Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


 Meeting Minutes

March 1, 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), Mike Wright (Computing Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Allen Bradley (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee,Computing Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Sr. Director of Academic Computing and Asst. to the AVP Computing and Communications Services), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests
Charlie Andrews (GALMAC), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center),  Pat Evans (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Burton Lee (College of Music), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Craig Terrell (Computing Center), Mike Williams (Computing Center)

Minutes
Approval of minutes from February 15, 2002 will be deferred to the next meeting. 

Subcommittee Reports

Office XP Study Committee 
Mike Williams reported that the committee has completed testing- no known problems occurred.  Each college or department should determine when they wish to roll out Office XP.  It is not recommended that Microsoft Outlook be installed in conjunction with Office XP unless departments plan to use and patch Microsoft Outlook.  Smartforce training for Office XP will be available soon. 

(Note about compatibility with Microsoft Access: Office XP saves, by default, Microsoft Access files in the Windows 2000 format.)

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee will be working on documentation for network managers who do not have instructions for using SIT (Students in the Tree) in the labs. 

Long-term Linux Support Subcommittee
No report

Security Assessment
Charlotte Russell announced that UNT may be chosen to participate in a combination vulnerability and penetration test to be conducted by the Texas Department of Information Resources.  If UNT is chosen, testing may begin in March or April. 

Compaq Contracts
Allen Bradley announced that warranties for Compaq machines will expire soon.  Network managers can choose between several options: retire the equipment or purchase new equipment, purchase a Compaq warranty, or do nothing.  Campus Wide Networks has experiencing difficulty getting Compaq parts, especially for the older equipment.  In order to determine which machines should be taken out of service, Allen will provide a list of Compaq machines to network managers. 

Microsoft Contract
Mike Wright announced that software maintenance issues have risen for Adobe products.  DCSMT members, representing UNT Network Managers as a whole, must decide if they wish to purchase maintenance in addition to Adobe software.  It may be possible to make ‘grandfather’ purchases of products under the current MOLP, but the decision to do so must be made as soon as possible.  Mike will request a list of software items purchased in the last year information from the Microsoft Higher Education representative for UNT.

Old Business
Mike Wright announced that the budget cycle for Macromedia will end soon.  Macromedia is willing to discuss placing current products under maintenance.  Mike will provide more information later.

New Business
None.

Status Reports
Wil Clark reported that he “lived through a server crash” (e-mail and printing was unavailable temporarily). 

Chris Strauss announced that he is close to rolling out RemMail.  He’s currently conducting testing.   There should be an enhancement to Notices. 

Craig Terrell announced that he’s upgraded hardware. 

Mike Williams announced that he and CR Chevli will be testing the new version of Ghost 7.5.  Mike will give more updates later. 

Tim Christian announced that several faculty members will be receiving multiple applications that run under Linux.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a 30-user license, let Tim know. 

Mike Hatch announced that the roll-out of flat screen monitors is complete.  Monitors that were replaced by the flat screens will be available. 

Daren Dugan announced that he is migrating to a new NDS server. 

Pam Hight announced that Libraries will be putting a crossroads bridge into place to change backup scenarios.  Pam also announced that she will be purchasing 21 pcs for the new Starbucks cyber café.  (The café will be staffed by Culinaire and will serve finger foods.)

Craig Berry announced that he received new 966mhz Mac G4’s with slick flat screen monitors, which will replace 20 or more old G3 tower, 300 mhz machines.  Anyone interested in the old G3’s should contact Craig.

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.


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