Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

May 2, 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
Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Allen Bradley (Computing Center),  Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (Libraries), 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), Mike Wright (Computing Center)

Guests
Joe Adamo (Computing Center), Richard Anderson (Computing Center), Philip Baczewski (Computing Center), Travis Brown (Computing Center), Howard Draper for Sandy Burke (Computing Center), Daren Dugan (Computing Center), Dan Glass (Computing Center), Axton Grams (Computing Center),  Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries), Charlotte Russell (Computing Center), Dennis Scroggins (EIS/Computing Center), Mitch Smith (EIS/Computing Center), Scott Windham (Computing Center)

Minutes
Minutes from April 18, 2003 were approved with changes.

Backup Solutions
Allen Bradley reported that Connected software is in and under evaluation.  Contact Yoke Teo if you would like to participate in testing

Travis Brown reported that he is evaluating Novell's iFolder software, which can provide backup for computers that do not have a constant network connection.   This product synchronizes to the network.  Contact Travis for more information.

Maurice Leatherbury reported that Chris Cofer has preliminary pricing on the Legato Networker Laptop.

Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC) Name Change
Maurice reported that the Computing Center has a new name--Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC).  There are several reasons for the change:  Information Technology is the new accepted term in academia, Telecommunications is now a department within the Computing Center, and this change allows the Computing Center to be more modern.  Title changes also became effective as a result of the departmental name change:

  • From: Associate Vice President for Computing and Communications Services (Richard Harris)
    To: Associate Vice President for Computing and Chief Technology Officer
  • From: Director of Academic Computing and Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Computing and Communications Services (Maurice Leatherbury)
    To: Executive Director of Information Technology and Academic Computing
  • From: Senior Director of Administrative Computing (Coy Hoggard)
    To: Executive Director of Administrative Information Systems
  • From: Director of Mainframe Technical Services (Steve Minnis)
    To: Director of Enterprise Systems Technical Services
  • From: Director of Network and Communications Services (Joe Adamo)
    To: Director of Communications Services
  • From: Campus-wide Network Systems Manager (Allen Bradley)
    To: Manager of Network Computing Services

Maurice will write an article for Benchmarks.  Organizational charts for CITC can be found on the web at http://www.unt.edu/ccadmin/about.htm.

Old Business
None.

New Business
Mike Wright reported that he was asked by a representative from Roxio if UNT was interested in purchasing a site license for their products.  DCSMT showed interest in the product.  Mike will do more research.

Adobe license renewal deadline is approaching quickly.  Please send your orders to Mike as soon as possible.

Mike also reported that UNT will receive two 1/2 day training sessions in May on the new Adobe Acrobat 6 Pro software.  It has OCR technology and can do scanning.  XML is embedded.  Mike is encouraging DCSMT and heavy users of Acrobat to attend the training session.  He will send a notice to netman with more information.  (There is also a new version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader which allows some editing.)

Status Reports
Joe Adamo reported that he has been contacted by Verizon to get involved in a trial of Digital Companion, which complements telephones with the use of a pc (allows the ability to access and use call management features, such
as caller ID over the Internet).  It requires loading a client on the pc.  Joe will identify possible users and is asking for participation from DCSMT.  He will provide more information as it becomes available.

Mike Hatch reported that he is migrating a production mail system to a Compaq SAN on May 10th, and that he is removing administrative rights to Windows 2000 machines for end-users.  Cengiz Capan will make decisions on exceptions.

Daren Dugan reported that he is beta testing Netware 6.5.

Tim Christian reported that representatives from Compaq gave a good presentation.  Tim believes their technology is superior to Dell.  Tim also reported that he is migrating away from MS NT 4 computers, and, that in order to ease the load in the general access labs, he is investigating using kiosks for e-mail in the commons areas of the GAB.  Web access will be limited.

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 am.


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