Distributed Computing Support
Members present: Rich Anderson (School of Community Service), Allen Bradley (Computing Center), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), 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), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Sr. Director of Academic Computing and Asst. to the AVP Computing and Communications Services), Mike Maner (Computing Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Sciences), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)
Members absent: Troy Bacon (AVP Finance & Business Affairs and
Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union),
Bill Buntain (Computing Center), Eric DuChemin (Computing Center), Cyndie Harris
(Physical Plant), Abraham John (VP Student Affairs), Brenda Kirk (Computing Center),
Ramu Muthia (School of Community Service), Dallas Newell (Registrar), Bruce Pollock
(ABN LAN Mgmt), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)
Guests: Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Richard Harris (Computing Center), Lee Haughton (Physical Plant), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center)
The minutes of the October 20, 2000 meeting were approved as written.
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee had not met.
EduTex Meeting (http://www.educause.edu/conference/edutex/2001)
Maurice 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. Several presentations will be made by UNT professionals: "Funding Model for Distributed Learning", "LDAP", "Open Source Software", and "A Distributed Computing Support Model".
Maurice attended an Internet2 meeting where demonstrations of two-way video conferences were presented by some attendees. Membership in Internet2 is contingent upon adherence to a "Condition of Use Agreement". Currently membership is restricted to higher education institutions and a few corporate companies. Other groups can be sponsored for membership through current members, however secondary schools (grades K-12) are not yet allowed to join.
Draft of UNT Computer Use Policy Revisions
Elizabeth reported that the Standards and Cooperation Program Group has been working on a revision of the UNT Computer Use Policy. Copies of the most current draft were distributed in the meeting. Changes include the addition of a chart of multi-user privileges, substitution of the phrase "faculty, staff, students" for "authorized users", references to "workshop students" will be changed to "workshop participants", and the addition or expansion of the following items under Misuse of Computing Resources:
item #3 (added): "computing tasks that consume an unreasonable amount of communications bandwidth either on or off campus"
item #9 (expanded): "Unauthorized duplication and distribution of commercial software and other copyrighted digital materials. All commercial software and many other digital materials are covered by a copyright of some form. The unauthorized duplication and distribution of software and other copyrighted materials (including copyrighted music, graphics, etc) is a violation of copyright law and this policy. Exceptions to this are specific authorization by the copyright holder or use under the fair use provisions of the copyright law."
Other types of users will be added to the chart of multi-user privileges (conference and convention attendees). An additional column for the "source of the authorization" will also be added.
Mike Wright reported that because Adobe has been unable to reach an agreement with their sole distributor, UNT still does not have a contract. No new pricing is available. Adobe promises to keep current contract prices in effect until an agreement is made. In the meantime, UNT departments may purchase licenses but not maintenance (the new contract will allow for maintenance purchases).
Kirk Kelly reported that he is working out problems with ResNet.
Jason Myre reported that Iatro is currently scanning 50% of the post offices in GroupWise and has been able to find at least five viruses per day. Scanning for the remaining post offices will be begin next week.
Mike Hatch reported that he is testing a new Exabyte Mammoth 2 back-up system.
Jim Curry reported that except for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Micromaintenance backlog is down to two machines.
Charlotte Russell reported that the Computing Center is still awaiting the results of Internal Audit's Security Program Review.
Mike Maner reported that the Cisco 6509 switch will be placed in Richardson soon. Phone circuits have not been delivered yet, but the target delivery date is December 15. Mike also reported that lab equipment orders have been delayed.
Daren Dugan reported that the Netware 5.1 upgrade is still underway. Daren also reported that there are multiple solutions for Exabyte tape problems.
Wil Clark reported that he will be ordering data communications equipment and that some telephone wiring needs to be done. Everything else is going well.
Pam Hight reported that the loveletter bug hit three Library servers. The Library is recovering and tracing back to see how they were infected. Pam also reported that three large servers will be converted to Netware 5.1, and, that an Exabyte representative began testing to find out what is causing problems with Exabyte tape systems.
Maurice reported that has become questionable whether or not to renew the Smartforce Contract. The small number of users (under 350) as well as other inconsistencies may not justify spending $30,000-$40,000 per year.
Maurice also reported that the TIF board now has a new executive director who comes from a healthcare institution. Funding to higher education institutions (two year and senior colleges) dropped significantly. UNT will receive about $850,000, which is less than expected. The next round of TIF grants will begin in January or February (funding will become available in June or July).
Rich Anderson reported that a user has been experiencing problems with SyBase server using Netware. If DCSMT members have experience in this area, please contact Rich.
Tim Christian reported that the College of Arts and Sciences has a new website on line. The roll-out of new pages will continue for the next two weeks.
Paul Hons reported that the College of Education will be moving to Netware 5.1 next week. Paul also reported that some lab computers have been replaced.
Chris Strauss reported that Remedy is now set up to handle wiring requests and reports of network data wiring problems. Use the "Change Requests" form to submit these types of requests.
The meeting adjourned at 11:30 A.M.
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