Distributed Computing Support
Members present: Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Allen Bradley (Computing Center), Bill Buntain (Computing Center), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pam Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee and Computing Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelly (Housing), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Sciences), Ramu Muthia (School of Community Service), Mike Wright (Computing Center)
Members absent: Rich Anderson (School of Community Service), Troy
Bacon (AVP Finance & Business Affairs and Controller), Ginger Boone (University
Union), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Eric
DuChemin (Computing Center), Cyndie Harris (Physical Plant), Abraham John (VP Student
Affairs), Brenda Kirk (Computing Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Sr. Director of
Academic Computing and Asst. to the AVP Computing and Communications Services), Mike Maner
(Computing Center), Dallas Newell (Registrar), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss
Guests: John Berra (Libraries), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Chris Frasier (Registrar), Lee Haughton (Physical Plant), Jennifer Johnson (Computing Center), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Mark Wilcox (Computing Center)
The minutes of the September 15, 2000 meeting were approved as written.
Maurice Leatherbury was unable to attend today's meeting. Jennifer Johnson served as chair of this meeting in his absence.
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee had not met.
Techies.com in Operation at UNT
Jennifer Johnson reported that the Computing Center has been met with Techies.com and UNT Employment Office representatives to finalize arrangements for using the web-site to post technical computing positions. Several Computing Center positions have been already been posted. Other UNT departments will also be able to post positions, however, only the Computing Center has been set up at this point. The contract with Techies.com will end after one year.
Virus Gateway Implementation
Allen Bradley and Jason Myre reported that the new virus gateway is in production. Travis Brown wrote the program which will scan in-coming mail (mail that goes through the gateway) for viruses. After detection, infected mail messages are quarantined. Users who send infected messages through the gateway will receive notifications from iatro.unt.edu. (The program was designed to be an added defense against virus infection and should not be used as a replacement for McAfee virus protection software.) The program has been successfully tested in the Computing Center, and steps to begin using the program in The School of Community Service will begin on Monday. Other departments will transition within the next month.
EduTex Meeting (http://www.educause.edu/conference/edutex/2001)
Jennifer reported that the first EduTex meeting (regional conference for information technology professionals in higher education) will be held February 21-23 in San Antonio. DCSMT members are invited to attend.
Security Program Review
Jennifer and Charlotte Russell reported that the Information Security Program is being reviewed by UNT's Internal Audit department. The review is being performed in response to Texas Administrative Code standards 201.13(b)(5)(B) and (C) (a handout documenting the standards was distributed at today's DCSMT meeting). In order to maintain better monitoring of the effectiveness of security controls, distributed computing areas may be required to provide more information that documents their internal computing policies and procedures. More information about the review will follow after its completion.
Bill Buntain reported that an RFP (request for proposal) for Wireless Services is about to be released.
Bill also reported that cache servers are operating in transparent mode and should soon be implemented campus-wide.
Mark Wilcox reported that two new web developers have been hired, www.unt.edu will be migrated to rack mounted Linux boxes, and efforts will continue to upgrade to new systems.
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the ACS lab server has been upgraded, and "is in the the throes of using ZEN."
Tim Christian reported that a new web server is up, Win2000 is running, and new steps have been found to prevent brown-outs of computer screens.
Paul Hons reported that approval was received to purchase a new Compaq web server, and that new desktop computers purchased at the end of the fiscal year are ready to be rolled out.
Craig Berry reported that some faculty and staff will receive new Macs (with dual processors). Slightly older Macs may become available.
Mike Wright reported the following: Microsoft ME (millennium edition) and Microsoft 2000 may be in next week; the Adobe contract expires November 10, 2000, but a new contract is being negotiated; Yancy and Nevin are working on allowing IP printing into NPDS (in order to do away with host print).
Kirk Kelly reported that Crumley Hall migrated to ResNet and that 47 % of housing facilities have signed up.
Roy Zumwalt reported that faculty and staff will be receiving new computers.
Mike Hatch reported that he's bringing up a second oracle server for applications, operations management and human resource services. The server uses oracle applications.
Daren Dugan reported that Netware 5 is rolling out. Migration in the Computing Center will be completed this weekend. Send e-mail to Jon Walker to be added to the migration schedule.
Wil Clarke reported that a new Computer Support Specialist I or II position has been approved.
The meeting adjourned at 11:25 A.M.
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