Distributed File/Web Space Pilot Project Plan
October 16, 2000
Project Manager: Doreen Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Sponsor: AC4/Morna Mellor email@example.com
Statement of Purpose
The Distributed File/Web Space Pilot project provides students, faculty and staff the following capabilities that have
been unavailable to them in the past:
♦ To enable the campus community to easily access their personal files from different operating systems and in
most locations, both on and off campus.
♦ To give students and faculty the ability to easily share data when collaborating on projects.
♦ To provide web space for each student, faculty, and staff member
This project provides the infrastructure needed to support a distributed file service. The files are stored physically
on campus and will be implemented using IBM’s AFS software; the IT Data Center will run the service. Basic
services will include the ability for students, faculty, and staff to move, edit, and share files, distribute them on and
off campus, regardless of what computer they are using or where that computer is located. Additional proposed
services include the support of static web pages for personal use, and the support of routine course activities such as
submitting homework assignments, providing files to students (handouts), and managing a course web page with
content that may optionally be restricted to class membership.
This service will offer file space to all account holders at UC Davis. The default file space (volume) will be 20
Mbytes per account. A backup volume will be updated nightly and accessible to the account holder.
♦ User and backup volumes: UC Davis computer account holders will be able to access disk space (called the
user’s volume) that will look and act like file space that is commonly available via a mount point. For example,
on the Mac, the file space will appear as an Appleshare volume. On a Windows 95/98 system, the file space
will be mapped to a drive letter. Access in this case means store, edit, share, and maintain files and folders.
♦ Secure authentication: Secure authentication will be provided via password encryption and the use of Kerberos
from Windows 95/98 systems and Macs.
♦ Static web pages: Pre-defined sub-directories in the user's directory will map to a public web sub-directory
where static web content may be managed.
♦ MyUCDavis access to user volume: MyUCDavis will be able to access and manage directories that are
associated with a given user and are part of the user's "virtual" disk space.
Project Web Site:
http://afs.ucdavis.edu/services (first link)
Pilot Proposal Draft
The purpose of the pilots is to determine the feasibility of using AFS to meet the project objectives. The following
locally developed tools will be tested: secure access to Windows 9x, secure access to Macintosh OS, access control
editor, group membership editor, homework submission tool, and account name search tool. System administration
and application administration will be provided by the IT Data Center staff; support will be provided by IT Express
and the local TSCs.
Home Space accessed from UNIX and Windows systems.
Purpose: To demonstrate the use of AFS home space in a UNIX (primarily)/NT/Windows environment where
homework assignments are submitted electronically.
Coordinated with the College of Engineering
Home Space accessed from Windows 98 and Macintosh systems.
Purpose: To demonstrate the use of AFS home space in a Macintosh Laboratory with mixed Windows/Mac home
computers. Collaborative projects will test the use of shared file space.
Coordinated with College of Letters and Science
♦ Identify Chair/Dean associated with each pilot. Before the pilot, inform them about (or discuss) the pilot. After
the pilot, let them know the results so that this information can be carried forward to AC4. Unclear who should
♦ Provide survey questions to each test group at the end of winter and spring quarters.
♦ Discuss ITF AFS project with interested TSC staff. In situations where it is appropriate to do so, how can this
service be integrated with existing department-level services?
Determine and articulate initial costs, annual costs, service objectives, the impact on IT, and the impact on campus
Fall 2000 Transfer services from DCAS to Data Center. Purchase hardware for
Winter and Spring Quarters 2001 Run and evaluate pilot according to approved pilot project plan
June 2001 Submit results to AC4 and determine next steps