Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

April 4, 2003

Members
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
Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller),  Mike Baggett for Dallas Newell (Registrar's Office), 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), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing Center), Paul Hons (College of Education), 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), Chris Strauss (Computing Center)

Guests
Joe Adamo (Computing Center), Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Dan Glass (Computing Center),  Jason Gutierrez (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), Chris Stoermer (College of Business Administration), Scott Windham (Computing Center), David Wright (College of Education)

Minutes
Minutes from March 7, 2003 were approved as written.

End of Life Operating Systems
Richard Anderson reported that Windows NT4 and Redhat 6.2 have reached their end-of-life cycle.  Windows NT 4 will no longer be vendor supported effective June 30, 2003.  Redhat 6.2 will no longer be vendor supported effective April 7, 2003.  Windows 2000 or Windows XP will not reach end of life until 2008.  Areas who are running Windows NT 4 or Redhat 6.2 operating systems should plan to upgrade soon.

Connected.com Backup Solution
Allen Bradley reported on a possible back-up solution for desktop pc's.  A reseller of Connected.Com software recently contacted Allen and Maurice Leatherbury to discuss the purchase of back-up solutions.  The product can be set up to automatically backup data and restore data and comes with password protection.  The cost of the software could range from $10 per machine per month.  A trial version is offered.  Allen will make more information about this product available to DCSMT.

Discontinuance of Dial-Ups
Maurice Leatherbury reported that approval from the IRC has been received to discontinue dial-up services effective August 31, 2003.  It was determined that services should be discontinued due to high costs, huge support loads, the inability of the Computing Center to provide comparable services and the inability to compete with other services providers. The Computing Center is seeking vendors who might be able to provide replacement services.  The Computing Center will also provide guidelines to users on how to choose providers that can provide adequate service.  

Old Business
None.

New Business
Maurice reported that the new cell phone policy had been approved.  Ken Sedgeley will contact current cell phone users about the new policy.

Status Reports
Chris Strauss reported that the cut over to Remedy 5.1 is scheduled for May 19, 2003 (or, when LDAP is changed over).  Chris recommends that anyone using LADP should contact the Directory Services group.  Chris also reported that customizations on the new system will include change management- categories, types, and items will be revised.  See Chris for more information.

Tim Christian reported that his area will begin testing MacOS X on faculty and staff machines.

Pam Hight reported that Xiotech SAN vendors would like to make a presentation to DCSMT on SAN technology.  Pam will send a notice to the netman user group.

Maurice reported that Dell has a SAN solution.  Tim announced that Dell would be making a presentation on Monday, April 7, 2003.

Scott Windham reported that he is "just busy".

Joe Adamo reported that the Wireless Requirements document had been distributed.  Please send comments to Joe.

Paul Hons reported that he is starting to distribute faculty and staff machines.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.


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