Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

February 7, 2003

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 (UNT Facilities), 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),  Allen Bradley (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), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), 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), Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), Bruce Pollock (ABN LAN Mgmt), Chris Strauss (Computing Center), Mike Wright (Computing Center), Brenda Yu for Paul Hons (College of Education)

Joe Adamo (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), Blair Copeland (Computing Center), Joey Cranmore (Computing Center), Patrick Dolan (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Dan Glass (Computing Center), Axton Grams (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Attila Hakimoglu (Computing Center), Tracy Hansen (Enterprise Information Systems- Research Park), Lance Harris (Computing Center), Lee Haughton (UNT Facilities), Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Krysta Kaye (UNT Libraries), Matthew Kernan (Computing Center) Alan Livington (School of Library and Information Sciences), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Rory Rivoire (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes from December 6, 2002  and January 17, 2003 were approved with changes.

Security Issues and OS Patches
Maurice Leatherbury reported that concern for security related problems with UNT computers is growing. (Maurice referenced the recent SQL Slammer worm infections that brought the network down for five hours until the machines could be located and disconnected. Because DCSMT is the group with primary responsibility for securing machines, Maurice asked what should be done about securing machines on campus, including those that are primarily administered by faculty.  

DCSMT members and representatives reported that in some areas additional resources are not available to support the unique needs of faculty, and in some cases, faculty believe they have the expertise to act as system administrators. Faculty members also have autonomy in classroom instruction. Recommendations to resolve the issues included the following: customizing (for multiple platforms and applications) a firewall solution developed by Academic Computing Services; supply a central repository of information for the latest patches and service packs;  firewall everything that is not needed; centralize a security plan made available to everyone; make faculty more aware of security problems and require their participation in providing solutions; notify faculty members that fellow faculty members are impeding their research; provide training to system administrators; require system administrator "certification" before allowing access to the network; restrict allocation of an IP address for a system until "certification" is achieved; provide a VPN solution; and require confirmation for remediation efforts.  

Maurice will take all of the concerns and recommendations under advisement and will develop methods for implementing solutions to resolve security problems.  The Information Security team will send weekly alerts on the latest patches that have been released for Mac OS, Windows, Solaris and Red Hat Linux.  

Wireless Rollout Plans
Joe Adamo reported that a formal design process have been developed for the implementation of the wireless rollout.  A project team will contact areas on campus to address departmental requirements (support issues, coverage areas, etc.).  Joe distributed the first draft of requirements document.  Rory Rivoire is the project manager.  The rollout of the wireless network should proceed relatively quickly after the requirements are collected.

Old Business
Mike Hatch reported the campus agreement addendum for the College of Business is pending implementation (pending receipt of the license).

Maurice reported that the cell phone policy is still being modifiied (to include procedures).  It should be ready any day now.

New Business
DCSMT agreed to hold the next meeting at the Research Park.  A progress report on the EIS project  will be presented.

Status Reports
Pam Hight reported that her area is staying busy.

Krysta Kaye reported that she is staying busy.

Chris Strauss reported that the Remedy 5.1 rollout has been delayed.  The Directory Services group will collapse all EUIDs into a single role for those who have multiple roles.  These issues must be resolved before Remedy 5.1 can be released.  Chris also reported that ticket routing in Remedy 5.1 will be different due to role based issues.

Maurice introduced Tracy Hansen, the network manager for the EIS project.  Tracy reported that EIS project staff are settling in at the Research Park.

Daren Dugan reported that he will soon be supporting e-Directory 8.7 (which will add a few more features).  He will also be moving to Netware 6.

Blair Copeland reported that a new web-based version of HAMS will be released at the next DCSMT meeting.  Updates to HAMS can not be made via web interface.  Users will receive an e-mail copy of changes.

Rich Anderson introduced Dan Glass, the new Information Security Intern.

Charlotte Russell introduced Patrick Dolan, new Information Security Intern.

Philip Baczewski reported that SPSS for Mac OS is available.  It is licensed under the limited copy site license (each network workstation that has access to the software must be counted).

Travis Brown reported that new rules have been added to Spam Assassin.  The post fix rule that requires a reverse DNS look-up has been rolled back.  This type of spam will be allowed, but will receive a higher rating.

Jason Gutierrez reported that GroupWise 6 Client training will begin soon.  Classes are on-line (cwn.unt.edu/basic groupwise).  Other classes are also available, including GroupWise Web Client and Document Management classes.

Mike Wright reported that Adobe will make a presentation on February 18; Adobe licenses must be renewed in June; and that he has written to the company that distributes Zoomtext and is waiting for a reply.

Rory Rivoire requested electronic communications related to the Wireless rollout (for record keeping).

Scott Windham reported that is is authoring an article for the Benchmarks newsletter on video conferencing.  (Due to budget problems, it may be helpful to use video conferencing instead of traveling.)

Jason Myre reported that he migrated the Health Science Center to GroupWise 6.

Tim Christian reported that he is looking into building an EIDE Raid system with 120gb off-the-shelf drives (as a replacement to a proprietary system). 

Wil Clark reported that he has two new employees and is working on inventory.

The meeting adjourned at 11:25 am.

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