Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

March 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), 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), 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 Sciences), Chris Strauss (Computing Center)

Joe Adamo (Computing Center), Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Jim Byford (ABN LAN Mgmt), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Axton Grams (Computing Center), Jason Gutierrez (Computing Center), Attila Hakimoglu (Computing Center), Tracy Hansen (Enterprise Information Systems), Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Krysta Kaye (Libraries), Matthew Kernan (Computing Center), Jason Myre (Computing Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes from February 7, 2003 and February 21, 2003  were approved with changes.

Groupwise Client for the Macintosh
Jason Gutierrez distributed a chart detailing the Machintosh email client comparison chart. This was done because of reported problems with OSX. Chris Cofer shared that he found Linux and MacOS clients for OSX and will give the information to Jason Gutierrez.

Student Printing Costs
Maurice Leatherbury received a memo from Dr. Pohl's office with figures for printing costs.  Maurice asked several questions about printing in distributed areas: Is there a problem with excessive printing in the labs?  Do we need to put quotas on printing?  How can the university save money on printing costs?  Maurice asked DCSMT to provide information on printing costs in their areas.

Security of SSN's, etc.
The recent computer security attack at UT Austin made nationwide headlines.  This incident was basically human error.  Maurice reminded DCSMT members to be vigilant and careful in their efforts to secure computers at UNT.  Network managers should continue to educate their users about security and ensure that machines are patched and secured.

Old Business

New Business

Status Reports
Paul Hons reported that he is about to roll out new desktop machines for faculty and staff.

Jim Curry reported that the elevator in the GAB is repaired and that he can begin delivering equipment again.

Tim Christian reported that he received a strange call from someone claiming to be associated with Homeland Security.  The individual wanted to clone a hard disk.  The request was forwarded to Information Security.  Tim also reported that the Xiotech failed but he was able to receive same-day repair/replacement service.

Mike Hatch reported that COBA is revisiting the subject of the appropriate use of peer-to-peer applications.  Mike asked if policies exist for peer-to-peer applications in other departments.  Tim reported that CAS users must provide justification for the need for the software and that any problems that might occur as a result of its use could result in removal.  Maurice stated that Congress will most likely become more aggressive about dealing with copyright violations involving peer-to-peer software, and that the use of the software is a management issue.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported that she is now back at work.  During her leave-of-absence she worked on Smartforce training.  Some courses will be swapped out, and, Adobe, Macromedia, HTML, and Frontpage 2002 are on-line.  Courses are now available on CD-rom.  Contact Claudia Lynch for copies.  See the article in Benchmarks (www.unt.edu/benchmarks) for more information.   Elizabeth asked DCSMT to notify their departments with this information.

Joe Adamo reported that wireless interviews are going well.  The interviews should be completed soon which will allow for the development of the requirements document.  Joe also reported that the ratio of the number of premium remote access subscription lines will be adjusted to better reflect the ratio of users to the number of lines.  Maurice reported that the IRC voted to drop all premium remote access dial-up lines, including free lines.  This vote must be approved by college deans.  The Computing Center will look at alternative ISPs who could provide this service.

Kirk Kelly reported that he is planning for the new Residence Halls and that he is trying to wire Santa Fe and Mozart Square.

Pam Hight reported air conditioning problems in the computer lab and server room. Resolution of the problems are pending allocation of back-up support staff from UNT Facilities.

Chris Strauss reported that he is meeting with members of the Directory Services group to discuss LDAP issues.

Jason Myre reported that he is evaluating the production copy of GroupWise 6.5.  This version adds some enhancements.  Jason also reported that he will stop supporting the GroupWise 5.5 client but will continue to support the GroupWise 5.28 client for Mac.

Jason Gutierrez reported that the java client is being tested and will run on Mac OS X.

Rich reported that easily exploitable send mail vulnerabilities have been published.  Network managers should patch their servers (there may be a worm exploiting the vulnerability soon).  Rich also reported that he is awaiting the arrival of hardware to be used for vulnerability scanning.  Rich will send forthcoming information to netman about scanning.

Tim Christian asked Charlotte Russell if DIR ever decided to contact UNT about performing vulnerability and penetration testing.   UNT security representatives have not been contacted.

Charlotte Russell reported that any requests for information (subpoenas, etc.) should be referred to the UNT Police department or the General Counsel's office.

Wil Clark reported that he will be receiving Inaquick software soon and that he is doing demos.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.

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