Sysadmin Guide

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The system administrator chairs the Systems Committee, and is responsible for keeping all of our computers in working order. The CSC computing environment is good, but not nearly perfect, and the sysadmin should look for ways to improve it. We don't have a strict "if it works, don't touch it" policy, and encourage people to try new things to see if they work better. Because of this, we don't have "5 nines" uptime or anything close, but do have a modern computing environment that is constantly improving. Our systems should be, and often are, better at the end of term than the beginning.

Early in the term, the sysadmin should consider what hardware upgrades we would like to have, and send proposals to the treasurer to add to the budget. A bit later, this happens again with MEF proposals.

The sysadmin should also make sure requests by our users (to systems-committee@csclub) are answered, and make recommendations to the Executive Council to add new systems committee members or reevaluate old ones.

Power Outages

Occasionally MC will undergo planned power outages. These usually last from the morning until the evening. a2brenna or someone from IST will hopefully give us a notice in advance. When this happens, you should send an email to csc-general announcing the outage (example here). You should plan the shutdown the night before the outage using the shutdown command on all of our MC machines, e.g.

sudo shutdown 08:00 "CSC systems will be unavailable for a power outage 8am -> 12pm. This machine will shutdown at 8:00AM EDT."

Let's Encrypt certificates

Make sure to read SSL first.

We handle LE certs for members and clubs who host their websites on our servers. The certs should be renewed automatically; if they do not, then something is very wrong. There are plans underway to migrate from `certbot` to `dehydrate` since the apt version of certbot appears to be broken. subdomains

Make sure to read Web Hosting first.

If a member or club requests a subdomain, first make sure that their website is being hosted on our servers.. Then, forward the email to hostmaster (at), and make their domain a CNAME for