Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2002

Members
Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), Allen Bradley (Computing Center), Bill Buntain (Computing Center), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ 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, 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 Science), Ramu Muthiah (School of Community Service), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education), Mike Wright (Computing Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Ginger Boone (University Union), Allen Bradley (Computing Center), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences),  Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Brenda Kirk (Computing Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Sr. Director of Academic Computing and Asst. to the AVP Computing and Communications Services), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Sciences, Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests
Shawn Adams (Housing), Rich Anderson (Computing Center), Charlie Andrews (GALMAC), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Amy Durham (Housing/ResNet), Pat Evans (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Richard Harris (Computing Center), Allen Heishman (University Union), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Craig Terrell (Computing Center), Mike Williams (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes
Minutes from February 1, 2002 were approved as written.

Subcommittee Reports

Office XP Study Committee 
Mike Williams reported that a final assessment of Office XP should be completed by the end of the month. 

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported on the status of recommendations for the Students in the Tree project.  In summary: account management by users will be available online via the web as soon as this summer; funding issues related to centralized support and storage are no longer a problem (TIFF funds are now available); SIT accounts programmatically allow for mapping to storage space for distributed areas; students, faculty, and staff will need to become more aware that SIT does not imply global access to specialized software; Eaglemail is available for students to use as their student e-mail service; at present, passwords can not be reset at Checkin stations in General Access Labs; SIT accounts are used for NDS authentication (no specialized software available); future goals include the elimination of station accounts in all General Access Labs.

System Outage Reporting
Sandy Burke reported that changes to the Remedy main console should make it easier to see open and recently resolved cases (must be in management mode to view the information).  Date and time of resolution fields have been added.

Long-term Linux Support Subcommittee
Maurice announced the establishment of a Linux Support Subcommittee that will be charged to develop a long-term plan to start supporting Linux as a desktop and server operating system on campus.  The plan will include training, established relationships between distributed support groups and the Computing Center, determination of the versions of Linux and other Unix-type OS'es that will be supported, implications for application software purchases and support, security, and, other issues that the subcommittee feels are relevant.  The subcommittee will report back to DCSMT at each meeting.

Old Business
Maurice announced that the SAN was ordered yesterday.

New Business
None.

Status Reports
Tim Christian announced that a new machine will be placed into operation that will be used for back-up purposes; the last of the Netware 4.11 servers will be taken out of service soon; and that CAS now has a policy for dealing with users who use peer-to-peer software.  

Sandy Burke reported that things are fine at the Helpdesk.

Brenda Kirk reported that CC2 will be unavailable next week in order to upgrade the server.

Rich Anderson reported that several security incidents involving Linux and Sun machines have taken place.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the statistics server is up and has been pre-configured to support Netware 6.

Wil Clark asked if DCSMT members had returned their software license surveys to Internal Audit.

David Wright announced that he now works in the Technology and Cognition department of the College of Education.

Mike Williams announced that he is working on installing a CD for GroupWise 6.  The CD will be placed in the library and will be available for check-out.  Mike also announced that NetMeeting system changes will occur.  See Mike if you are a user of this system.

Travis Brown announced that the first "Linux for New Users" training class is scheduled for next Thursday.  A second class will be scheduled for March or April.

Jason Myre reported that all domains except for two have been migrated to GroupWise 6.  He is now ready to move post offices.

Jason Gutierrez reported that there is an HTML issue related to sending mail to the GroupWise directory.  He is working on resolving the issue.

Craig Terrell announced that hardware for the new NDS and SIT servers is available.

Mike Wright reported that it is time to begin gathering data to prepare and implement the new Microsoft contract. Decisions about the methodology used to make purchases must be discussed. The MOLP will expire in May.  Mike also announced new advances in hand held devices that interlink palm with telephone services.

The meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.


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