Blog from November, 2015

After testing ZOOM (a product chosen by ESNet last year) and comparing functionality and cost to our prior offering, we have decided to make a change.  In December we will start deployment and training which allows a one month overlap with the current tool  while we make the transition.  (We will continue to offer and recommend Google Hangouts when appropriate - easily accessed via Gmail or Google Calendar)

Our documention is being updated ( and we are preparing to offer training (including one-on-one sessions with Help Desk staff members).  ZOOM is also on all the Video conferencing carts.

Key features

With our Zoom contract, we are acquiring one 1000 person Webinar license that can be assigned as needed.  Zoom also has a remote control feature that lets a participant screen share and let someone else take control (great for troubleshooting or providing assistance in areas outside of Video Conferencing).   Up to 50 participants can join a meeting.
We will also have the ability to let up to 4 traditional room systems connect (1 system in each of 4 meetings or 4 systems in one meeting)  Not needed as much anymore, but a useful feature.  We also understand that Zoom can connect to a Video conference bridge - something we occasionally have to do with DOE.

Getting Access

We plan to integrate Zoom with our Single Sign-on system so your Berkeley Lab identity ("LDAP") can be used to authenticate as a host and allow us to auto provision accounts.  We are also looking into offering toll free international numbers (which we can assign at the host level). We will have to recharge these costs for those of you who need this feature.  

The Linux Foundation the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, has announced an intent to form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project. This project will provide a new, open source framework to support the world's most sophisticated High Performance Computing environments. Warewulf, our cluster provisioning tool developed by IT's HPC architect Greg Kurtzer, is specified as the provisioning tool for the OpenHPC standard cluster building recipe.




LBNL and UCB have in place a system to grant UCB Credentials (Cal 1 ID Cards and Calnet Usernames & Passwords) to LBNL Post docs, and Employees who need to utilize UCB resources.   

Hellosign is the Google Marketplace application Berkeley Lab is using for electronic signatures.  Recently, an effort was made to understand how this technology could be used to replace the current process we use for Calnet ID requests (downloading a word doc, filling it out and signing, faxing to an IT help Desk machine).

We plan to provide an electronic signature approach starting Monday November 16. For a period of time, we will provide the fax alternative while the process is improved.

Our FAQ for Berkeley Lab Calnet users is here

If you are interested in exploring Hellosign for your own use, our faq is here

Smartsheet will be offline for 90 minutes on November 7 at 1:00pm PST (2015-11-07 21:00 UTC) for system improvements. Smartsheet status can be checked here.

Fuze (a Video Conferencing Application)  will be performing a system service maintenance on Friday November 6, 2015 between the hours of 9:45pm and 10:30pm PST.  For details of the maintenance, please refer to the following link: