Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

July 19, 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
Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Cyndie Harris (Physical Plant), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelly (Housing), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Sr. Director of Academic Computing and Asst. to the AVP Computing and Communications Services), Mike Maner (Computing Center), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests
Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Charlie Andrews (GALMAC, College of Education),  Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), John Berra (Libraries), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Cengiz Capan for Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Brendan Carroll (ABN Lan Mgmt), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Richard Harris (Computing Center), Patrick McLeod (Computing Center), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), James Strawn for Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences)

Minutes
Minutes from June 21, 2002 were approved as written.

Subcommittee Reports

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee has not had a need to meet.

Hardened Windows 2000 Installations
Richard Anderson announced his desire to create a security working group to establish security standards for Windows 2000 machines.  The following were recommended or volunteered to participate in the group: Chris Stoermer (COBA), Lee Haughton (Physical Plant), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Curry Searle (College of Arts and Sciences)

Network Advisory Group
Maurice Leatherbury announced the development of a new Network Advisory Group that will discuss communications issues.  The group will act as a subcommittee of DCSMT and will report regularly.  Members include Mike Hatch, Tim Christian, Paul Hons, Kirk Kelley, Pam Hight, Jim Curry, and Bill Buntain.  An informal meeting was held earlier this week where discussions centered on spam and anti-spam software.

Internal Audit Internet Security Report
Maurice Leatherbury announced the completion of the security audit performed by the Internal Audit department.   Findings and measures for complying with audit recommendations were discussed.  Maurice will contact network managers to request specific security information about their areas.  This information may be included in the forthcoming security assessment to be conducted by the Information Security Team.

Draft Desktop Computer Replacement Schedule
Maurice reported that new requirements of the Biennial Operating Plan mandate the development of a plan to  provide guidance about minimal desktop computers standards and replacement.  A draft of a plan has been written and will be delivered to the Standards and Policy Group for review next week.  Feedback from DCSMT members is needed before that time. 

Old Business
None.

New Business
Cengiz Capan volunteered to develop a web site for hardware redistribution for campus departments.  Departments who are looking for spare parts, or who no longer need equipment, can visit the site to find out what is available or to post information.

Philip Baczewski is conducting preliminary discussions about possibly participating in an Apple software lease program.  Philip is trying to set up a contact (representative) at Apple.  This program would allow for a renewable lease (annually or biannually), and also allows the latest versions of Mac OS to be installed without having to relinquish older versions.  Information will be sent to network managers and a report to DCSMT will be made soon.

Status Reports
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that problems with older SmartForce courses still exist.  New courses continue to work well.  Elizabeth is working with a representative from SmartForce to resolve problems.

Jason Gutierrez reported that he is considering developing a plan to secure machines in labs that are running Mac OS (how to build a secure installation, booting, partitioning, etc.).  Jason will work with Rich to develop a plan.

Jason Myre thanked DCSMT members for their patience in dealing with web access issues.  He working on alternatives to previous plans, which include running a different operating system.

Charlotte Russell reported that the last draft of the security assessment survey should be ready for review by the next  DCSMT meeting.

Travis Brown reported that the hot fix for Klez can not be accessed from McAfee without evidence that it is really needed.  Departments who wish to volunteer evidence, or who have need for the hot fix should contact Travis.  Travis also reported that test accounts will be set up within the next two weeks to test spam filtering.  Anyone who desires to participate in testing should contact Travis.

Mike Wright reported that he still needs to know if network managers plan to purchase Macromedia products.  UNT must purchase 500 new copies at minimum to qualify for the program.  Mike also reported that host print was disabled this week and the server will go away sometime next week.

Patrick McLeod reported on the status of Remedy tickets.  Approximately 20 percent have been updated, however a significant portion have not been assigned.  Network managers should review the unassigned tickets.

Wil Clark reported that he is interviewing applicants for a vacant computer support specialist position.  Wil also announced that he will be taking a vacation soon.

Richard Harris reported that UNT is in the final stages of signing a contract with Ciber (software implementation specialists).  Richard also announced that we would like to implement the Directory Services project on a good foundation.

Kenneth Close reported that SOVA technical staff have been working on server migrations and a security incident.

Richard Anderson reported that O'Reilly publishers developed a program called Safari that provides on-line access to their written materials.  UNT Libraries subscribes to this service which is available at safari.oreilly.com.

Cengiz Capan reported that COBA, CAS and Classroom Support Services purchased a significant number of copies of Inaquick software.  Anyone interested in viewing the product, or who is interested in purchasing a copy can contact Mike Hatch or Chris Stoermer.

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 am.


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