Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2000 Meeting

Members present Rich Anderson, Craig Berry, Ginger Boone, Allen Bradley, Bill Buntain, Sandy Burke, Tim Christian, Jim Curry, Mike Hatch, Paul Hons, Kirk Kelly, Brenda Kirk, Maurice Leatherbury, Gary Matthews, Nicole Morgan (for Pam Hight,) Dallas Newell, Chris Strauss

Members absent: Troy Bacon, Wil Clark, Eric Duchemin, Cyndie Harris, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Pam Hight, Abraham John, Mike Maner, Ramu Muthia, Bruce Pollak, Craig Terrell, Mike Wright, Roy Zumwalt

Guests: Daren Dugan, Andrew McGregor, Jason Myre, Curry Searle, Craig Terrell, Jon Walker, Mike Williams

The minutes of the January 7th, 2000 meeting were approved as written.

Mike Hatch reported that the desktop standardization committee had not met since the last DCSMT meeting and that he hadn't received any additional survey responses. However, he had discovered that he hadn't sent out a survey spreadsheet to all departments, so he's done that.  The committee is scheduled to meet next week depending upon conflicts with the upcoming Novell class.

Craig Terrell said that the Students In the Tree project is ready to go except for the fact that there have been some problems with data feeds from the mainframe. Apparently, UNT ID's can change for various reasons, so Craig has had to go back to do some additional programming to handle that eventuality.

Maurice reported for the personnel and hiring subcommittee that the survey on student wages was not yet completed but he was expecting to finalize the data collection soon.

Maurice gave a brief presentation on the forthcoming bulk e-mail project.  Academic Computing hopes to have the full system up and tested next week, at which time they'll send a flyer to all faculty members announcing the system and describing how to use it. A question was raised about MS IE5 storing the passwords that the EagleMail Web mail client prompts for: Maurice said that he didn't know if that would be a problem or if there was some way it could be avoided but would check with his staff.

Bill Buntain reported on the status of various wiring projects around campus, starting with our Internet 1 data link. The General Services Commission has given us TEXAN 2000 pricing for T1 and DS 3 lines and ports and AT&T will be coming next Tuesday to give us specifics on line costs and services. We are still exploring many other options for increasing our commodity Internet bandwidth, including leasing dark fiber. To date, we haven't found any company with fiber to the campus.

On campus, fiber has been pulled to College Inn and the new Speech and Hearing Clinic building and the lines will be tested next week. Data Communications is working to get a microwave link installed by CoServ to connect the Library Annex to the main campus at 45Mbps, in a licensed frequency range that will be unaffected by other microwave traffic. DataComm is also investigating virtual private network solutions for secure access to services on campus such as our mainframe applications. No product has been selected for the VPN solution yet.

The campus' core single mode fiber improvements are being installed now, with the plan being to switch (pun intended) to a gigabit backbone configuration within a couple of months. The long range plan is to have redundant core services, with two core switches having failover capability. That configuration is probably about a year away, however.

Mike Hatch described a "Groundhog Job Shadow Day" program which features high school students taking electronic shop classes coming to campus on February 2nd. The students will "shadow" LAN managers on campus to discover what it means to be network managers. Mike asked for volunteers to serve as mentors in that day-long program, and several of the attendees indicated their willingness to participate.

Maurice stated that our McAfee virus scanning software license expires on September 1, 2000 and noted that he'd asked Curry Searle to start looking at what we want to use once that license period is up.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM.

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