Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


 Meeting Minutes

October 5, 2001

Members: Rich Anderson (Computing Center), 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), Pamiela 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)

Members Present:  Rich Anderson (Computing Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs),  Ginger Boone (University Union), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee and Computing Center), Ben Howard for Brenda Kirk (Computing Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), 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), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), James Strawn for Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests: Charlie Andrews (College of Education; GALMAC), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Travis Brown (CC Desktop/OS Support), Brendan Carroll (ABN Support),  Christopher Cofer (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Richard Harris (AVP Computing and Communications Services), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center), Mike Williams (Computing Center), Yancy Yeargan (College of Arts and Sciences)

Minutes
Minutes from meetings held on September 7, 2001 and September 21, 2001 were approved with changes.

Subcommittee Reports

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee had nothing to report.

Mac OS X Support
Rich Anderson reported that Mac OS X 10.1 has been released.  Maurice announced that Rich has been selected as the new security analyst in the Computing Center.  A new chair of the Mac OS Support subcommittee will be chosen.

Microsoft Open License Program Change
Mike Wright  announced that changes in the in the Microsoft Open License Program have been made.  Microsoft now uses terms like "software assurance" and "upgrade advantage".  Software assurance is a term that refers to the new academic pricing list- MOLP 6.  Pricing on this new list will become effective February 1, 2002.  Contracts established under this agreement will last two years if a minimum of five products are purchased.  (Microsoft prefers the new software assurance program.)

Upgrade advantage refers to the current, most recently released software.  Pricing for software purchased under this agreement will be effective through January 31, 2002 (for the next 4 months- approx.).  The upgrade advantage agreement will expire when the software assurance agreement begins. 

All faculty, staff and students must be counted in future contract negotiations with Microsoft.  Software used at home must be purchased at current discounted prices. 

XP is being held from distribution at the university bookstore due to registration issues (with Microsoft) and due to issues with the current MOLP.  It was agreed by DCMST that XP should not be released for purchase at the bookstore because it would have to be removed from home machines anyway when Campus Agreement 3 becomes effective.

Pricing lists for both programs (software assurance and upgrade advantage) will be posted on CC2.

Macromedia Site License
Mike Wright asked DCSMT to provide information on who is using Macromedia software and the quantity of each.  He is trying to determine if it would be beneficial to move to a site license agreement.

Microsoft Campus Agreement Payment
Maurice announced that the Computing Center will continue to pay for the MS Campus Agreement using heaf funds.
The Computing Center will analyze usage of the software covered under the agreement and will determine what will automatically be renewed.  Campus departments will need to determine how many copies of each product are needed.  Departments who wish to purchase a separate agreement must purchase products that total 300 points minimum (one point per product).

Draft of Computing Security Policies
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Standards and Cooperation committee is in the process of revising the current security policy (dated 1997).  It is being updated to reflect what has been put into place technologically and to reflect what is in place according to DIR standards.  See Addendum A for changes to UNT Computer Resources Security Policy 3.6, Addendum B for changes to UNT Computer Resources Security Policy 3.7.  Changes to Microcomputer Data Integrity Policy 3.8 will also be made.

Elizabeth asked DCSMT to review the policies and provide feedback.  E-mail comments and suggestions to Elizabeth.

Home Use of McAfee
Maurice Leatherbury reported that only the licenses that are in use can be given away.  Mike Williams is working on getting home use rights that will cover all faculty, staff and students.

Old Business
None
 
New Business
None
 
Status Reports
Chris Strauss reported that he is developing a web page to replace pages in Remedy (e-mail, wiring requests, etc.)

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that she is reviewing the SmartForce catalog offerings and will be talking to SmartForce reps to get updated lists.  Elizabeth asked DCSMT to review the current titles and make suggestions for titles that may be added to the server.

Jason Myre is working on GroupWise 6.  Plans are to begin migrations as soon as November.

Rich Anderson reported that SCS just finished updating to NDPS.

Brendan Carroll reported that Mac OS X 10.1 is available.

Maurice reported that RFP's for the EIS software have arrived.  Products from three different vendors will be evaluated by different EIS project teams.  Evaluations are scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2002.

Jim Curry reported that a pentium 4, 2-ghz prototype is in.  If you'd like to see it contact Jim.  Pricing is not much higher than the current machine.  Motherboards should be compatible with rack mount chassis.  Jim also reported that MMS is past the end-of-year rush, however COE and Libraries are still in the cue for timely deliveries.  "LCD panels are flying out the door."

Craig Berry reported major NDS issues.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.


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