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Mike is correct.  If there is enough interest, I can add a permission that 
would control who would be able to submit requests based on user groups.

At NCSU, we've only had a few requests that were not legitimate.

Josh

On Wednesday August 31, 2011, Waldron, Michael H wrote:
> Kelly,
> 
> I don't know a way to restrict this function to specific users. Looks like
> it would require a coding change for the frontend. Of course, it only
> submits a request, it's not like anyone can set up a block allocation. The
> admin still accepts or rejects the request.
> 
> 
> Mike Waldron
> Systems Specialist
> ITS Research Computing
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
> CB #3420, ITS Manning, Rm 2509
> 919-962-9778
> ________________________________
> From: Kelly Patrice Robinson [krobinso...@gsu.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 9:24 AM
> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Block Allocation
> 
> Thanks Mike,  I'll give this a try.
> 
> I've noticed that anyone can make a Block Allocation request.  Can this be
> limited so that only those within a particular group (faculty) can make
> the request?
> 
> Kelly
> 
> From: "Waldron, Michael H"
> <mwald...@email.unc.edu<mailto:mwald...@email.unc.edu>> Reply-To:
> "vcl-user@incubator.apache.org<mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org>"
> <vcl-user@incubator.apache.org<mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org>>
> Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:23:56 +0000
> To: "vcl-user@incubator.apache.org<mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org>"
> <vcl-user@incubator.apache.org<mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org>>
> Subject: RE: Block Allocation
> 
> Kelly,
> 
> Yes, the block allocation is assigned to a user group, so the students must
> belong to that group. In order for the students to be assigned to the
> group, their accounts must already exist in the database.
> 
> Rather than wait for the students to login to the VCL, what I do is have
> the faculty member send me a list of student ids for the class. I'll run a
> quick check to see if any are not already in the database. For ones that
> aren't, I run a script that inserts them into the database.
> 
> I create a file of the format:
> userid firstname lastname emailaddress
> 
> Then I feed this to a script which runs the insert:
> echo "insert into user (unityid, affiliationid, firstname, lastname, email,
> emailnotices,\ lastupdated) values ('$1', 2, '$2', '$3', '$4', 1, now());"
> | mysql vcl
> 
> To easily add the users to a group for the block allocation, I use a neat
> script called managegroups.py provided on the VCL site at
> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/VCL/managegroups.py+-+Remotely
> +managing+user+groups .
> 
> Again, this can take a file as input, with the format:
> userid@affiliation
> 
> So I run a command like:
> managegroups.py addUsersToGroup -n myclassgroup -a Local -f myclasslist
> 
> The Block Allocation menu is a recently added feature which I think makes
> it a lot easier now for faculty to request block allocations. They can
> fill in the form which provides all the necessary information to setup the
> request, and by simply clicking accept, the block request is actually
> created, I no longer have to do that separately. There are also nice
> statistics for the admin both on the Block Allocations page and the
> Dashboard to view whether there were any failures in provisioning the
> machines for the request, and how many are actually being used.
> 
> I hope this helps.
> 
> 
> Mike Waldron
> Systems Specialist
> ITS Research Computing
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
> CB #3420, ITS Manning, Rm 2509
> 919-962-9778
> ________________________________
> From: Kelly Patrice Robinson
> [krobinso...@gsu.edu<mailto:krobinso...@gsu.edu>] Sent: Friday, August 19,
> 2011 9:55 AM
> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org<mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org>
> Subject: Block Allocation
> 
> Is there documentation on how the Block Allocation works?  I've been
> searching the Apache site and haven't been able to find anything that
> describes the process.  If a faculty member (or any user) wants to use
> block allocation will they need to create a user group and assign their
> students to that particular group in order to allow access to the images
> that are part of the reservation?  If this is the case, does this mean
> that the students will need to login first, before the faculty member can
> assign them to their group?
> 
> Kelly
> Georgia State University
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Josh Thompson
VCL Developer
North Carolina State University

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