Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2002

Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), 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), 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 Fin/Bus Affairs and Controller), Ginger Boone (University Union), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (School of Community Service), Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), 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), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science

Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center),  Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Cengiz Capan (College of Business Administration), Brendan Carroll (ABN LAN Mgmt), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Richard Harris (Computing Center), Karl Ho (Computing Center), Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Axton Grams (Computing Center), Patrick McLeod (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Mike Sanders (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Yoke Teo (Computing Center), Craig Terrell (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center)

Minutes from September 6, 2002 were approved with changes.

Subcommittee Reports

Student Computing Committee
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Committee has not met, however, a meeting to discuss Helpdesk calls in connection to Resnet service was held.  An education campaign will begin that will help students know what their options are for services that rely on euid.

SPSS License Options
Philip Baczewski reported that he has received license figures from most areas regarding the number of copies of SPSS that are needed.  UNT appears to be locked into a large number of installations in the labs, however faculty and staff installation appear to be manageable.  We need an alternate arrangement for labs.  Several options were offered:

1) Adopt or buy the SPSS Enterprise License at a cost of $54,000 with annual maintenance $34,000
2) Maintain the current license of 750 copies (counted computer-by-computer) and add a network license (100 copies) at a cost of $36,000 with annual maintenance $22,000

Maurice and Cengiz will negotiate funding the enterprise license. 

Maurice and Richard Harris received a call from SimDesk offering a web based client that will support e-mail, word processing, and spreadsheets.  This product has been sold by the City of Houston who has installed it in public libraries.  If anyone is interested, contact Maurice.

ProDirections Training and Certification
ProDirections is local company that specializes in training and certification courses.  They currently work with UNT's Human Resources department and the Texas Workforce Commission.  The president of the company recently spoke with Maurice and Richard Harris regarding courses for Advanced Network/Tech (MCSE) at a cost of $6,900, MCSA at a cost of $3,900 as well as other courses.  Training can be conducted on campus, however there must be a guaranteed minimum number of five students.  Maurice will invite a representative to the next DCSMT meeting. 

Computing Center Re-organization
Tentative plans (pending upper level approval) have been made to change the organizational structure of the Computing Center in order to provide better coordination. Maurice will take on Datacommunications, Telecommunications and Campus Wide Network areas .  A Director of Communications will be hired to manage Datacommunications and Telecommunications.  The UNIX Support Group is now managed by Chris Cofer and will handle enterprise issues, web director, and load balancing.  Bahram Paiani, postmaster, now works with Campus Wide Networks.  Philip Baczewski adds the following to his area of management: the Helpdesk, Remedy, and Documentation Services.  Philip will also assist with handling more ACS issues.  In the mainframe areas, some EIS project groups will be managed by John Hooper (Project Management, DataWarehousing, Training, etc.). 

Old Business

New Business

Open Records Requests
Maurice reported that an open records request was received to provide a detailed list of all software installed on desktop computers that should include versions and costs. Maurice asked DCSMT to send bulk license information to Maurice in this regard.

Status Reports
Pam Hight reported that there was datacom issues related to the microwave; Libraries moved to Netware 6 and encountered problems with abends on the web server (a fix is available); and Pam has a coupon from Office Depot for an HP deskjet printer.  Contact Pam if interested in the coupon.

Chris Strauss introduced a new member of the Remedy team, Axton Grams.  Axton is the new Remedy developer and has consulted on Remedy systems in the past.  Axton will meet with distributed areas to inquire about their needs.

Axton Grams announced that he is glad to be here, and that he is working in the same office area with Chris.

Karl Ho announced that he is leaving UNT to take a position at UT Dallas.  He said that he learned a lot here and would like to come back to visit- possibly team a course or two.

Mike Wright announced that Macromedia is on CC2; the Microsoft contract is in place; Windows XP Pro will also be available at the bookstore; and be prepared for agreement issues related to home copies.

Jason Gutierrez introduced a new member of the Campus Wide Networks team, Yoke Teo.  Yoke has an extensive background in netware and will be working with Jon Walker, Craig Terrell, and Daren Dugan.

Jason Gutierrez also announced that the Mac OS X may be deployed in the music lab as a test case (he will be working with Burton), and that Jason Myre is in Greece.

Paul Hons reported problems with NDPS and HP Gateway, as well as other problems that were encountered after Gateway was deployed;  there were a few problems deleting old Groupwise backups; anyone using AOL to access GW6 will encounter problems- it doesn't work well.

Mike Sanders announced that he is a new staff member at the UNT System Center @ Dallas, and that network connections were lost this wekk.

Bruce Pollock reported that Native File Access is working.

Craig Terrell reported that he is testing Netware clustering for the Students in the Tree servers on the SAN.  

Rich Anderson announced that anyone who is running Linux based web servers in production on Apache should apply patches.  There is an active worm circulating.  Be sure to bounce the web server.  

Mike Maner reported that Internet 1 connection from Southwestern Bell to the System Center is down.

Richard Harris reported that the Computing Center will be moving to the second floor of the Research Park (E-Wing).  EIS teams will be moving in January, and the Computing Center will move in phases.  The Helpdesk and Research and Statistical Services will maintain occupancy on all of the first floor of the ISB.  The basement areas may also be maintained.  

Richard also announced that the EIS project is going well.  Training and fit gap meetings are taking place.  The Ciber project manager and UNT project managers are working together on the decision making structure.  The EIS charter was well received by the Steering Committee.  UNT will have license ownership of the charter.

Sandy Burke announced services have been simplified: Premium Remote Access Service will work in any area (Ft. Worth, Dallas, or Denton); users who apply for Internet services or Eaglemail will receive all services; and service requests for WebCT support have decreased.  (There are 14,000 students enrolled in WebCT.)

Philip Baczewski reported that VM and CMS services will be shut down on August 31, 2003.  COBA courses will run through the summer.

Roy Zumwalt announced that ResNet is settled in TAMS; a NIC card went bad on a TAMS admin machine; and he has been receiving good service from Datacommunications.

Ginger Boone announced that she will roll out new e-mail machines in the Union next few weeks, and that she is working with Rory on getting wireless networking in the Union.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner announced that former students are making general requests for wireless access.

Jim Curry announced that the "Cruiser", an external storage device pluggable in USB ports might be a replacement for zip disks.  It works under linux, windows and mac, and retails for $130.  See Jim if you'd like to evaluate the unit.

Jim also announced that a firewall card can be added to the MMS price list, and that Acer tablet pricing is available (includes one year of warranty):
quantity 1: $2399
quantity 100: $2299
quantity of 500: $2199
three year warranty: $308

The meeting adjourned at 11:40 am.

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