Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


  Meeting Minutes

April 5, 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
Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Allen Bradley (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), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelley (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 Science), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests
Shawn Adams (Housing-Resnet), John Berra (Libraries), Brendan Carroll (ABN Lan Mgmt), CR Chevli (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center),  Pat Evans (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Burton Lee (College of Music), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Bill Jones (UNT Health Science Center @ Ft. Worth), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Tom Newell (UNT Health Science Center @ Ft. Worth), Robert Nimocks (UNT Health Science @ Ft. Worth), Keitha Robertson for Dallas Newell (Enrollment Management), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Craig Terrell (Computing Center), Mike Williams (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center)

Minutes
Minutes from March 1, 2002 were approved with changes. 

Ghost 7.5
Scott Windham reported that problems were encountered with the Ghost 7.0 release, but no problems are expected with the 7.5 release.  It is recommended that version 7.0 no longer be used because it causes problems with other releases.

Subcommittee Reports

Office XP Study Committee 
No report

Student Computing Committee
Maurice Leatherbury announced that the new SAN arrived.  Training may be scheduled for this month.

Long-term Linux Support Subcommittee
Allen Bradley announced that Linux training classes have been on-going.  A report on the status of the charges (objectives) of the Linux Support Subcommittee may be ready by the next DCSMT meeting.

McAfee Software License Renewal Options
Maurice announced that McAfee provided a quote for renewal the software license ($80,800) which includes all machines. The contract length may be the same as the previous contract (3 years).  Negotiations will continue for inclusion of students in the contract.

State Software Audit
Maurice announced that software audit figures are due next week.  He's received most responses but still needs information from DCSMT areas that have not submitted reports.

Service Level Agreements
Tim Christian recommended the establishment of a sub-committee to advise on delivery of services between central and distributing computing areas. The proposed agenda of the group will include discussions of working guidelines for providing service and needs analysis. Members of the group may include Kirk Kelley, Tim Christian, Jason Myre, Craig Terrell, staff member from data communications, Sandy Burke, and Mike Hatch.

Campus Agreement and MOLP
Mike Wright announced that DCSMT must make decisions about which products will be supported in the Microsoft Open License Program (MOLP).  Mike provided a document titled "Issues and Answers Concerning Microsoft Campus and MOLP" that addresses concerns associated with support.

RemMail Notifications
Chris Strauss announced that Computer Support Staff and Customers can now use RemMail to update existing Remedy Trouble Tickets or Change Requests.  See http://remedy.unt.edu/helpdesk/ for more information.

Old Business
Maurice announced that the EIS steering committee met and that site visits have concluded.  Current plans are to choose a vendor by the end of May.

Maurice announced that new WebCT servers have arrived.  Decisions on when to installed a new version of WebCT have not been made.  

Maurice announced that the mail router problem was caused by a CDE vulnerability.  This incident should serve as a reminder to take alerts seriously.

New Business
None.

Status Reports
Jim Curry reported that Ghost is working better.  Jim also announced that Dell is offering a new notebook (with Pentium 4 processor).  DCMST agreed that Micromaintenance should drop the low-end celeron processor. Jim is testing a 2.2 ghz desktop.

Tim announced the grand opening of a new teaching lab with 35 workstations in the Gateway Center (room 141).  Tim also announced that two security related incidents occurred, and, that the Computer Science department will celebrating an accreditation anniversary.

 Daren Dugan announced that the campus will be moving to eDirectory.  The faster UNT areas move to eDirectory, the faster Netware 6 can be implemented.

Craig Berry announced that SOVA will upgraded to all acrylic Macs.  Several G3's will be available.  A new lab set-up will include 966 mhz machines.

Sandy Burke announced that several problems were encountered with WebReg.  Sandy also announced that web pages with 10 mg or more will be archived.  Web pages used for classroom projects should be moved to the server that supports classroom instruction.

Wil Clark announced that things are quiet.

Robert Nimocks (Director of Information Technology Services), Bill Jones (Manager of Network Infrastructure), and Tom Newell (Telecommunications Manager) participated in the DCSMT meeting via videoconference from the UNT Health Science Center @ Ft. Worth.

Kirk Kelley reported that everything is going well.

Shawn Adams reported that he's waiting for the students to move out of the dormitories.

Keitha Robertson announced that Enrollment Management will be upgrading NetWare servers to service pack 4, and that she is working on providing open computers in the ESSC.

Maurice reported that DIR, in an e-mail statement, announced that KAZAA should not be running on state owned machines.

Jason Gutierrez announced that older Macs will not be upgraded due to lack of interest.

John Berra introduced Scott Jackson, new Helpdesk Manager for Libraries.

The meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.


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