Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

January 5, 2001

Members: Rich Anderson (School of Community Service), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), 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), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Eric DuChemin (Computing Center), Cyndie Harris (Physical Plant), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pam Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee and Computing Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Kirk Kelly (Housing), 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), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Sciences), Ramu Muthiah (School of Community Service), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Present:  Troy Bacon (AVP Finance & Business Affairs and Controller), Ginger Boone (University Union), Allen Bradley (Computing Center),  Bill Buntain (Computing Center),  Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Pat Evans for Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Cyndie Harris (Physical Plant), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee and Computing Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelly (Housing), 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), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Sciences), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Members Absent: Rich Anderson (School of Community Service),   Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Eric DuChemin (Computing Center),  Abraham John (VP Student Development), Ramu Muthia (School of Community Service), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Guests: Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Brendan Carroll (ABN LAN Mgmt), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Lee Haughton (Physical Plant), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Craig Terrell (Computing Center), Jon Walker (Computing Center)

Minutes from December 1, 2000 Meeting
Minutes from the December 1, 2000 meeting were approved as written.

Subcommittee Reports
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee had not met.

Update on WAN Upgrade
Mike Maner reported that delays with the data communications infrastructure still exist due to problems at the General Services Commission and Qwest. 


CueCat @ UNT
Maurice Leatherbury reported that Internet America will be donating cues and labels to UNT as part of UNT Capital Campaign.  Cues will be donated to UNT during the next two years.  USB and keyboard versions are available for DCSMT members (see Maurice).

Windows NT Security Scanning
Allen Bradley and Craig Terrell reported that NT security problems have been causing problems all over campus.  Craig, Travis Brown and Mike Willaims are working on a two-step proactive approach to preventing future attacks:

1) by instituting a dynamic security checklist for WinNT, Win2K and various Unix platforms that will be based upon installation or on exisiting systems.  The checklist will be updated regularly on the CWN website.

2) by testing the use of WebTrends Security Analyzer software.  This software will scan the requested systems and look for any known security vulnerabilities using its auto-updated test files.  If vulnerabilities are detected, it will provide a report and instructions on how to fix the problems.

In an effort to better track and report security breaches, the CWN team will continue to review log files and gather other forensic evidence, and, will also begin testing the use Specter 4.5, an intrusion detection system.  Specter 4.5 emulates any of nine operating systems and twelve standard services.  It records every connection attempt to any of its ports or services.  Using these records, incidents will become easier to track and resolve.

HP Printer Maintenance Contract Revisited
Maurice Leatherbury questioned whether or not DCSMT members were interested in a campus-wide HP maintenance contract.  Because some DCSMT members were pleased with the service they have been receiving from the vendors of their choice, it was decided that a campus-wide contract was not needed at this time.

Old Business
Maurice reminded DCSMT that the EDUTEX conference will be held February 21-23 in San Antonio.  Those interested in attending are welcome.

Maurice reported that renewal of the Smartforce contract is near.  Two hundred titles will be renewed.

New Business
Troy Bacon reported that his area will be upgraded to Netware 5.1.

Allen Bradley reported that GroupWise servers will be migrated to Netware 5.1, and that the virus gateway is now sucessfully running.

Maurice reported that the Computing Center has acquired new office space in GAB.

Mike Maner reported that Data Communications is working on, the firewall project, the cashing project, bringing up Internet2, and will continue upgrading the campus infrastructure.

Chris Strauss reported the Telecom is now using Remedy for wiring requests.

Paul Hons reported that a new compaq server has arrived.

Mike Hatch reported that COBA will be migrating to Netware 5.1.

Mike Wright reported that pricing for Adobe products may be available next week.

Kirk Kelly reported that Housing is preparing for the students to return.

Jon Walker reported that there have been problems synchronizing Netware 4.11 and Netware 5.1 servers.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that those interested in SAS license upgrades should e-mail requests individually to her.

Brendan Carroll reported that the ABN Mac server moved from a testing environment to production.

Pam Hight reported that she will view a Radware software demo, she is working with Data Communications to rewire a server room, and that she is working to get the CBT server running again.

Gary Mathews reported that upgrades to Netware 5.1 will begin next week.

Dallas Newell reported that registration will begin soon and that all offices will be open December 13.

Wil Clark reported that a new video conference room is being installed, pay phones are being installed, and computers are being sold.

Bill Buntain reported that the new telephone contract may affect rates.

The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.


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