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6. What is the BMC-IT computer platform and how does it work?

The platform is the stack of software and infrastructure that BMC-IT use.

Goals for the BMC-IT work with the platform:

  1. Provide a well working platform environment for the end users.
  2. Listen to what the users need. Implement changes in the platform when possible.
  3. Work together with the university and use central systems whenever possible.
  4. Provide options for the users with different needs regarding management, storage and operating system.

These are the major components of the platform

UpUnet and internal campus network

  • backbone and router financed via IT-division
  • campus switches financed via BMC
  • maintained by IT-division
  • cross connect patched by BMC-IT

The network and maintenance is payed for by the rent. There are no extra cost involved. However new networks sockets have to be payed for by the tenant.

BlueCat

  • pushed for and initiated by BMC-IT via IPAM-talk on IT-forum
  • maintained by and financed via IT-division

BlueCat is a tool for IPAM, an interface to manage DHCP and DNS. BMC-IT are using whitelists in BlueCat to control what clients will get an IP on which networks. BMC-IT also using central TFTP (PXE) server maintained by IT-division.

BMC server room

  • owned via IT-division and BMC
  • maintained by Akademiska Hus
  • operated by IT-division with assistance by BMC-IT
  • financed by the users from the whole university

The server room is for use by the whole university. Servers BMC-IT maintain for the departments we give support too are paid for by the users of BMC-IT.

Microsoft deployment toolkit (MDT)

  • included in present licenses
  • maintained by BMC-IT

MDT is used for installation of Windows and an engine for software distribution (Zenworks) on client computers.

Munki

  • open source software
  • maintained by BMC-IT

Munki is used for software distribution on Mac. Munki does one thing, program and configuration distribution, and does that very well.

Microsoft Active Directory

  • maintained by IT-division

The client computers are joined to the Active Directory providing authentication and directory services.

OCS Inventory

  • maintained by BMC-IT

Light weight inventory of software and hardware. Currently run in Mediateket (student computer laboratories) and some Linux servers at BMC.

Zenworks

  • maintained by Uppsala University

Zenworks is used for software distribution on Windows. Packages that BMC-IT uses are mostly built by BMC-IT but some are shared over the university.

HNAS file server

  • owned and maintained by IT-division
  • financed by the users

Better storage. Cost 7000 SEK/TB/year (7 SEK/GB/year) in steps of 500 GB. Offline files may be used for access of Documents and Desktop, but not shared group folders.

PCFS (Archive storage)

  • owned maintained by BMC-IT
  • financed by the users

In the price range of cloud storage. Simple storage with compression, snapshots and rsync to secondary server. The solution can handle tens of millions of files with hundres of snapshots with snapshots for over a year.

OwnCloud sync storage (In development)

  • open source software
  • maintained by BMC-IT

Syncronized storage, similar to Dropbox in functionality. Currently used by a single department.

IBM Spectrum Protect tape backup

  • owned and maintained by IT-division
  • financed by the users

IMB Spectrum protect is a enterprise standard backup and recovery system maintained by IT-division for the whole university. It is not very fast for many small files, in particular when backing up tens of millions of files incrementally.

Shared parts of the platform and comparison with some of the other platforms at UU made in 2018

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BMC server room
UUIT
BMC server room
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BMC server room
Ekonomikum
virtual machine platform Openstack KVM
UUIT VMWare VCenter ESXi
KVM
Microsoft Datacenter Hyper-V UUIT VMWare VCenter ESXi RUD-IT VMWare VCenter
Cloud­system OpenStack
POL-IT VMWare VCenter ESXi
EBC VMWare VCenter ESXi
UBIT VMWare VCenter ESXi
KVM
MS Hyper-V
network infra­structure Cisco Cisco
Fortinet
Cisco
Cisco
Fortinet
HP
Cisco
Cisco Cisco Cisco
IPAM solution BlueCat BlueCat BlueCat
Bluecat
ISC DHCP
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BlueCat
ISC DHCP
BlueCat BlueCat
tape backup solution IBM Spectrum Protect IBM Spectrum Protect IBM Spectrum Protect IBM Spectrum Protect Arcserve IBM Spectrum Protect IBM Spectrum Protect IBM Spectrum Protect
main client storage
UUIT Hitachi NAS (HNAS)
RBL-IT EMC Isilon
Microsoft Windows Storage Spaces UUIT Hitachi NAS (HNAS) RBL-IT EMC Isilon HP 3Par NetApp UBIT SAN EKIT SAN
sync storage SUNET box
Windows offline files
OwnCloud
UUB Microfocus Filr
Windows work folders -
dat­Anywhere
Micro­focus Filr (2018)
Micro­focus Filr Windows offline files UUB Microfocus Filr
Microfocus Filr
SUNET Box
software distribution and inventory
SCCM
Jamf Casper Suite
Munki
Microfocus Zenworks
Munki
OCS Inventory
SCCM
Jamf Casper Suite
- LanRev Microfocus Zenworks Microfocus Zenworks
Microfocus Zenworks
Mobile Manage­ment
Microfocus Zenworks
anti-virus software POL-IT SEP ? - RUD-IT SEP POL-IT SEP F-Secure F-Secure EKIT SEP
printing system eduPrint
eduPrint
direct print
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eduPrint
direct print
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direct print
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signage Xibo ? ? Samsung ? ? ? EKO-sign
number of computers in USER-AD active since 2016 updated 2017-10-06 1314
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- 1256
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1004
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ebc-
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uub-
590
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Number of Workstations in Zenworks 1226 - - - 1967 395 545 228 611 668

This entry platform was last modified 2018-09-11

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