Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2003

Members
Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Ginger Boone (University Union), Allen Bradley (Computing and IT Center), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT 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 (UNT Libraries), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Student Computing Committee, Computing and IT Center),  Paul Hons (College of Education), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Kirk Kelly (Housing), Brenda Kirk (Computing and IT Center), Maurice Leatherbury (Chair, Executive Director of Information Technology and Academic Computing), Mike Maner (Computing and IT 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 and IT Center), Mike Wright (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Sandy Burke (Computing and IT Center), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences),  Jim Curry (Microcomputer Maintenance/Classroom Support Services), Mike Hatch (College of Business Administration), Pamiela Hight (UNT Libraries), Paul Hons (College of Education), Kirk Kelly (Housing), Mike Maner (Computing and IT Center), Mike Wright (Computing and IT Center)

Guests
Philip Baczewski (Computing and IT Center), Kenneth Close for Craig Berry (School of Visual Arts), Daren Dugan (Computing and IT Center), Matt Graham (UNT Libraries), Jason Gutierrez (Computing and IT Center), Attila Hakimoglu (Computing and IT Center), Lee Haughton (UNT Facilities), Judy Hunter (GALMAC, Libraries),  Kenn Moffitt (University Communications and Marketing), Jason Myre (Computing and IT Center), Charlotte Russell (Computing and IT Center), Mike Sanders (UNT System Center at Dallas), Scott Windham (Computing and IT Center)

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from June 20, 2003 were approved as written.

The July 18, 2003 meeting of DCSMT was chaired by Philip Baczewski.

Accessibility Checking Software
Kenn Moffitt was invited to DCSMT to discuss the new web accessibility policy.  The policy requires web accessibility improvements for users with disabilities and are based on federal and state guidelines, policies and coding standards for creating accessible web sites.  The web accessibility policy is pending approval but will be published soon (possibly in September).  All new web pages that are created as of the date of the policy implementation must be in compliance.  The best compliance measure would be to review current and older pages in addition to new pages to ensure that they, too, are also in compliance.  Kenn noted that the changes should not cause undue burden.  Training, inclusive of the new requirements, will be provided for web developers.  Auditing of web sites is also a possibility.  Results of audits would be sent to network managers.   

Server software has been purchased that will check web pages for web accessibility compliance.  Four pieces of additional software were also purchased:  ACC Repair for Frontpage (searches for compliance, records data, repairs forms); Standalone clients (for Dreamweaver, etc.); Link Validation Utility and High Caption.  The software is for pc use only.

Old Business
Philip Baczewski reported that DCSMT has been in operation for seven years.  Several support positions have been added as well as staffing changes.     

New Business
Tim Christian asked about the feasibility of blocking the SQL ports (as discussed in prior meetings).  Can accessibility to the ports be limited to specific groups?  Charlotte Russell asked DCSMT members who were present about the impact on their areas if the ports were closed.  Information Security will investigate possible impacts on closing the ports.

Status Reports
Daren Dugen reported that he is doing upgrades and beta testing Netware 6.5.  This new version has ssh capabilities.  Those who would like to test ssh on the new version should contact Daren.

Jason Myre reported that he is working through new server hardware migrations and that he is working on solutions for e-mail retention compliance for GroupWise users.

Jason Gutierrez reported that he has responses for the Mac OS X licenses.  He may be ordering more disks when they become available.

Charlotte Russell reported that there has been a significant reduction in the number of security incidents.  Most incidents involved spam originating from the residence halls; however the no spam related incidents have been reported since requirements to route Resnet smtp traffic through imap, gwia or mailhost has been in effect.  Charlotte also reported on the new DIR reporting requirement that mandates the inclusion of planned and unplanned outages in monthly incident reports.

Pam Hight reported that Libraries migration to Windows XP is half-way complete.  Pam also reported that repairs to the circuit breaker are scheduled for August 16.  Repairs will require downtime- hopefully no less than 30 minutes.

Kirk Kelly reported that Housing is on track for bringing up Traditions Hall.  Kirk also reported that the Resnet web page has new information about computing.

Attila Hakimoglu reported that he is leading a team to discuss campus wide network system monitoring needs.  Team members include Tim Christian, Allen Bradley, Christopher D. Cofer, Nancy Fisher and Attila.  Currently, the group is gathering requirements needs and will be contacting DCSMT areas for information.

Mike Sanders reported that he is migrating lab computers to Windows XP.

Judy Hunter reported that the general access labs have changed to name to General Access Computer Labs.

Mike Wright reported that he is working on EIS related projects.

Mike Hatch reported that he is migrating COBA areas in Curry Hall to layer 3 switching.

Jim Curry brought several demo items: Three new tower cases and three notebooks.  The tower case was evaluated by MMS and was chosen to replace the pc case currently in use.  Features include new motherboard, high quality digital sound, 4 USB ports, Firewire in the front and back, 8" quiet fan, and optional addition of security screws to lock the drives and cover.  DCSMT was asked to choose the color of the new tower case.  Three different color schemes were displayed: black, UNT green and light green.  The following was considered when selecting color: any color is a custom color and requires time to ship, there will be a greater delay to ship the UNT green color (4-6 weeks), a final decision must be made quickly.  DCSMT unanimously decided to exclude the light green case.  A vote was taken to choose between UNT green and black.  There were 13 votes for UNT green and 7 votes for black.  Jim will order the UNT green color.

DCSMT areas are invited to evaluate the notebooks.  Choices included: Dell (currently in use): 1.7 ghz, P4, 1920 x 1200 resoluation, lots of memory, large hard drive, complete care package, $2639; ACER: up to 1600 x 1200 resolution, 8-1/2 x 11, $1945; white box solution, $2300.
  Jim will allow viewing of the notebooks.  He needs a response from departments by the next DCSMT (currently scheduled for August 1, 2003).

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

 


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