots of things to do next year. We should have an exciting year and I'm very much looking forward to us moving forward together. It's been a great term and I've had lots of fun with you guys. You've all been great and we wouldn't be here without you. Just don't forget that this club is all about you guys. Don't hesitate to post like crazy if you have something to say or want to learn about something, or even want to teach about something. Make this club yours, that's the whole point of it. If you don't feel at home here please talk to me about it because we want you to feel at home.

Its been a great term and I'm greatly looking forward to next year with you all! Have an amazing summer and don't hesitate to get together over summer if you're around, there's no reason we can't do things during summer!

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  Meeting Recap 6/1/2017 - Topic Ideas
Posted by: ITZach - 06-02-2017, 11:53 PM - Forum: Meeting Notes - No Replies

This week was a pretty small meeting but actually very productive. We came up with a good list of topics that may be of interest to people and would be good things to explore. Here's the list of things so far:

  • RAID/ZFS/Storage systems
  • Networks
  • How to build a PC
  • How to pick parts and build a server
  • Voice over IP
  • Clustering systems
  • User management (Active Directory/GP/UGP)
  • Windows Powershell
  • Linux CLI
  • Bash scripting/Batch files
  • System management
  • System monitoring
  • Server programming
  • Remote access
  • Picking/configuring an operating system
This is an excellent list for ideas if you want to start exploring things on your own. If you have questions about any of these topics you can ask them on the forum here, but if you're looking for basic information google can be an excellent resource. So get some basic information and then come back here to talk about it so we can all learn!

We missed everyone at this meeting but with finals coming up we know it's hard to find the time.

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  Meeting 6/1/2017 Topic Exploration
Posted by: ITZach - 05-30-2017, 04:57 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hello friends!

We're jumping back into things this week after taking last week off. This week I want to explore the different topics that people are interested in. I've been trying to get people to start working together to learn about the things they're interested in and I think this will be a good way to get things moving. So bring a laptop so we can do some topic exploration!

When: Thursday 6/1/2017 @ 7pm
Where: KEC 1003

Come with ideas of topics you want to explore! I'll be showing off the topic road map as well to give people some ideas but it's far from perfect yet.

Hope to see you all there!

I changed my username to include my name so people know who I am so it's no longer radiian, its now ITZach

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  No meeting this week
Posted by: ITZach - 05-22-2017, 04:07 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

With midterms and stuff happening this week and me being swamped with work for both classes and the club we're going to take a break for a week so I can take a breath. We'll pick back up again next week with a business meeting to talk about moving forward into next year so be sure to come to that! If you want to vote in next term's official business you will need to be at this meeting and registered as a club member so keep that in mind. I'll post more details on that meeting in a few days.

But aside from that I have to keep reminding people about some of the business that needs to be taken care of now. I still have officer positions open which is not a big deal, but I also need to build the budget request for next year and to do that I need to know what kinds of things you all want to get hands on experience with! A lot of people are interested in servers and networking, but there are a lot of other cool things too. Here's a list of some of the cool things we could spend some hands on time looking at but we would need money for:

  • Building servers
  • Setting up server clusters
  • Building large networks
  • Building large storage systems
  • Cool wifi projects
  • Advanced routing
  • Virtualization
That's not in any way an exhaustive list either its just some ideas. So if you're interested in any of those please let me know ASAP so I can request funding for them!

Hope you all have a good week! And if you want to stay involved with people outside of the meetings please feel free to organize your own meet ups with other club members! You're not restricted to meeting just when I tell you to haha. We also have a minecraft server running 24/7 that's open to the public so that's a good way to socialize as well!

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  Club Meeting 5/18/2017
Posted by: ITZach - 05-16-2017, 09:12 AM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Last week we looked at planning and setting up a home network. I wanted to do a live demo of setting up and configuring a basic network but we ran out of time. So this week we're going to continue that idea and I'll actually do the demo.

As usual:
When: Thursday 5/16/2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Where: KEC 1003 (not solidified yet)

It shouldn't take the whole time to do the demo so we can hang out and chat after the demo.

If there's anything specific you want to see about setting up a network please let me know ahead of time so I can plan for it. There's a lot I can demonstrate but I need to know ahead of time what gear to bring.

Hope to see you all there!

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  Minecraft Server Down Time
Posted by: ITZach - 05-12-2017, 01:55 PM - Forum: General Off Topic - Replies (1)

We have been experiencing extended down time of the minecraft server due to the power outage yesterday morning (5/11/2017). 

At approximately 5:40am Thursday morning I was made aware of a power outage. The minecraft server and the supporting public network was kept online by battery backup. Pacific Power and Lighting had made the estimate that service would resume at approximately 7:20am the same day. I made the decision to safely shutdown the minecraft server as the estimated run time for the UPS was only 60 minutes. 

Later that evening the server was started and the minecraft service was resumed.

Today (Friday 5/12/2017) I was made aware of an issue preventing players from logging in to the server. The issue was caused by an internal DNS issue on site. A workaround has been implemented and services have been completely restored to the public facing ports. 

I apologize for any inconvenience.

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