Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

August 2, 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
Bill Buntain (Computing Center), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), 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), 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), Mike Maner (Computing Center), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing Center)

Guests
Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), John Berra (Libraries), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Brendan Carroll (ABN LAN Mgmt), Duncan Engler (Center for Media Production), Pat Evans (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Richard Harris (Computing Center), Burton Lee (College of Music), Patrick McLeod (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Mike Williams (Computing Center)

Minutes
Minutes from July 19, 2002 were approved with changes.

Subcommittee Reports

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that a technical subgroup of the Student Computing Committee met to discuss single sign-on issues.  Elizabeth also reported that the Adaptive Lab moved from Chilton 116 to ISB 110.  Remodeling will take place during the weeks of August 12 and August 19.  Faculty and staff who need accessibility accommodations will be able to use ISB after remodeling is complete.

Network Advisory Group
Bill Buntain reported that the network advisory group has met several times.  They have discussed two issues: implementation of Cisco Device Fault Manager and unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam).

Macintosh Operating System Licensing
Philip Baczewski reported that he has met with representatives from Apple computing to discuss Mac OS 10.2 licensing.  Three licensing options are available:

1) Educational Licensing- one license per machine

2) Annual Maintenance Program- purchase licenses up front with the ability to upgrade to the latest versions while retaining old versions; 100 licenses are $117/seat for a three year period

3) Technology Assurance Program-
"...this program allows us to license the latest version of OS X under a software lease and receive all updates for the three year term of the lease period at the cost of $25 per license per year. The license is not tied to a specific machine, so a license can be transferred to a newly purchased system as long as the old system is removed from service or returned to the OS version which was shipped with that system....there is also a provision for home use of OS X for those who use OS X under the TAP program on campus. During the three-year lease period, it will be possible to add individual licenses prorated to the remaining years in the contract term. After the initial three year term, the contract can be renewed at whatever the future cost is. Upon termination of the contract, the options are to either return the OS to the level purchase with the machine or buy a perpetual license to the then current release under Apple's Education Volume License Agreement (EVLA - currently running $49 per copy at quantities of 100 or more)."

Members of DCSMT agreed that the Technology Assurance Program was most suitable.  The Computing Center will fund licenses, however, a minimum of 100 licenses are required to participate in the program.  Contact Philip is you wish to be included.

Minimum Standards for Desktop Computers to Support Media Display
Duncan Engler, Director of the Center for Media Production, addressed DCSMT with concerns for providing a method of standardizing desktop configurations that would be compatible with multimedia productions developed by CMP.   Machines purchased from Micromaintenance will be the base hardware standard.  DCSMT members recommended developing a test page that could be used to test multimedia production compatibility with other software.  Sandy Burke will add links to Helpdesk web pages that will provide access to UNT web sites which provide "standards required to support software".  

Spam Filtering Software
Travis Brown announced that he's developing a spam filtering gateway that will work with Iatro.  E-mail will be evaluated and given a score based on certain criteria.  Scores reaching a specified level will be tagged as spam.  The spam will then be evaluated and assigned a spam 'level'
. GroupWise users will be notified that e-mail has been tagged as spam and will be able to determine if actions should be taken (i.e. creating rules in GroupWise to delete the spam, move it to a folder, etc.).  Travis plans to have the spam filtering software in place by September. Anyone who would like to participate in testing should contact Travis.  

New Business
None.

Old Business
None.

Status Reports
Jim Curry reported that he's replacing machines in COBA.

Mike Hatch announced that COBA has pentium III 800's for sale ($250-$300 depending on features).  Mike also announced that he plans to bring up a two node compaq cluster.

Chris Strauss announce that he is beta testing the 5.1 release of Remedy.  Chris hopes to roll out the new version in the fall.

Philip Baczewski reported that beginning on Monday, August 12, 2002,  EUID generation will occur on a centralized LDAP server which will be managed by the Database Central Processing Systems Team (Administrative Computing division of the Computing Center).

Pam Hight announced that she is looking for a new web administrator (computer support specialist III).  Pam requested that DCSMT send e-mail to her and also encourage potential applicants to apply at Employment.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that Smartforce appears to be fixed.  A few problems still exist on campus when accessing java applets.  Smartforce runs best on Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.  Older courses are available on CD.

Bill Buntain reported that a request for proposal for running fiber to the Research Park is in progress; a firewall is on order;  and that Rory is testing a Bluesocket Wireless Gateway project that will be administered centrally.  Bill also announced that he will be leaving the university in about three weeks.

Patrick McLeod reported that a significant number of Remedy tickets are still unassigned.  Network managers are strongly encouraged to respond to the tickets.

Charlotte Russell reported that a draft of the security assessment survey is ready for review and comment by DCSMT.  After the draft has been finalized, information security team members will meet with network managers to discuss survey responses.

Mike Maner reported that an enterprise firewall and devise fault manager will be configured on campus and tested.

Richard Harris reported that the EIS implementation project will kick off next week.  Integration of portals and services will occur simultaneously.

Brendan Carroll reported that he is working with the new Chancellor.

Jason Gutierrez announced that the OS X Security meeting will occur on Tuesday at 10:00 in ISB 201.  Discussions will center around security in a lab setting.

Mike Williams announced that he is changing the way updates are received from McAfee:  Virex can be launched from the desktop, updates will be more easily accessible, and home user anti-virus software will be available in the bookstore ($3.00).  Faculty, staff, and students will have licenses to use the software as long as they are employed or enrolled. 

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am.


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