Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


 Meeting Minutes

October 19, 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), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Wil Clark (UNT System Center at Dallas), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), 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), Ben Howard for Brenda Kirk (Computing Center), Abraham John (VP Student Development), 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), Ramu Muthiah (School of Community Services), Dallas Newell (Registar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt)

Guests: Charlie Andrews (College of Education; GALMAC), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Brendan Carroll (ABN Support),  Lee Haughton (Physical Plant), Jon Walker (Computing Center)

Minutes
Minutes from October 5, 2001 were approved.

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 Jason Gutierrez is the new chair of this committee.  There are reported problems concerning root exploits that are currently being examined.

Security Assessment
Rich Anderson reported that his first task will be to perform a security assessment.  He and Charlotte Russell are working on a survey instrument.  He also asked about whether the DCSMT would like to participate in a moderated list on security issues, that would include notices of viruses and worms.  It was agreed to be a good idea and for Rich to proceed.
 
Windows XP Rollout Plans
Tim Christian asked for a task force to be appointed by DCSMT to look into a campus wide rollout of Microsoft Office XP software on campus.  The charge will be to implement a plan to move to this software no earlier than Fall 2002.  Those on the committee will be Mike Williams, Mike Hatch, Sandy Burke, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, a person appointed by Tim Christian, and John Berra.
 
Macromedia Site License
Maurice Leatherbury reported for Mike Wright that they are looking into the different alternatives to have a site license.  Several different variations are available, one with maintenance and support, one without.  The difference is the total number of copies purchased. 
 
TI Property and UNT
Informal questions were asked about the TI Property.  Maurice replied that the OK has been given from the Regents to proceed with the purchase.  Ernest money has been given.  The Coordinating Board will vote on the purchase October 26.  There will need to be new wiring for connectivity in the building.  They are looking at a microwave solution as one means of connectivity to the main UNT campus.  The administration would like to have the building ready for some individuals to possibly move in by January 2002.
 
Old Business
None
 
New Business
None
 
Status Reports
Sandy Burke reported the Helpdesk is increasing their hours.  Sunday 1pm-midnight; Monday-Thursday 8am-midnight; Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-5pm.  The Helpdesk will be adding support of WebCT students to their list of supported units.
 
Philip Baczewski reported that the server responsibility for web publishing has been moved from Jove.  This is intended as a place for students to have their resumes and personal information, not as classroom activities.  Netscape Composer is the recommended way to publish to their web site.  Anyone needing information on classroom project web space, needs to contact Philip Baczewski.  The plan is in place to no longer have a Jove system effective September 1, 2002.  In an effort to get to the place, requests for shell access to Jove will be on a Remedy tickets to Philip Baczewski and will need to state a justification for this request.  Philip will be writing an article for Benchmarks outlining the history of Jove, the changes that are being made and the ongoing projects.
 
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner has asked for network managers to seek input from their faculty on what SmartForce courses can be deleted or added to the current holdings.  There is a list of all courses, and she can provide a URL for the online catalog that provides descriptions of all the courses available.  Photoshop is not one of the programs supported by SmartForce.  It tends to be operating systems, Microsoft products, and products like Oracle and Cisco.
 
Tim Christian reported successful training in the use of Ciscoworks, set up by Atilla Hakimoglu in Datacommunications, and recommended it for all who wanted to learn more about path analysis and how to document network configurations.
 
Jim Curry reported there are now P4 machines on the price list, as well as 80GB ADE Hard Drives.  Physical Plant initiated a need for secondary PCI Video cards so more than one monitor can be used at a time with a CPU.  Those are also available on the price list.
 
Craig Berry is installing new servers, zenworks, and G4s in his labs.
 
Mike Hatch reported they are attempting to sell CPX 19" monitors for $100 each.  They have more than 200 to sell.  They also have about 300 CPX 17" monitors.
 
Paul Hons reported they are testing XP right now, as well as Netscape 6.1 and IE 6.  It was reported that Netscape 6.1 does not currently work with WebCT.  He will look into this report.
 
Kirk Kelly reported that a student on Resnet was caught hacking, and has subsequently lost privileges on Resnet.  He was told to go to the General Access Labs.  He wondered if there was a general coordination process when there is a problem of this sort with a student.  Abraham John suggested going through Student Rights and Responsibilities to see how the suspension from one area could affect a student's ability to access at any of the labs.
 
The meeting adjourned at 11:20am.

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