Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

November 1, 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
Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), 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), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelly (Housing),  Mike Maner (Computing Center), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt),  Chris Strauss (Computing Center)

Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center),  Travis Brown (Computing Center), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Brendan Carroll (ABN LAN Mgmt), Stuart Christian (Computing Center), Joey Cranmore (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Lance Harris (Computing Center), Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Rory Rivoire (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), John Stanford (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes from October 18, 2002 were approved with changes at the November 15, 2002 meeting.

Philip Baczewski convened the November 1, 2002 DCSMT meeting in Maurice Leatherbury's absence.

Blocking Windows Ports
Mike Maner reports that as far as he can tell, we're blocked.  The majority of dropped traffic was outbound- 25% decrease.  No one has noticed detrimental effects on campus.

Cell Phone Policy Draft
UNT will allow the regulated purchase of cell phones.  Two plans have been recommended: University owned cell phone plan and the Allowance plan.  University owned cell phones and plans must be justified and will be paid for on a monthly basis.  These plans are for the conduct of University business, but may be used for personal business in emergency situations only.  If such personal use results in excessive charges, the employee must reimburse the University.  Phone usage will be reviewed annually for need and cost-effectiveness.  A University allowance will be given to employees for the portion of a personal cell phone service plan used for official business purposes to be paid at a fixed monthly amount established by the department head.  The employee is responsible for contracting with the cell phone service provider, for paying any initial plan charges, for the purchase of the cell phone, and for paying the plan's bills.

A suggestion was made by DCSMT to make the plan inclusive of mobile communications and devices.

Old Business

Apple TAP OS X Licensing Program
Philip reported that a purchase order has been made out for the Apple TAP OS X Licensing Program.

SPSS Contract
Philip reported that the SPSS contract is in final negotiation for the Enterprise License.  The license will cover Denton, Dallas, and Ft. Worth campuses.  Cost is $35,000 annually and will be deployed on university and faculty computers.  Licenses must be used in designated locations.

SAS Installation
Contact Philip if you need to increase the number of SAS licenses in your area and if you have not yet provided current licensing information (server names and number of copies).  Philip thanked everyone for their input.

New Business
Brendan Carroll reported that the Handheld Technology Group met.  Conversations were primarily devoted to wireless communications.  The group will meet again (an announcement will be made in DCSMT).  Rory Rivoire commented that he needs to get an inventory of hand held devices currently in use and also what should be supported in each area.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that the Student Computing Planning Group requested a student survey of computing.  Please provide your input into the types of information and/or questions that you would like to include in the survey.

Mike Maner reported that the router upgrade went smoothly.  More updates will occur on distribution switches.  CR will send e-mail to UNT-NETMAN with dates and times.

Status Reports
Jim Curry reported that he worked through the summer backlog. 

Pam Hight introduced Judy Hunter, Willis Library Lab Mgr and chair of GALMAC.

Charlotte Russell announced that DIR requested that state agencies complete a security survey.  Staff from the following areas will complete the survey which is due by November 6, 2002:  Executive Management, Network and System Administration, Information Security, Users.  Charlotte also reported that the Code of Good Practices document has been updated to include back-ups and monitoring standards. See the Information Security team website (http://www.unt.edu/security/training/trainindex.html) for more information.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that Smartforce courses are available on CD rom.  New courses include Oracle 9i, Linux, Solaris and Windows XP.  Tutorials are also available.

Travis Brown reported that problems were encountered during the Iatro upgrade. 

Jason Myre reported that MX records disappeared (were deleted) for a period of one hour.  Messages sent to MX gave '550' errors (host unknown).

Mike Maner announced that he is trying to schedule fiber pair testing at the Research Park;  he is still testing the firewall and making arrangements to add it to the network on a test basis; he is testing a VPN accelerator card; and the network connection to the UNT System Center @ Dallas is up.

Rory Rivoire reported that wireless components have been purchased.  He needs individual input (he has been working with the HandHeld Technology Group).  He  will begin testing and will try to have something in place soon.

Wil Clark reported that nothing new has happened.

Philip Baczewski reported today's meeting was one of the shortest on record.

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 am.

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