Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

December 6, 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), Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), 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), Brenda Kirk (Computing Center),  Mike Maner (Computing Center), Gary Mathews (School of Library and Information Science),  Chris Strauss (Computing Center)

Joe Adamo (Computing Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Jim Byford (ABN Lan Mgmt),  Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Axton Grams (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Allen Heissman (University Union), Krysta Kaye for Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Matthew Kernan (Computing Center), Patrick McLeod (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center),  Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes from November 15, 2002  were approved as written.

Philip Baczewski convened the December 6, 2002 DCSMT meeting in Maurice Leatherbury's absence.

Introduction of New Director of Communications Services
Philip Baczewski introduced Joe Adamo as Director of Communications Services.  Joe is looking forward to working with everyone.

Apple TAP, SPSS Licensing
Philip announced that Mac 10.2 media is now available for areas who requested licenses.  Jason Gutierrez will manage the coordination of media installation.  Contact Jason for more information.

UNT now has an enterprise agreement for SPSS for Windows version 11.5, which can be installed on faculty or staff machines but not student machines.  The software will be ready on Monday.  The Mac version of SPSS is still under the campus-wide limited site license.

Decision on December 20th and January 3rd Meetings
DCSMT agreed to cancel meetings on December 20th and January 3rd.

Old Business

New Business

Remedy 5.1
Chris Strauss reported that there have been rollout problems with the web portion of Remedy 5.1. Remedy 5.1 requires Java 1.4 in order for Netscape to run properly.  Internet Explorer and Windows platforms should work fine (excluding Windows 95).  A specific combination of software is required for Mac--Netscape 6.23 works the majority of the time on Mac OS X; Java interface on Mac OS9 is problematic.  Internet Explorer for Macs does not work.  Anyone who may need Mac support should contact Chris as soon as possible.

Chris also reported that he is planning to move to Remedy 5.1 on December 16 tentatively.

SAS 8.2 Licensing
Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that SAS 8.2 licenses are running out.  License files are available and should be ready on Monday.  Elizabeth also announced that it is time to swap out and add Skillsoft courses (formerly called Smartforce).  Skillsoft offers more courses (Adobe and Macromedia).  Send notices to Elizabeth if you are interested.

Small-Scale SAN
Daren Dugan reported that a representative from Compaq HP will be on campus on December 17, 2002 at 1:00 to discuss small SANS, clustering on Windows, Linux and Netware.  A 3 terrabyte unit is offered.  This unit may work well for larger departments, and software may become available to mirror the SAN.  Send e-mail to Daren if interested.

Scantron Data Acquisition and Analysis
Tim Christian asked what other departments are using for scantron data acquisition and analysis (data manipulation assistance has been requested).  COBA is using NCR forms for analysis.  Tim will contact Rich Herrington (Research and Statistical Services) or Phillip Brooks (Manager of Production Services) for assistance.

Web Surveys
Tim also asked if other departments are doing surveys on the web.  Academic Computing will be expanding support for web based surveys.  Tim will contact Rich Herrington.

Status Reports
Jim Curry reported that new products will be added to the Microcomputer Maintenance price list in January: a Sony DVD Writer, a 19" Viewsonic LCD, and a 3.06ghz P4.  Jim will offer the Sony DVD Writer to those who wish to participate in testing.  Libraries is currently testing but will be offering host-based testing.  DVD writeable media is needed to participate.  Cost is $260 approximately.  Contact Jim or John Berra (Libraries) for a demonstration.

No pricing is available at this time for the 19" Viewsonic LCD (high-end).  Jim will continue to carry the 15" LCD until demand goes away.

A 3.06gzh P4 is available for evaluation (model 845).  Paul Hons is currently evaluating W2K.

Allen Heissman announced that he provides UNIX support for the University Union.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that general access lab managers will receive the new web-based version of Check-In for beta testing.  The lap portion is also ready.  If anyone else is interested, contact Elizabeth. 

Jason Gutierrez reported that he has copies of Jaguar that he will distribute to areas who requested copies.  If other areas would like copies, contact Jason.  Areas can use their internal version if it is the same as the copy that Jason is distributing.

Brenda Kirk announced that CC2 will be moving to the SAN.  CC2 will be unavailable this weekend.

Mike Hatch reported that he will be the first at UNT to have a campus agreement for Microsoft Project and Visio.  It retails for $5 per product, per fte within a division.  He plans to add products.  Contact Mike if interested.

Mike Maner reported that a request from an adjunct faculty member to make a change to the ACL which would open up a large block addresses in Europe.  Tim Christian will contact the faculty member to determine if the change is necessary.  If so, a change to the ACL will not take place until January.

Scott Windham reported that on Monday, December 16, 2002, power will be shut down in Chilton Hall and everything south of it (including the Gateway Center, PEB, and Athletics).  There are water problems in one of the communications closets in Chilton.  

Scott also reported that fiber is being tested at the Research Park.  A switch will be installed for the EIS project.  

Pam Hight reported that Libraries will be closed on December 26th and 27th.  Lab hours will be posted.  Pam also announced that the DVD writer should be ready for practice next week.

Sandy Burke reported that the Helpdesk will be staffed during the Christmas break.

Tim Christian reported that CAS will be taking down the Xiotech SAN for an upgrade to new software.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am.

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